View Poll Results: Which actor has been the best James Bond?

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  • Sean Connery

    62 57.41%
  • George Lazenby

    2 1.85%
  • Roger Moore

    11 10.19%
  • Timothy Dalton

    4 3.70%
  • Pierce Brosnan

    8 7.41%
  • Daniel Craig

    20 18.52%
  • Other (e.g David Niven, Barry Nelson, etc)

    1 0.93%
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    Which actor has been the best James Bond

    With it being 50 years since the release of Dr No, which actor has been the best James Bond?

    My list in order of preference:-

    1. Sean Connery
    2. Daniel Craig
    3. Timothy Dalton
    4. George Lazenby
    5. Pierce Brosnan
    6. Roger Moore

    Sean Connery's Bond most closely resembles the character set out in the Ian Fleming novels. In my opinion, he has been the best. Craig, Dalton, and Lazenby have all made very good Bonds. Lazenby was superb in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. He was offered a 7 picture deal to play Bond by the producers, but his agent convinced him not to take it as his agent reckoned Bond would be an anachronism by the 1970's. One of the worst decisions in movie history, and Lazenby later conceded that he had made a big mistake.

    Pierce Brosnan made a better Remington Steele, than James Bond. Too slight, and never really convincing in the role. The worst Bond by far, however, was Roger Moore (apart from those who have played Bond outside of the Eon films). The only really great Bond film he made was his first, Live and Let Die, and to a lesser extent, The Spy Who Loved Me. Not gritty enough, too much playing it for laughs, too many embarrassing sight gags, and by the 1980's he was way too old for the role.

    In terms of which have been the best Bond films, my top 10 would be:-

    1. You Only Live Twice
    2. Thunderball
    3. Goldfinger
    4. Casino Royale (2006)
    5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    6. Licence To Kill
    7. From Russia With Love
    8. Live And Let Die
    9. Dr No
    10. Diamonds Are Forever
    Last edited by Maofan7; 10-14-2012 at 06:28 AM.

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    Even though he hung around for MUCH too long, I voted for Roger Moore.
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    The First, The One, The Only!!! Sean Connery

    (albeit I had a crush on Timothy Dalton, even before he became Bond for a short time )

    Daniel Craig is very uber cool, cast in a different Bond mold, as inspired by Matt Damon's Jason Bourne.

    I thought Clive Owen would have made a great Bond, but he likes tackling unconventional roles and does not wish to be typecast.

    Still Connery will always be the best Bond ever.

    Agree with your assessments, MaoFan7!

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    Sean Connery!!!!
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    Daniel Craig !!!

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    Roger Moore is the Bond I saw as a teenager at the movies, and I've never liked any of the Bonds since. Pierce Brosnan gives me the creeps, so I've never even watched more than a few moments of his movies.

    I'd probably prefer Sean if he were the first one, because I do like the tough edge of his Bond.

    Daniel Craig is very visually appealing, but his movies have bored me.

    Why they ever cast Sean Bean as a Bond villain, instead of making him Bond is what I'd like to know. He'd be a perfect Bond.
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    In term of acting ability, I'd say Daniel Craig has been the best so far. I've never been a big Bond fan, but I loved "Casino Royal".

    Roger Moore was my first Bond crush, but "Moonraker" was probably the one that jumped the shark for me. He was definitely too long in the tooth for the role by the time "A View To A Kill" and "Octopussy" rolled around.

    Sean Connery was very suave and charming, but I can't recall any Bond film of his that I've seen in its entirety.

    Pierce Brosnan - I only saw Remington Steele when he was on the screen.

    Dalton and Lazenby - ZZZ

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    I think Daniel Craig is the best actor, but the Bond I enjoyed the most was Sean Connery. I like my Bond with a bit of humor. Craig's movies IMO are too much like standard action films.

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    Roger Moore!
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    Only one did such a good job Ian Fleming rewrote the character to fit him. The one, the only, the Scottish, Sean Connery!

    Daniel Craig is a very interesting take. Maybe more with the soul of the early books.

    I enjoyed Pierce Brosnan. It helped his first one, GoldenEye, features him and one of my favorite pieces of eye candy, Sean Bean (we had suave, black hair/blue eyes, and a bit rough blonde. I swear they made GoldenEye just for me!) But the rest were...eh. Tomorrow Never Dies did have Michelle Yeoh, at least.

    Roger Moore I've come to appreciate, mostly for "The Spy Who Loved Me" and for putting up with a lot of shenanigans that made the movies very silly. (A slide whistle sound effect? REALLY?)

    One of these days I'll get around to seeing George Lazenby. They don't rerun "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" often.

    Timothy Dalton..I might like him more if the movies weren't so painfully Eighties.

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    Why is David Niven an "Other"?!



    He gets my vote, with Dahliah Lavi as runner up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    I enjoyed Pierce Brosnan. It helped his first one, GoldenEye, features him and one of my favorite pieces of eye candy, Sean Bean (we had suave, black hair/blue eyes, and a bit rough blonde. I swear they made GoldenEye just for me!) But the rest were...eh. Tomorrow Never Dies did have Michelle Yeoh, at least.
    Sean Connery was the classic sexy Bond.
    Roger Moore was the cheeky double-entendre Bond.

    That said, GoldenEye totally rocked because...

    1) Pierce Brosnan looked great, and was surprisingly deft in that role
    2) Crazy femme fatale Famke Jansson great as Xenia Onatopp
    3) ....it turned the Bond genre upside-down by presenting 007 as a... somewhat submissive bottom.

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    I was going to vote, but then remembered that I've never seen a Bond movie!

    P. Diddy, Puff Daddy (or whatever he calls himself today) reportedly has been trying for years to be the next Bond. GAG!!!

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    Definitely Sean Connery.
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    I know it's not fair to Connery, but he creeps me out thanks to his older persona and how he was portrayed on SNL's Celebrity Jeopardy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    Why is David Niven an "Other"?!



    He gets my vote, with Dahliah Lavi as runner up.
    David Niven played 007 in the 60's James Bond spoof, Casino Royale. Peter Sellers also played Bond in that same movie. Ursula Andress, Orson Wells, Joanna Pettet, Woody Allen and Jackie Bissett were all great - love that movie!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VIETgrlTerifa View Post
    I know it's not fair to Connery, but he creeps me out thanks to his older persona and how he was portrayed on SNL's Celebrity Jeopardy.

    You should take a look at Sean Connery's suave, sexy, strong, loving (yet somehow threatening to the heroine) perfomance in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    You should take a look at Sean Connery's suave, sexy, strong, loving (yet somehow threatening to the heroine) perfomance in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964).
    Thanks for the recommendation. I'll have to check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    You should take a look at Sean Connery's suave, sexy, strong, loving (yet somehow threatening to the heroine) perfomance in Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964).
    I was not a fan of this movie when I first saw it; I watched it one night on my first ship during deployment in the Pacific. But on subsequent viewings, I can appreciate it a lot more. I also enjoyed Sean in A Woman of Straw with Gina Lollobrigida. Not a great film, but nice to see him stretch himself in a nasty role. A Fine Madness with Joanne Woodward was very good.

    But this is the way I like to remember him mainly.

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