Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Who Played It Best? James Bond

Who Played It Best? James Bond

It was only a matter of time before our favorite secret agent would appear on this blog, to throw down with the other actors.

What is it about James Bond that draws the crowds back every year? Because if we were to write down the Bond franchise on paper, it almost shouldn’t work. A franchise that has lasted 50 years, moving through decades even though Bond nor anybody around him ever ages. The technology and gadgetry Bond uses updates every year, and the bad guys seem to adopt conflicting political philosophies at the drop of a dime. I know, I am being harsh, but let’s face it, if any other franchise even attempted to attempt something like this, it would not survive five years. I think why we love Bond so much is that he is a character unlike any other out there. I think he has a style, a suave, and lots of instincts that separate him from other action heroes. Honestly, the 1960’s and 1970’s was a great yet goofy time for movies, so I can forgive the fact that not everything made sense, sometimes that just happens in movies. I am glad that in 2006, they started over with the character and began to tell a cohesive story, so it’s not like it’s a real issue anymore. So far, there have been six actors who have played James Bond (not including the early 1960’s comedy version of “Casino Royale” where Bond had about 50 clones.), and everybody argues over who has been the best Bond. So I thought tonight, we could settle it, once and for all.

My Two Cents
People seem to identify with their favorite Bond depending upon when they were first introduced to the character, or sometimes people choose a decade or a string of films that where successful and link the actor that made them that way. The Bond movies always reflected the political climate of the times, as well as the action styles that were popular during that time, so history and action style come into play for people as well. This all proves that picking the best Bond is anything but easy. For me, it all goes back to who did it first, and for me Sean Connery is my favorite. I feel he really set the tone, style and presence of the character and I think that Lazenby, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig all have taken a play or two from Connery’s playbook when creating their personal takes on the character. Connery started it all and I think he’s been setting the stage for future actors ever since, so I give him the edge.

Who is your favorite Bond? Tell in the comment section below or email me (

Last week, we took a look at a Western legend, “True Grit.” I was not shocked at all by the outcome.
The Duke Wins!


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