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20 February 2006  |  Written by   

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Old trouper Christopher Lee, whose 250-film career includes one of the most memorable Bond villains, is in no doubt who has made the best 007 to date. Despite working with Roger Moore, and contrary to the general consensus so far that Sean Connery's Bond was the definitive, Lee has given the rosette to the ousted  Pierce Brosnan.
 
As Daniel Craig was spilling blood in Prague in his early days as 007, 83-year-old Lee was attending the Bangkok International Film Festival, to introduce a special screening there of The Man with the Golden Gun.
 
The actor, who is still riding the crest of the wave created by his appearances in Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, revealed that Fleming was a second cousin and golf course partner, who had originally wanted Lee to play Dr No in Bond's first film outing.
 
That intriguing piece of casting didn't materialise, but Lee got his chance to take on Fleming's spy in 1974, as the eponymous, elegant assassin with a third nipple and, of course, a golden gun.
 
"In my opinion - and I think I know as much, if not more about James Bond than anyone in the world, particularly about the characters on whom Ian told me Bond was based - Pierce Brosnan was by far the best and the closest to the character," he said humbly.
 
At the same time, Lee told the sceptics to lay off Daniel Craig - for the time being at least.
 
"No-one should have an opinion about him as Bond in any way, until the film comes out," he said. "There has been all this nonsense written: how can a man whose hair is blond play Bond, the 'blonde Bond'. It's just rubbish.  You might say the film has already been condemned."

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Yoda Pooch
Grant Hodgson doesn't realise that Casino Royale will be 2 films, not 1. He should prepare himself for a big surprise, because Bond is about to get more "real" and more "emotional" than he has ever been before. Perhaps he will consider that to be a bad thing... Arsehole. More

Posted by Yoda Pooch at 15:34 on 23 February 2006 | Report This Post

RE: He Speaks A Lot Of Sense....Very Slowly
When the Duc de Richleu gets medieval on your ass, you listen. More

Posted by Alvin Stardust at 15:41 on 21 February 2006 | Report This Post

He Speaks A Lot Of Sense....Very Slowly
Christopher Lee is the wise grandfather of film, you would be a bit of a fool to take him on and when he says something, everyone listens, even if it takes him around 5 minutes to say three words. He knows what he is on about. I don't personally think Daniel Craig is the correct choice for James Bond, he just isn't the perfect envisionment of 007 for me. When Christopher Lee mentions Craig, it just shows that everyone has an opinion on it from Fern Cotton to Christopher Lee. He's a wise old owl, More

Posted by BoyWonder2021 at 12:59 on 21 February 2006 | Report This Post

They didn't cast him as Doctor No BECAUSE BOND WOULD BE DEAD IN THE OPENING TITLES.
Nobody can kill Christopher Lee. He is like the Queen Mother with fangs, a heart of darkness and the ability to diss all. What beats paper, sisters and stone? A fistfull of Christopher Lee. Why did we beat The Nazis? Christopher Lee paid a visit to a mothafunkin bunker and had a word. Christopher Lee's tears cure the common cold. Christopher Lee has never cried. When Freddy Kruger has nightmares he dreams of Christopher Lee. Verbal Kint once said ""I don't believe in God, but I'm afrai More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 20:35 on 20 February 2006 | Report This Post

I think..
..you'll find it was Dr No he mentioned, not Bond. And having known the man (Fleming) he probably knows a small amount about the character? At 83, and with a couple of fims under his belt, I would hazard a guess that the guy knows what he's talking about compared to some two bit rag jourmalist trying to make a name for himself.............. More

Posted by Geordmeister at 14:08 on 20 February 2006 | Report This Post

Sure-Lee not!
So let me get this right.. Christopher Lee spent the entire production of Lord Of The Rings banging on about how he knew more about the books than anyone, and was a friend of Tolkein, and how he thought he was a natural choice for Gandalf. Now he's saying the same thing about Flemming and how he should have been Bond?! What's next? Does he share some great personal relationship with JK Rowling that makes him the only logical choice to play Harry Potter? Was he cruely denied the role of Jesus i More

Posted by gusbuster at 13:21 on 20 February 2006 | Report This Post

Mirror Madness
If you check out Grant Hodgson in the Sunday Mirror being a tabloid pillock as only they know how; the film has been condemned even before it is released....I am assuming Grant is about 12 years old and knows nothing about films,...either way expect a negative review come November from the SUnday Mirror go to commanderbond.net to find the link and then write to Grant to tell him what an idiot he is More

Posted by Cletus Van Damme at 12:59 on 20 February 2006 | Report This Post

Mirror Madness
If you check out Grant Hodgson in the Sunday Mirror being a tabloid pillock as only they know how; the film has been condemned even before it is released....I am assuming Grant is about 12 years old and knows nothing about films,...either way expect a negative review come November from the SUnday Mirror http://commanderbond.net/quicknews/index.php? action=item&item=29024 More

Posted by Cletus Van Damme at 12:58 on 20 February 2006 | Report This Post

Hear Hear!
Wow! Must be a slow news day! Needless to say, Mr Lee is right, I mean it can't be that hard to make a Bond movie at least a few millimetres better than Die Another Day. More

Posted by thepluginbaby at 12:04 on 20 February 2006 | Report This Post

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