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Survey reveals Britons' favourite 007 actors... and the results could leave you shaken AND stirred

 

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Sean Connery pictured in Dr. No. The Scottish actor came out on top in the survey for RadioTimes.com with 44 per cent of the vote

 

Who's the best James Bond? The results of a poll will leave some 007 fans spitting out their martinis in shock.

 

Because while Sean Connery has been voted the greatest, Roger Moore and current Bond Daniel Craig failed to make it into the top three.

 

The Scottish actor came out on top in the survey for RadioTimes.com with 44 per cent of the vote, ahead of Timothy Dalton in second, with 32 per cent, and Pierce Brosnan in third with 23 per cent.  

 

More than 14,000 people voted for their favourite, with actors pitted against each other in different rounds of the survey.

 

Full Story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8610219/We-werent-expecting-Mr-Bond-Survey-reveals-Britons-favourite-007-actors.html

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I always thought Pierce Brosnan was the "signature" Bond. He seemed to be the only one that had the "proper English school" demeanour, class and style that one expects from a Bond.

I've actually just been binge watching all the Bond movies in order. Just finished Moonraker last night. 

In my pecking order, I had the Bonds rated differently.

1. Pierce Brosnan - Best Bond.
2. Sean Connery - the original Bond.
3. Daniel Craig - the "Bourne" Bond.
4. Timothy Dalton - the "Angry" Bond.
5. Roger Moore - the Clown Bond.
6. George Lazenby - the Forgotten Bond.

To me, Craig's Bond is simply trying to "out Bourne" Jason Bourne (and Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt) by being more physical and drawing out the fight scenes longer. 
Dalton seemed overly angry most of the time, not the calm, cool Bond we usually see. He only got the job because Brosnan couldn't get out of his Remington Steele TV contract.
For Moore, it seems every one of his Bond's was being played more for laughs than anything else. Stupid gags and gadgets in every movie.

Brosnan was basically playing a similar role in the TV series Remington Steele, which is what got him picked to be the next Bond after Moore. However, when news leaked that he was being considered for the role, the producers of the TV series refused to let him out of his contract early as they wanted to cash in on his popularity. That is how Dalton ended up with the role. Apparently Dalton was picked to replace Connery for On Her Majesty's Secret Service but decided he was "too young" to play the part, which ended up going to Lazenby.
Dalton would have been in Goldeneye instead of Brosnan as he was contracted to do 3 movies. However, legal issues with the studios delayed the movie for nearly 5 years and Dalton's contract expired. He decided he didn't want to do a 3rd Bond film and a couple months later Brosnan was announced as the new Bond.

Moore had been in the TV series "The Saint" in which he played a suave, charming (and comedic) modern day (for the mid-60s) Robin Hood type character. He basically played Bond the same way. 

Lazenby was over-rated, by far. He wasn't great and it's probably a good thing he decided to not do another Bond, which he didn't because he was worried about being "typecast" and his agent apparently told him about some unknown guy named Clint Eastwood who was making $100,000 a pic making westerns in Italy, so Lazenby decided to try his luck elsewhere. Probably not the best career decision he could have made. Especially as that was his first film credit ! (He's still acting, a lot of TV and voice stuff, nothing "big" though.)

Connery, being the original, set the standard for the rest to follow, most of whom didn't reach that high. It'd be the same thing if they replaced Vin Diesel as the lead in the next Fast and Furious, or Cruise in the next Mission Impossible or Keannu Reaves in then 2 next John Wick movies. Whoever replaced them would be judged by the standards set by the original actors and would have a real hard time living up to that. Which is why so many "remakes" fail miserably. 

It's a bit of an eye-opener to watch the end credits of the older movies, and see how few people worked on them compared to today. Sheesh, the end credits in the first dozen Bonds are finished in like, 2 minutes ! Not like the 10+ minutes they run today. I wonder if those credits count towards the "run time" of the movie ? As in, is a 120 minute movie really 10 minutes of intro, 100 minutes of movie and another 10 minutes of credits ? Seems like it sometimes.

I was just reading about why "Q" wasn't in the first 2 Daniel Craig Bond movies (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) and it seems the producers were concerned that "too much was being made of the (Bond) film's gadgets. ! Which is ridiculous because half of "Bond" is the different gadgets he always uses, many of which were way ahead of their time (like car phones for example). Even Craig apparently expressed concern over his absence (hence the new, younger, tech-savvy "Q" in Skyfall).

I'm surprised Craig even did the next Bond film. After Spectre he publicly stated he'd rather slash his wrists than do another Bond film. Then again, looking at his list of credits since Spectre it seems he hasn't been getting a lot of "non Bond" work. Parts in 3 movies no one has heard of, 2 TV series episodes, 1 credit as an (uncredited) Stormtrooper and 3 Bond related credits (shorts/spoofs/title "reveals").

I wonder what he'll threaten to slash next once "No Time to Die" is released ? 

And who will the next Bond be ? I'm guessing they'll make the "politically correct" choice and if it turns out to be Idras Elba, that'd be fine. I think he has the similar class and style of the Connery/Brosnan Bond's. People freaked when it was announced the blonde haired Craig would become the Bond after Brosnan but now they don't think twice about it. Probably the same reaction if Elba gets the role.
 

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The correct ranking would be:

 

1. Roger Moore

2. Sean Connery

3. Pierce Brosnan

 

The rest doesn't count.

 

Pierce Brosnan is one of the best looking men who ever lived. But he's skinny, lanky and lacked that Alpha Male quality that Bond needs. Connery had the most of it but Roger Moore was the suavest and funniest bond and the lightness of bond makes it special. Plenty of action movies, but the class and fun was what made Bond special.

 

Moore had the class, looks and above all chemistry with each of the leading ladies, like Connery who was too rough around the edges.

 

Daniel Craig was the pitbull Bond, just awful. The worst Bond of all.

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15 hours ago, tifino said:

Favourite Bond Girls is Next??

oh booger it!!  Mine was in Moonraker... Not The Bond Girl as expected - but Dolly  

image.jpeg.e23f1ea7af69e3634f7c12fb42374a15.jpegBLANCHE RAVALEC as Dolly - James Bond: Moonraker GENUINE AUTOGRAPH ... image.jpeg.65bec1f8005395a7eda4ec98f97e597f.jpeg 

 

there were Two points in her favour! 😄 

 

 

 

actually three...  did you know that she is Subject to the Mandela Effect?? 

 

IF ANYONE? has a copy of Moonraker (on VHS only)  please go FF to the ending scenes when she smiles back at Jaws... Check her smile and agree/or not - 'something' about her teeth!!!

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2 hours ago, Kerryd said:


And who will the next Bond be ? I'm guessing they'll make the "politically correct" choice and if it turns out to be Idras Elba, that'd be fine. I think he has the similar class and style of the Connery/Brosnan Bond's. People freaked when it was announced the blonde haired Craig would become the Bond after Brosnan but now they don't think twice about it. Probably the same reaction if Elba gets the role.
 

The next James Bond is gong to be a black Latino, Asian trans gendered female that drinks mocha latte does not drink liquor and does not fight because they do not want to break a nail or ruin their make up.

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16 minutes ago, kingstonkid said:

The next James Bond is gong to be a black Latino, Asian trans gendered female that drinks mocha latte does not drink liquor and does not fight because they do not want to break a nail or ruin their make up.

Yes a ladyboy Bond . Confuse everyone , too many butch Bonds , ' Times are changing Miss Bond '.

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11 minutes ago, toofarnorth said:

Yes a ladyboy Bond . Confuse everyone , too many butch Bonds , ' Times are changing Miss Bond '.

nah! - have to think of something new - as a transitional Bond cast 'member' has already been done

 

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but imagine the chemistry if Tula was the Bond Girl of a female Bond!!

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35 minutes ago, kingstonkid said:

The next James Bond is gong to be a black Latino, Asian trans gendered female that drinks mocha latte does not drink liquor and does not fight because they do not want to break a nail or ruin their make up.


Must also be a single parent and "socially aware" while getting all his/her facts from random twitter feeds and YouTube videos. Won't wear "gender identifying" clothing or drive anything powered by fossil fuels but will be more than willing to spend other people's money to satisfy his/her own needs. 

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       I think people are confusing the best Bond, with the best scripts, Connery led the way, all those years ago, then over the years, the actors and stories changed, some for the better, some for the worst, but I think Daniel Craig has revitalised the Bond movies, after Flemings books ended.

       Maybe, too many voters based their choice on the year they were born, hence the variations in their decisions.

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Craig is closest to the Bond character as written by Fleming. But in 1962 I saw a trailer for an upcoming movie at a "Buck a carload" drive-in theater. It was called "Dr. No". I was instantly sold on the movie and Connery.

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Dalton over Moore and Craig? Must be alot of Covid zombie brains at work. 

 

Connery was amazing. A genius of an actor. A one of a kind for sure. 

 

However, I loved Roger Moore. His dry humor was outstanding. For me, he is second. Craig third. Brosnan fourth. Who next? There will never be another Sean Connery. 

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5 hours ago, kingstonkid said:

The next James Bond is gong to be a black Latino, Asian trans gendered female that drinks mocha latte does not drink liquor and does not fight because they do not want to break a nail or ruin their make up.

... wearing Bonds undies, and armour plated fingernail polish

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2 hours ago, Mac98 said:

Craig is closest to the Bond character as written by Fleming. But in 1962 I saw a trailer for an upcoming movie at a "Buck a carload" drive-in theater. It was called "Dr. No". I was instantly sold on the movie and Connery.

Errrrr no.

 

General references in the novels describe Bond as having "dark, rather cruel good looks".

 

As a blonde craig is rather the exact opposite of the Bond written by Fleming.

 

His Bond also had a love of food, alcohol and love-making, and a smoking habit of 60 custom-made cigarettes a day.

 

One can't see the dour Craig enjoying any of those things, or any other things really.

 

In the books Bond is not fond of homosexuals,  with Bond opining that homosexuals were "a herd of unhappy sexual misfits – barren and full of frustrations, the women wanting to dominate and the men to be nannied", adding that "he was sorry for them, but he had no time for them."

 

Craig by contrast seems quite "woke".

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On 8/11/2020 at 12:25 PM, pacovl46 said:

Dalton in second place?! Wow! I would’ve never guessed that in a million years! My favorite is Brosnan then Connery then Craig.

Brosnan 55555555555555555

He was too smug by far, and went on to prove that he is rubbish by his abominable performance in Mama Mia ( so bad that they had to reduce his presence to almost nil in the sequel ).

Moore played it for laughs in the worst Bond movies ever.

Connery was The Bond, having sex appeal oozing from every pore, and was the only thing good about the badly made movies he was in. I recently watched Dr No again and was surprised at just how bad the movie was, but Connery carried it on his own.

Craig's movies have excellent production values, but he's too "beige" to be a great Bond.

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On 8/11/2020 at 9:48 PM, Logosone said:

Errrrr no.

 

General references in the novels describe Bond as having "dark, rather cruel good looks".

 

As a blonde craig is rather the exact opposite of the Bond written by Fleming.

 

His Bond also had a love of food, alcohol and love-making, and a smoking habit of 60 custom-made cigarettes a day.

 

One can't see the dour Craig enjoying any of those things, or any other things really.

 

In the books Bond is not fond of homosexuals,  with Bond opining that homosexuals were "a herd of unhappy sexual misfits – barren and full of frustrations, the women wanting to dominate and the men to be nannied", adding that "he was sorry for them, but he had no time for them."

 

Craig by contrast seems quite "woke".

Bond's decline is matched by the rise in PC.

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On 8/11/2020 at 9:03 PM, spidermike007 said:

Dalton over Moore and Craig? Must be alot of Covid zombie brains at work. 

 

Connery was amazing. A genius of an actor. A one of a kind for sure. 

 

However, I loved Roger Moore. His dry humor was outstanding. For me, he is second. Craig third. Brosnan fourth. Who next? There will never be another Sean Connery. 

IMO it doesn't matter. The francise died when Connery left- it just didn't know it as the producer milked the franchise for all it could. What we get now is not Bond, even if his name is Bond. When they started discussing whether to put a woman in the position it just put the final nail in the coffin.

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3 hours ago, thaibeachlovers said:

Brosnan 55555555555555555

He was too smug by far, and went on to prove that he is rubbish by his abominable performance in Mama Mia ( so bad that they had to reduce his presence to almost nil in the sequel ).

Moore played it for laughs in the worst Bond movies ever.

Connery was The Bond, having sex appeal oozing from every pore, and was the only thing good about the badly made movies he was in. I recently watched Dr No again and was surprised at just how bad the movie was, but Connery carried it on his own.

Craig's movies have excellent production values, but he's too "beige" to be a great Bond.

Well, that’s your opinion, just like I have mine. 

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