Absolutely massive Bond fan here, love it to bits and like every single (official - yes, Never Say Never Again and the 1960 version of Casino Royale can kindly die in a fire) film. Haven't read the books for ages, but I really want to read the Gardner ones. Thanks to me having read a Virgin Books guide to Bond cover to cover about 40 times, I know every major point about them all anyway.
The Bonds, rated:
1. Dalton: Controversial, but I think he's massively underrated and the scripts he got to blame for the problems associated with the man himself. Well okay, and he tried too
hard to bring the books' Bond into the films when they're clearly very different characters (case in point: his line "If [M] fires me, I'll thank him for it." That would have fit much better in the books) Still, he's dark and edgy while remaining high class, so covers everything for me.
2. Connery. Goes without saying, the original and very debonaire while retaining Bond's essential ruthlessness (particularly in Gold Finger
's intro and in his execution of Dent in Dr. No
3. Craig. See Dalton. A very different approach to the character, at a very different time in his career, there's no saying the high-class elements wouldn't/won't come into play later on in his life after he's settled down a bit. Dark and edgy/ruthless = important for Bond to me, so I like it.
4. Brosnan. A little too high class at the expense of the rawness of the earlier Bonds, probably over-compensating a little to avoid a repeat of Dalton while still not avoiding the mess of Moore. Very good and watchable though, and the best showing bar-connery of the tuxedo-clad charmer that we love in a Bond.
5. Lazenby. Yes, controversial, and he was far from great, but I think that the backlash against the fact that he wasn't British and wasn't Connery contributes to the issues with him. Watched with an open mind, OHMSS is better than you'd think.
6. Moore. Too urbane, none of the ruthlessness we expect from Bond, too lighthearted really. And stayed in the role well past the age of an effective agent. I don't despise him, I just think he's the worst of the (real) Bonds. Brosnan and Connery were far better at the high-class angle, and pure comedy just doesn't work in Bond.
EDIT: Going to do a runthrough of my opinion of the films too, but wanted to post this first.
edited 3rd Jul '11 1:28:06 PM by CaissasDeathAngel
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