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Who Has Been the Best James Bond?  

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  1. 1. Who Has Been the Best James Bond?

    • Sean Connery
      28
    • Roger Moore
      12
    • Pierce Brosnan
      8
    • Daniel Craig
      12


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Who do you think would make a good Bond?

I didn't include Lazenby and Dalton, cuz I figured they wouldn't get any votes :winkold:

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Tough call. Much as I loved Connery in the role, I feel that Craig makes the better Bond, and certainly brings an "edginess" to the role that Connery had, but not to that degree.

Connery prowled on set, Craig scowls on set.

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Definitely Craig. At least in the one movie he made. We'll see in the next one if it continues. Thought Brosnan was pretty good in Goldeneye but after that he only went downhills, so I'll keep my real judgement untill the next one. But as it is now, Craig has done the best performance by a mile.

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I'm a big Bond fan myself, and I'd say it's pretty close between Connery and Craig. My vote goes to Connery, though. He is the original and he was quality over numerous films. As good as DC was, he's only done one film so far. If he keeps it up, he could well be the best. Pierce in 3rd for me, just 'cause GoldenEye was so great!

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Pre-Craig, I'd actually on some days nominate Dalton as the best Bond...

Craig*

Brosnan

Dalton

Connery

Lazenby*

Moore

*'s obviously indicate provisional ratings where you can't say whether it's the actor or the film's requirements that make the portrayal.

Maybe it's my age, but the Dalton/Brosnan/Craig Bonds are the three that are closest to Fleming, IMO (as is Lazenby, but whether that's down to the material or not is very open to debate). All three have generally stayed realistic and have also managed the longest run the series has had without a true stinker (whilst Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day have third acts that are complete and utter trainwrecks, both have long runs of being up there with anything else the series has turned out... and those runs are enough to keep them above Diamonds Are Forever and A View to A Kill... it's interesting that the three long-tenure Bonds thus far have all gone out on low notes).

Should probably also give Dalton credit for saving the series. The '60s and '70s Bond was totally into self-parody territory by the mid-80s (with even firefighters in San Francisco knowing who Bond was!) and had Remington Steele not been picked up for another season on the strength of Brosnan being the presumptive Bond, we would have had Brosnan for The Living Daylights (one of my contenders for best film of the series), likely using the script written for Moore. Dalton instead gets picked and convinces the filmmakers to add a little more Fleming to the script and salvages the character. Brosnan matures as an actor before taking over and retains at least some of Dalton's approach (much as GoldenEye has allusions that can be taken as denying that the Dalton years ever happened).

Brosnan is best understood as a pastiche... he's got elements of each of his predecessors in his portrayal and got the balance generally right. I suppose that comes from having spent so long being the heir apparent (if the stories are to be believed, he was basically promised the role by Cubby Broccoli back in '81) as well as being the first of the actors to have seen the films as a child.

As for Craig, I'd argue that CR is the origin story for the Dalton/Brosnan Bond: he's that Bond, only younger. There's not much of the pre-Dalton Bond there.

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Based purely on the one film of his to date, Craig, who brought a cutting edge reality to the role, and gave Bond more steel and less smarm.

It seemed closer to fleming's ideal of Bond. Behind him, Sean.

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Interesting that Craig has scored so high ... I seem to recall a thread called "the names Bond , no I'm a blond clearing in the woods " on Villatalk a few years back and that a lot of people were against him taking the role ??

Is it the fact that Casino Royale was such a good film that has made people accept Craig as Bond or did Craig make it a good film with his Bond ?

I voted Craig , based mainly on the fact that he made the role fell more realistic .. Austin Powers could never have spoofed Bond based on Casino Royale whereas Moore and Connery Bond films do have an element of camp comic about them ..Judo chop

PS

on the basis that you removed Dalton & Lazenby for beign crap ,you could argue Moore should have been ommitted as well :-)

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Connery. But I agree that Craig was good, and probably closer to the Bond of the books. Brosnan was OK. Moore should have been strung up by the balls for the effrontery to try and be Bond.

But then I'm old enough to have seen Moore on TV playing Ivanhoe, Bo Maverick, and The Saint, all of which ruled him out as a Bond for me.

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I too was one of those who thought Moore was the best by a mile when I grew up. Today I realise that he was never a convincing Bond. He'd never frighten anyone. But most of the films he made was among the best, such as The spy who loved me, For your eyes only, Live and let die, etc. Guess he benefit from those.

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Boom boom :lol:

Connery for me. But Brosnan is a close second (Goldeneye carrying him, although I do think he was a very good Bond in really crap films afterwards...) and Craig coming in a close third. If Craig pulls off the next one as good as Casino Royale he could go second. Although the title doesn't inspire any confidence.

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Craig was good in Casino Royale - roughly true to the spirit of the book, although I'd have liked it even better if they'd not tried to make it contemporary, but set it in the 50s as was intended.

In fact I'd love to see many of the Fleming novels re-filmed (anything not by Fleming doesn't count for me) with Craig, sticking closer to the books - You Only Live Twice in particular cries out for it as the original film was NOTHING like the book.

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