Summery of the different portrayals of James Bond :

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This is just a quick question, but does anyone know of a set of descriptions showing how each actor portrayed Bond?

There's only a sentence or so on the James Bond page and the charachter section lists Tropes but has no summery.

I'm not looking for much, one or two paragraphs per bond would be sufficient.

Thank you.
2 TamH7027th Apr 2012 12:39:53 AM , Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Oh? No one else feel brave enough? 8-) Well, I will start at the beginning as far as movie adaptations go. Sean Connery, Big Tam to his mates in Edinburgh. Former male model, "life model" at that. Utterly NOT what Ian Fleming had in mind to portray his pet killer and he was violently opposed to Connery being in the film until he saw the dailies and saw what Broccoli had.

He saw what appeared to be a panther stalking through the jungle in the shape of a man in an extremely well tailored suit, radiating a whole world of killing, brutal and subtle all at the same time. The rest is history.
3 CaissasDeathAngel27th Apr 2012 12:38:14 PM from Dumfries, SW Scotland , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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I'll give it a go.

  • 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.
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4 TamH7027th Apr 2012 03:28:53 PM , Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
I always felt that Lazenby was let down badly by Broccoli. He had more than one Bond film in him and he never got the shot which OHMSS deserved to get him.
The way I heard it, Lazenby didn't do any more Bond films because his agent told him they were old news.

He later fired said agent.
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6 CaissasDeathAngel28th Apr 2012 07:34:35 AM from Dumfries, SW Scotland , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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A Wikipedia check cites that same reason, with the reference being the extras on the OHMSS DVD. Will need to verify that, when I get a chance.
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[up][up][up][up] Good post, but I was under the impression Fleming didn't like Connery when he was first cast, but was won over after he saw Dr. No. He added Scottish ancestry for Bond to the later novels, anyway.
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8 terlwyth30th Apr 2012 07:02:58 PM , Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
The only way to get across the differences between Dalton and Craig are this: They are like difference between the Christian Bale and Michael Keaton interpretations of Batman.And yes they are a little different from each other. I prefer Dalton

Bale's Batman is a bit like Dalton's Bond,supposedly more serious and Darker and Edgier but sometimes can go over the top with it.However Bale's was mostly ruined by the voice,and Dalton was given a few Bond One-Liner s.

Keaton's Batman was very subtle and actually serious like Daniel Craig's Bond,and both were considered wrong for the part to. Both appeared to actually be able to mange a girl for a while,whereas Bale seemed to shunt out Rachel and the other Bonds seemed to only do one night stands.

Of course Keaton does have some resemblances to Dalton's Bond,such as the second film that is mostly YMMV and caused an inferior,campy successor to take over,and more believability,both almost forgotten,and most importantly my favorite interpretations.

But I still hold that Dalton is more like Bale and Craig is more like Keaton.

Oh yeah and Adam West's is totally like a combo of Roger Moore and Sean Connery and Clooney's is like Brosnan's,and finally Kilmer's is most like Lazenby's Bond.

Obviously the analogy is a bit lopsided since Batman is a different animal,but still worth a shot since well the similarities are uncanny at times.

edited 30th Apr '12 7:03:37 PM by terlwyth

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Hmm, that's a veryinteresting point and that comparison makes sense. Kind of counterintuitve though in that Casino Royale has a similar relationship with the Bond films as does Batman Begins with Batman films. You also bring up something I noticed about Craig's Bond but is hard to vocalize- while in some ways he's the coldest of the Bonds, he's also in a way the most sensitive, it's weird.
10 terlwyth30th Apr 2012 11:04:25 PM , Relationship Status: Who needs love when you have waffles?
Exactly,just like Keaton's Batman.

Yeah Keaton's Batman/Bruce may have been a lot more pragmatic about dealing with mooks,then even outright killing them,but at the same time he never really seemed to move away from that day,just look at the face when he sees that smile again.

Even stranger is how despite these similarities,the rest of the films don't match up. Batman Returns for example is probably closest to License To Kill,YMMV rather than say Quantom Of Solace which is definitely most like The Dark Knight

I think I'll move this topic into a new thread,as to not derail
I'd forgotten I posted this, Caissa's Death Angel that was exactly what i wanted thank you :)
12 66Scorpio17th May 2012 10:57:40 AM from Toronto, Canada
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Think of the scale as sort of like a 10-point must in scoring a boxing round: the top guy gets 10 and the others fall in behind.

• Sean Connery: Charm 10 Psycopathy 9 Goofiness 8 • George Lazenby: Charm 9 Psycopathy 6 Goofiness 8 • Roger Moore: Charm 10 Psycopathy 7 Goofiness 10 • Timothy Dalton: Charm 9 Psycopathy 7 Goofiness 8 • Pierce Brosnan: Charm 10 Psycopathy 8 Goofiness 7 • Daniel Craig: Charm 8 Psycopathy 10 Goofiness 6

I've seen all the movies, including David Niven in the spoof Casino Royale, and Never Say Never Again. However, it's been a long time since I've seen them, except for the new/real Casino Royale as I have the DVD. So, I particularly can't say that this is objective.
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13 CaissasDeathAngel18th May 2012 10:02:40 AM from Dumfries, SW Scotland , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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I dispute basically everything you say in that post to be honest, there is a far, far greater disparity between the portrayals than your scale suggest. Dalton scoring 8 for "goofiness"? I really can't believe you've seen the films if you say that.
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