Connery to Craig. Who was the best?

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Every 2 to 3 years, when EON productions leaks out classified information about the next Bond movie, fans around the world wait eagerly to watch their all time favorite spy to show up with his license to kill and thrill. For those who have been around since the beginning of the franchise growing up watching almost 50 years of non stop action, Sir Sean Connery may seem to be the best Bond.
I am a great fan of Sean and his films and have watched and subconsciously memorized all the Bond movies released in sequence(plus the year of release but find it difficult to pinpoint a single name for the title of the best James Bond actor. The truth is I loved them all. But I did like some of the elements injected by some actors into the character once in a while. Every actor who played Bond has had a great screen presence that makes the series always watchable, but it wouldn't be fair to make an accurate comparison owing to differences in the era, story, age of the actors etc. Here's my personal opinion about each actor who played Ian Fleming's Mi6 agent James Bond 007.

Sean Connery:
James Bond wouldn't be the movie icon he is today hadn't it been for Sean Connery. He was suave, sexy and simply awesome. When looking back at classics like 'From Russia with Love' or 'Gold finger', you often wonder whether he was way ahead of his time. His charisma was undeniable and so was his talent. The Scottishman has never ceased to thrill even in his post Bond adventures and is an academy award winner(The Untouchables).

George Lazenby:
The only Australian actor to play Bond, the 29 yr old Lazenby, a car salesman may not have been Sean Connery, but he definitely had what it needed to play James Bond and was a perfect replacement despite having no prior acting experience. He had style and panache, but unfortunately the timings didn't seem to be right and its a pity that he wasn't able to play 007 for one more time. 'On Her Majesty's secret service' could possibly be one of the best Bond movies of all time.

Roger Moore:
This man could be serious in one moment and in another bring some humor with ease whenever it was needed. The oldest actor to play the role with the maximum no. of movies to his credit, Moore had a distinctive personality that helped to steer the series forward after Connery retired. One of Fleming's original choices for Bond, it would have been great to see a younger version of him(The Saint, Avengers) on screen.

Timothy Dalton:
Dalton, an accomplished theater actor may have been a bit different than his predecessors, but he was one of the few actors who dared to add a new flavor to the role. The Welsh actor brought a much needed seriousness to the character and with a deep sense of professionalism gave the series a boost of realism. He was the youngest actor to be offered the role which he turned down years before his first outing as Bond. And yes, he could give you the feeling that he was an assassin without holding a Walther PPK.

Pierce Brosnan:
After a gap of 6 years post 'License to Kill', when people wondered if there was any more relevance for the once famous fictional spy, Pierce Brosnan a.k.a Remington Steele arrived as the new generation Bond. He had the looks, he was sophisticated, suave, sexy and stylish. A fine actor, all of his movies went on to be blockbusters. Apart from thrilling the older generation of 007 viewers, Brosnan made younger audiences take a keen interest in the series and more than revived it.

Daniel Craig:
No one wanted Pierce Brosnan to ever leave. He was too good to retire. But the time came when EON productions decided to revamp the franchise in 2006 with Casino Royale taking Bond back to his roots. Thus entered the blond English actor Daniel Craig as the new 007 who had to earn his Double O status unlike the others and made sure he was going to keep it secure. Like Timothy Dalton, his predecessor, Craig was not afraid to experiment, he seemed ruthless, perfectly fit to be a spy(or rather a blunt instrument) and proved to be the perfect choice in the post Brosnan era.

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Darth Martin
1.Craig
2.Connery
3.Lazenby
4.Moore
5.Dalton
6.Brosnan

Wanderer11
Connery
Moore
Brosnan
Craig
Lazenby
Dalton

Myth
1. Connery
2. Brosnan
3. Craig
4. Moore
5. Dalton

6. Lazenby

Mr Parker
Moore
Connery
Dalton
Craig
Lazenby
Brosnan.

003
Connery
Moore
Brosnan
Dalton
Lazenby
Craig

Doc Blake
Moore
Connery
Craig
Dalton
Lazenby
Brosnan

Kazenji
Connery
Brosnan
Dalton
Craig
Moore
Lazenby

Darth Martin
Lazenby nailed the part. What movie did you people watch? erm

Polish
Connery
Dalton
Brosnan
Moore
Craig
Lazenby

Mindset
Connery
Moore

The rest don't matter.

Mr Parker
Originally posted by Mindset
Connery
Moore

The rest don't matter.

Gives standing ovation.Could not have said it better myself actually. Best post on this thread Happy Dance thumb up rock rock

Darth Martin
Watch OHMSS. Lazenby did just fine. Better than any of Dalton or Brosnan's performances.

Moore was only good when he was younger. In his later films he was just too old. I wish you could put his likeness from LALD in all of his films and see how they turn out differently.

Craig is the best to me because IMO his two films are the best in the series. He brings something different to the role. You can believe him with the women, in the fights, chases, etc. His delivery f dialogue is top-notch and has yet to say anything overly corny like Brosnan or Moore had a habit of doing.

Connery is the original, granted, but his track record isn't as perfect as Craig's is. He has two great films in Thunderball and FRWL, two good ones in Goldfinger and Dr. No, but has a weak one in DAF. YOLT to me is between good and weak. Although parts of it are great.

But, seriously, you peoples hate for all things George Lazenby must end. Have you even seen OHMSS? Easily a top 5 Bond film.

003
Originally posted by Darth Martin
Watch OHMSS. Lazenby did just fine. Better than any of Dalton or Brosnan's performances.

Moore was only good when he was younger. In his later films he was just too old. I wish you could put his likeness from LALD in all of his films and see how they turn out differently.

Craig is the best to me because IMO his two films are the best in the series. He brings something different to the role. You can believe him with the women, in the fights, chases, etc. His delivery f dialogue is top-notch and has yet to say anything overly corny like Brosnan or Moore had a habit of doing.

Connery is the original, granted, but his track record isn't as perfect as Craig's is. He has two great films in Thunderball and FRWL, two good ones in Goldfinger and Dr. No, but has a weak one in DAF. YOLT to me is between good and weak. Although parts of it are great.

But, seriously, you peoples hate for all things George Lazenby must end. Have you even seen OHMSS? Easily a top 5 Bond film.

That is hilarious! Craig is not convincing with women and his delievery of dialogue is horrendous. The man is the most wooden 'actor' of the modern era. Daniel Craig should not be mentioned in the same breath as the other great actors who played the role.

Mr Parker
Originally posted by 003
That is hilarious! Craig is not convincing with women and his delievery of dialogue is horrendous. The man is the most wooden 'actor' of the modern era. Daniel Craig should not be mentioned in the same breath as the other great actors who played the role.

wrong as always,Brosnan as others have posted as well with their rankings,should not be mentioned in the same breath as the other great actors who have played the role and has the most horrendous delivery of wooden diologue.

003
Originally posted by Mr Parker
wrong as always,Brosnan as others have posted as well with their rankings,should not be mentioned in the same breath as the other great actors who have played the role and has the most horrendous delivery of wooden diologue.

I think you will find that most people in this thread have ranked Brosnan higher than the wooden Craig.

Mr Parker
facts are facts and some people cant face them.

laughing laughing out loud

When Daniel Craig replaced Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, there wasn't a huge outcry of fan opposition

oh and it wasnt me wrote who that either. laughing I provided this link once where it said all that in a past discussion but someone chose to ignore it since the truth hurts otherwise I would post it again. laughing laughing out loud

nuff said. big grin its now time to get back to ranking the Bonds.anybody new have any rankings? will wait till someone new like a newbie comes on to post before posting again on this thread.

003
The link you provided in the past proved nothing of the sort. It is a well known fact that the production company wanted to keep Brosnan in the role.
Once again most people in this thread have stated that they prefer Brosnan to the wooden Craig.

Hatchet
Connery/Moore (I cannot split them)
Lazenby (His performance in OHMSS was truly brilliant.)
Brosnan
Dalton
Craig (For me the guy is not right for the part.)

Darth Martin
Originally posted by 003
That is hilarious! Craig is not convincing with women and his delievery of dialogue is horrendous. The man is the most wooden 'actor' of the modern era. Daniel Craig should not be mentioned in the same breath as the other great actors who played the role. Not even going to bother.

003
Originally posted by Darth Martin
Not even going to bother.

That is because you have no argument.

Darth Martin
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RobsonThomson
Roger Moore.

-Pr-
Connery
Brosnan
Craig/Moore
Dalton
Lazenby

I don't see anyone as being inherently terrible, but those would be the best in order, imo.

Clovie
I don't like Moore.

Craig is not bad. and quite close to the book-bond
but Connery is the classic one. and always will keep on being the ideal one eek!

Ahnold
Clovie eek! !!! Long time no see my friend; how are you smile ?

U Neek
D Craig did a better job than I thought he would have, so is up there as a good bond.

I always preferred Moore as the quintessential Bond. But Craig is rightfully challenging for that spot.

Ahnold!!! Long time no see my friend; how's it going?? I heard a rumour you split from Maria?!?

Clovie
Originally posted by Ahnold
Clovie eek! !!! Long time no see my friend; how are you smile ? yo
I'm quite fine. new job and stuff. how are you? smile

Mr Parker
Needs to be repeated below.

Connery
Moore

The rest don't matter

Hatchet and Mindset nailed it.They are the only true James Bonds.The others are all imposters.

Starmaker
Connery
Brosnan
Moore
Lazenby
Dalton
Craig

Feeling
Moore
Connery
Brosnan
Lazenby/Dalton







Craig

Mr Parker
Yep Feeling and oo3 will have to deal with it that Craig will be in the next four Bond films after this next one coming out this year,like all anti Craig fans,they will be screaming in pain from pulling the hair out of their head in anger. laughing laughing rolling on floor laughing laughing out loud laughing Like I said,I just wish I could be a fly on the wall to see it. big grin

Its going to happen and anti Craig fans WILL have to deal with it just like I had to deal with wooden as hell line delivery Pierce Brosnan when he was James Bond.The one actor that does not even come close to the other Bond actors who have played him.

I was able to deal with it though because like i said,this is the only site I have encountered where I havent found many people that agree with me on Brosnan.most other sites I have been to over the years,I found many that felt the way so it was nice to know I was around a bunch of others back then who saw how awful Brosnan was as well. Happy Dance

003
Or Parker will have to accept that he was wrong. If the next film flops Craig will be dumped and we will get our Bond franchise back!!

the ninjak
Connery
Craig
Lazenby
Brosnan
Dalton
Moore

ADarksideJedi
Originally posted by Feeling
Moore
Connery
Brosnan
Lazenby/Dalton







Craig

I can't stand Brosnan the same way you can't stand Craig!

-Pr-
Craig's not bad, his Bond is just so different to most of the ones that have come before, so he'll take some getting used to.

Just hope the next movie is better than QoS, though...

003
Originally posted by -Pr-
Craig's not bad, his Bond is just so different to most of the ones that have come before, so he'll take some getting used to.

Just hope the next movie is better than QoS, though...

His Bond is different because the man cannot act to save his life.

Prep-Man
I've been watching some of the old Bond films lately and it's defonitely Connery. I think Craig would be second. Or maybe 3rd.

Mr Parker
Originally posted by 003
His Bond is different because the man cannot act to save his life.

accept that that would be Brosnan you would be talking about. stick out tongue

003
Originally posted by Mr Parker
accept that that would be Brosnan you would be talking about. stick out tongue

Accept that it really wouldn't!

Bouboumaster
Connery
Lazenby
Moore
Brosnan
Dalton / Craig

SmileyPredator
Craig
Dalton
Connery
Brosnan
Moore/Lazenby

Robtard
1.Craig
2.Brosnan
3.Connery
4.Moore
5.Dalton


I've only seen a few small bits of the Lazenby film, so I can't properly rate him.

Aquitaine
IMO:

Brosnan
Connery
Dalton
Moore
Lazenby
Craig

Darth Martin
Originally posted by Darth Martin
1.Craig
2.Connery
3.Lazenby
4.Moore
5.Dalton
6.Brosnan

HeavySet
Moore
Connery
Brosnan/Craig
Dalton
Lazenby

mastagambit
I have not seen the Lazenby version and critics and fans have rated his performance as Bond as one of the best movies ever.
But in the mean time the ones I have seen I must say Connery was very good and I enjoyed Moore's version.
Brosnan movies were too flashy and Craig's movies were too dull.
Dalton was inbetween.

Mindship
Craig/Connery for best Bond.

Skyfall/Thunderball for best Bond movie.

mattdamon154
Connery, Moore, Pierce Brosnan are the best....

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Jim Colyer
Craig is the best.

Mr Parker
Originally posted by mattdamon154
Connery, Moore, Pierce Brosnan are the best....

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In agreement with you on the first two.Not on the third obviously.For me,Connery and Moore are the only true james Bond actors since they were the ones I grew up with.All the others are all phony wanna be imposters.

Dolos
Craig is and always will be the uber ripped studly reincarnation of Paul Newman.

maham
I hate the Bond series. I don't like the character as a whole actually, but Craig made me like Casino royale and it was, for me, the best film in the series. Maybe it wasn't Daniel but the story that pulled me to it but still, whenever I think about Bond, I think about Daniel in a suit.

AmbientFire
Dalton - The only suave agent who had the "kill switch" behind his eyes. He's the only one of the bunch that could both seduce and kill convincingly.

Connery - Classic, charming, dastardly. Crap agent. If the fate of my country was on the line, i would NOT place my bet on this guy.

Craig - so angry, but he's an interesting reflection of the times we live in.

Lazenby/Moore - was never a fan, but I like what Moore's tried to do outside the Bond and acting persona, if that helps.

AmbientFire
Judo Chop! - the most important Bond actor of all time.

CharlieNinjitsu
Hmm...I been thinking to watch Craig stuff seemingly I only watched connery and dalton, I enjoy watching Connery though. I have to see some of Daniel Craig movies to past judgement

Jedireaper
Rodger Moore was the Bonds I enjoyed most as a kid.

-Pr-
Originally posted by -Pr-
Connery
Brosnan
Craig/Moore
Dalton
Lazenby

I don't see anyone as being inherently terrible, but those would be the best in order, imo.

Bouboumaster
I'd say that Moore could have been the best, but he had some things going against him:

1- His age.
2- He played in most of the worst movies in the serie. (From Russia with love was brillant, but most of them were retarded)

Bouboumaster
Originally posted by Bouboumaster
Connery
Lazenby
Moore
Brosnan
Dalton / Craig

I change my vote:
Connery / Lazenby / Moore (He made the best of what he had, lol)
Craig
Dalton
Brosnan

Like PR said, nobody was terrible. I'd say that Brosnan was good, even if I classify at the bottom of the list.

Mr Parker
Originally posted by Jedireaper
Rodger Moore was the Bonds I enjoyed most as a kid.

Yeah since Moore was who I grew up with I always preferred him over Connery as much as I liked Connery. as i said before,I just wished they had stopped after Moore retired since like i said,all the others for me are just phony wanna be imposters.Plus its gotten to a point where its rediculous the number of Bond movies they have made.I honestly believe as long as hollywood exists,they will keep making Bond movies.Its just a never ending cycle.

Plus they have run out of original ideas,they are making so manay remakes of classics.Footloose,Hawaii five o new show,Beverly Hills 90210,Dirty Dancing remake planned,the list goes on and on.

Mr Parker
Originally posted by Bouboumaster
I change my vote:
Connery / Lazenby / Moore (He made the best of what he had, lol)
Craig
Dalton
Brosnan

Like PR said, nobody was terrible. I'd say that Brosnan was good, even if I classify at the bottom of the list.

Well Im glad you ranked him at the bottom of the list. big grin thumb up

I myself am so grateful he finally is gone and Craig is the new Bond. Happy Dance

Jim Colyer
I prefer Daniel Craig. He has an edge and a vulnerability the others do not.

rissland
My favorite Bond hero is Daniel Craig. He is very attractive and he is very smart and very intelligent hero.


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Major_Lexington
Brosnan.

Vacare
Indeed.

Silent_Bomber
Hmmmm

1. Roger Moore (I don't care if he's a bit campy, I find him more entertaining to watch than Sean Connery)

2. Sean Connery (very smooth, much better for fight scenes than Moore)

3. Timothy Dalton (Cool and serious)

4. Daniel Craig (I like him, does a good job)

5. Pierce Brosnan (a bit too much of a wimpy poseur to me)

6. George Lazenby (wet fish)

I don't get why so many are putting Dalton low, I always felt that Daniel Craig was kind of following in Dalton's shadow, they're very similar Bonds (see License to Kill)

Blanket
Connery
Craig
Moore/Brosnan
Dalton
Lazenby

POONFILLER
CONNERY VERY GOOD BUT SUCH OLD MOVIES HARDLY COMPARE SO..

CRAIG/CONNERY
LAZENBY
DALTON
BROSNAN
MOORE, GROWING UP HE WAS THE ONLY BOND I KNEW BUT HE WAS A PARODY I CAN'T BELIEVE THE SERIES SURVIVED

killerqueen83
1. Connery
2. Moore
3. Brosnan
4. Dalton
5. Graig
6 Lazenby

Badabing
These are my personal rankings, and may not reflect the best acting or closest portrayal of how Ian Fleming originally wrote 007.


Connery - The epitome of 007 for me.

Moore - Quips and humor.

Dalton - Ruthless and out for blood.

Brosnan - He lost cred for me after Goldeneye.

Craig - A lot like Dalton, but with far less panache.

Lazenby - I've only seen OHMSS once. embarrasment


But I do think Dalton ranks among the best to portray how I think 007 should be.

zeel
Originally posted by 003
That is hilarious! Craig is not convincing with women and his delievery of dialogue is horrendous. The man is the most wooden 'actor' of the modern era. Daniel Craig should not be mentioned in the same breath as the other great actors who played the role.


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forestlaw
1. Connery
2. Moore
3. Brosnan
4. Craig
5. Dalton
6 Lazenby

Dude111
1) Sean Connery
2) Roger Moore

I havent seen any others so I will only comment on the 2 I have seen..... I think SEAN was the best!

Inhuman
1. Connery/Moore/Brosnan


2. Dalton/Lazenby








3. Craig - No charisma, no gadgets, not a charming womanizer. He is a boring generic spy caricature. Just a borne copycat, that fits into all the other modern day spy thriller movie actors molds.

Daisy Roberts
Brosnan and Connery

Darth Demenos
i feel craig is what bond would actually be like if bond was a real person. Plus he is a modern version of bond if that makes sense.
i feel brosnan looks more like bond from the books from what i know.
i feel connery is the perfect combination of wit and humor and toughness that we have come to love about james bond.

HulkIsHulk
I don't know best, but I prefer Brosnan Bond since he was my favorite version. He ticked all boxes for my type of Bond except slightly in the physicality department.

The_Wire_#1
Craig is the best Bond since Connery.

Brosnan could have been great given better movies.

Dalton was ok.
Moore was ok.

Lazenby was shit.

The_Wire_#1
Basically most Bond movies are schlock for the most part. The few that aren't have Craig in them. Or Connery.

John Murdoch
1. Craig
2. Moore
3. Dalton
4. Connery
5. Brosnan
6. Lazenby

ianthek
Moore
Dalton
Connery
Lazenby

Don't really like the series post-Dalton.

Dark-Kenshin
1. Connery.
2. Lazenby (highly underrated)
3. Craig.
4. Dalton
5. Brosnan.
6. Moore (highly overrated)

SunRazer
They each had their own take on Bond and were good at it, but overall:

1. Connery

2. Craig

3. Moore (by a hair)

4. Brosnan

5. Dalton

6. Lazenby

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