Hello everyone! I apologize if a similar topic to this has been done before, but I have not seen it, and I think it’d be fun to see what everyone thinks is the most different Bond film of each actor’s era. Since Lazenby and Dalton only had 1 and 2 films respectively, I feel they can’t really be counted, though in Dalton’s case, TLD is certainly more “classic Bond”-styled than LTK. Anyways, for the others:
Connery: Diamonds Are Forever
This was a pretty easy one for me to choose. Connery’s first five films are all far more serious in tone, while his final EON film dives headfirst into all-out camp territory that none of his previous films reached. I’ve always said DAF feels a lot more Moore-esque than Connery-esque as a Bond film. For my tastes, I found DAF quite distant from the other official Connery films, in both overall style and quality.
Moore: For Your Eyes Only
Another fairly obvious choice here. FYEO went out of its way in being by far the most grounded and Fleming-esque film in Moore’s zany era, and I think that benefits it greatly. There are plenty of serious moments and classic Bondian stuff scattered throughout all Moore’s other movies, but FYEO is far more consistent in shying away from the fantastical.
Brosnan: Tomorrow Never Dies
Now this one was tough for me to choose from, as I feel like Brosnan’s era is collectively the most “samey” of all the long-running actors. I’m going to go with TND here though, for the simple reason I find it far more workmanlike and traditional than its three more “this time it’s personal”-style brothers. I’m not really positive though if it’s the best choice, and I’m super curious to see other answers for Brosnan.
Amazingly, I’d say Craig is one you could make a good argument for with any of his films, and that his era is the most varied of any actor’s. CR’s origin setup and unique style, QOS’s brevity, SF’s standalone-ness, and NTTD’s heavy drama / ending make them all worthy, but I went with SP for tonal reasons. Far and away, SP is the most lighthearted of Craig’s movies, and also most structured like a traditional Bond movie. I can’t say it all worked for me, but it certainly does stand out when watching them all.
Tell me what you all think! I’d love to see different answers and reasons!