Ranking Bond Performances By Film

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  • Posts: 11,145
    Yes he's good in those scenes too. Maybe I should rank his performance a tad higher.

    How do you rank Dalton's performances @barryt007?
  • barryt007barryt007 Stalking Kara Milovy with an elephant gun and a chainsaw.
    edited October 2017 Posts: 17,317
    Not good in TLD ,he just seemed to be playing Bond rather then being him,almost looked nervous at points.
    He improved in LTK but was carried by a good cast and a top class villain,also his accent kept slipping : "Things were about to get naaaaasty"...."Why dont you wait until you're aaaasked ?"...watch the birdie you baaaaastard" .

    He is my lowest rated Bond.
  • Posts: 11,145
    barryt007 wrote: »
    Not good in TLD ,he just seemed to be playing Bond rather then being him,almost looked nervous at points.
    He improved in LTK but was carried by a good cast and a top class villain,also his accent kept slipping : "Things were about to get naaaaasty"...."Why dont you wait until you're aaaasked ?"...watch the birdie you baaaaastard" .

    He is my lowest rated Bond.

  • barryt007barryt007 Stalking Kara Milovy with an elephant gun and a chainsaw.
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    Exactly !!

    I rest my case ;)
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    @bondjames our lists are fairly similar.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited October 2017 Posts: 23,883
    Yes, I just took a look at your updated list @Birdleson and it's quite similar.

    I forgot to rank Sean in NSNA. I'd probably put him just below Laz in OHMSS so about 17 or thereabouts.
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    BAIN123 wrote: »
    Bloody awful. I thought Arnie had the worst 'freeze!' (or was that 'chill!') remark in Batman and Robin but I think I've just seen the bottom of the barrel here.
  • barryt007barryt007 Stalking Kara Milovy with an elephant gun and a chainsaw.
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    Exactly...Dalton had the look of Bond but thats about it compared to the other 5.
  • jake24jake24 Sitting at your desk, kissing your lover, eating supper with your family
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    BAIN123 wrote: »
    I think Roger's best scene in View was when he was directing Mayday lowering the rig.
    Definately agree.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    jake24 wrote: »
    BAIN123 wrote: »
    I think Roger's best scene in View was when he was directing Mayday lowering the rig.
    Definately agree.

    Probably.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Station B, Belgium
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    barryt007 wrote: »
    Exactly...Dalton had the look of Bond but thats about it compared to the other 5.

    Sorry, don't agree.

    Tim still is the best incarnation of the character for me.
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
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    barryt007 wrote: »
    Not good in TLD ,he just seemed to be playing Bond rather then being him,almost looked nervous at points.
    He improved in LTK but was carried by a good cast and a top class villain,also his accent kept slipping : "Things were about to get naaaaasty"...."Why dont you wait until you're aaaasked ?"...watch the birdie you baaaaastard" .

    He is my lowest rated Bond.

    Hahaha. The accent slips are probably worth noting. How about Brosnan's "The name's Barnd!" in TWINE?
  • jake24jake24 Sitting at your desk, kissing your lover, eating supper with your family
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    Sounds nothing like "Barnd!" when you actually watch the film.
  • barryt007barryt007 Stalking Kara Milovy with an elephant gun and a chainsaw.
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    GoldenGun wrote: »
    barryt007 wrote: »
    Exactly...Dalton had the look of Bond but thats about it compared to the other 5.

    Sorry, don't agree.

    Tim still is the best incarnation of the character for me.

    Fair enough.

  • LFSLFS Germany
    edited June 2018 Posts: 28
    All the actors have brought something to the role (except one). Ian Fleming´s character has never been brought onto the screen in his full complexity, but most of them added a certain element of his personality.

    Sean Connery was the most natural and he really had the way with the women, George Lazenby had the physicality, Roger Moore portrayed Bond´s snobbism and bachelor lifestyle perfectly, Timothy Dalton was intense and offered us a deeper look into Bond´s inner self: a man whose professionalism hides a sensitive and even romantic soul; Brosnan brought nothing, and Daniel Craig was the first to show Bond´s brutality in full force but also his anxieties.
    I will rank my five favorite portrayals as to how close they are to Ian Fleming´s Bond:

    1. Sean Connery in Dr. No
    2. Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights
    3. Sean Connery in From Russia with Love
    4. Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
    5. Sean Connery in Goldfinger
  • LFSLFS Germany
    edited June 2018 Posts: 28
    LFS wrote: »
    All the actors have brought something to the role (except one). Ian Fleming´s character has never been brought onto the screen in his full complexity, but most of them added a certain element of his personality.

    Sean Connery was the most natural and he really had the way with the women, George Lazenby had the physicality, Roger Moore portrayed Bond´s snobbism and bachelor lifestyle perfectly, Timothy Dalton was intense and offered us a deeper look into Bond´s inner self: a man whose professionalism hides a sensitive and even romantic soul; Brosnan brought nothing, and Daniel Craig was the first to show Bond´s brutality in full force but also his anxieties.
    I will rank my five favorite portrayals as to how close they are to Ian Fleming´s Bond:

    1. Sean Connery in Dr. No
    2. Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights
    3. Sean Connery in From Russia with Love
    4. Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
    5. Sean Connery in Goldfinger

    I would have loved to include Dalton´s Licence to Kill performance in the top 5, but there he is intense to an extent it´s sometimes hard to to recognize the Bond from the books. The novel "You Only Live Twice" is also a revenge story, but Bond still enjoys his sake.
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    1. Sean Connery - Goldfinger
    2. Sean Connery - Dr No
    3. Sean Connery - From Russia With Love
    4. Timothy Dalton - The Living Daylights
    5. Daniel Craig - Casino Royale
  • Posts: 8,173
    Current list for me:

    1. Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
    2. Sean Connery in Dr. No
    3. Sean Connery in Thunderball
    4. Sean Connery in Goldfinger
    5. Roger Moore in For Your Eyes Only
    6. Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me
    7. Daniel Craig in Skyfall
    8. George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    9. Sean Connery in From Russia with Love
    10. Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies
    11. Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace
    12. Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye
    13. Roger Moore in Live and Let Die
    14. Timothy Dalton in Licence to Kill
    15. Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights
    16. Roger Moore in The Man with the Golden Gun
    17. Roger Moore in Octopussy
    18. Roger Moore in A View to a Kill
    19. Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice
    20. Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day
    21. Pierce Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough
    22. Daniel Craig in Spectre
    23. Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever
    24. Roger Moore in Moonraker

    #17-24 are kind of all interchangeable depending on the day.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Earth, spinning in its grave.
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    So this is the Friday list?
  • Posts: 8,173
    So this is the Friday list?

    It’s the March 16, 2018 list.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    A few changes since my last attempt. This continues to be quite difficult:

    1. Sean Connery - FRWL
    2. Sean Connery - TB
    3. Sean Connery - DN
    4. Daniel Craig - CR
    5. Roger Moore - TMWTGG
    6. Sean Connery - GF
    7. Roger Moore - LALD
    8. Roger Moore - TSWLM
    9. Daniel Craig - QoS
    10. Timothy Dalton - LTK
    11. Roger Moore - FYEO
    12. Timothy Dalton - TLD
    13. Roger Moore - OP
    14. Daniel Craig - SF
    15. George Lazenby - OHMSS
    16. Roger Moore - MR
    17. Sean Connery - YOLT
    18. Pierce Brosnan - DAD
    19. Pierce Brosnan - GE
    20. Sean Connery - DAF
    21. Roger Moore - AVTAK
    22. Pierce Brosnan - TND
    23. Pierce Brosnan - TWINE
    24. Daniel Craig - SP
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Station B, Belgium
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    My ranking for the moment:

    1. Timothy Dalton in TLD
    2. Sean Connery in FRWL
    3. Sean Connery in DN
    4. Timothy Dalton in LTK
    5. Pierce Brosnan in GE
    6. George Lazenby in OHMSS
    7. Roger Moore in TSWLM
    8. Sean Connery in TB
    9. Roger Moore in OP
    10. Pierce Brosnan in TND
    11. Roger Moore in TMWTGG
    12. Daniel Craig in QOS
    13. Sean Connery in GF
    14. Sean Connery in YOLT
    15. Daniel Craig in CR
    16. Roger Moore in LALD
    17. Roger Moore in FYEO
    18. Pierce Brosnan in TWINE
    19. Sean Connery in DAF
    20. Sean Connery in NSNA
    21. Roger Moore in AVTAK
    22. Pierce Brosnan in DAD
    23. Roger Moore in MR
    24. Daniel Craig in SF
    25. Daniel Craig in SP
  • GBFGBF
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    01. Timothy Dalton in TLD
    02. Sean Connery in FRWL
    03. Sean Connery in DN
    04. Pierce Brosnan in GE
    05. Roger Moore in FYEO
    06. Roger Moore in TSWLM
    07. Sean Connery in GF
    08. Roger Moore in OP
    09. Daniel Craig in CR
    10. Sean Connery in TB
    11. Pierce Brosnan in TND
    12. Roger Moore in MR
    13. Daniel Craig in SF
    14. Daniel Craig in SP
    15. Roger Moore in LALD
    16. Pierce Brosnan in DAD
    17. Daniel Craig in QOS
    18. Roger Moore in AVTAK
    19. Sean Connery in NSNA
    20. George Lazenby in OHMSS
    21. Timothy Dalton in LTK
    22. Roger Moore in TMWTGG
    23. Sean Connery in YOLT
    24. Sean Connery in DAF
    25. Pierce Brosnan in TWINE
  • Posts: 1,294
    I’ve said this a few times, and I’m not disparaging anyone when I say this, but I am genuinely baffled when I see people rank Connery’s performance in YOLT above DAF. Genuinely baffled, no malicious intent with this. Perhaps someone can enlighten me. He seems so actively bored and angry with the producers in the former, and having fun with the sardonic, black comedy of the latter. It has always struck me as obvious. Anyways, onto my ranking, which is of my last viewings of these. As I mentioned in a different thread, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve seen some.

    First four somewhat arbitrary. This is a very difficult list to make, as comparing the nuances of performances from different actors, working with different directors, in different eras of film is incredibly difficult to assess. So don’t hold me to this too much outside of the general sweep of the thing. Lots in the middle are in flux, as well.

    1. Sean Connery - Thunderball
    2. Sean Connery - Dr. No
    3. Sean Connery - From Russia With Love
    4. Sean Connery - Goldfinger

    5. Daniel Craig - Casino Royale
    6. Roger Moore - Live and Let Die
    7. Daniel Craig - Skyfall
    8. Roger Moore - For Your Eyes Only
    9. Roger Moore - The Man with the Golden Gun
    10. Roger Moore - Octopussy
    11. Timothy Dalton - The Living Daylights
    12. Pierce Brosnan - Die Another Day
    13. Roger Moore - Moonraker
    14. Sean Connery - Diamonds are Forever
    15. Pierce Brosnan - Tomorrow Never Dies
    16. Daniel Craig - Quantum of Solace
    17. Timothy Dalton - Licence to Kill
    18. Pierce Brosnan - Goldeneye
    19. Roger Moore - The Spy Who Loved Me
    20. Daniel Craig - Spectre
    21. Roger Moore - A View to a Kill
    22. Sean Connery - You Only Live Twice
    23. Pierce Brosnan - The World Is Not Enough
    24. George Lazenby - On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited May 2018 Posts: 23,883
    I'm with you on Connery in YOLT vs DAF @ThighsOfXenia. Night and day as far as I'm concerned. At least he seems engaged and involved in the latter film, having a blast delivering Maibum and Mankiewicz's witty dialogue. He's a pleasure to watch, once one gets over the rather disheveled & portly appearance.

    Nice list by the way. We're pretty close on the top 7.

    I notice a lot of folks have Dalton higher in TLD vs. LTK. I'm perhaps one of the few who thinks he gave a better performance in his second outing as OO7.
  • edited May 2018 Posts: 1,294
    @bondjames My memory of his performances in those movies is pretty fuzzy. I gave it the edge because, while I think he's strong in both films, I remember thinking his turn in TLD was more Fleming (and that's the film around him, in part, as well I think). As I mentioned, that middle chunk is pretty arbitrarily ranked. I also just like that movie more as a whole and feel that it is better.

    edit: As for Connery in DAF, he just dead pan delivers the dialogue with such relish. I've always felt it was obvious he's having a hell of a time. Seemed very much in line with what Hamilton wanted (i.e. hewing closer to black comedy territory than thriller).
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited May 2018 Posts: 23,883
    I get where you're coming from @ThighsOfXenia. TLD is far more traditional and Dalton is very good in the Austrian and Slovakian scenes. I rate him a bit lower there than in LTK because I feel the latter film suited his trademark intensity better and permitted him to be more unleashed, as it were. There are sections of TLD where I feel he seems a bit 'out of place' (if that makes any sense). As if the scene would have been better suited to Moore.

    RE: Connery in DAF, I agree that he is just so relaxed. I wonder how much of that was due to the fact that he knew it would be his last (for EON anyway). If he was feeling any pressure returning to the role he certainly didn't show it. I've really grown to appreciate the film for what it is over the years.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
    edited June 2018 Posts: 25,370
    I decided to reassess. Some big changes (not at the very top or bottom, though). Roger benefitted the most, with Pierce taking the greatest hits.

    1. Sean Connery in DR. NO (1962)
    2. Sean Connery in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)
    3. Sean Connery in GOLDFINGER (1964)
    4. Sean Connery in THUNDERBALL (1965)
    5. Daniel Craig in CASINO ROYALE (2006)
    6. Daniel Craig in QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
    7. Roger Moore in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)
    8. Roger Moore in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)
    9. Roger Moore in LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)
    10. Roger Moore in OCTOPUSSY (1983)
    11. Daniel Craig in SKYFALL (2012)
    12. Roger Moore in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)
    13. Pierce Brosnan in DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)
    14. Timothy Dalton in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
    15. Timothy Dalton in LICENCE TO KILL (1989)
    16. Sean Connery in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983)
    17. Sean Connery in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)
    18. Pierce Brosnan in TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997)
    19. Pierce Brosnan in THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)
    20. Pierce Brosnan in GOLDENEYE (1995)
    21. George Lazenby in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969)
    22. Sean Connery in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)
    23. Roger Moore in A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)
    24. Roger Moore in MOONRAKER(1979)
    25. Daniel Craig in SPECTRE (2015)
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    I think Moore in AVTAK is a bit of an underrated performance.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    FoxRox wrote: »
    I think Moore in AVTAK is a bit of an underrated performance.

    Th mugging is definitely worse in MR, but at least in MR he has that one strong moment; coming off of the centrifuge. I don't really find anything that stands out in his performance in AVTAK. A few moments with Zorin and he starts to show the beginning of a sizzle then it disappears just as quickly.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    That's a solid top 10. I personally put his efforts in LALD and TSWLM above FYEO and OP, but they are all good.

    I find it very difficult to rate him in AVTAK. In some instances it's a very good and serious performance (most notably after Tibbet's death, with Aubergine and again with Howe) but as you said it's few and far between. A lot of that is due to the script, which has too much time devoted to St. John Smythe. That 'disguise' overshadows things for me.
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