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Dr No Gadgets
Dr No is a rather gadget free cinematic experience and does not show any signs of what would come over the next twenty something movies.
There are some clever spy type tricks, like cyanide cigarettes.
The hair on the wardrobe door and the talcum powder on the briefcase locks are particularly good fun.
The electrified grill and nuclear references would have been cutting edge at the time.
The only real gadget was the Geiger Counter, which appeared just as Bond was developing his theories on Dr No’s evil doings.
Britain’s first nuclear power station opened in 1955 at Dounraey, the second opened in Annan in 1959. A third, at Hunterston was scheduled to open in 1964, so nuclear energy and power was very much a current affairs topic during the film’s production. It was also proving controversial, with protests taking place in Scotland.
As the premise of the tale surrounded Dr No's lust for revenge on the "Stupid Americans" and a nuclear domination style story-line, the Geiger-Counter was well positioned, and something the public would have found interesting at that time.