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"Second only to Sean Connery"
With the Bond hype kicking in again with the release of a new Bond film I couldn't help but notice how many critics and the general public rank Daniel Craig as the second best Bond after Connery.
As we all know, Connery will always be regarded as the best of the bunch. As for his successors it's actually quite fascinating that generally every newcomer/current 007 has always been regarded as "second only to Connery".
Lazenby: not very well-received but the second Bond actor, so technically regarded as the second best after Sir Sean.
Moore: with Lazenby not being a critic's favourite, also seen as the second best during his tenure.
Dalton: I seem to recall that Tim was considered to be better than Moore during his short period as Bond (for instance, Ebert's LTK review clearly states how good Dalton is in it).
Brosnan: between 1995 and 2002 widely regarded as Sean's true successor, the allrounder who comebined all aspects of his predecessors.
Craig: well, have a look around the internet.
The current Bond seems always quite popular and considered the second best after Connery.