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Who Was The Best James Bond

Updated on November 30, 2009
Sean Connery
Sean Connery
George Lazenby
George Lazenby
Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Timothy Dalton
Timothy Dalton
Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan
Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig

 

I was asked by Skeletons, “In your opinion who do you think was the best James Bond?”  As soon as I saw this question I knew it was a good question because immediately I felt at a loss.  There have been six actors who have played the character of James Bond and of those six there are three that I truly adore.  But I knew that narrowing it down to just one that I would call best would be quite difficult.  Each actor has brought something unique to the role and being able to choose just one to say that they were the best would be truly hard.

SEAN CONNERY was born August 25, 1930 in Edinburgh, Scotland and starred in seven Bond films:

  1. Dr. No
  2. From Russia With Love
  3. Goldfinger
  4. Thunderball
  5. You Only Live Twice
  6. Diamonds Are Forever
  7. Never Say Never Again

GEORGE LAZENBY was born September 5, 1939 in New South Wales, Australia and starred in one Bond film:

  1. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

ROGER MOORE was born October 14, 1927 in LondonEngland and starred in seven Bond films:

  1. Live and Let Die
  2. The Man with the Golden Gun
  3. The Spy Who Loved Me
  4. Moonraker
  5. For Your Eyes Only
  6. Octopussy
  7. A View To A Kill

TIMOTHY DALTON was born March 21, 1946 in Wales and starred in two Bond films:

  1. The Living Daylights
  2. License to Kill

PIERCE BROSNAN was born May 16, 1953 in Ireland and starred in four Bond films:

  1. Goldeneye
  2. Tomorrow Never Dies
  3. The World is not Enough
  4. Die Another Day

DANIEL CRAIG was born March 2, 1968 in Cheshire, England and starred in two Bond film:

  1. Casino Royale
  2. Quantum of Solace

 

 

Upon reviewing these six actors it is easy for me to take three out of the running; George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Daniel Craig. I would get rid of George Lazenby simply because he was only in one movie and although he brought a younger Bond into character in my opinion this decision cannot be made on one film alone.  When it comes to Timothy Dalton I simply think that he was unable to capture the Bond character.  As for Daniel Craig I personally think he has some work to do to be in the same league as my top three; Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan.

Why I like Sean Connery

I like Sean Connery as James Bond because of his nonchalant attitude, his smile and wit.  He was a bit stubborn and always got his way.  His looks and attitude were the complete package and Connery made the Bond role completely believable.

Why I like Roger Moore

I like Roger Moore as James Bond because he was handsome and suave. Roger Moore gave James Bond a lighter and relaxed tone to the character especially with his tongue-in-cheek humor. Even though Roger Moore was older than Sean Connery, Moore brought a youthful vibe to the Bond character.

Why I like Pierce Brosnan

I like Pierce Brosnan as James Bond because he was dignified and energetic. Pierce Brosnan brought a new sexiness to the character without taking away from what both Connery and Moore brought to the roles.  

My top three Bond actors are, Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan.  All three have a certain sex appeal and carry the role well.  Although every actor has brought their own specialness to the role I have to say that my all time favorite Bond is Roger Moore.  For me Moore brought classiness to the role that I enjoyed watching.  This also might be because when I first started watching Bond films I was introduced to Roger Moore and then became interested in the older films that I was too young to see. To be honest this is truly a hard decision to make because even though they were playing the same character they are all so different, convincing and good, but extremely different in my eyes.

So for me the answer to the question would be a close tie between Sean Connery and Roger Moore with Pierce Brosnan an extremely close second.

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow, I get to comment first. I also like Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. But my favorite really is Pierce Brosnan. He's so smooth and so handsome :).

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a very interesting question. I personally like Sean Connery. I never knew that there where so many films made.

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      Its Angel 7 years ago from Charleston, SC

      I like Sean Connery and Roger moore, they both seem to Have it so to speak..

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      Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      That's easy to answer Sean Connery all the way, he was the best by far.

      great hub, regards Zsuzsy

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Definitely Sean Connery - great Hub.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you everyone!! I love that everyone has a favorite and that there were enough sexy men around to fill the role!!

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      WriteAngled 7 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

      Sean Connery and Roger Moore for me, definitely. As far as ageing gracefully goes, Sean Connery wins.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      WriteAngled - Thank you for your comments. I have to agree with your choices!

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      Nemingha 7 years ago

      Tough decision. Only a few days ago I was telling my teenage kids and their friends that Sean Connery is like a bottle of good wine, he's definitely gotten better with age! But I don't think he was particularly sexy when he played James Bond. Roger Moore I liked as Simon Templar but as James Bond I thought his style of humor was too crass. Pierce Brosnan was great in Remington Steele and he plays the English gentleman to perfection. My choice as the best James Bond? None, I don't like the James Bond character - either in books or movies - at all.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Wow Nemingha - Thanks for your comments. Interesting perspective. One that I have not heard thanks for sharing!

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      Maja Dezulovic 7 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      I also go with Connery. He was the first Bond and set the standard for those who came after him. Then again, this could also be my bias, since he was the first Bond I watched. Although when I grew up Pierce Brosnan was Bond, my Dad let me watch his older movies. What about David Niven in the Casino Royale spoof... a total contradiction?! ;)

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Majadez - I have to agree that Connery did set the standard there. I liked David Niven and yes that was a total contradiction.

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      kephrira 7 years ago from Birmingham

      Roger Moore for me, but with Pierce Brosnan a close second

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Kephrira - Great choices!

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      What a good idea for a Hub! Pat says Sean Connery.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you 2pats!

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      AdsenseStrategies 7 years ago from CONTACT ME at Adsensibilities@gmail.com

      Sean Connery kind of has a status that outranks the others, but since the 1970s, I am going to say, the new one, Daniel Craig

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Adsense - I agree with the Sean Connery part but not so sure about Daniel Craig yet. Thanks for your comments.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Sean Connery every time, no-one has ever come close to him in terms of acting ability and sexiness, and I have to say that even since I have never seen him make a bad film. Great hub idea by the way... you should have included a poll, might have produced some fascinating results :D

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Misty - A poll would have been a great idea. I didn't even think of that. I might just add one now. Thanks for the idea.

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      Cindy Lawson 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      I shall vote for sure Triplet Mom :)

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      Choldheide 7 years ago from Midwest Ohio

      Definatly Sean Connery.

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      No man on earth can wear a tux like Mr. Bronsnan. He so debonair and sexy.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Choldheide and pmccray - Great choices!!

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      SirDent 7 years ago

      I actually voted for Roger Moore. It seemed he was lonesome with no votes.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      SirDent - Interesting reason to vote. Lol. I am sure Mr Moore appreciates the vote.

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      SirDent 7 years ago

      Actually I used to watch a TV show titled, "It Takes a Theif." Roger Moore was the star of that show and I loved it. Makes me a little biased I think.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Nothing wrong with being a little biased. Sounds like a good reason to like him!

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      William "eL-NinO" 7 years ago

      I think a can be a better james bond then daniel craig.. LOLZ...

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      William - Let me know when you play Bond. Lol

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Sean Connery got my vote....cool hub! I'm surprise they haven't had a Jane Bond yet? :)

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Wow Tom Jane Bond would be interesting. I wouldnt mind playing her as long as I get to pick my leading man ;)

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      nightstalker 7 years ago

      Not even one reference to Timothy Dalton???!!!

      He was the one with the right atitude, the class and the seriousness of a credible secret agente.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Nightstalker - For me personally I just did not think that Timothy Dalton had a strong personality as Bond. I might be biased because I knew that they were looking for Pierce Brosnan but he was busy so they chose Timothy Dalton.

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      tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

      I am not original here . It is all about Sean Connery !

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Tony you are original in so many ways!! Great choice!

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      Kavita Trivedi 7 years ago from London

      Sean Connery is a legend but before my time

      Loved Pierce Brosnan. It took me a well to take a liking to Daniel Craig although i did really enjoy Quantum of Solace

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      Rhed 7 years ago

      Very well said and elaborated. Kudos!

      As for me, I would say that it all depends on the orientation of the person. The witty ones will choose S. Connery. the sweet and suave will choose R. Moore, the energetics will choose P. Brosnan. The promising ones will choose D. Craig. Again, Kudos!

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Kavita - Its going to take a while for me to like Daniel Craig or for him to surpass the others. Thanks for your comment.

      Rhed - Great way to look at this. Thank you for the comments.

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      Elyse Eaton 7 years ago

      What a fun hub. It was even fun reading the comments! BTW, I chose Sean Connery as my favorite, but Timothy Dalton is a close second. I see Daniel Craig as being able to hold up over the long haul though.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      Thank you Elyse. I am glad that I answered this question. Its great to see all the answers.

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      Robert_T 7 years ago

      I can’t decide between Sean Connery and Roger Moore both great actors but the worst james bond by far is Daniel Craig, I just don’t get him and that pout he’s got going on all the time.

      Cool hub by the way Triplet Mom.

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      thdem4ever 7 years ago

      Sean, Pierce and Roger were hands down the best three. Daniel Craig might make it depending on the third film. He really needs a Monneypenny and a Q in at least one of his films, in my opinion.

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      MovieMagic 7 years ago from Ontario Canada

      Seems I am in the extreme minority with my personal favorite being Daniel Craig. I have been watching Bond all my life as my father would take us to the drive in when we were little kids just to see the latest Bond movie. Don't get me wrong I adore Sir Sean Connery and thought he did a wonderful job as Bond, my thought is however could any of them been Bond without Q and the gadgets? That is what Daniel Craig had to do. These were movies about grit and strength and not about the coolest pen with a laser beam or watch that was also a concusive bomb or a car that fired bullets our the muffler. This was gritty down to earth action and physical strength Bond. The wounded Bond that played with the ladies but didn't want a relationship with any of them, even though that is what happens. I think Daniel did an amazing job as the gritty, down to earth, just starting out as a double O without the wigets.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      thdem4ever - I agree with you completely. I need to see more from Craig before I can make a decision.

      Moviemagic - Thanks for your comments! I actually think not having the gadgets and Q have hurt Craig but again I would like to see him in a few more movies before making a final decision.

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      oldenuf2nobetter 7 years ago

      Sean Connery.

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      mtsi1098 7 years ago

      Pierce rules the bond films...that is my view anyway...thanks

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      gramsmith 7 years ago

      Pierce Brosnan was best James-Bond in Bond Series.I like Pierce Brosnan as a real bond.

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      My Odyssey 7 years ago from Somerset, Kentucky

      I grew up knowing Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. My vote is with Pierce Bronsnan.

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      Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

      My Odyssey - PB is an awesome Bond!

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      Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

      I can only see Sean Connery as the real James bond. There is just something so right about his movies. I think Roger Moore made it a bit too campy and Dalton was not right at all for the role. Pierece Brosnan could have been great if his Remington Steele commitment had not short circuited his ascension to the role.

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      Triplet Mom 6 years ago from West Coast

      Great assessment Dobson. Sounds like you know your Bonds very well.

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