For decades, the James Bond franchise has been one of the most iconic and enduring movie series in history. The series has captivated audiences with its thrilling action, exotic locales, and, of course, its dashing lead character. But with six actors having played the role of James Bond, the question of who is the best Bond actor of all time is a hotly debated topic. In this article, we’ll take a look at the seven actors who have played the role and rank them based on a survey of 1000 markmeets.com readers.
- Sean Connery
According to our survey, Sean Connery is the best James Bond actor of all time, with over 40% of the votes. Connery’s portrayal of the character in seven movies from 1962 to 1983 is widely considered to be the definitive Bond performance. He brought a rugged masculinity to the role, along with a dry wit and an irresistible charm. Connery’s Bond was a suave and sophisticated ladies’ man who always managed to save the day.
- Pierce Brosnan
Coming in second place in our survey is Pierce Brosnan, who played Bond in four movies from 1995 to 2002. Brosnan’s Bond was a more modern and polished version of the character, with a mix of suave sophistication and hard-edged action. He brought a sense of humor and an air of danger to the role that made him a fan favorite. Brosnan’s Bond was also known for his impeccable style, with designer suits and the latest gadgets.
- Roger Moore
Roger Moore played Bond in seven movies from 1973 to 1985, and while he may not be everyone’s favorite, he still managed to garner 16% of the votes in our survey. Moore’s Bond was known for his charm and humor, but some criticized him for being too campy and not as tough as Connery’s Bond. Nevertheless, Moore brought his own style to the role, and his movies remain some of the most beloved in the series.
- Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig is the current Bond, having played the role in five movies from 2006 to 2021. He is often praised for bringing a grittier, more realistic edge to the character, with a focus on action and intensity. Craig’s Bond is more brooding and introspective than his predecessors, with a haunted past that informs his actions. However, some fans feel that Craig’s Bond lacks the charm and wit of the earlier versions of the character, and he received only 9% of the votes in our survey.
- Timothy Dalton
Timothy Dalton played Bond in two movies in the late 1980s, and while his tenure was short-lived, he still managed to make an impression. Dalton’s Bond was a darker, more serious version of the character, with a focus on espionage and intrigue. However, some felt that his portrayal was too grim and lacked the charm and humor of earlier versions of the character. Dalton received only 6% of the votes in our survey.
- George Lazenby
George Lazenby played Bond in only one movie, 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and while his performance was solid, he is often overshadowed by the other actors who played the role. Lazenby’s Bond was a more emotional and vulnerable version of the character, with a focus on romance and character development. However, his lack of experience as an actor and his decision to leave the role after only one movie have often been cited as reasons for his lower ranking in our survey.
- David Niven
David Niven starred in the non-canonical Bond film Casino Royale (1967). The film was a spoof of the Bond franchise and featured Niven as an aging Bond who is called out of retirement to save the world. Niven’s performance as Bond was met with mixed reviews, with many critics finding the film to be too silly and over-the-top.
While Niven’s portrayal of Bond is not considered part of the official franchise, his performance is still remembered by some fans as a unique take on the character.
In the end, the question of who is the best James Bond actor of all time is a matter of personal opinion. While Sean Connery is often cited as the most iconic and definitive Bond, other actors such as Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have also left their mark on the franchise.
Ultimately, each actor brought their own unique take on the character, and each has their own dedicated fan base. As the Bond franchise continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see who takes on the role next and how they will interpret the character for a new generation of fans.
- Mark Boardman is an established showbiz journalist and freelance copywriter whose work has been published in Business Insider, Daily Mail, Bloomberg, MTV, Buzzfeed and The New York Post amongst other press. Often spotted on the red carpet at celebrity events and film screenings, Mark is a regular guest on BBC Radio London and in-demand for his opinions for media outlets including Newsweek. His TV credits include This Morning, The One Show and T4. Email [email protected]