Best Actor To Ever Appear in a Bond film.

RoadphillRoadphill United Kingdom
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Basically what is says in the title. Who is the best Actor/ Actress overall to ever appear in a Bond film. I dont necessarily mean the performance in the specific Bond movie, but their whole body of work, including Bond.

Could be a Bond themselves, a villain, leading lady, whoever.

I will kick things off, with admittedly a bit of a cop out.

A tie between Robert Shaw and Christopher Walken.
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  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Judi Dench or Albert Finney probably.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Station B, Belgium
    edited January 10 Posts: 3,094
    Quite a few fine actors have graced our films and Christopher Lee is probably my favourite of them all, but if we're counting NSNA you can only give this title to Max von Sydow. His work for Ingmar Bergman alone elevates him above anyone else.




  • Shark_0f_LargoShark_0f_Largo Lancashire, UK
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    Albert Finney is definitely one of them.
  • Posts: 328
    Diana Rigg, Louis Jourdan and Klaus Maria Brandauer.

    Oddly enough, Walken, Pryce and Bardem -- prestigious, award-winning actors who I normally love -- gave hammy, ill-conceived performances in their Bond films.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.
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    Off the top of my head, I'd have to pick either Robert Shaw or Dame Judi Dench. I'd toss Max von Sydow alongside them if we're counting the unofficial movies.
  • TheWizardOfIceTheWizardOfIce 'One of the Internet's more toxic individuals'
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    John Terry.

    You were expecting someone else?
  • TripAcesTripAces Universal Exports
    edited January 10 Posts: 2,558
    Benicio del Toro
    Javier Bardem
    Christoph Waltz
    Rosamund Pike
    Christopher Walken
    Judi Dench
    Albert Finney

    Quite a selection there
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger He is SOMEWHERE!
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    I thought Chrome was great, especially in FYEO. Impressive that he could remember his lines and deliver on cue.
  • barryt007barryt007 Hunting Kara Milovy with a massive elephant gun.
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    Me..a little trade secret,they have lined me up for the smoking,drinking,holding a bottle,coughing man on a bridge for B25.
  • M_BaljeM_Balje Amsterdam, Netherlands
    edited January 11 Posts: 2,867
    Pierce Brosnan and Judi Dench. Sometimes nice to see a movie with Sean Bean and Christopher Walken.

    Those days we stil can see actors in other movies, but from my point of age the fame of actors from longer a go not go futher then Christopher Walken.

    I like Denise Richards and also don't mind Albert Finney in SF too. And if you ask me i like to see Kirk Douglas stars in Bond 25.
  • BMW_with_missilesBMW_with_missiles All the usual refinements.
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    barryt007 wrote: »
    Me..a little trade secret,they have lined me up for the smoking,drinking,holding a bottle,coughing man on a bridge for B25.

    Will you be looking on in shock as Bond rides by on a hover-gondola?
  • TheWizardOfIceTheWizardOfIce 'One of the Internet's more toxic individuals'
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    M_Balje wrote: »
    And if you ask me i like to see Kirk Douglas stars in Bond 25.

    The guy is 101 years old mate. Unless they're doing a reboot of the warehouse fight from AVTAK I really don't see a role for anyone that old.

    I supppse they could always defrost Hannes Oberhauser from the glacier perhaps?
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    If we are including non-EON I'd go with the great Max Von Sydow. No question.
  • 001001
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    Connery easily.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Station B, Belgium
    edited January 12 Posts: 3,094
    Birdleson wrote: »
    If we are including non-EON I'd go with the great Max Von Sydow. No question.

    Exactly. Can’t imagine anyone coming close.

    Pity he was only in the film for two scenes.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger He is SOMEWHERE!
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    M_Balje wrote: »
    And if you ask me i like to see Kirk Douglas stars in Bond 25.

    The guy is 101 years old mate. Unless they're doing a reboot of the warehouse fight from AVTAK I really don't see a role for anyone that old.

    Haha, that would be awesome.

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    One name I did not expect to se here was Denice Richards...
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
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    Judi Dench, Christopher Lee, Christopher Walken, Javier Bardem, Christoph Waltz, Benicio Del Toro, Albert Finney, and Sean Connery.

    Not sure who I'd pick as the absolute best.
  • Mendes4LyfeMendes4Lyfe "there's no point in living if you can't feel alive" *piano* "...Huh?!"
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    Diana Rigg is consummate professional IMO.
  • BennyBenny And I'm wearing a red shirt !
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    Robert Shaw
    Diana Rigg
    Christopher Lee
    Curd Jurgens
    Christopher Walken
    Benicio Del Toro
    Judi Dench
    Robbie Coltrane
    Javier Bardem
    Albert Finney
    Christoph Waltz
    Sean Connery

    Probably some I've missed.
  • barryt007barryt007 Hunting Kara Milovy with a massive elephant gun.
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    Roger Moore !!
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Station B, Belgium
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    Strange nobody mentioned Michael Lonsdale yet.

    Also Tchécky Karyo from GE has proven himself a very fine actor in a couple of French flicks. As did Sophie Marceau.
  • TheWizardOfIceTheWizardOfIce 'One of the Internet's more toxic individuals'
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    Julian Glover and Steven Berkoff have done a lot of well respected theatre work.

    Arent Kabir Bedi and Jerone Krabbe big names in their native countries?

    I don't think Robert Carlyle has been mentioned. His performance in Cracker is exceptional.

    Mads Mikkleson is one of the best actors working today.

    Remarkably no one has mentioned Halle Berry yet. Can we really discard someone who has won a best actress Oscar?


  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Station B, Belgium
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    Don’t know about Kabir Bedi, but Jeroen Krabbé is definitely well respected in the Netherlands and the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.

    Klaus Maria Brandauer is a great actor too. Has been in quite a few quality Istvan Szabo films, of which the most famous is Mephisto.
  • barryt007barryt007 Hunting Kara Milovy with a massive elephant gun.
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    At the end of the day its an impossible question to answer.
  • TheWizardOfIceTheWizardOfIce 'One of the Internet's more toxic individuals'
    edited January 12 Posts: 9,117
    I dont think anyone has said Ralph Fiennes yet have they?
    barryt007 wrote: »
    At the end of the day its an impossible question to answer.

    Well...I think we can probably rule out Soon Taik Oh and the bloke who plays the French cab driver in AVTAK at the very least.

    I'm just waiting for @001 to chip in with Mohammed Salah!
  • barryt007barryt007 Hunting Kara Milovy with a massive elephant gun.
    Posts: 16,348
    I dont think anyone has said Ralph Fiennes yet have they?
    barryt007 wrote: »
    At the end of the day its an impossible question to answer.

    Well...I think we can probably rule out Soon Taik Oh and the bloke who plays the French cab driver in AVTAK at the very least.

    I'm just waiting for @001 to chip in with Mohammed Salah!

    Hahaha love it.

  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
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    Forgot Julian Glover, Robert Shaw, Ralph Fiennes etc.

    Nobody's mentioned John Rhys-Davies. Isn't Joseph Wiseman well-known for his stage work?

    Although this is turning more into an honourable mentions thread rather than picking a particular first. I don't think I could pick one as the very best, though.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger He is SOMEWHERE!
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    Get Gary Oldman for Bond 25, and then it will be easier.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Station B, Belgium
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    Let us not forget Eva Green either.

    Speaking of CR, Giancarlo Gianninni did some pretty impressive stuff too. I’d suggest Lina Wertmüller’s Pasqualino Settebellezze (aka Seven Beauties) or Luchino Visconti’s L’innocente (aka The Innocent) for closer inspection.
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