10/23/08

Who's your Bond of choice?

With the latest Bond movie Quantum of Solace fast approaching release, I thought it would be fun to find out your fave and give my thoughts on the Bond boys.

George Lazenby just didn't have the 'oomph' and screen presence for this ultimate leading man, although the movie was good.

Sean was an all round class act, who still to this day epitomises James Bond for many. He had the rawness required, the bad boy charm, humour and the style. Plus none of the others have ever said "Mish Moneypenny" with quite as much inuendo and charisma. He gets my vote by a hair.

Sorry Roger, but I just don't know what their thinking was when they chose you. Unless they figured there was no way to replace Sean, so lets just go to the complete opposite! Way too smooth and smarmy for me, in fact almost put me off for life!

The much maligned Timothy Dalton, was in my mind a huge improvement on Roger and a much better actor. He brought back the rawness of the Bond from the original books, but just never quite connected with the audience.

Now Pierce was within a miniscule whisker of Sean as my all time fave. Admittedly I was a huge fan from way back in his Remington Steele days and fervently wanted him as Bond for years. Well I got my wish and he lived up to my expectations. He blended the required elements Sean had, although leaning slightly more towards the charm and humour side. I loved all the films he made and was sorry to see him retire.

And finally Mr Craig, who has always been a great character actor. I personally think given the opportunity he may just turn out to be the best Bond ever, if people can get past the nostalgia for Sean. His first attempt was a huge hit and he made Bond slightly dark and dangerous, just as the books originally intended. He has the rawness and some emotional complexity, the dry Brit' humour, less of the charm, but the charisma and sex appeal literally drips off the screen! I for one will be queueing up to see the new film and Casino Royale is already in our DVD collection.

So who is your ultimate Bond and why?

25 comments:

Mary said...

It was Pierce until the opening scene of the latest Casino Royale. Daniel Craig was outstanding and I can't wait to see the newest Bond. He brings an earthier element to the character, I think. Whatever it is, I'm buyin', lol!

Srg said...

I thought Craig was really good in Casino Royale, but I'll take Pierce over Craig anyday!

willow said...

Mr. Connery has to be it. But Daniel Craig just might prove to defeat him in my little book of Bond choices.

Melissa said...

I'm in 100% agreement except I couldn't get past the Remington Steele thing with Pierce. Sean and Daniel are tied for my favourites. Daniel is so cool and sexy it's ridiculous. Can't wait for the new one.

Stuart Peel said...

Roger was my first, and I still love him the most. But, if you want the Bond that Fleming wrote, it´s Daniel Craig, no question.

Don´t get me started on this stuff, I´m a Bond fanatic.

Mom/Mum said...

Pierce Pierce and pierce all that way for me. though like srg said, I thopught Daniel C was rather sexy and good in the last Bond. So, if he keeps up the good work I may move him into my top slot.

Kat said...

Sean, definitely, Sean.

pamokc said...

I'm liking Daniel Craig quite a bit! He is hotness for sure. A modern day Steve McQueen.

Otherwise, Sean is and always will be the best. It set the tone back in the swinging '60s and he had a way of looking at the girl that makes you melt.

George - I've only seen that movie a couple of times. But remember the kilt. How come the kilt hasn't been brought out since then?

Roger - I love those movies for their cheesiness and we quote from them often. "A secret agent? On whose side?" "I suspect this ain't exactly your debut at this kind of thing." "But James, I need you!" "So does England!" "Butterhook!" His movies are most quoteable. But most cheesy and what gave the series a bad reputation.

Timothy - I like his movies a lot. He just came across a bit too angry. Not as suave as the others.

Pierce - Never been so much of a Pierce fan but do think he has aged well. As Bond, he definitely had the smooth factor and a more human touch to the role.

So my fave -- has to be Sean Connery and the early early ones at that -- Dr. No and From Russia With Love.

Lisa E said...

It's Connery for me, but Mr. Brosnan and Mr. Craig aren't exactly difficult to watch!

gingela5 said...

Craig was great but anytime I think of James Bond I always go back to Sean Connery!

Daryl said...

Sean ... hands down the best and the REAL Bond for me.

Husband has a man crush on Mr Craig and thinks he is the cat's whiskers AND all that rolled into one.

:-Daryl

Kelli said...

I LOVE SEAN! I have had a crush on him for as long as I can remember! I would absolutely be delighted to meet him someday... his accent, class, style, talent and the list goes on... plus he seems to be just a wonderful man!

Winifred said...

Loved Sean when they released the first Bond but hs voice wasn't the best. Roger has the voice! Saw him interviewed this week and his voice is still fantastic. Can't believe he's 81, older than Connery!

Quite liked Pierce Brosnan but haven't fancied seeing Daniel Craig as Bond. Might get the video.

leslie said...

I think I'm living in the past with Sean Sean Sean...classy, charming, and charismatic.
I thought the movies with Pierce had an element of humour in them that didn't appeal, but I'll check out Daniel Craig and see if I like him.

Bella Foxx said...

I haven't seen the newest Bond movies, ok, I haven't seen any since Pierce left, my votes are for Sean Connery, Sean Connery, Sean Connery (What? I don't get three votes?) and Pierce Brosnan. I will have to check out the newest Bond.

Lori ann said...

Hello! I coulden't resist contributing to your informal poll! When I saw BOND it stopped me in my tracks. Please put me down for one Mr.Daniel Craig. Mr.Daniel Bond that is.

great post and blog!
x lori

Sherri said...

I love Pierce but I do love Daniel Craig also! They are my two favorite Bond men!!

~*Liz*~ said...

Mmmm. Sean Connery!

~Liz
www.AGiveawayADay.blogspot.com

T Town Tommy said...

Craig most certainly, those blue eyes and abs have me drooling. I have the latest Quantum of Solace trailer up on my site :)

Gaelyn said...

It has to be Sean. He's still the sexiest man out there.

Anna's Spot said...

Sean all the way and always. I love Pierce but just not as James Bond.

wanderingbtrfly said...

I can't agree more, Sarah! Sean is a classic, Pierce was incredibly fun to watch, and Craig just may have the power to overtake Sean (at least in my book). Personally, Daniel Craig is my fav ~ I'll be queueing up right along with you (just a few states over!)

Mmm said...

How fun!

sorry, but I still think Craig looks like one of the thugs! And he's blonde--I think of bond as tall, dark and handsome.

Personally, I loved Timothy Dalton's bond. He was so debonaire --more like Fleming imagine. Fleming pictured David Niven or George MAson to play his bond and Dalton was like the old gents. More smooth, gently than rough and brutish as Craig is.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Sean. Once and forever.

Neva said...

I had a good chuckle over this!!! I have to agree with you on all of your impressions!! Sean is my favorite....by a hair and then Pierce as well.....too cute.