Ranking Bond Performances By Film

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  • StirredNotShakenStirredNotShaken I'm gonna use this to clarify that Dalton is tied with Craig
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    Yes! I'm excited for this one!

    NSNA not included. Spoiler alert, it would've been UNDERNEATH the bottom. Instead, as the easy pick for worst, we have...

    23: Sean Connery IN Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
    22: Pierce Brosnan IN Die Another Day (2002)
    21: Roger Moore IN Moonraker (1979)
    20: Pierce Brosnan IN GoldenEye (1995)
    19: Roger Moore IN The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
    18: Roger Moore IN A View to a Kill (1985)
    17: Pierce Brosnan IN Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
    16: Sean Connery IN Goldfinger (1964)
    15: Sean Connery IN You Only Live Twice (1967)
    14: Roger Moore IN Live and Let Die (1973)
    13: Roger Moore IN For Your Eyes Only (1981)
    12: Pierce Brosnan IN The World is Not Enough (1999)
    11: George Lazenby IN On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
    10: Sean Connery IN Dr. No (1962)
    9: Sean Connery IN Thunderball (1965)
    8: Roger Moore IN The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
    7: Roger Moore IN Octopussy (1983)
    6: Sean Connery IN From Russia With Love (1963)
    5: Daniel Craig IN Quantum of Solace (2008)
    4: Timothy Dalton IN The Living Daylights (1987)
    3: Daniel Craig IN Casino Royale (2006)
    2: Daniel Craig IN Skyfall (2012)
    1: Timothy Dalton IN Licence to Kill (1989)
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    Some shockers on that one.
  • StirredNotShakenStirredNotShaken I'm gonna use this to clarify that Dalton is tied with Craig
    edited May 2015 Posts: 1,637
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Some shockers on that one.

    Connery in GF, I presume? My reasoning isn't that it's a bad performance but rather some strange moments (in the car with Tilly, the faces at the prison guard) and the fact that he did a 180 as Bond. GF to me represents the point where film Bond became damned to be portrayed some suave superhero instead of a dark brooding protagonist a la the books and the first two films. This is something I feel wasn't really fully corrected until Licence to Kill.

    For fun, I've assigned points (23 to #1, 22 to #2... 2 to #22, 1 to #23), added up each actor's total, and divided it by their number of movies to get a final average. The ranking based on that is:

    #6: Pierce Brosnan - 6 1/2 points
    #5: Roger Moore - 11 1/7 points
    #4: Sean Connery - 12 1/2 points
    #3: George Lazenby - 13 points
    #2: Daniel Craig - 20 2/3 points
    #1: Timothy Dalton - 21 1/2 points
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    It's hard to find a standard on your list once we get through the top five. Which makes it all the more interesting. The Moore and Brosnan placements seem broken up in odd ways. I guess the more i look at it the more I'm seeing some patterns that I can understand.
  • 1.- Craig in CR (by far)

    2.- Connery in DN
    3.- Connery in GF
    4.- Connery in FRWL
    5.- Dalton TLDL
    6.- Connery in TB

    7.- Craig in SF
    8.- Dalton in LTK
    9.- Brosnan in GE
    10.- Moore in TSWLM
    11.- Craig in QoS

    12.- Moore in FYEO
    13.- Connery in NSNA
    14.- Brosnan in DAD
    15.- Brosnan in TND
    16.- Connery in YOLT
    17.- Moore in TMWTGG
    18.- Moore in MR
    19.- Brosnan in TWINE

    20.- Moore in LALD
    21.- Moore in OP
    22.- Lazenby in OHMSS
    23.- Moore in AVTAK

    24.- Connery in DAF


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    Okay, I am giving this a try after all. It is an interesting concept.

    1. Sean Connery - FRWL
    2. Timothy Dalton - LTK
    3. Daniel Craig - CR
    4. Sean Connery - Dr No
    5. Timothy Dalton - TLD
    6. Daniel Craig - SF
    7. Sean Connery - TB
    8. Roger Moore - FYEO
    9. Sean Connery - GF
    10. Daniel Craig - QoS
    11. Roger Moore - TSWLM
    12. Roger Moore - LALD
    13. Roger Moore - OP
    14. George Lazenby - OHMSS
    15. Roger Moore - MR
    16. Sean Connery - YOLT
    17. Pierce Brosnan - TND
    18. Pierce Brosnan - GE
    19. Roger Moore - TMWTGG
    20. Sean Connery - DAF
    21. Pierce Brosnan - TWINE
    22. Roger Moore - AVTAK
    23. Pierce Bronan - DAD


    There are some of these I am not sure about... Maybe I'll come back and change a few details in a while...
  • MansfieldMansfield Where the hell have you been?
    edited May 2015 Posts: 1,256
    1. Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
    2. Sean Connery in Dr. No
    3. Sean Connery in From Russia With Love
    4. Daniel Craig in Skyfall
    5. Sean Connery in Goldfinger
    6. Daniel Craig in Quantum Of Solace
    7. Pierce Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough
    8. Roger Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun
    9. Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights
    10. Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me
    11. Roger Moore in Octopussy
    12. Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day
    13. Sean Connery in Thunderball
    14. Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye
    15. Roger Moore in Live And Let Die
    16. Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice
    17. Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies
    18. Roger Moore in For Your Eyes Only
    19. Timothy Dalton in Licence To Kill
    20. Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever
    21. George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    22. Roger Moore in Moonraker
    23. Roger Moore in A View To A Kill

    This ranking is not perfect even by my own measure, but it is an approximate order I would give to the interpretation in each performance. I'll go into a little bit of detail below.

    Craig in Casino Royale is a tough to sell myself on solely based on interpretation. It was Bond's trial by fire and he was far from polished. Ultimately what solidifies this as my number one is the fact that Craig acted sensationally. His subsequent performances both possessed more traditional Bond qualities, Skyfall in particular, but those would have less relevance without seeing his beginning.

    I seem to fit the consensus on Connery. While I think he was more Bond-like in From Russia With Love, his intensity and raw screen presence were very powerful in Dr. No. He eases into the role in Goldfinger, perhaps a little bit too much, and his performance decreases in each successive film until Lazenby and Moore replaced him. In terms of continuity, Diamonds Are Forever is atrocious in terms of the level of performance he gave, but there are a few golden Connery moments that spare him from last place.

    I have Brosnan next in the order with The World Is Not Enough, which curiously has little consensus here. I personally think he was on the top of his game and knew exactly what he wanted to be as Bond in this film. It was easily his most balanced performance, which is probably the one quality he can hang his hat on. He showed insubordination to M's orders to uncover the truth about the plot and killed Elektra in cold blood in the face of her defiance, but he also had the most believable sense of suave and humor. Tomorrow Never Dies I have as his weakest because he was still trying to figure out his character in the mix of having a weaker script to direct him.

    Moore's Bond draws parallels to Brosnan's Bond in that he was great in the part, but just had the misfortune of often giving his efforts to lesser pictures. I have three within the top 10 area, with The Man With The Golden Gun being his best. His credibility in the part was perhaps highest during this film despite its shortcomings as a package. It's too bad he really serviced himself as Austin Powers before it even existed by becoming a self-parody at times. They are where they belong I do believe.

    I've probably posted about this in every thread that I much prefer Dalton's interpretation of Bond in The Living Daylights. It's quite interesting the connection between this film and Goldeneye as they pertain to the scripts for each film and what it forced the actors to work with. In Dalton's case, I think he benefits more from Brosnan's planned casting because he gives a wide variety of tones for Bond and I'm never left questioning any of his actions. In License To Kill, he is amazing in the darker side of Bond, but he lacks balance in translating that level of performance to the lighter moments of the film.

    Lazenby is the last to get an entry in my rankings. It might not be deserved, but his voice plays a large part in it for me. He just doesn't sound like Bond and he doesn't make up for it enough in stage presence to seal the deal in making me believe him more than any of the other actors. He is best in the softer moments with Tracy because those are more congruent with his onscreen persona.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
    edited June 2015 Posts: 25,348
    I'm in the middle of my latest Bond-A-Thon and want to update my rankings. I will do so again after seeing SPECTRE a couple of times.
    Edited again. And again.

    1. Sean Connery in DR. NO (1962)
    2. Sean Connery in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)
    3. Sean Connery in GOLDFINGER (1964)
    4. Sean Connery in THUNDERBALL (1964)
    5. Daniel Craig in SKYFALL (2012)
    6. Roger Moore in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)
    7. Daniel Craig in CASINO ROYALE (2006)
    8. Roger Moore in LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)
    9. Daniel Craig in QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
    10. Timothy Dalton in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
    11. Pierce Brosnan in TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997)
    12. Timothy Dalton in LICENCE TO KILL (1989)
    13. Roger Moore in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)
    14. Roger Moore in OCTOPUSSY (1983)
    15. Roger Moore in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)
    16. Pierce Brosnan in DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)
    17. Sean Connery in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)
    18. Pierce Brosnan in THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)
    19. George Lazenby in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969)
    20. Sean Connery in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983)
    21. Sean Connery in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)
    22. Pierce Brosnan in GOLDENEYE (1995)
    23. Roger Moore in A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)
    24. Roger Moore in MOONRAKER (1977)
  • KerimKerim Istanbul Not Constantinople
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    1. DC - CR
    2. SC - FRWL
    3. TD- TLD
    4. DC - SF
    5. SC - DN
    6. TD - LTK
    7. RM - FYEO
    8. SC - TB
    9. PB - GE
    10. RM - OP
    11. SC - GF
    12. PB- DAD
    13. RM - TSWLM
    14. GL - OHMSS
    15. DC - QOS
    16. RM - LALD
    17. PB - TND
    18. SC - YOLT
    19. RM - AVTAK
    20. PB - TWINE
    21. RM - MR
    22. RM - TMWTGG
    23. SC - DAF
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    1. SC-FRWL
    2. SC-TB
    3. SC-DN
    4. SC-GF
    5. DC-SF
    6. DC-CR
    7. TD-TLD
    8. TD-LTK
    9. RM-FYEO
    10.RM-TSWLM
    11.PB-GE
    12.DC-QOS
    13.GL-OHMSS
    14. RM-LALD
    15. RM-OP
    16. SC-YOLT
    17. PB-TWINE
    18. PB-DAD
    19. RM-MR
    20. SC-DAF
    21. PB-TND
    22. RM-TMWTGG
    23. RM-AVTAK

    I found that pretty difficult, it will probably change I struggled where to put George because in some scenes I feel he is brilliant and better than some of Pierce, Roger and Latter Sean and then in some scenes he is really wooden and not that great so I've put him around middle.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    I don't get how several are ranking Roger in TMWTGG so low. Despite the problems the film may have, I find him to be at his best.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Earth, spinning in its grave.
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    I don't get how several are ranking Roger in TMWTGG so low. Despite the problems the film may have, I find him to be at his best.

    Agreed. There must be some expectations not met that cloud the judgment.
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    The reason I rank his performance in TMWTGG as low as I have is because I think it is a similar performance to LALD but not quite as good, there are some great scenes like the one with Lazar but there are a few that don't sit too well with me like the scene's with Andrea.

    I think he is better in his other films apart from AVTAK where he is looking old and tired. In both of the performance's I put at the bottom I think the villain's outshine bond and that is one of the main reasons I have put them where they are.

    It is only my opinion of course and I don't dislike any of the performance's really I just had to find reasons for where I would rank them and that is what I came up with.
  • KerimKerim Istanbul Not Constantinople
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    My reasoning is that Moore was out of his element in TMWTGG. Moore just couldn't be the hardass Bond.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited June 2015 Posts: 23,883
    What's wrong with the scene with Andrea? He was excellent in that scene. Pure Bond bad-ass imho.

    I think he looked his best and acted like JB (tough, ruthless, and charming) in TMWTGG. I personally think it's his best performance as Bond, although I like other films of his better (TSWLM, LALD, OP).

    He was actually acting in this one, rather than just playing Roger Moore imho.
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    I don't think Moore can do the bad-ass towards a female character that well and I feel uncomfortable watching him try, I feel he just about gets away with it but I'm glad they didn't attempt that again in the Moore era but that is just my opinion.

    When they toughened up Moore's Bond again in FYEO I feel they done it in a better way that suited Roger.

    I feel he handles the more hard moments of the Character much better in that film, like when he kicks the car off the cliff, the look he gives when Lisl is killed and being dragged through the shark infested waters. I do agree he looks fantastic in TMWTGG though but I rank FYEO as his best performance.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
    edited June 2015 Posts: 25,348
    After my latest Bond-A-Thon

    1. Sean Connery in DR. NO (1962)
    2. Sean Connery in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)
    3. Sean Connery in GOLDFINGER (1964)
    4. Sean Connery in THUNDERBALL (1964)
    5. Daniel Craig in SKYFALL (2012)
    6. Daniel Craig in QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
    7. Roger Moore in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)
    8. Daniel Craig in CASINO ROYALE (2006)
    9. Roger Moore in LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)
    10. Timothy Dalton in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
    11. Pierce Brosnan in TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997)
    12. Timothy Dalton in LICENCE TO KILL (1989)
    13. Pierce Brosnan in DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)
    14. Pierce Brosnan in THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)
    15. Roger Moore in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)
    16. Roger Moore in OCTOPUSSY (1983)
    17. Roger Moore in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)
    18. Sean Connery in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)
    19. George Lazenby in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969)
    20. Sean Connery in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983)
    21. Sean Connery in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)
    22. Pierce Brosnan in GOLDENEYE (1995)
    23. Roger Moore in A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)
    24. Roger Moore in MOONRAKER (1977)


    My next update will be after SPECTRE.
  • DJCLE84DJCLE84 formerly HASEROT ---has returned like the tedious inevitability of an unloved season---
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    i can't really compare actors against other actors in the series when it comes to respective performances, and making a list of them.... so i will just rank the actors against their own performances..


    1. Sean Connery in THUNDERBALL
    2. Sean Connery in GOLDFINGER
    3. Sean Connery in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
    4. Sean Connery in DR. NO
    5. Sean Connery in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
    6. Sean Connery in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
    7. Sean Connery in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN

    1. George Lazenby in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

    1. Roger Moore in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
    2. Roger Moore in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
    3. Roger Moore in LIVE AND LET DIE
    4. Roger Moore in OCTOPUSSY
    5. Roger Moore in MOONRAKER
    6. Roger Moore in THE MAN WITH GOLDEN GUN
    7. Roger Moore in A VIEW TO A KILL

    1. Timothy Dalton in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
    2. Timothy Dalton in LICENCE TO KILL

    1. Pierce Brosnan in THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
    2. Pierce Brosnan in GOLDENEYE
    3. Pierce Brosnan in TOMORROW NEVER DIES
    4. Pierce Brosnan in DIE ANOTHER DAY

    1. Daniel Craig in SKYFALL
    2. Daniel Craig in CASINO ROYALE
    3. Daniel Craig in QUANTUM OF SOLACE
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    Another person who's not to keen on Roger in TMWTGG.
  • DJCLE84DJCLE84 formerly HASEROT ---has returned like the tedious inevitability of an unloved season---
    edited June 2015 Posts: 4,225
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Another person who's not to keen on Roger in TMWTGG.

    lol and its not even that i think it's terrible, i just think his other performances are better...

    honestly when looking back, i can't say any of the Bond actors had a "terrible" performance - sure, there are the times maybe they just aren't at their best, or the script fails them (or sometimes both), but they always manage to turn in, at the very least, a decent performance... because whatever issue i've ever had with any Bond movie, I've never pointed to the actor and said "he's the problem."
  • pachazopachazo Make Your Choice
    edited July 2015 Posts: 6,255
    After a thorough analysis, the results are in!

    1) Sean Connery - From Russia With Love
    2) Sean Connery - Dr. No
    3) Daniel Craig - Casino Royale
    4) Sean Connery - Goldfinger
    5) Daniel Craig - Skyfall
    6) Roger Moore - The Spy Who Loved Me
    7) Daniel Craig - Quantum of Solace
    8) Sean Connery - Thunderball
    9) Roger Moore - For Your Eyes Only
    10) Roger Moore - Live And Let Die
    11) Timothy Dalton - Licence To Kill
    12) Timothy Dalton - The Living Daylights
    13) Pierce Brosnan - Tomorrow Never Dies
    14) Roger Moore - The Man With The Golden Gun
    15) Pierce Brosnan - GoldenEye
    16) Pierce Brosnan - The World Is Not Enough
    17) Pierce Brosnan - Die Another Day
    18) Roger Moore - Octopussy
    19) Sean Connery - You Only Live Twice
    20) Roger Moore - Moonraker
    21) Sean Connery - Diamonds Are Forever
    22) Roger Moore - A View To A Kill
    23) George Lazenby - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    I would like to say that I don't consider any of them to be bad performances.

    Connery
    The man was all or nothing. Back when he was inspired to play the part, he was the best. He was still entertaining even after he stopped caring.

    #2 DN/#1 FRWL - FRWL came out ahead by the slightest of margins but I wouldn't mind considering them to be co-champions. Both performances are pretty much perfect and I don't think they'll ever be topped.

    #4 GF - Just slightly behind the other two but still incredible.

    #8 TB - The approach starts to get a little lazier here. Perhaps he has lost some interest now as the success of GF has changed everything.

    #19 YOLT - He's barely trying here. He has his moments but it's clear that he's fed up. Plus, sometimes the script doesn't give him much to do.

    # 21 DAF - He's not acting at all now. He's just (chubby) Connery but that's not a terrible thing in my book.


    Lazenby
    I actually like Lazenby as Bond. It's just that his acting ability is so far below the others that I couldn't, in good conscience, rate him any higher than last.

    #23 OHMSS - Physically, he was great. I think his acting did show potential and who knows just how much he could have improved had he stuck with it.


    Moore
    I suppose you could argue that he was the most inconsistent as he is all over the place on this list. However, the quality of his films sometimes changed drastically from one outing to the next.

    #10 LALD/#14 TMWTGG - It's fascinating to see how much of an opinion divider TMWTGG is. I suppose I'm in the middle as I can't call it his best but it's certainly far from his worst. He looks great in both films and slides into the role effortlessly in LALD.

    #6 TSWLM - The quintessential Moore performance. Or should I say, the "best of Roger Moore" as we saw a little bit of everything from him. He was the happiest during the filming of TSWLM and it showed.

    #20
    MR - There's actually some underrated moments in this film where Moore's acting shines. However, most of the time he's just being Roger Moore. Well, would you have taken the script seriously?

    #9 FYEO - This one seems a bit polarizing as well. I think it's brilliant. A more reserved performance with a story that touches on the themes of aging and revenge.

    #18 OP - A great charismatic performance but perhaps his age lends to the character not always being physically believable. Also, some truly silly moments don't help matters. Still, he gave it his all and it's very entertaining.

    #22 AVTAK - Again, his age does not always paint the most believable portrait of the character. He does have his moments though and I still enjoyed watching him.


    Dalton
    Two solid performances. I have them ranked lower than most but being just outside of the top ten isn't too shabby at all.

    #12 TLD - He really shined during the dramatic scenes and also handled the physical aspects well. He can come off as a little awkward during the lighter moments but otherwise there's not much to complain about.

    #11 LTK - I just feel that he's all around more comfortable his second time out. Plus, the darker material plays more to his strengths.


    Brosnan
    I actually feel that he was pretty consistent. His last two performances were extremely hard for me to judge though. Truly a middleman, you won't find him at the top or bottom of this list.

    #15 GE/ #13 TND - A nice debut in GE but TND is the magical moment where everything clicked for Brosnan. Well, except for the script. And the director. And some of the casting choices... Oh, so much wasted potential.

    #16 TWINE / #17 DAD - Seriously, I about pulled my hair out trying to rate these. TWINE features some great moments from Pierce but also some of his well documented overacting. DAD has some of his finest acting moments in the first half but yikes, that second half.


    Craig
    Yeah, so this guy's pretty good. I was a little surprised that all three performances ranked as highly as they did. I can't wait to see how he approaches the role in SP.

    #3 CR - It might just be the best acting performance of the bunch. However, this Bond makes too many rookie mistakes to give him the top spot.

    #7 QoS - A masterful performance considering all of the issues that plagued the production.

    #5 SF - He just keeps hitting them out of the park. Perhaps years from now, when he's no longer Bond, these performances might fall down the list a bit. I'm sure I would have had Brosnan ranked higher ten years ago. But I can't see them falling dramatically.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CA
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    Excellent @pachazo , nice read.
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    Here's a ranking by actor. Not sure I can do them "mixed together." The first 4 Connery performances would easily be my Top 4, however.

    Sean Connery - Pretty confident in this one.
    1. Dr. No
    2. Thunderball / From Russia With Love
    4. Goldfinger
    5. Diamonds are Forever
    6. You Only Live Twice
    7. Never Say Never Again

    Roger Moore - this one is hardest, as I find him varying levels of awesome in all of his films - the disparity between 1 and 7 is very minor, so don't take this ranking seriously.

    1. Octopussy
    2. The Man with the Golden Gun
    3. Live and Let Die
    4. For Your Eyes Only
    5. The Spy Who Loved Me
    6. Moonraker
    7. A View to a Kill

    Timothy Dalton - No question in my mind here.

    1. The Living Daylights
    2. Licence to Kill

    Pierce Brosnan - Tough, minus TWINE

    1. Die Another Day
    2. Tomorrow Never Dies
    3. GoldenEye
    4. The World Is Not Enough

    Daniel Craig - Easier again

    1. Skyfall
    2. Casino Royale
    3. Quantum of Solace
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    Sean Connery

    1. From Russia With Love (perfect, for serious storytelling)
    2. Goldfinger (perfect, good wit and charm)
    3. Dr. No (great intro for the series)
    4. Thunderball (starts to decline here)
    5. You Only Live Twice
    6. Diamonds Are Forever (lazy and complacent)

    George Lazenby

    Only had one performance, but it was a good one. It worked as a transition between Connery's stern demeanor and Moore's comical one. Underrated for sure.

    Roger Moore

    Moore was very consistent. Always entertaining.

    1. The Spy Who Loved Me (his most well rounded of the bunch, had the humor and some nice serious moments too)
    2. Octopussy (his humor does very well here)
    3. Live and Let Die (looks young here and has that charm about him)
    4. For Your Eyes Only (plays a good serious sober, but still not sadistic Bond)
    5. A View to a Kill (really old in this one, but gives it the best he's got)
    6. Moonraker (it feels like he was on autopilot in this movie)
    7. The Man with the Golden Gun (Looked very uncomfortable. Moore is not a killer, so it wasn't convincing.)

    Timothy Dalton

    Both of his performances were equally excellent. The Living Daylights leaning on the more traditional side and License to Kill leaning on the darker side.

    Pierce Brosnan

    1. Goldeneye (plays the handsome suave but lethal gentleman very well)
    2. The World Is Not Enough (i love his dark performance in this one)
    3. Tomorrow Never Dies (good performance. nothing amazing though.)
    4. Die Another Day (pretty weak, but to be fair, he got handed a big curveball)

    Daniel Craig

    All 3 of his performances are solid. Casino Royale was perfect. I love the tortured-soul Bond in QoS. Skyfall is probably my least favorite of his, but I still find it to be a very good performance.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Earth, spinning in its grave.
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    Too hard to rank them all, but the top spot belongs to Connery in GF, the bottom to Brosnan in GE.
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    1. Sean Connery in Dr. No
    2. Sean Connery in From Russia with Love
    3. Sean Connery in Thunderball
    4. Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
    5. Daniel Craig in Skyfall
    6. Sean Connery in Goldfinger
    7. Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace
    8. Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights
    9. Timothy Dalton in License to Kill
    10. George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    11. Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice
    12. Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me
    13. Roger Moore in Live and Let Die
    14. Roger Moore in The Man With the Golden Gun
    15. Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye
    16. Roger Moore in For Your Eyes Only
    17. Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies
    18. Pierce Brosnan in The World is Not Enough
    19. Sean Connery in Diamonds are Forever
    20. Roger Moore in Moonraker
    21. Roger Moore in Octopussy
    22. Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day
    23. Roger Moore in A View to a Kill
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    Connery in FRWL
    Dalton in LTK
    Dalton in TLD
    Connery in TB
    Connery in GF (in spite of Hamilton, not because of)

    Connery in DN (lots of rough spots on the diamond here though)

    And none of the other performances by anybody even remotely matter to me, though if you could take Brosnan's TAILOR OF PANAMA acting/Boorman's direction of him and put it into a well-scripted Bond movie, it would require a major reevalution of him.
  • KerimKerim Istanbul Not Constantinople
    Posts: 2,631
    1. SC- FRWL
    2. TD- TLD
    3. DC- CR
    4. SC- DN
    5. TD- LTK
    6. RM- FYEO
    7. DC- SF
    8. SC- TB
    9. RM- OP
    10. RM- TSWLM
    11. PB- GE
    12. GL- OHMSS
    13. DC- QOS
    14. RM- TMWTGG
    15. PB- DAD
    16. PB- TND
    17. RM- LALD
    18. SC- GF
    19. PB- TWINE
    20. RM- MR
    21. RM- AVTAK
    22. SC- DAF
    23. SC- YOLT
  • walter1985walter1985 Rotterdam
    Posts: 90
    I guess the order has something to do with the quality of the picture too... it's hard to see the performance alone and on itself.

    top 5:
    1. Timothy Dalton - LTK
    2. Sean Connery - FRWL
    3. Daniel Craig - CR
    4. Pierce Brosnan - GE
    5. Roger Moore - FYEO

    the last 5:
    19. Sean Connery - YOLT
    20. Roger Moore - MR
    21. Sean Connery - DAF
    22. George Lazenby - OHMSS
    23. Pierce Bronan - DAD
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