In this thread, gentle readers, I want you to give me your most definitive Bond performance. (I could’ve of sworn this had been done before, maybe the old forums had it. Anyway...)
I had trouble choosing one of the plethora of Bond performance’s, some notable considerations that fell by the wayside included; Casino Royale, Craig’s visceral debut – it had too many “out of character” moments for me; The World Is Not Enough – too melodramatic. Which is a shame, I thought Brosnan was rather good, to be honest. Plus he looks fantastic; On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – considering he was a rookie actor, I thought he done bloody well. It’s like putting a novice musician in The Beatles, replacing McCartney. This is what the producers were trying do to in replacing Sean Connery.
Some honourable mentions have to go to; Thunderball for Connery’s virile, and so uber cool portrayal; both of Dalton’s efforts; one, The Living Daylights is a more classic outing, although he has layers of depth, subtleties, to his characterization, and the other, Licence To Kill, for a more animalistic interpretation, where Bond loses his sheen of sophistication, exposing the blunt instrument beneath. For most of the movie Bond fights with his heart, the personal nature of the story clouding his judgement, making his aim sloppy. It is only once Bond learns about the stinger missiles is he finally able to treat his vendetta as a mission, and he finally gains control of the situation.
But I have to go for From Russia With Love. For me Connery may well have delivered the greatest Bondian performance; suave, professional, poised, authoritative, decisive, charming, virile and ruthless.
Up to you peeps... :-)
Note Mod’s this isn’t a Bond ranking, more a Bond performance thingy. ;-)