The Best Bond
“My name is Bond, James Bond” that line is a cult classic, but I it always struck me that if the guy is this hotshot spy and undercover agent and all, how come he’s introducing himself as himself? How come he is not incognito or in disguise or something? Hmm… not very undercover to give your real name now is it!
The Bond Props
The sharp suits, the martinis (shaken not stirred), the women (fast), the cars (also fast), the gadgets (sometimes rather outlandish), they are all the regulation props for a Bond film. I think the unparalleled popularity of the Bond films is because of these props. I think all guys secretly want to have all the gadgets, be irresistible to women and be all suave and smooth. That and of course the license to kill: All men are boys at heart who want to play with guns!
I'm not mocking The Bond; Really...
Actually I did not decide to do this post to mock the Bond films (or only just a wee bit) but to survey the Bonds and decide who made the best Bond: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig (the current Bond).
It all began with Sean Connery (now Sir Sean after his knighthood) of course who was the first ever James Bond and played Bond 7 times. Connery was known for his laid-back smile, wit and impassive manner, and was known among Italian cinema goers as Mr. Kiss-Kiss, Bang-Bang. Methinks that explains all!
Pierce Brosnan who was already quite well known as the sophisticated but lovable private investigator Remington Steel came next and acted in four Bond films. He went on to do some very interesting and eclectic films after his Bond stint as well.
Craig has now taken up the Bond mantle though critics have decried his
being blond; James Bond has
to be dark haired. He is probably seen as the toughest Bond till date. He is a dark Bond, figuratively speaking of course without the wry humour that characterises Bond. He takes some getting used to, I think.
I think all in all the first Bond remains the best Bond till date, he so epitomizes all that Bond is supposed to be. But that is me being objective. Subjectively speaking, Pierce Brosnan is my personal favorite. And yours?