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He couldn't hold a gun straight. ;)
Oh yeah; apparently I've forgotten about his whole career.
His jawline is too pronounced, IMO and the hair a little too perfect. I tend to envision a cross between Almond's and this illustration................
And the Fleming licenced illustration of Bond is a flattering version of Fleming himself.
Not intended as negative criticism, I do appreciate both. Regarding Almond, he has a large range of style relating to Bond.
This of course has key insight.
Not familiar with George Almond, but he doesn't strike me as a very good artist.
Craig in CR
Prime Connery up until OHMSS
Late 60s Connery in OHMSS to TMWTGG
Moore in the Gardner novels and Brosnan in the last few Gardner novels
A few actors in The Sandbaggers would have made great M in the Bond series. I think Ray Lonnen might have made a fine Bond.
Regarding continuation novels, I didn't read all of them by: Connery as seen in NSNA for Licence Renewed and Icebreaker; Dalton for No Deals, Mr. Bond and The Man From Barbarossa; Brosnan for Raymond Benson's novels.
I suspect all the people who have actors in their mind's eye when reading Fleming, came into the Bond thing from the movies.
I suppose there'd still be the Daily Express Bond comic strips and Fleming's artist's impression of Bond but I take your point. I think most of us here came from the films and therefore it's harder to put images of the film Bond actors to back of mind.
Nope, read the books first. When I saw the films I thought “these are fun but that’s not how I picture Bond.” Then I watched TLD and bingo, that’s my boy. Now I mostly see Dalton when I re-read the novels.
Probably Jason Isaacs in his prime.
Reading the TSWLM novelization, I always pictured Sean Connery circa TB. So when I saw the movie afterwards, I thought Moore didn't quite fit the image I had of Bond.
I mean, even in hindsight my own image of Bond isn’t as much a mixture of Oliver Reed and Christopher Plummer as I said before, but more likely my brain flitting between those faces as I read, if indeed Bond is even that fixed in my mind.
I don't think anyone 'sees' a fully-realised mental image in their head when they read a book. I know I don't. It's hard to explain, but I think I'm like you in that I let the words do the work. The last Bond novel I read was TSWLM, a couple of months ago. I visualised some of it, and I can remember 'scenes' in my head, but the face of Bond, or Vivienne, is less well-formed. But I did see them, in a way.
I read the Folio edition, which has illustrations, and that's interesting, because I did find the pictures 'informing' my imaginings a little. But as I say, that's all inside the book, and that's kind of allowed. Letting actors in is a different thing. I'd no more imagine Tim Dalton as Bond at Dreamy Pines, than imagine Margaret Thatcher as Vivienne.
So I'm kinda bit lucky, because I've read the books before seeing the films :)
So, that's the reason why I didn't see any of the actors.
Well,,in her prime Thatcher was from what I understand quite pretty.
Vivienne Michel I imagine her looking like one Québec actress or another.