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James Bond: Sean Connery or Roger Moore?

Updated on August 23, 2017

The James Bond Debate

The character of James Bond found worldwide popularity upon the release of the first Bond movie, Dr. No. Between 1962 and 1985, a total of 15 Bond movies starred the two actors who were to become the most identified with the role.

It was Scottish actor Sean Connery who became the original Bond and portrayed the character until 1967's You Only Live Twice, and he would reprise the role four years later in Diamonds Are Forever and again in 1983's Never Say Never Again - the latter of which was an "unofficial" Bond movie.

1973's Live And Let Die saw Englishman Roger Moore take on the role of James Bond finishing with A View To A Kill in 1985. To date, he is the longest serving Bond portraying the character in seven movies over a period of 12 years.

While Connery depicted Bond with a steely intensity, Moore's interpretation of the character was considered more laid-back.

So, who was your favorite Bond: Connery or Moore?

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The name is Bond...James Bond

Let the Debate Begin...But First, Enjoy the Bond Theme

Which Bond Did You Prefer?

James Bond: Sean Connery or Roger Moore?

James Bond on DVD

Bond 50 :Celebrating 5 Decades of Bond
Bond 50 :Celebrating 5 Decades of Bond

22 films are included on this box set, including nine movies never before released on Blu-ray: Goldeneye, Octopussy, The Spy Who Loved Me, You Only Live Twice, The Living Daylights, Tomorrow Never Dies, Diamonds are Forever, A View to a Kill and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.


Sean Connery in Classic Bond Pose

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Dr. No

Sean Connery's James Bond On Video: 1962: Dr. No

This is the first appearance of Sean Connery as James Bond in the title sequence from Terence Young's 1962 film, Dr. No.

Much of the iconic stylization of a typical James Bond film were established with Dr. No, beginning with what is known as the gun barrel sequence: an introduction to the character through the view of a gun barrel, as well as a highly memorable main title sequence.

The Sean Connery Poll

If Sean Connery was your favorite Bond, which was the best Connery Bond movie?

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Roger Moore: Smooth as James Bond

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The Roger Moore Poll

If Roger Moore was your favorite Bond, what was the best Moore Bond movie?

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The Roger Moore James Bond Era

When MGM acquired the home video distribution rights from Warners, they remastered and released all the Moore Bonds.

Here is a cool trip taking us through the Roger Moore era.

That gun, it looks more fitting for a woman

You know much about guns, Mr. Bond?

No, but I know a little about women.

The Ultimate James Bond Monopoly Game

The Ultimate James Bond Collector's Edition of Monopoly lets you customize your Monopoly and play it your way every time!

Your first mission is to choose 22 of the 51 locations from the label sheet. Then place the labels on each property square and deed card. Next you'll buy, sell, and trade your favorite locations from all 22 James Bond films.

Bond Enemies and Bond Allies cards replace the classic Community Chest and Chance cards, and the special Card Decoder will reveal your hidden fate shown on them. Collectible pewter tokens include Zorin's Airship, Q-Boat, Casino Royale Poker Chip, Octopus, Moon Buggy, and the Moonraker Space Shuttle.

Shaken, Not Stirred? : The Ideal Martini

While a classic martini is made with gin, 007 prefers the vodka version. And mixing one up is an art form in itself. The vermouth should be dry and not sweet, and never added directly to the spirit.

To create the perfect martini, roll a little dry vermouth around a cocktail shaker to completely coat its sides, before tossing the remainder aside and adding broken ice cubes. Then pour three ounces of ice-cold gin or vodka over the ice. Shake hard from side-to-side for 15 seconds or stir gently with a glass pipette, according to preference. Strain the liquid through the ice into a wide-lipped, long stemmed glass, chilled for at least half an hour in the freezer.

A large green olive or lemon twist can then be added. When adding the lemon, do not simply place the rind in the glass. Instead, twist it, skin side down, over the liquid so that a mist of fragrant lemon oil floats on its surface. Then throw the lemon peel away.

Finally and very importantly, hold the glass by its stem in order to ensure your hands don't warm the cocktail.

James Bond: The Best of the Rest - Even More James Bonds

Who is Your Favorite Alternative James Bond?

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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      Great one, thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If you are true fan of James Bond than consider this video as well ...

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Sean Connery was the best bond - just the right mix of competence, arrogance, and determination.

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      Ladyeaglefeather 5 years ago

      Very cool lend.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! Nice content, lots to learn about the actors and their lives!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! Nice content, lots to learn about the actors and their lives!

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      rewards4life info 5 years ago

      Brilliant lens, I'm in need of a Bond fix now its been too long. Connery all the way still the best in my eyes.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sean Connery will always be the original, but Bond's multiple personalities would not be possible were it not for Roger Moore and the others who played Bond's role.

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      smsr0100451 6 years ago

      Pierce Brosnan, The perfect.

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      samuraisolutions 6 years ago

      Great lens. I'm going to be a bit controversial and say I don't actually rate Connery or Moore as my favourite Bond. I'm a big fan of the franchise, but as a rule Dalton and Brosnan embodied how Bond should be played. That said Craig has done a good job since the Casino Royale relaunch.

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      WeirdStuff 6 years ago

      Sorry, but this is clear. Sean.

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      christopherwell 6 years ago

      I featured your lens at Guide To James Bond Songs

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      Marelisa 6 years ago

      What an awesome lens. James Bond is one of the best characters ever created. :-)

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      Shadrosky 6 years ago

      excellent lens on Bond! great to see other fans sounding off!

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      Brandon_G 6 years ago

      Great lens. I'm a huge Bond fan and I cant wait for Bond 23 next year.

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      BestRatedStuff 6 years ago

      Always loved the Bond films (even the duds), but saw most of them when I was a kid. Nice to seee a lens that reminds me of those big screen days.

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      mich1908 6 years ago

      I was struggling but in the end, I just couldn't choose! Both are perfect in that role. Enjoyed your lense.

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Cute idea for a lens... still love Connery as Bond

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      glowchick 6 years ago

      Sean Connery hands down.

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      nemesismill 7 years ago

      connery - the one and only bond!

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      charity7 7 years ago

      Love this lens. I grew up with all these movies.. I'm going to favorite this.

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      Bluesssman 7 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for all of the Bond info!!

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      This is my favorite James Bond web page of all time.

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      SandyPeaks 7 years ago

      Nice lens! John Barry's music was wonderful for the early Bond films - worth watching again just to hear it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love this lens!

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      The picture of Roger Moore with a girl laying on a car was taken at Pinewood Studios

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Sean Connery was my fave of all. Now Daniel Craig. Like him, too. Still think they should be tall, dark, and handsome, though. :)

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      I fell in love with Roger Moore the very first day I saw him, whether the Saint, the Persuaders, Ivanhoe or even James Bond, he's the kind of man I fall for! So classy, so stylish, a real Lord, although he's just a Sir... And James Bond is my favourite spy ever!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I'm a huge James Bond fan. My all time favorite Bond is Daniel Craig and then Sean Connery. Great lens. Blessed!

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      imolaK 8 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens.I like the Bond films and I consider that Roger Moore,Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery are great actors.

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      The music driving the the imaginative and provocative visual introductions along with the outstanding casting made Ian Fleming's words come alive and "rock" on the original Bond series with Sean Connery... plus Sean's character and the story themes were more trustworthy and believable even though they were stretching the envelope of imagination. Most of what followed, while entertaining, is way overdone on sensationalism, innuendo and believability... so to me it's "nolo contendere! " and unfair for anyone else to have to compete with Sean as "007"! My complements (and stars of course) on this lens content and the music really makes it rock! BTW you didn't share your favorite... or did I miss it somewhere?

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      FlashAllen 8 years ago

      I hate James Bond it's so boring all he ever does is stand there trying to look good [and failing] while pretending to do something and he always as to that stupid "I get your point" or "I see you point" if they made one that they kill him in it would the best one but then they'd haft to kill him by stabbing him to death so his last words could be "I get your point".

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      Nice lens! I love the extra touch of the music!! I'll go check out your lens on how to add music to a lens now!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      I forgot to say that one of these Bonds is on the Best Blu-ray Movies of 2008 list. I'm lensrolling your debate to my lens.


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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Wow -- Great lens although I have to say Roger Moore never stood a chance! However, I guess I'll have to bless both Sean and Roger. Good work!


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      Tonie Cook 8 years ago from USA

      JustBon - This is a great lens about a great subject: Bond, James Bond. The music makes this one an ace. 5* and more!

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      I so wanna be a James Bond spy girl...:) Great lens, especially the musica!

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      Stopping in again from twitter...I need to check out this twtrstorm thing.

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      Stopping in from your tweet before heading to bed.....awesome lens!

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      ideadesigns 8 years ago

      Grew up with my Dad watching 007, it's a part of my history. I love the new ones even better! Especially Pierce, Sean and Daniel.

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      patrickbrianone 8 years ago

      I remember sneaking down the hall to watch James Bond in 1974, at age 10 my parents did not want me to watch. I fell in love with Connery and his lady-killer looks, and debonair, get in a fight and come out looking fantastic ability.

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      jaye3000 8 years ago

      The best James Bond line ever? " I must be dreaming." Awesome. 5 stars!

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      rewards4life info 8 years ago

      Love Bond and love this tribute to him. Connery was the Bond for me but all things said I would rather have Moore or Connery compared to today's ones, Bond has lost it's charm for me, the early days really were the best 5* for a great piece of work.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I love the Bond movies, even "For Your Eyes Only," which is the one I've seen lately. I hope the humor and lightheartedness comes back.

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      Aika 9 years ago

      I haven't seen some of the old James Bond movies. So I can't join at the debate. I think I prefer Sean Connery because he's a great actor and the most famous one.

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      Glenna Jones 9 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      You know your lens is a success when people comment on your topic rather than what your lens looks like. I guess Bond touched that sophisticated place in all of us. 5*

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      Andy 9 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens (5*) I like Roger Moore, because he coincided with my early teenage years and of course, those awful jokes.

      Sorry. Here's some Bond trivia: There were a few other Bonds before the famous ones. Bob Holness, was the second Bond, before David Niven and Peter Sellers, I think, in a British production and there was another one who played "Jimmy Bond", an American, in a not very accurate adaptation of one of the books, even before that, although I can't remember his name, but of course these weren't big blockbuster films.

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      nwieaqgo 9 years ago

      Its a good lens and informative.

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      Rich 9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      In response to EelKat's observation, both Peter Sellers and David Niven starred in the original Casino Royale. This was not an official James Bond production, and was released in 1967, FIVE years after the first Sean Connery movie.

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      irishlass lm 9 years ago

      I've got a work in progress you might like - I could use some collaborators ;^D

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      You didn't list David Niven or Peter Sellers on your Best of the Rest list! They both played James Bond as well... in fact David Niven was the ORIGINAL James Bond, about 5 years before Sean Connery took over the roll, and Peter Sellers was the second James Bond... Sean Connery was actually the THIRD James Bond.

      Still I liked Sean Connery as 007 best.

      Great lens!

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      Arizona-Snow 9 years ago

      I believe that all the people who played James Bond are good and brought something different to the role. I don't really like any of them better than the others, even George Lazenby was good it was the directing that screwed up his movie. But right now Daniel Craig IS James Bond.

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      PleasantValley LM 9 years ago

      Great lens, but it's just too hard to choose the best Bond! I say it's a four way tie between Connery, Dalton, Moore and Brosnan.

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      Susan 9 years ago from Texas

      Awesome job, JustBon!! Love James Bond and this is a classic argument at our house. :-)

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      GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

      Nicely done - and a great idea for a debate!

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      fefe42 9 years ago

      I haven't really watched enough pre-Pierce Brosnan Bond to have an opinion!