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At the Queen’s Club 1, a game of bridge is at hand between General Potter (Colonel Burton), British agent John Strangways (Tim Moxon), Professor Dent 2 (Anthony Dawson) 3, and Pleydell-Smith (Louis Blaazer), Jamaica’s Principal Secretary of the British Foreign Service.
1 Portrayed by the Liguanea Club, located at 80 Knutsford Boulevard in Kingston, Jamaica.
2 There’s no mention of Professor Dent in Ian Fleming’s novel, although there is an unnamed Mathematics Professor in Strangways’ foursome.
3 In the films “From Russia With Love” (1963) and “Thunderball” (1965), Anthony Dawson portrays SPECTRE #1, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, from the neck down. Starting with “You Only Live Twice” (1967), Blofeld would play a more central role to the plot and would be portrayed in full by various actors.
4 As Strangways, Tim Moxon’s voice is dubbed over by actor Robert Rietty, who also dubbed over Adolfo Celi’s voice as Emilio Largo in “Thunderball” (1965).
5 In Ian Fleming’s novel, Strangways wears a black patch over his right eye. In the literary canon, Strangways also made an appearance in the second Bond novel “Live and Let Die” (1954).
from Movie Notes: Dr. No
Queens Club logo from James Bond Logo Collection
John Strangway is gunned down by the ‘mice’ and spirited away after a bridge game at the ‘Queens Club’, now the Liguanea Club, 80 Knutsford Boulevard – a private sports club and hotel, and also the home of the Jamaican Squash Association.
Signage of Professor Dent for geological analysis
This item was recovered from Strangways house by 007 in Dr No when he visits it, to investigate his disappearance. You see it sitting on a side wall unit, 007 picks it up and takes it to Dent who checked samples for Strangways. The receipt shows Dents verdict on the presumed radioactive samples. Professor Dent’s Queens Club Card, items such as this membership card are made to make the film environment realistic.
A slimy geologist in the pay of Dr. No and SPECTRE, Dent is tasked with killing James Bond, but on several occasions he is thwarted by the 00 Agent. Dent proves a useful resource on the mainland acting as informer and assassin for Dr. No. He puts on the façade of a rich gentleman, seeing out his later-life in the tropical Jamaican isles. He is a member of the elitist Queens Club and a card partner of MI6 Agent John Strangways. In fact, Dent is one of the last men to see Strangways alive.
‘The Three Blind Mice’ are the first Villains of Dr. No. Using the guise of three blind men (hence the name) these assassins make their way to the Queens Club where Commander Strangways, a British MI6 agent in Jamaica, is playing cards.
As Strangways gets into his car ‘The Three Blind Mice’ assassinate him. They travel to his house where they proceed to kill his secretary, Miss Trueblood and steal Strangways’ files on Crab Key and Dr. No.
‘The Three Blind Mice’ re-appear a short time later when Bond travels to meet Miss Taro. During a car chase to force Bond off the road, his Sunbeam Alpine easily manages to outmanoeuvre his pursuers hearse.
‘The Three Blind Mice’ are paid assassins working for Dr. No. After Strangways informs Professor Dent of his findings on Crab Key, Dent arranges for ‘The Three Blind Mice’ to kill Strangways and his secretary Miss Trueblood. ‘The Three Blind Mice’ are killed when their plan to force Bond off the road backfires sending them careering off a cliff to their death.
They never really make an attempt on Bond’s life. They’re waiting outside of the Bond’s hotel in Jamaica, but as they’re preparing to shoot Bond, a car drives by and they miss their chance. They also chase Bond in their car, but that ends with Bond getting away and them getting an introduction to the bottom of a ravine.
The Three Blind Mice are not mentioned in the film’s opening or end credits. The name “Three Blind Mice”, comes from the song that plays in the background when they are first introduced at the beginning of the film.
The opening scenes are in Kingston, Jamaica, where the ‘three blind mice’ amble through Harbour Street, downtown. John Strangway is gunned down by the ‘mice’ and spirited away after a bridge game at the ‘Queens Club’, now the Liguanea Club, 80 Knutsford Boulevard – a private sports club and hotel, and also the home of the Jamaican Squash Association.
John Strangways’ secretary Mary Trueblood (Dolores Keator)
Every night at around 6:30, the MI6 representative of Jamaica John Strangways would leave his game of bridge and head out to his bungalow. His secretary Mary Trueblood would be waiting, preparing the communications so that Strangways could signal in his report as soon as he arrived.
She would signal the communications base, saying “W6N calling G7W”. W6N being the Jamaican base and G7W being the London base. If the call was interrupted or if Strangways didn’t report by the “red call” at 7:30, the communications would be severed permanently, and an emergency alarm raised.
The actual communications equipment used in Jamaica was a K.W. Vanguard high frequency transmitter (shown on the left) and an Eddystone 840/A transmitter, which wasn’t actually used in the film but was located on the right of the Vangaurd (shown in the middle image).
At the G7W London base, presumably the global communications base for MI6, they were using Racal RA-117 transmitters (Each operator seemingly having two each). When Strangway’s secretary was killed, the Jamaica line was cut off and M was alerted of the situation.
Strangway’s cottage, where his secretary is offed and Bond later picks up a clue, stood on Kinsale Street, north of Kingston in the foothills of the Blue Mountains but, sadly, it’s now gone.