Which actor has been the best James Bond?

Which actor has been the best James Bond?
Isabel del Rio

James Bond is back in fashion.

‘50 years with James Bond’

James Bond 007

James Bond 007

From October, 5 to October 31, 2012, the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) will present all 22 films in its James Bond collection.

But the question continues in the air, who has played the best seductive, bold, smart, ironic, so English, James Bond.

James Bond actors:

For different likes, there are different colors. See your preferences:

*Sean Connery (1962-1967; 1971; 1983). He was the first official actor to play Bond in films. In the beginning, even Ian Fleming disagreed with the choice (they had been rejected David Niven, Patrick Magoohan, James Mason and Stewart Granger). In the end, he played a good role, making a credible gentleman spy. Anyway, he had the problem with his hair: James Bond cannot be bald: when James Bond enters in a pub, six women must fall unconsciousness…, such a sexy man!

He played James Bond character in seven films: Dr. No; From Russia with Love; Goldfinger; Thunderball; You Only Live Twice; Diamonds Are Forever; and Never Say Never Again (this last is considered a no-official part of the James Bond series.

*George Lazenby (1969). Only a film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and nobody remembers him.

*Roger Moore (1973-1985). Although he was not so good actor as Connery, he was Ian Fleming’s favorite actor after having seen him in TV series The Saints.

He played the perfect English gentleman, with a touch of irony and a spot of seductive provocation. It’s true that in his last performances he was too old but in some of the previous ones, he is the most credible James Bond. Films: Live and Let Die; The Man with the Golden Gun; The Spy Who Loved Me; Moonraker; For Your Eyes Only; Octopussy; A View to a Kill;

*Timothy Dalton (1987-1989). Roger Moore was really difficult to replace. They chose Timothy Dalton, tall and handsome but never elegant and without jokes: a failure. He appears in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.

*Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002). He was the best candidate to replace Roger Moore in 1984 but he couldn’t due to his contract with Remington Steel TV series. A shame because he gave a similar profile to Moore. When years later, he finally could get the role, his performance was a success. GoldenEye grossed over $350 million worldwide, more than any other James Bond film.

Other movies: Tomorrow Never Dies; The World is not Enough; and Die Another Day.

*Daniel Craig (2006 til today). Doubts and more doubts about him. Craig is blond, and his attractiveness too evident. However, his performance in Casino Royale received critical ovation and fans applause. Other movies: Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.

Then, James Bond is back in fashion and opinions have again in the air. Who was and is the best? Who would be your future candidate? Who do you prefer and why?

James Bond is an icon and everybody is waiting for a new film. What actor you’d choose?


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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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