Summery of the different portrayals of James Bond :
- Sean Connery: Consummate suave, British spy. Cold, lethal, misogynst as was customary for someone in his position at the time, but efficient and good at his job, even if he took an awkward route to the end result.
- George Lazenby: The guy who isn't the above. While his Bond was certainly never kind, he wasn't as cold as his predecessor, and seemed ready to burst into a laughter or a song for half the film. Decidedly amateurish for my tastes, though a laudable attempt and could have been wore. Emphasised Bond's intelligence, employing more actual espionage than others did.
- Roger Moore: Light-hearted, bordering on camp (the films definitely weren't just bordering on it, but Bond himself was). The films are a variety of some of the more mundane, traditional espionage thriller types (For Your Eyes Only) and the completely nonsensical (Moonraker, cashing in on the space craze thanks to the name - GoldenEye is essentially the film of the original book with a different villain and a modern setting). The studio actually had to force some of the darker moments that make the character Bond, hence why he gets so slap-happy in The Man with the Golden Gun. This Bond generally throws realism out the window, since he's famous and seemingly proud of it.
- Timothy Dalton: The exact opposite of Moore, really, Dalton is to me the most underrated of the Bonds, and deserved better scripts than he got (The Living Daylights suffered bad from that problem). Dalton took his inspiration from the books, which makes him to some extent a more extreme version of Connery's portrayal. Ian Fleming didn't approve of Connery, but I think he'd have liked Dalton, who was ice-cold, ruthless, had no problem whatsoever delivering a two-fingered gesture to his own boss or colleagues, but remained lethally loyal to his chosen causes. Those included his friends, such as Felix Leiter, and his country. Very much a "do right by me and I'll do right by you" sort of guy, as his appreciation for Saunders in TLD indicates. Subject to Seinfeld Is Unfunny thanks to Daniel Craig.
- Pierce Brosnan: A more polished, refined version of Sean Connery, with the coldness and snark toned down (a bit, this one would shoot a woman), without going anywhere near the comedy of Roger Moore's Bond. Brosnan worked for me as a Bond for a new, post-Cold War era without his old enemies to fight. Many mercenaries found themselves at bit of a loose end when it ended, and Bond has seemingly more proactively embraced high society in this era - without compromising his anonymity, of course. There's a high level of intelligence demonstated in the Brosnan era (he at least makes passing attempts at infiltration) and maternal relationship with M.
- Daniel Craig: Dalton but actually liked, despite being similar characters. Young, cold, friendless, no loyalties save himself and Queen and Country, but perfectly capable of love. Could easily settle down in later life, but really doesn't care if he lives long enough to do so, preferring to stay in the moment and take each situation as it comes. No Cold War trappings here, he's a hardened mercenary with one client - his government.
edited 30th Apr '12 7:03:37 PM by terlwyth
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