All 6 official portrayals of Bond from best to worst.
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left the household when Pierce was a child and although reunited later in life...
“ The only actor one could say was born to play the role of Bond. Brosnan was able to play Bond effortlessly and his portrayal is the only one that was consistent over his four films. His Bond was the perfect balance between Connery's seriousness and Moore's lightheartedness but he also had that ruthlessness and coldness of Dalton. In addition he added new elements such as Bond's vulnerability. Out of all the Bonds it is generally thought that he comes first in the looks department and he is undoubtedly the coolest and most suave Bond. He was also believable in the action scenes. Scenes such as when Bond kills Elektra King (The World is not Enough) and being relieved of his service to MI6 by M (Die Another Day) prove his outstanding acting ability. ” - jtca1
“ He was the first Bond and after all these years many people still think of him as the 007. He really went for it in the action scenes and always was cool and calm especially in the casino scenes. His portrayal of Bond was best in Goldfinger and Thunderball. In You Only Live Twice he's like a different person; he just seems so bored throughout the film. In Diamonds Are Forever he is again completely different; this time seeming laid-back and taking everything as a joke. ” - jtca1
At a consistently lean 6' 2", green-eyed Timothy Dalton may very well be one of the last of the dying breed of swashbuckling, classically trained Shakespearean actors who have forged simultaneous successful careers in theater, television and film. He has been comparison-shopped roundly for stepping into roles played by other actors...
“ Dalton was great at the dark side of Bond and showing Bond's Independence and occasional rebel-like attitude to MI6 but he could also handle the humour satisfactorily. He definitely had that coolness as well. However, he showed too much emotion in the "happy" scenes as Bond and seemed too normal. (Just watch the swimming pool scene at the end of License to Kill or his relationship with Cara in Living Daylights and you'll know what I mean). His portrayal of Bond was far better in The Living Daylights overall. ” - jtca1
Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery
in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down. Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. He first wanted to be an artist...
“ Roger was not really believable in the fight sequences (especially in his early Bond films) - he noticeably lacked muscle and there are very few occasions where he could handle the trickier and more serious scenes as Bond. It is well-known that Moore used stunt doubles the most of all the Bonds, even for running. In A View To A Kill it seems that a stunt double does everything for him except say his lines! However, he was outstanding at the humour and as long as other actors in the film could bring that seriousness and gravitas, then he managed fine. This is why Octopussy is his best Bond film in my view. His most memorable scenes are the Faberge egg auction in Octopussy and the pheasant-shooting scene in Moonraker. ” - jtca1
George Robert Lazenby was born September 5, 1939 in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, to Sheila Joan (Bodel) and George Edward Lazenby. He moved to London, England in 1964, after serving in the Australian Army. Before becoming an actor, he worked as an auto mechanic, used car salesman, prestige car salesman...
“ The fight scenes were perhaps what Lazenby was best at but he did have that coolness and sense of humour. He does look very much like how one imagines James Bond from the books. Unfortunately, his Australian accent was still noticeable and the fact that he did only one film means it's hard to judge how good he really was. If he had continued I'm sure he could have been as good as Dalton. ” - jtca1
Daniel Craig is an English actor. Craig trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his career on stage. His film debut was in the drama The Power of One (1992). Other early appearances were in the Disney family film A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995) and the biographical film Elizabeth (1998)...
“ He doesn't look like Bond (short, blonde) and he doesn't act like Bond. It's the worst miscast of the century! I have great admiration for Daniel as an actor and he has been fantastic in many films but he does not suit Bond at all. There are some who criticize him for looking like an East European rather than a Brit. I would agree but what's worst about him is his portrayal of Bond. He plays Bond as someone with no personality and he is not cool at all. He's like a robot with no emotion and no sense of humour that just gets the job done. It's like watching Steven Seagal. ” - jtca1