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Dissecting Bond… James Bond. Part 4

So we’ve reached the final chapter of the Bond breakdown. In this section, I’ll rate the different actors who’ve portrayed Bond as well as include some of my favorite Bond Girls.

Sean Connery as James Bond

Sean Connery as James Bond

1. Sean Connery – This is almost a default rating, though not because he was the first Bond or anything like that. I always imagined Bond to be this suave ladies man who could kick some ass in between downing martinis (shaken, not stirred, of course), quipping double-entendre one-liners and beating everyone who played him at Baccarat. That man was Sean Connery. And while I strongly, strongly disliked Never Say Never Again, Sir Connery is the ultimate Bond.

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

2. Pierce Brosnan – Brosnan carries a certain smug, debonair badass-ness to his portrayal of Bond. He’s at his best in The World is Not Enough. Unlike the Roger Moore’s occassionally ridiculous chase sequences or Timothy Dalton’s scary-dark Bond, Brosnan walks the fine line between over-the-top action/comedian and straight-faced dramatic.

Roger Moore as James Bond

Roger Moore as James Bond

3. Roger Moore – I prefer Moore’s earlier work as opposed to his 80’s Bond films. With each new movie, it seemed like he was going through the motions and the stunts became increasingly ridiculous. But he definitely portrayed the role with more enthusiasm than any of the other Bond actors.

Timothy Dalton as James Bond

Timothy Dalton as James Bond

4. Timothy Dalton – Dalton’s ambition was to portray Bond closer to the original Ian Fleming model – a darker, more serious secret agent who didn’t have time for one-liners or loose women. And even the one-liners he zings are done with such reluctance. In essence, he is the anti-Roger Moore version of James Bond. Which misfired in his first attempt as Bond in The Living Daylights but excelled in the revenge-plot driven Licence to Kill.

George Lazenby as James Bond

George Lazenby as James Bond

5. Geroge Lazenby – It’s hard to judge a man on just one performance, so that’s the main reason Lazenby ends up down here. It’s also because whenever people talk about Bond, they either go with Connery or Moore… and skip right over George. However, he did display nice range as an actor in On Her Majesty’s Service and one can only wonder how good he could have been had they allowed him to continue.

Daniel Craig as James Bond

Daniel Craig as James Bond

6. Daniel Craig – I make no apologies when I say Daniel Craig is by far the worst James Bond yet. The fact of the matter is, he’s just not meant for this role. Sure he’s buff and handsome, but he looks like the Hollywood-fied version of Bond with the blonde hair and blue eyes and fully Nair-ed upper body. Granted, his scripts have been pretty bad as well so that does become of reflection unto Craig. I’d be interested to see what he could do with a decent script… that is if MGM ever gets out of bankruptcy.

Bond Girls

There’s no ranking here for the Bond Girls, cuz, frankly, what’s the point. So here’s just a few of my favorite Bond Girls, in no particular order.

Ursula Andress – You’ve gotta admit, the first time you ever saw Honey Ryder emerge from the shores of the Caribbean in that white two-piece, you were hooked. From here on, Bond Girls were going to held to a certain standard and Andress set the bar high.

Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr. No

Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr. No

Beatrice Libert – She only did three movies in her entire career (Moonraker being her first professional gig) but if you were going to be trapped in space (and quite possibly killed), it wouldn’t be as bad going out with a lady as lovely as Beatrice.

Beatrice Libert with Roger Moore (James Bond) and Richard Kiel (Jaws) in Moonraker

Beatrice Libert with Roger Moore (James Bond) and Richard Kiel (Jaws) in Moonraker

Carol Bouquet – Ah yes, Ms. Bouquet. The European Live Tyler look-alike. She made an already good movie (For Your Eyes Only) that much better, especially when she seductively uttered the title of the movie to Roger Moore.

Carol Bouquet in For Your Eyes Only

Carol Bouquet in For Your Eyes Only

Jill St. John – I’m not gonna kid you. Having this lady run around in a bikini for almost half the movie is not a bad thing. Besides, it covered up her mediocre acting.

Jill St. John in Diamonds are Forever

Jill St. John in Diamonds are Forever

Lana Wood – This buxom brunette beauty appeared in Diamonds Are Forever and, honestly, her real name sounds like a Bond Girl’s name. So she was born to play this role!

LanaWood as Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds are Forever

LanaWood as Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds are Forever

Claudine Auger – Easily the one and only good thing about Thunderball.

Claudine Auger in Thunderball

Claudine Auger in Thunderball

Halle Berry – Did an excellent job kicking butt next to Brosnan’s Bond in Die Another Day.

Halle Berry in Die Another Day

Halle Berry in Die Another Day

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5 thoughts on “Dissecting Bond… James Bond. Part 4

  1. Pingback: 100 Years of Movies in 100 Days – Day 55 – Goldfinger (1964) « Cinemania

  2. Are you crazy? Daniel Craig is the best and his 2 movies have already been blockbusters. He has given Bond a much needed revamp.
    And Bond girls-Honor Blackman was pure gold.

    • I’ll give you Casino Royale as a good reboot, but Quantum of Solace was a mess. Thankfully Skyfall looks promising, but in no way, at least not yet, does Craig top Connery, Moore or, in my book and I’m know I’m in the minority, Brosnan. Skyfall should propel Craig up over Lazenby and Dalton. I’ll probably look to update this as we get closer to the release of Skyfall.

    • Ah, thanks for the catch! It’s been a couple years since I did that Bond series. Probably will sift through it before Skyfall.

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