Favorite actor to play James Bond?
Sean Connery, for the win….
I love James Bond.
Seriously? Sean Connery. If you want it to be interesting, ask everyone their SECOND favorite actor to play James Bond.
Connery. Sean Connery.
This should be good…
I personally have 3 faves – Sean Connery for originating the character, Pierce Brosnan because he just fit the tux perfectly, and Daniel Craig because he quite simply, rescued the franchise.
I can honestly say I've never, ever watched an entire Bond movie (gasp!), but I vote Pierce Brosnan based on looks alone.
I grew up on Roger Moore, LOOVED him
Sean Connery, however I must add that I really really enjoyed Pierce Brosnan in the role.
Roger Moore, then Pierce Brosnan.
Connery IS Bond
@TRD Idris Elba would be great! I LOVE him. So gorgeous. I like how Daniel Craig looks as Bond but Roger Moore is my favorite as he's the most spy-ish.
my fave is connery, but my fave movie is live and let die with moore. now of course i love craig but it's kind of an apples & oranges since its a reboot.
I know I'm supposed to answer Sean Connery but of course it is the smoking hot Daniel Craig. Sean Connery next and I do love a little Roger Moore.
Sean Connery. No one else is even close to him.
Sean. Hands down.
George Lazenby. Just kidding! I loved Sean, Roger and Pierce in their own era. Craig isn't suave and debonair enough for me but I do like the films. They're fun.
Sean for the classic, Daniel for the here and now.
Roger Moore.Pierce Brosnan.
I preferred my bond tall dark and handsome.
I'm with The Real Dragon. But why do we have to wait until 2025?
@iceberg. I dont know how long Daniel is going to be milking the bond series
Just kidding! Everybody hates that guy. Poor Timothy. He was awful.
All others are merely chasing the vapor trails of Sean Connery's coolness.
@ blfo – ditto. Pierce was a HOT James Bond.
No, he wasn't.
Pierce Brosnan. The cheesiness of the franchise during his tenure was totally not his fault, and I think he did the best he could. I also think he's unfairly blamed for it sometimes. Goddamn he's handsome. And charming. Daniel Craig is hot, but not nearly as likeable.
@The Real Dragon I think he's already said he's getting tired of doing them. I know he's in for at least one more, but he may or may not do the one after that.
For classic suave crime fighting, Pierce Brosnan.
Daniel Craig doesn't really go in the mix because he's a dark reboot of the series (kind of like trying to compare Christian Bale with Michael Keaton, et. al.) and in my mind is set apart. Personally, I love the gritty reboot.
Pierce. He was suave, and timeless kind of looking, without being over the top muscle hardened.
I don't really like the new bonds. They don't even seem like the fit with the other series at all. I know they wanted to revamp and get a younger audience, but I think they lost a lot of the older audience. The last once my husband fell asleep in the theatre, he said it was boring, and he think Craig is the best one lol.
I'm torn between Sean and Pierce. I was disappointed when Bond went blonde but I just recently watched Daniel in Casino Royale and really enjoyed it.
Even though I loved Steve McQueen, Pierce was an awesome Thomas Crown.
@dragon- Ha! I like it.
clive owen. but of the ones who have actually plyed him, pierce.
Sean Connery MADE the part. Bond would have never been that huge without his creation (though the original director, Terrence Young, also contributed to shaping the part).
Lazenby wasn't a gifted actor, he was a passable Connery double, but his film is one of the best in the entire series and Connery, who was fed up with playing the part at the time, may have been worse for the story.
Roger Moore was good looking but his acting chops were not that great, except for a few scenes. He was an apple-polisher to the producers, who kept him far much longer than required.
Timothy Dalton can be a great actor but his take on Bond was much too introverted for a film. He would be perfect for an audio recording of a novel.
Pierce Brosnan had more panache, but he was also clueless about the part. GoldenEye was a great start, then he accepted everything he was given and his final films are less than interesting.
Craig may actually be the best actor of the bunch. Even in a disappointing episode such as Quantum of Solace, he's a delight to see. I agree he may not look the part as much as Connery or Brosnan, but, as Connery, the guy has a clear idea on how Bond should behave, and he's not afraid to voice it to the producers, the screenwriters and the director. Since Connery, he's the first actor who makes me concerned about what Bond thinks.
Daniel Craig revived my interest in the James Bond franchise. I wonder who the next one will be. I heard they're thinking about Idris Elba.
Brosnan – then Roger Moore. Do not like Daniel Craig at all in the role. And I second the Idris Elba vote. The sooner the better please.
Sean Connery, then Daniel Craig, then Timothy Dalton. Heresy I hear you say… but Dalton is a good actor, a great actor when he's on form, and his portrayal of Bond was MUCH closer to the books.
Bond was written as a well dressed psychopath. He should be introverted, a gregarious spy isn't a successful spy. He should be dangerous, Roger Moore was too jokey to be dangerous. Pierce Brosnan was good, but not in the least scary – Bond should have an edge. Connery had it, Dalton had it, Craig has it.
Bond should give you the feeling that you can never turn your back on him, even if you're a friend, because he's so unpredictable – like a good psychopath should be.
Craig coming out of the water – not even sure which one – but my goodness. If I wasn't with my husband I would have groaned out lod. He is the best eye candy. I will fantasize about Idris doing the same *sigh*.
@iceberg then Idris should get in there lol
Craig absolutely nails the core of Ian Fleming's character, but the blond hair — especially the lack of eyebrows — really detracts from his "Bondness." That said, his performance is so good he's tied with Connery for second place.
But if you want to see James Bond as Ian Fleming imagined him, Timothy Dalton is it. He's got the look: dark, dangerous, handsome. He slightly resembles the late Hoagy Charmichael, who was Fleming's image of Bond. He has genuine acting chops, and while he can bring bond a sense of lightness and romance (which is absolutely part of the character Fleming wrote about) he can also bring the darkness, the anger, the aggression, the sheer weight of deadliness.
After Connery and Craig, we have Brosnan in a very close third place, followed by Lazenby, who is actually very good in the role, and trailed in last place by Roger Moore, who is a lovely man and a terrific, fun actor, but is never, ever, ever anywhere close to being James Bond, and stayed in the role way too long. He seemed grandfatherly by the time of For Your Eyes Only, which made his pursuit by seeming-jailbait Lynn-Holly Johnson a lose-your-lunch concept, and followed up, seeming even creepier, doing the nasty with Grace Jones, which is– NO!
Yeah, I'm very opinionated about all things Bond.
Brosnan, then Craig
Sean Connery #1Daniel Craig edging in at a coming closer 2
an absolutely no to Idris-sorry
I vote for Idris! Faves: Connery & Brosnan
Roger Moore, then Connery, then the rest.
Sean Connery, he was so perfect in that role.
No one's ever done it as well as Sean Connery.
Sean. All other are pretenders to the Bond throne.
Brosnan is my favorite, even though he was in the worst of all the Bond films (TWINE).
Moore is who I think of as "Bond", simply because he was Bond when I was growing up.
Connery was good at originating the roll.
Dalton was simply a caretaker Bond until Brosnan was available.
Lazenby was a joke.
Craig ISN'T Bond. He's "Jason Bourne".
Bond films shouldn't be dark and gritty. Now the franchise is just another action franchise with none of the charm it used to have.
Even though he's not a very nice person, Sean Connery will always be the man I think of as James Bond.
Sean Connery. I don't like Daniel Craig as Bond simply because he's blonde and Bond has always had black hair so I don't see him as Bond.
Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, then Sean Connery. Daniel Craig doesn't do it for me, I agree about the blond hair thing.
I loved Sean but I think Daniel Craig is great
Connery -> Craig -> Dalton -> Brosnan -> Moore -> Lazenby
Niven in the jokey Casino Royale next, and as for the first guy to play Bond, Barry Nelson (also CR), the less said about him the better…
Connery will always be THE James Bond. However, I love Daniel Craig and Pierce. I also liked Dalton a lot, too. Moore was enjoyable, but his got kind of silly. The only one I didn't like was Lazenby. I love me some James Bond films!
Roger Moore. The dude was in a movie called Octopussy, which made me giggle as a kid, and now, if I'm honest. Yes..even as I typed it I LMFAO.
You made me giggle too! Nice to know that a part of me will always remain a giggling teenager…
Ya know I didn't think Daniel would make a good Bond. I was a die hard Sean and Roger woman with a twist of Pierce, but I LOVE Daniel Craig. I also love his chemistry with M. Just awesome.
Hands-down Timothy Dalton and I'm not being ironic. He's better looking than Connery, more genuinely charming (not so winky-wink) than Moore, and just dangerous enough to be thoroughly believable.
The rest don't count. I never saw Lazen-whats-his-face film, Brosnan was too "Remington Steele" for me, and Craig just…well, I just don't find him at all attractive and I need me some Bond eye-candy.
I really liked Tim. He was brooding.