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Thread: Who Played the Best James Bond?
06-29-2010, 10:31 PM #1
Who Played the Best James Bond?
There are many to choose from. My top choice varies back and forth from Connery to Moore depending on my mood. Who's you're Bond?
06-29-2010, 10:47 PM #2
Connery is my fav but I like how Daniel Craig brings some darkness to the role. Brosnan is the worst IMHO
06-29-2010, 10:52 PM #3d00d
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Roger Moore, tight race with Connery.
06-29-2010, 10:58 PM #4
06-29-2010, 11:22 PM #5
Roger Moore? Seriously?
06-29-2010, 11:26 PM #6
Connery. Craig is the best Bond since. I find it almost equal but with a different personality.
06-29-2010, 11:40 PM #7d00d
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06-30-2010, 03:53 AM #8
PETER SELLERS is not on the list. How cruel."Fakers are Maggots" - T. Hall, 2011
only a fake Rasta could make a claim like that
06-30-2010, 06:03 AM #9"You damn colonials and your herds of tax write off dressage ponies". PNWBrit
06-30-2010, 09:20 AM #10
Geeky Stats for Geeky Stats Sake:
Roger Moore was the first bona fide Englishman to portray Bond, who, in the novels, was always made out to be a London-bred Brit.
Sean Connery is Scottish
George Lazenby is Australian
Timothy Dalton is Welsh
Pierce Brosnan is Irish
As for me, I've always had a soft spot for Moore, despite his over-the-top camp take on the role. This is mostly because he was Bond when I first began seeing the films in the theaters (early '70s) with my parents. It was kind of a family ritual to go see the new Bond film when it opened, either as a family or just me and my dad. And honestly, I didn't have much of a problem with Dalton or Brosnan, I had more problems with the shoddy scripts and lame plots they were dealt in their films (ditto for later period Moore). An actor is really only as good as the material they are given and a lot of the later period Bond pix had really crappy storylines, goofy villains, and the like.
Still, in terms of film franchises, I believe the Bond one is the longest running and most successful, which is saying something.
In terms of favorite entries in the series:
For Your Eyes Only (one of the few plot-driven, light-on-stunts, light-on-camp Moore vehicles).
Goldeneye (the best Brosnan)
Casino Royale (gritty as hell)
Not sure which Connery is my fave, but I think it might be Goldfinger..."Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."
06-30-2010, 10:10 AM #11who guards the guardians?
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Listed in order of the combination of ruthless-spy-killer-with-a-heart and ability to convey enough hotness to make all the tail he pulls in the films believable.I'm just a simple girl trying to make my way in the universe...
I come up hard, baby but now I'm cool I didn't make it, sugar playin' by the rules
If you know your history, then you would know where you coming from, then you wouldn't have to ask me, who the heck do I think I am.
06-30-2010, 10:16 AM #12"You damn colonials and your herds of tax write off dressage ponies". PNWBrit
06-30-2010, 10:50 AM #13
roger moore is 82 and still skis. he lived gstaad for a long time. he now lives in [ame="http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=161805"]crans montana[/ame]. i keep looking for him when i go there.
do any of the others ski?
06-30-2010, 11:03 AM #14This is the worst pain EVER!
06-30-2010, 12:47 PM #15
06-30-2010, 02:22 PM #16
I just love the darkness that Craig brings to the roll. The fatalism of knowing that he will likely not live to the mandatory retirement age of 45.Education must be the answer, we've tried ignorance and it doesn't work! Wait, nevermind, when you see a liberal using science to advance an idea...grab your wallet and your freedom and run.
06-30-2010, 04:12 PM #17
06-30-2010, 06:45 PM #18"Fakers are Maggots" - T. Hall, 2011
only a fake Rasta could make a claim like that
06-30-2010, 10:38 PM #19
connery for the sex appeal alone.
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07-01-2010, 04:15 AM #20
07-01-2010, 09:10 AM #21
PNWBrit: I stand corrected (been a spell since I cracked open one of the books so my memory is a bit faded).
Bklyn: Um, Craig didn't bag hardly any chicks in the 2 films he's been in (2 in Casino and I don't think he "hit" any skins in Quantum, which surprised me)...I mean how could he (Bond) not get with Camille (Olga K)?
Moore may have been cheesy, but dude was always bagging mad trim (or at least surrounded by it, which was just as good and fueled the male fantasy that the films go for). And I believed it, naive that I am in that respect. I mean he was friggin' James Bond, albeit more like James Schmarm, but still.
I dug up this review of QoS from a British rag and it's interesting because it's written by a Brit and a man, so it touches upon the British nature of Bond and the sexist, male fantasy angle:
Cosmo Landesman - The Sunday Times
The big question that has always dominated debate among James Bond aficionados has been this — who is the greatest 007 of them all?
Now, with the second film in the relaunch of the franchise, they must face a new question — is Quantum of Solace the most boring Bond film ever?
Following Casino Royale was never going to be easy, but the director Marc Forster has brought the brand’s successful relaunch crashing back to earth — with a yawn. Even we Bond agnostics could see that Royale had its memorable moments, but Quantum of Solace is $200m worth of bland crash-bang-wallop. It’s an action film on autopilot, one that produces instant amnesia. By the time you have left the cinema, you won’t remember a thing. The trick, of course, is to get a balance between the Bond formula and something fresh. Every time Forster tries to push the feelgood buttons of Bond’s glorious past, however, he totally misses the mark, depriving us of traditional treats. It’s like a panto without a wicked witch.
Consider the Bond theme song. Why is it so difficult to write a decent Bond tune? (Answer: because, in the days of John Barry, nobody worried about market demographics.) The latest concoction, Another Way to Die, performed by Alicia Keys and Jack White, is a soulless slice of rock’n’soul sludge. The opening credits, featuring female body shapes emerging from desert sands, look like a cheesy 1970s television ad for a brand of cheap scent. For the big opening scene — a key feature of the Bond film — what do we get? A car chase you can’t enjoy, because the cars and characters disappear in a blur of frantic editing.
From this point in, it’s all downhill. The screenplay, by Paul Haggis (Crash), Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, is at times incomprehensible. It’s assumed that you know Casino Royale by heart and understand the intricacies of Bond’s relationship with his true love, the late Vesper Lynd. Did she betray him or try to save him? Search me, guv.
And it’s unclear what her relationship was to the secret organisation Bond and MI6 are trying to penetrate, headed by the eco-champion Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), who wants to take control of the water supply of the whole of South America. Greene is a thug who topples governments at the click of his fingers, abolishes the minimum wages of factory workers and sells great hunks of the rainforest for a fast buck. This is a Bond villain? It’s the perfect CV for a career at the World Bank.
Then there is 007 himself. James, what have they done to you? He has been stripped of any traces of charm, wit or intelligence, and is just another modern hero, concerned only with his own hang-ups and emotional issues. Feelings of grief and guilt over Vesper — not any notion of duty — propel him into action. He’s a thug with a broken heart, trying to find closure through killing. James, get over it and get back to work. Would any kid, or middle-aged fantasist, want to be like this back-to-basics Bond? The glamour is gone; the crack of broken bones has replaced the clink of martinis. In the most recent film, we saw his testicles whipped; here, they are removed. Not, I hasten to add, by a villain, but by the screenplay. The great thing about being 007 is that you get to sleep with beautiful women — all the time. In the new age of Bond realism, however, he gets a quickie with Agent Fields (Gemma Arterton) and nothing with his leading lady, Camille (Olga Kurylenko). Bond directors, take note: more sex, please, we’re British.
At the heart of the story is a question: who can you really trust? The Bond series has finally embraced what might be called John le Carré relativism: the notion that the “good” guys are as morally grubby as the “bad” guys. Indeed, one of the characters says, “There is no good and evil” — as if this were a daring proposition. Yet every film these days says it. It would be more daring to suggest that there are no shades of grey, only right and wrong. So, Bond ends up being hunted by both MI6 and the CIA as if he were the villain.
You would expect some memorable performances from an actor’s director such as Forster — the man who made Halle Berry look talented in Monster’s Ball — but the casting is a mess. Kurylenko is cute and capable, but Amalric, while he looks like a young Polanski, has the menace of a mouse. The weakest link, though, is Craig. Yes, he looks good in a tuxedo, and is terrific when it comes to action sequences. Paradoxically, however, even though we’re meant to have a very human Bond on display, he moves through the film with the cold, mechanistic manner of Schwarzenegger’s Terminator. No comic quips or human touches are capable of piercing the armour of those tight, puckered lips. In Craig, the 007 franchise has found a great face (and body), but it has not found a voice or a visual style it can call its own. Bond has been stripped of his iconic status. He no longer represents anything particularly British, or even modern. In place of glamour, we get a spurious grit; instead of style, we get product placement; in place of fantasy, we get a redundant and silly realism. Craig makes an attractive corpse, but Bond is dead."Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."
07-01-2010, 09:47 AM #22
sean connery, roger moore, craig are the best and the only ones worth mentioning.
dalton is a hack and an embarrassment to the james bond icon/image.
07-01-2010, 02:11 PM #23
way too much dookey....
07-01-2010, 02:39 PM #24
07-01-2010, 04:57 PM #25
Best opening scene for any movie (let alone a bond film) EVAR! HD, big screen, big sound. Really well done.