Reel List: Top Bond Actors

Posted: November 2, 2012 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Reel Lists

It is inevitable: everyone has a different favorite Bond. Some say the actor you saw as Bond in your teenage years become the standard by which all are measured, and there is some truth to that. Here are some of our views!

Emilio’s Top 5:

5 – Roger Moore – No actor played Bond more times than Moore; and let’s be honest: he had one too many. By the final movies he was almost 60 and it showed; the stuntmen are the ones who really played Bond by the end of the day. Anyway, he does have a certain charm and is the funniest of them all.

4 – Timothy Dalton – I recently watched the Living Daylights again last week and it holds up very well. Dalton is a return to a more serious tone, no fuss, no cuteness. Not even very funny; I wish he had more chances to do the part, but legal trouble kept his 3rd movie in the works for years, and by the time it was solved he was too old for the part, leading to…

3 – Pierce Brosnan – The first Bond I saw in the theaters, unlike John Kwasny who saw every film in the theater, going all the way back to Dr. No. Brosnan has charm and a certain brutal quality; he even has a boyish glee at playing his childhood hero. Except for GoldenEye, none of his movies are very good. I wish we could see him in a great and serious script.

2 -Sean Connery – The classic Bond and still the favorite of many; the combination of looks, smoothness and roughness is great part of Connery’s appeal besides, he’s the one by which all other are measured.

1 – Daniel Craig -He was already in the mix for the top spot before Skyfall; now I humbly submit that he brings something to Bond that none of the above could. A reviewer called him a white shark in a tuxedo; and he is right. Craig is menacing and charming at the same time; and very much human. I hope he plays the part for years to come.

John Perritt: (My list is not as detailed as Emilio’s)

  1. Daniel Craig
  2. Sean Connery
  3. Timothy Dalton
  4. Roger Moore
  5. George Lazenby
  6. Peirce Brosnan
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Comments
  1. John C. Kwasny, Ph.D. says:

    FACT CHECK: John Kwasny actually saw his first Bond movie in 1977 (age 11) — the classic, The Spy Who Loved Me. He went on to see all the old Bonds very quickly after that.

    Another piece of trivia: John is also probably the only one of the gang who has actually READ all of Ian Fleming’s original 007 paperbacks.

    And, as much as I agree with your Bond ratings, I think Roger Moore deserves a bit more love. He was cool and hilarious!

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