Who is the best James Bond?
There have been six James Bonds altogether and 23 movies. Whenever a new Bond movie comes out or there is a change in the actor portraying Bond this question comes up. There are many varying opinions on the matter. In many respects it could be a question, which has no real answer. However, while the best Bond may be in the eye of the beholder there are some factors, which can help us arrive at a logical opinion or answer if you will.
We will start by working our way backwards.
6. George Lazenby
I believe it is universally accepted that George Lazenby is the worst Bond. While many would not argue this point, I would beg to differ. Lazenby in my opinion did a great job in his one movie. His timing and believability were spot on. The movie, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” was actually a remarkably good movie. Diana Rigg starred opposite Lazenby and it is the Bond where you get the back drop of the character with his marriage. Nevertheless, it was only one movie and while underrated it is still not enough.
5. Timothy Dalton
After Roger Moore stepped aside the Bond franchise took a different turn and attempted to be more gritty. The charm of the previous Bond movies was gone. I often felt that while Dalton was not a bad Bond, the direction of the movies was wrong for him. I think he would have been better received had the franchise not tried to be as gritty. His Bond movies were two of my least favorite in the franchise. Roger Moore was a tough act to follow. I believe because of that it made Dalton’s Bond almost forgettable.
4. Pierce Brosnan
After GoldenEye I would have probably put him almost in my top two, however, his portrayal seemed to get worse with each movie. “Die Another Day,” was a difficult movie to both believe and swallow. I felt let down by the time Brosnan stepped down. It seemed that the character took a backseat to the gadgets and special effects. Also it became difficult to distinguish Brosnan’s Bond from Remington Steele. His Bond was filled with potential and much promise, however, he never lived up to the enormous expectations.
3. Daniel Craig (curent Bond and rising up the list)
He could be the best Bond when all is said and done. However, it all depends on how the next several movies go and what he does with the character. He burst onto the scene in “Casino Royale.” The more I watch, “Quantum of Solace,” the more I am impressed with not only the director but Craig’s portrayal. I feel the same about “Skyfall.” Craig seems to have both the charm of Moore and the ruthlessness of Connery. He could end up being the best of them all.
To be continued