James Bond Actors: The Best and The Worst
There are 22 official movies of James Bond released to the market. From Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008). Stretched from the generation of The Beatles, to the era of hip-hop and reality TV shows. There are 6 actors who have played the legendary British MI6 007 agent. Which one is the best, or the worst, here’s my version.
1. Sean Connery
Sean Connery is a scottish actor who played James Bond character in 6 official movies, from Dr. No (1962) to Diamonds Are Forever (1971). He later played James Bond character again in Never Say Never Again (1983) but the movie is not a part of the official franchise which right owned by Albert R. Broccoli. Never Say Never Again (1983) was meant to be a remake of Thunderball (1965), one of the official Bond movie which he starred.
For me Sean Connery is so far the best actor to play James Bond. He has the most sexual charisma compare to other actors. Bond in his hand turned into a very cool, sexy, funny, but very tough secret agent. Not to mention a cold-blooded killer. One of the most memorable action sequences of him in James Bond character was a brutal fight in a train from Bond movie called From Russia With Love (1963).
From Russia With Love (1963) also known as one of the best Bond movies until now. What I remember most of that movie actually was Daniela Bianchi who played Tatiana Romanova. She’s gorgeus
2. George Lazenby
George Lazenby was used to be an australian model. He played James Bond in only one movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). That movie was actually his first movie in his entire acting career.
He’s the youngest person who ever played James Bond, 29, when he appeared in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Before stepping onto James Bond’s step, he was the highest paid male model in European modeling history.
His appearance as James Bond didn’t really go well with the audiences so the producers decided to give the part back to Sean Connery for the next movie. For me George Lazenby is indeed the worst Bond actor. He looked fantastic as Bond when he was quiet. Sometimes I consider him as having one of the best Bond look. But things were fallen apart when he started to speak. He seemed like not prepared at all for this role. Perhaps he should make some appearance in movies to learn how acting should be before making a very big step to be James Bond.
On the contrary to his acting, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) is actually a very good Bond movie. If I remember correctly, this movie is one the most dramatic Bond movie. And it’s the only movie where James Bond got married. Bond with all his sexual charisma would marry someone? Yup. It happened. And it’s in George Lazenby movie
3. Roger Moore
Roger Moore is an english actor who played James Bond in 7 official movies, from Live and Let Die (1973) to A View To A Kill (1985). He’s the actor who played James Bond the most compare to others. But he’s also the oldest, he’s already 45 when he started to play James Bond.
Roger Moore is a drop dead handsome actor. And he has a good guy charm. Before making a role of James Bond, he’s very famous as Simon Templar in a hit TV series called The Saint (1962).
Compare to Sean Connery, Roger Moore offered different aspects of character. His approached was most notably a lot easier, less tough, and more laugh attitude. James Bond seemed like a comic book character in his hand. This new approach eventually accepted by the fans.
Roger Moore left the franchise after A View To A Kill (1985) when he was 57, making him as the oldest actor who played James Bond. He once quoted that he felt embarrassed to be seen performing love scenes with beautiful actresses who were young enough to be his daughters.
4. Timothy Dalton
Timothy Dalton is a green eyed wales born actor. Compare to other actors who played James Bond, he may very well be the only one classically trained Shakespearean actor who have forged simultaneous successful careers in theater, television and film. In short, in terms of acting he’s the best.
The producers actually offered him to play James Bond since 1969, when he was 25, but he turned it down, feeling he was too young for the part. That offer came again when the producers failed to get Pierce Brosnan out from his contract in the TV series Remington Steele (1982). So Timothy Dalton became the 4th actor to play James Bond.
Timothy Dalton only played as James Bond in two movies, The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). His approach is totally different with Roger Moore whom he replaced. He carried the character with a more serious, colder, and grittier portrayal of James Bond. Some critics hailed his performance, claiming he’s the closest to characterization of Bond from the original novel by Ian Fleming. But he was also greeted with a mixed reaction from the general public following twelve years of Roger Moore’s much more lighthearted, easy, and more laugh portrayal.
Initially he agreed to play James Bond in Golden Eye (1995) but further delays in script made him changed his mind and resigned from the role. Couple months later the producer announced that Pierce Brosnan will replace him.
5. Pierce Brosnan
I believe most of us who watched the TV series Remington Steele (1982) must think that Pierce Brosnan was perfect for the role of James Bond. And he was. The producers actually offered him James Bond role back in 1986 to replace Roger Moore. NBC (who owned the right of Remington Steele) insisted that Pierce Brosnan must continue his role as Mr. Steele with or without Bond, but Albert R. Broccoli (who owned the right of James Bond movies) refused the idea of having both Bond and Steele at the same time. So the producers have to find other actor beside Pierce Brosnan.
That role eventually came on 1995 after Timothy Dalton resigned his role in Golden Eye (1995). Pierce Brosnan who is irish actor, replaced him and continued to play in 4 Bond movies, from Golden Eye (1995) to Die Another Day (2002).
Why did many people think that Pierce Brosnan was perfect to play Bond? First, obviously he’s very handsome. There’s no two ways about it. Second, his quite popular series, Remington Steele (1982), aired at the era of Roger Moore’s version of James Bond. The time when James Bond was portrayed in more lighthearted, easy, and more laugh character. That’s where Pierce Brosnan really fitted in.
Personally I was quite disappointed to see Brosnan’s approach in Bond movies. I’m a fan of Remington Steele (1982) and I guess I expect to see another Bond in lighthearted spirit when he’s in. Kinda Roger Moore’s version of Bond. I even believe that Pierce Brosnan has better chance to surpass Moore’s performance in that perspective.
The fact was Pierce Brosnan tried to reinovate Bond character to what it seemed to be more approriate for 90′s era. Less laugh, and tougher. I think it’s kinda combination between Moore and Dalton but with modern approach. Sadly, it’s too late for Brosnan to play James Bond as he’s getting older. I always believe that he should play Bond since the era of 80′s
6. Daniel Craig
He’s the latest actor who played James Bond. First in Casino Royale (2006) and now continue to the last Bond movie, Quantum of Solace (2008). Daniel Craig is a blue eyed english actor. And guess what, he’s a Liverpool FC fan
Daniel Craig is the first Bond with blonde hair and he’s the shortest actor who played Bond. Speaking of style, Craig represents the new Bond style. Rough, bit cruel, bit ruthless, dry manner, almost bull-like physique, with short and simple haircut, he always looks ready for action. So far the most unique and different portrayal of Bond.
Compare to other 5 actors, Daniel Craig shows his sexual charisma in a different way. His sex appeal is more on his no nonsense act. He doesn’t tease many women as what James Bond usually did. He doesn’t have to actually, as women recognize it by themselves. It’s there but it’s kept hidden.
Daniel Craig version of Bond admittedly goes along with how action movies are made in 21st century. Fast paced, edited to leave audiences breathless, and demanding of close attention. His performance in Casino Royale (2006) earned glowing reviews both from critics and the fans. This will be his major step stone to the next movies of Bond.
Trivia: Who is the tallest James Bond?
Sean Connery : 1.86m
George Lazenby : 1.86m
Roger Moore : 1.85m
Timothy Dalton : 1.88m
Pierce Brosnan : 1.85m
Daniel Craig : 1.78m
Tigis : 1.82m
Well at least I can be a taller Bond compare to Daniel Craig
source : the Bond tailors who fit in their costumes (googling result). Except for Daniel Craig, I got it from imdb.com plus googling result. While for Tigis, I got it from company medical check up
Pics taken from googling results.