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View Poll Results: Best Bond Actor
Sean Connery 29 61.70%
George Lazenby 1 2.13%
Roger Moore 4 8.51%
Timothy Dalton 2 4.26%
Pierce Brosnan 0 0%
Daniel Craig 11 23.40%
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Old 04-21-13, 05:32 PM   #1
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Best Bond Actor (Eon-current)

So, who is your pick for the best James Bond? I don't mean which movie is the best (though the actor may have contributed to that).

My order:
1. Timothy Dalton
2. Sean Connery/Daniel Craig
4. Pierce Brosnan
5. Roger Moore
6. Lazenby.... what a waste of a movie.
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Old 04-21-13, 05:50 PM   #3
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Sean Connery IS James Bond; the others are wannabes.
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Oh come on... Dalton is the badass Connery wanted to be. Connery just threw on some cheesy 'charisma' to make up the gap.
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Sean Connery IS James Bond; the others are wannabes.
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As much as Connery owned the role in film, None of them has captured the Bond portrayed in Fleming's books.
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As much as Connery owned the role in film, None of them has captured the Bond portrayed in Fleming's books.
I agree.

My order:
1. Sean Connery. No explanations necessary.
2. Lazenby. I actually liked OHMSS a lot; even if he wasn't the best actor, Telly and Diana saved it imo...plus Lazenby was the youngest Bond - very fit, and the fight scenes were good imo. And I like that he played Bond as more human and imperfect.
4. Daniel Craig- I actually don't think of him as Bond, as much as just another modern action character, but I applaud them for trying to get away from the Brosnan glamour and the Moore pastiche and back to the darker aspect of cold war espionage.
5. Roger Moore - actually ridiculous as Bond but worth watching for the campy fun factor. Fight scenes were anemic, tho He did have that one great scene where the guy is hanging on to his tie and he knocks him off the roof top. Kicking the car off a cliff was another good one.
6. Timothy Dalton - very good actor; I wish he would have done more Bond films.
7. Pierce Brosnan - by this point the films were beyond self-aware parody. He looks great in the suits but it's just way too hollywood for me.
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Sean Connery FTW.
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As much as Connery owned the role in film, None of them has captured the Bond portrayed in Fleming's books.
I've read all of the Bond books several times. Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig come closest to Ian Fleming's Bond IMO. Roger Moore was a clown and Pierce Brosnan was a pretty face and not much else. Connery was okay and Lazenby had the misfortune of being cast in the only downer Bond film.

If they had added a scar to Timothy Dalton's cheek he would have fit my image of Fleming's Bond. The current movies seem to be getting away from the hokey special effects and magical weapons that did not exist in the books, which makes for a better story.

I wish they would pick an actor and follow the books all the way through the storyline of Bond going nuts after his wife dies and then losing his memory in You Only Live Twice.
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This is one of those questions like who's the greatest baseball player. The Bond books and movies' span of 60 years have resulted in all of us having differing opinions because of where we were in life when we experienced them. I loved Moore at the time because I was at an age where I thought the gadgets gave the movies a greater cool factor. I of course look back on the Moore era with greater disdain.

Daniel Craig is a close second to Connery in terms of believability for physical capability. And if you can believe the online sources (such as), Craig, like Harrison Ford, has done some of his own stunts.

I've read most of the books, including those by John Gardner. Thought he did an admirable job. YMMV
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I've read all of the Bond books several times. Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig come closest to Ian Fleming's Bond IMO. Roger Moore was a clown and Pierce Brosnan was a pretty face and not much else. Connery was okay and Lazenby had the misfortune of being cast in the only downer Bond film.

If they had added a scar to Timothy Dalton's cheek he would have fit my image of Fleming's Bond. The current movies seem to be getting away from the hokey special effects and magical weapons that did not exist in the books, which makes for a better story.

I wish they would pick an actor and follow the books all the way through the storyline of Bond going nuts after his wife dies and then losing his memory in You Only Live Twice.
Sticking with the storyline in The Spy Who Loved Me would raise a few eyebrows. IIRC, the book was far more risque than the others. And being told in large part from the heroine's perspective would offer quite the opportunity for the writer & director to distinguish a Spy Who Loved Me remake. Maybe Doug Liman or Zack Snyder could be persuaded.
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This is one of those questions like who's the greatest baseball player. The Bond books and movies' span of 60 years have resulted in all of us having differing opinions because of where we were in life when we experienced them.
And how we understand and want to answer the question
best James Bond:
-the closest to the book?
-which book and which movie we value the most?
-the most entertaining James Bond in a movie?
-believable James Bond as a real life spy?
etc..
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Sticking with the storyline in The Spy Who Loved Me would raise a few eyebrows. IIRC, the book was far more risque than the others. And being told in large part from the heroine's perspective would offer quite the opportunity for the writer & director to distinguish a Spy Who Loved Me remake. Maybe Doug Liman or Zack Snyder could be persuaded.
I want to kiss you. Beautifully presented and I am in utter agreement. The Spy Who Loved Me set apart from all other Bond novels in that they did not take a single element from the original novel into the screenplay. Completely...different...story. I loved the grittiness of TSWLM wherein Bond operates upon US soil, yet is knowledgeable (and badass enough) and savvy enough to get what he needs to turn the seemingly insurmountable odds his way, yet remain untraceable and forgiven. A Classic that truly deserves a "Make" rather than a re-make. I think the US can handle the "risque" elements now.

Note to potential director: Shoot it in authentic 1962 style. No-name actors that do the part justice (hire a genius casting director) along with all the sexism, tension and authentic cultural references of that era. Tell it like it was and you'll have fans flocking. Think Mad Men rather than Austin Powers.
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Since Roger Moore was the first Bond I ever saw, he's the best imo.
Connery is a close second.
the rest....meh.
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Although I liked Sean Connery, I have to admit I believe Daniel Craig is now the best Bond. Everyone else, including Connery was a campier version of what Bond should and is... Craig plays it just right... plus for me, he's the dreamiest.
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I've read all of the Bond books several times. Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig come closest to Ian Fleming's Bond IMO. Roger Moore was a clown and Pierce Brosnan was a pretty face and not much else. Connery was okay and Lazenby had the misfortune of being cast in the only downer Bond film.

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totally agree... if you think about how Fleming imagine Bond you would have to pick Craig and maybe Dalton. When I watch the old Bond movies I think of how dated they are... very 60's camp closest to Austin Powers than someone lese suggested. If we are thinking real life super spy then Craig has it all the way, flaws and all.
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Although I liked Sean Connery, I have to admit I believe Daniel Craig is now the best Bond. Everyone else, including Connery was a campier version of what Bond should and is... Craig plays it just right... plus for me, he's the dreamiest.

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I've been re-watching all the Bond movies lately since Netflix seems to cycle through them. I think Dalton and Craig are similar in their styles, and actually think the movies are similar as well. They both seem to play a guy doing his job (well), who happens to get a few ladies in the process through whatever natural talent/gift it is that causes that. All the other actors seem to be people acting like a guy who does these things. Connery's Bond was uber cheesy in his interaction with women. it was sort of like a forced charisma. It's like we're being explicitly told they have these gifts, not just being shown they have them. Lazenby should have just stuck with modeling. Moore's Bond has a similar feel to Connery's but he simply doesn't come close to being the screen Bond that Connery does.

Watching Dalton and Craig, I see people being Bond while the others are simply playing Bond.

Timothy Dalton did more with facial expressions in one movie than Lazenby did in all of his attempts at acting as Bond.
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I chose Connery, but I love Craig's and Dalton's Bonds. Dalton got screwed with it being the 80s.
Roger Moore is hands down the worst.
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It's a toss up for me between Craig and Connery. I chose Craig. Dalton would be third followed in no particular order by Lazenby, Moore and Brosnan
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