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How Does Daniel Craig's Bond Tally Compare To The Rest?
The official Bonds and how long each has served Her Majesty...

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Following the announcement that Daniel Craig will return at least twice more (post-Skyfall) as James Bond, we bring you this handy pictoral primer of the official 007s, their missions and years of service. A convenient guide for afficionados and a nifty cheat-sheet for Bond newbies, this will help you forever remember who played Bond most often and which one only had one outing.

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Sean Connery
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Thunderball (1965)
Goldfinger (1964)
From Russia with Love (1963)
Dr. No (1962)
George Lazenby
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Roger Moore
A View to a Kill (1985)
Octopussy (1983)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Moonraker (1979)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Live and Let Die (1973)
Timothy Dalton
Licence to Kill (1989)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day (2002)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
GoldenEye (1995)
Pierce Brosnan
Bond 25 (2016 TBC)
Bond 24 (2014 TBC)
Skyfall (2012)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Casino Royale (2006)
Sean Connery
1962 - 1971
George Lazenby
1969
Roger Moore
1973 - 1985
Timothy Dalton
1987 - 1989
Pierce Brosnan
1995 - 2002
Daniel Craig
2006 -
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1 Who was more credible during the fight scenes?
I could never take Brosnan or Dalton seriously in the fight scenes ( although the latter had that malevolent look). And as for Moore's scenes, they were overly choreographed and practised to the point of a 'Universal' rating. Let's not forget that Lazenby ( despite all his detractors ) was introduced in three rapid, particularly effective fight scenes at the start of 'Her Majesty's Secret Service'. And if all is to be believed, he busted a stunt-man's nose during his audition. Connery was a big man and looked like he did the stunts for real, whether fighting in a cramped elevator or railway carriage. Which leaves Craig ... do you think he's more effective than Connery and Lazenby together? More

Posted by Bill Marcus on Monday September 17, 2012, 16:52

2 Skyfall will be Craig's 'Goldfinger'
Let's get this straight - I love watching all of these Bond actors. It's the only series that offers a variation on a long running and successful formula. But if you want me to be objective, I will ... Connery was exemplary. He had the brutal looks, physicality and wit that made him credible. His performance and charisma peaked with 'Goldfinger' and then he grew disenchanted and bored with the role ( it clearly shows in 'You Only Live Twice'). He redeemed himself with 'Diamonds' and then seemed to forget how he should play the role in 'Never Say Never Again'. He still remains the King. The unfairly derided Lazenby never got that chance to redeem himself. He is unfairly lambasted and sniggered at, when he had the guts or foolishness to succeed Connery. Moore was perfect for the Seventies. He was the court jester, dapper gentleman and Casanova rolled into one. Even though he might have overstayed his welcome with 'A View to a Kill', I was sorry to see him go. I didn't wanMore

Posted by Bill Marcus on Monday September 17, 2012, 12:36

3 Each was great, in their own special way
One of the best pub arguments you can have....who was the better Bond ? Sean Connery made the mould. Roger Moore broke the mould. Dalton was moody, Brosnan was sultry and Craig is just bad ass. Best forget about Lazonby eh ? You can find what you are looking for in each. Want a stupid action movie, go with Roger Moore. Want a classic spy movie, go with Connery. I personally cannot wait to see what Craig does with the francise. Keep it real guys. No more invisible cars and ice palaces please. More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Sunday September 16, 2012, 13:41

4 Mr.Screen
Brosnan's final two movies were poor but the fact is he was the best ever bond imho. He got the mix of humour and cold blooded spot on. Connery was excellent but Brosnan just managed to steal the crown from him. I didn't really rate Moore at all. Considering he played the role more than anyone else I think he only got the character "right" three times (and coincidentaly those three time just happen to be the only three decent films from his era: TSWLM, FYEO and Octo). Lazenby was acceptable. Both Craig and Dalton play the character identically as far as I'm concerned and whilst it's not a "bad" performance it's not great either. At least in Dalton's case LTK WORKED for his take on Bond...as of yet Craig hasn't had a script that works for the deadly serious take on the character. BTW I don't acknowledge NSNA as a bond film because imho it sucks. Then again, I also thought Thunderball sucked to begin with. More

Posted by Mr.Screen on Sunday September 16, 2012, 10:28

5 Return Of Previous Bond Actor
I really think it would be great to see actor Pierce Brosnan back as James Bond. I do think he was outstanding and I thought he was treated very badly before they changed to Daniel Craig.I keep thinking of Robert Shaw every time I watch Daniel Craig. The time is now right to bring back Pierce Brosnan. THE NAMES DODDS JOSEPH DODDS. Glasgow. josephldodds@yahoo.co.uk 14th.sept.2012 More

Posted by JOSEPH DODDS on Friday September 14, 2012, 13:46

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For those who decrying the missing NSNA, I wouldn't have an issue having it listed if not for the fact that it was essentially a remake of Thunderball, using the same actor. All that nonsense aside I think 5 is a good number for any actor, assuming the standard 2 year gap between films. Once Craig leaves, it's Fassbender time! More

Posted by jazzyjules63 on Friday September 14, 2012, 10:35

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I think all the Bonds are good, even Lazenby, but Sean is still the best. Daniel is the best since King Dog. But Sean pretty much invented the screen Bond, as well as the modern action movie hero. There would be no wisecracking Riggs, McClane or Arnold without Big Tam first. And though it may pain you to see him looking frail these days, he still has the old cool charm and presence. Just look at him gate crashing the press conference to congratulate Andy Murray, another Scots hero BTW. More

Posted by JimmyThe Saint on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 16:48

8 New Bond
For me (and I fucking hate Daniel Craig as Bond - he looks more like a henchman than a suave superspy, WANK!) they should have gone with Clive Owen and somewhere down the line switch over to Christian Bale IMHO More

Posted by Fozola on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 13:16

9 RE: Which past Bond Actor would you like to see return to the role?
I rewatched the Dalton Bonds again recently and they're actually really really really good, so I would like to see him at least get the credit he deserves.   Oh and bring back George Lazenby, he was awesome :D *runs to the hills* More

Posted by DanTDavies on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 09:59

10 The Future of Bond should be the past
I am a huge fan of the original books, i would love to see an actor like Mr Fassbender get the role and take it back to the 60's. It just looks great and due to Mad Men the sixties are back in vogue. I am really enjoying the Daniel Craig Bond film's i think the character is being shown for how messed up he truly is. More

Posted by numptymeldon on Wednesday September 12, 2012, 09:58

11 Which past Bond Actor would you like to see return to the role?
I'm not going to comment on the omission of 'Never Say Never Again'. However, Connery's 2nd and final curtain call as Bond, made me wonder. In an ideal world, I would love to see Timothy Dalton or Pierce Brosnan reprise the role in a rogue, unofficial production - possibly in an adaptation of John Pearson's excellent 'authorised biography of 007'. Brosnan could have the last laugh, wagging his two fingers at Broccoli & Wilson, after he was ignominiously dumped. I suppose Connery or Moore could be discounted - although, I would pay good money to see a C.G.I. version of them as they were in the 1960s and '70s, respectively. What do you think? Who would you like to see return? More

Posted by Bill Marcus on Tuesday September 11, 2012, 21:31

12 NSNA should BE there
I agree with some folks here. I'm a BOND affectionado and even though NSNA isn't an official Bond film it's still a BOND-film. It's Sean Connery portraying James Bond in a serious feature film. Casino Royale '67 is a spoof and doesn't count. Casino Royale '54 is just a small short tv episode and is also not part of this but NSNA should be.! More

Posted by KingOfPop on Tuesday September 11, 2012, 16:04

13 Only 6 of which were official
They clearly state they're only including the official Bond's in this. He was only in 6 official Bond films, the figure of 6 stands. More

Posted by AxlReznor on Tuesday September 11, 2012, 16:00

14 Connery made 7
The fact that NSNA isn't a so-called "official" film does not erase the fact Sean Connery played James Bond in it. Therefore, he played Bond 7 times. There's no argument. Ask yourself this: if Connery played Bond in 6 "unofficial" films instead of 1, would you still say he played Bond only 6 times (instead of 12)? 1967's Casino Royale can be discounted because it was a SPOOF using the James Bond character. More

Posted by wildgoose7 on Tuesday September 11, 2012, 15:22

15 RE: Re: I will say never again
never say never again may not be "official" but it does feature Kim Basinger and James Bond playing an early version of an X Box which can kill you :) I think it counts myself.   Timothy Dalton would win an Oscar and beat the others to death with it - Jonathan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 6. More

Posted by DanTDavies on Tuesday September 11, 2012, 15:17

16 Re: I will say never again
JohnnyLDN, Never Say never Again isn't an official Bond Film. It's made by a different studio and is a remake of Thunderball. It doesn't use the bond theme, or the Gun Barrel intro, and came out at about the same time as Octopussy, long after Connery had finished playing Bond, and Moore was up and running. More

Posted by garethhopley on Tuesday September 11, 2012, 12:39

17 No it's not...
Never Say Never Again isn't one of the "official" Bond movies. If that were to be included so would the other Casino Royale's (an American one featuring a CIA agent called Jimmy Bond as well the awful spoof). More

Posted by AxlReznor on Tuesday September 11, 2012, 12:38

18 Re: I will say never again
JohnnyLDN, Never Say never Again isn't an official Bond Film. It's made by a different studio and is a remake of Thunderball. It doesn't use the bond theme, or the Gun Barrel intro, and came out at about the same time as Octopussy, long after Connery had finished playing Bond, and Moore was up and running. More

Posted by garethhopley on Tuesday September 11, 2012, 12:36

19 I will say never again
Never Say Never Again is missing from Connery's list More

Posted by JohnnyLDN on Tuesday September 11, 2012, 12:31

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