You Know the Name, You Know the Number

Vote for your favorite actor to play 007 and don't forget to leave a comment, or I will throw my steel-rimmed bowler hat at you.

Sean Connery
"The name is Bond... James Bond."

Featured In:
• Dr. No (1962)
• From Russia With Love (1963)
• Goldfinger (1964)
• Thunderball (1965)
• You Only Live Twice (1967)
• Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Signature Moment: Wupping Red Grant (Robert Shaw) on the Orient Express in From Russia With Love. (Video)
Darkest Hour: Getting wupped by "Bambi" and "Thumper" in Diamonds Are Forever.

George Lazenby
"This never happened to the other fellow."

Featured In:
• On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Signature Moment: Committing himself to monogamy by marrying the headstrong Tracy di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg).
Darkest Hour: The new Mrs. Bond getting offed by Blofeld as the happy couple are driving away from their wedding. (Video)

Roger Moore
"Nobody does it better."

Featured In:
• Live And Let Die (1973)
• The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
• The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
• Moonraker (1979)
• For Your Eyes Only (1981)
• Octopussy (1983)
• A View To A Kill (1985)
Signature Moment: Outskiing thugs to a thumping disco beat in The Spy Who Loved Me. (Video)
Darkest Hour: Please see the entirety of Moonraker, Octopussy, and A View To A Kill. Actually, on second though, maybe you shouldn't.

Timothy Dalton
"His bad side is a dangerous place to be."

Featured In:
• The Living Daylights (1987)
• License to Kill (1989)

Signature Moment: Sledding down a mountain in a cello case in The Living Daylights. (Video)
Darkest Hour: Popping a wheelie with a semitruck in License to Kill.

Pierce Brosnan
"You were expecting someone else?"

Featured In:
• GoldenEye (1995)
• Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
• The World Is Not Enough (1999)
• Die Another Day (2002)

Signature Moment: Proving terminal velocity false by riding his motorcycle off a cliff and catching up with a falling airplane in GoldenEye.
Darkest Hour: Fashioning a makeshift parasail escape from a giant space laser in Die Another Day.

Daniel Craig
"You know my name."

Featured In:
• Casino Royale (2006)
• Quantum of Solace (2008)

Signature Moment: Emerging from the sea ala Ursula Andress in Casino Royale. Ladies, start your swooning!
Darkest Hour: Casino Royale's tortune scene. Gentlemen, start your squirming!


Ben said...

Maybe it's because I haven't seen many (make that ANY) of the Bond movies before Pierce Brosnan took over, but Daniel Craig makes Mr. Remington Steel look like a fairy princess in comparison.

Krissy said...

Of course I voted for Daniel Craig.

But I would like to add that after seeing Sean Connery in his terry cloth man-romper in Goldfinger, I was tempted to change my vote. And now that Dave has gotten me addicted to the From Russia With Love video game, the odds are tilting in Connery's favor.

I am confident that Quantum of Solace will tilt them back... especially if Daniel Craig dons a terry cloth man-romper and flies to the rescue in a jet pack, shooting rockets at every Russian in sight all while drinking his vodka martini -- shaken, not stirred.

Hali said...

well of course I voted for Daniel Craig, because it is the first actual Bond movie that I have enjoyed and stayed awake during. I did enjoy Goldfinger and the terry cloth man-romper as well, Kristen knows what I am talking about...ooh yeah! But alas I will stick with my first vote....
Plus, I am looking forward to Quantum of Solace on Friday in hopes of seeing Mr. Bond again.

Dave said...

C'mon, Sean Connery, all the way. Why? Because he fathered Indiana Jones. Because he was the definition of sexy in his day, even with chest hair that wouldn't quit. Because he could get away with interrogating a girl by strangling her with her bikini top, all while uttering a line like "there's something I'd like you to get off your chest." And finally, because all 007 actors that follow will inevitably be compared to him.

Cheryl said...

It was a toss up for me, some of them I haven't seen before, I like the old James Bond movies better, but I do like Pierce. So I went to old school Bond

Cheryl said...

Sean Connery, sorry, I forgot a name.

Kirsten said...

The only Bond movie I saw was Casino Royale (and even saw it TWICE) and I went the first time not knowing it was Bond. I didn't ever think I would like a Bond movie but this one proved me wrong. Seeing as it's the only one I've seen, my vote goes to Daniel Craig.

Christie said...

Apparently I need to see Casino Royale.. I voted for Pierce since those are the only ones I can remember actually seeing.

Team Ritz! said...

Why wouldn't I have voted for Daniel Craig?

1.) He's pretty, but not TOO pretty (unlike Pierce Brosnan).
2.) He's not just a playboy--he tragically lost his true love, and that tugs at my heart strings.
3.) Casino Royale was the only James Bond film that actually got me excited about James Bond movies.
4.) He survived that crazy torture scene and didn't even claim worker's comp!
5.) He's such a biscuit!

Marc said...

This was a hard decision to make. Who was the best Bond? I might have said Sean Connery because he is the original, and all of the others are just trying to be like him. Unfortunatley I couldn't, and it's because of the terry cloth man-romper he wore in Goldfinger.

George Lazenby, on the other hand, was all class. It's unfortunate that he didn't do anymore Bonds after OHMSS, he may have been able to take number if he had.

Roger Moore. What can be said about Roger Moore? He had a couple of good movies, but it's safe to say that he started a downward spiral that would take the franchise nearly two decades to end. I really liked Man With the Golden Gun though.

Timothy Dalton was, unquestionably, the worst Bond. The character had no depth, no personality. I did like the part where he left the guy to be eaten by maggots in License to Kill.

Pierce Brosnan was off to such a thrilling start. Goldeneye was a great comback for the franchise, and a great movie any way you look at it. I really liked the negative stereotype it put on mass media. The rest of Brosnan's films followed the path of Moore, increasingly dismal with each attempt. I'm no expert, but I suspect that terminal velocity for a large non-aerodynamic (when it's falling) object is slower than a small(in comparison with an airplane) person.

Obviously, I have to choose Daniel Craig as the best. It has nothing to do with looks or anything like that (I'm a man and I like women); but with the raw, brazen attitude. Daniel Craig as Bond is cool the way that we all want to be cool, not the ridiculous Moore/Brosnan sort of unbelievable cool.

Dave said...

Alright, who's got the unhealthy Timothy Dalton obsession?

Timothy Dalton said...

I voted for myself.