The James Bond actors ordered from worst to best – Diario La Página


Sixty years have passed since the appearance on the big screen of the most popular spy in the world thanks to Ian Fleming, Albert R. Broccoli and Sean Connery, six decades in which half a dozen interpreters have put themselves in the shoes of agent 007 to make us enjoy an idealized vision of the British phlegm with a license to kill and, to celebrate, it’s time to review the James Bond actors ordered from worst to best. A collection that includes some of the best action movies and, why not say it, also many of the best love movies.

Before beginning this salad of spies who drink Martini shaken, not mixed, and that you can find in full on Amazon Prime Video, three apocryphal titles should be highlighted that, despite not belonging to the official Bond canon, do delight completists. On the one hand, the initiation ‘Casino Royale’ (William H. Brown Jr., 1954), a CBS telefilm within its ‘Climax!’ which included music by Jerry Goldsmith, Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre and Barry Nelson as Jimmy Bond.

In the midst of “bondmania” the hilarious ‘Casino Royale’ (John Huston, Ken Hughes, Val Guest, 1967) premiered, a British sitcom that, in addition to featuring Peter Sellers as agent 007, also includes David Niven as Sir James Bond and Woody Allen as Jimmy Bond. Orson Welles played Le Chiffre, John Huston played M, Jean-Paul Belmondo played a French legionnaire, and Ursula Andress played Vesper Lynd herself.

And closing this triplet of unofficial works is the not exactly indispensable ‘Never Say Never Again’ (Irvin Kershner, 1983), the second return of Sean Connery in a new version of ‘Operation Thunder’ in an attempt by Warner Bros. to take advantage of the character.

And since we have gone around the bush, it is impossible for us not to recommend two trilogies that owe their existence to the character of Fleming and that have found a place on their own in the lists with the best comedy films.

We are referring, of course, to the wonderful character of Mike Myers, star of ‘Austin Powers: Mysterious International Agent’ (Jay Roach, 1997), ‘Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me’ (Jay Roach, 1999) and ‘Austin Powers in Member of Gold’ (Jay Roach, 2002), and the hilarious return of Frenchman Hubert Bonisseur from La Bath, a character devised by Jean Bruce that Kerwin Mathews played for the first time in ‘OSS 117’ (André Hunebelle, 1963) but who lives a second youth thanks to the work (and face) of Jean Dujardin in the wonderful ‘OSS 117: Cairo, nest of spies’ (Michel Hazanavicius, 2006), ‘OSS 117: Lost in Rio’ (Michel Hazanavicius, 2009) and ‘ OSS 117: From Africa with love’ (Nicolas Bedos, 2021)

George Lazenby: the romantic Bond

The James Bond actors ordered from worst to best – Diario La Página

George Lazenby did not have it easy. The Australian model had the difficult task of replacing Sean Connery in the first important role of his career and, as expected, people did not like it. The truth is that the only film of him as Bond is not bad at all, but the circumstances left us without seeing if he would gain charisma over time. And that, from what we learned in our list with 7 very strange things that actors were asked to do in a casting, the producers had tested the interpreter in depth…

Films:

  • ‘007 on Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (Peter Hunt, 1969)

Timothy Dalton: the literary Bond

Timothy Dalton is the most underrated Bond. Cold, aggressive and severe, his 007 agent is the one who most closely resembles the one described by Fleming in the novels. His two movies fit perfectly into both the franchise and IMDb’s top 50 movies of the ’80s.

Films:

  • ‘007: High Voltage’ (John Glen, 1987)
  • ‘License to Kill’ (John Glen, 1989)

Pierce Brosnan: the Bond 90s

We all love Pierce Brosnan, so much so that it’s not often remembered that, despite his elegant incarnation of the character, and his essential first film, he was followed by three of the weakest titles in the franchise.

Films:

  • ‘Goldeneye’ (Martin Campbell, 1995)
  • ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ (Roger Spottiswoode, 1997)
  • ‘The world is never enough’ (Michael Apted, 1999)
  • ‘Die Another Day’ (Lee Tamahori, 2002)

Daniel Craig: The Meat Bond

Daniel Craig plays the flesh and blood Bond. The most human version of the character falls in love, suffers and breaks during his journey in which he does not stop receiving blows and destroying enemies that, later on, will not let him sleep. We review how Daniel Craig has changed James Bond forever, remembering, for the clueless, that the odd ones are the good ones.

Films:

  • ‘Casino Royale’ (Martin Campbell, 2006)
  • ‘Quantum of Solace’ (Marc Forster, 2008)
  • ‘Skyfall’ (Sam Mendes, 2012)
  • ‘Spectre’ (Sam Mendes, 2015)
  • ‘No time to die’ (Cary Joji Fukunaga, 2021)

Roger Moore: the Bond enjoyed

Roger Moore is the official caricature of 007. Exaggeratedly refined, incapable of making mistakes, his Bond is more sympathetic and, even when he is in mortal danger, he does not hesitate to elegantly capture some funny occurrence. For half the world, this is the actor that comes to mind when talking about the franchise.

Films:

  • ‘Live and let die’ (Guy Hamilton, 1973)
  • ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ (Guy Hamilton, 1974)
  • ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (Lewis Gilbert, 1977)
  • ‘Moonraker’ (Lewis Gilbert, 1979)
  • ‘For Your Eyes Only’ (Lewis Gilbert, 1981)
  • ‘Octopussy’ (John Glen, 1983)
  • ‘View to a Kill’ (John Glen, 1985)

Sean Connery: Bond

Connery was, at least initially, a true reflection of what Fleming described. Cold, calculating, sophisticated, cynical and violent, Connery knew how to make a character his own who, in addition, serves as a reminder of the relentless machismo we try to get rid of. As arrogant as he is irresistible, the actor knew how to carve out a career on the sidelines as his titles as Bond disintegrated (without disappearing) among Sean Connery’s 15 best films, ordered.

Films:

  • ‘Agent 007 vs. Dr. No’ (Terence Young, 1962)
  • ‘From Russia with love’ (Terence Young, 1963)
  • ‘James Bond vs. Goldfinger’ (Guy Hamilton, 1964)
  • Thunderball (Terence Young, 1965)
  • ‘You Only Live Twice’ (Lewis Gilbert, 1967)
  • ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ (Guy Hamilton, 1971)



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