Ranking Bond Performances By Film

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  • Yeah, to search on this site, it'll just search for anything that includes even one of the words you typed. If you want an entire phrase searched, you'll have to put in inverted commas.

    And YOLT last is interesting indeed.
  • MansfieldMansfield Where the hell have you been?
    edited April 2016 Posts: 1,256
    Connery's YOLT performance is maligned way out of proportion...
    Do you mind if I ask in what ways? YOLT was the first of its kind in a type of Bond that ventures completely into fantasy. While the gravity of performance isn't like his first four, I think he carries the character well in moments that could potentially alienate the audience.

    Put another way, what makes it worse than Roger Moore's performance in Moonraker? That's a similar type of film with a megalomaniac villain and an OTT plot. The approach between the two is greatly different from the actors I think where Moore goes full ham on the camp, whereas Connery still provides his cool wit under pressure.
  • Mansfield wrote: »
    Connery's YOLT performance is maligned way out of proportion...
    Do you mind if I ask in what ways? YOLT was the first of its kind in a type of Bond that ventures completely into fantasy. While the gravity of performance isn't like his first four, I think he carries the character well in moments that could potentially alienate the audience.

    Put another way, what makes it worse than Roger Moore's performance in Moonraker? That's a similar type of film with a megalomaniac villain and an OTT plot. The approach between the two is greatly different from the actors I think where Moore goes full ham on the camp, whereas Connery still provides his cool wit under pressure.

    That's exactly what I mean, I'm saying people think far too lowly of his YOLT performance when it is actually fine. That's what I meant by 'way out of proportion'.
  • MansfieldMansfield Where the hell have you been?
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    So I see. I read it differently the first time. Glad we agree. :-bd
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    I enjoyed Connery in YOLT. Very relaxed and smooth as ever.

    I'm not a proponent of the film from Aki's death onwards, as I find it quite boring after a thrilling first half, but Connery himself is just fine in it in my view.
  • Mansfield wrote: »
    So I see. I read it differently the first time. Glad we agree. :-bd

    :)
    bondjames wrote: »
    I enjoyed Connery in YOLT. Very relaxed and smooth as ever.

    I'm not a proponent of the film from Aki's death onwards, as I find it quite boring after a thrilling first half, but Connery himself is just fine in it in my view.

    The volcano climax I did find a bit overdone to the point that it became boring.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited May 2016 Posts: 23,883
    Updated. This is difficult to do and I'm sure some will change in time. It does not reflect my movie ranking. Only the performances as I prefer them.

    1. Sean Connery - FRWL
    2. Sean Connery - DN
    3. Sean Connery - TB
    4. Daniel Craig - CR
    5. Roger Moore - TMWTGG
    6. Roger Moore - TSWLM
    7. Daniel Craig - QoS
    8. Roger Moore - LALD
    9. Daniel Craig - SF
    10. Roger Moore - OP
    11. Sean Connery - GF
    12. George Lazenby - OHMSS
    13. Roger Moore - FYEO
    14. Timothy Dalton - TLD
    15. Timothy Dalton - LTK
    16. Sean Connery - YOLT
    17. Pierce Brosnan - DAD
    18. Pierce Brosnan - GE
    19. Sean Connery - DAF
    20. Pierce Brosnan - TND
    21. Roger Moore - MR
    22. Daniel Craig - SP
    23. Roger Moore - AVTAK
    24. Pierce Brosnan - TWINE
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    We are very similar.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    edited May 2016 Posts: 25,879
    Updated:


    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. Roger Moore in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)
    6. Roger Moore in LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)
    7. Daniel Craig in SKYFALL (2012)
    8. Daniel Craig in CASINO ROYALE (2006)
    9. Daniel Craig in QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
    10. Roger Moore in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)
    11. Roger Moore in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)
    12. Pierce Brosnan in DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)
    13. Sean Connery in YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)
    14. Pierce Brosnan in THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)
    15. Timothy Dalton in LICENCE TO KILL (1989)
    16. Timothy Dalton in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
    17. Pierce Brosnan in TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997)
    18. Sean Connery in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983)
    19. Pierce Brosnan in GOLDENEYE (1995)
    20. Roger Moore in OCTOPUSSY (1983)
    21. George Lazenby in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969)
    22. Sean Connery in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)
    23. Roger Moore in MOONRAKER (1977)
    24. Roger Moore in A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)
    25. Daniel Craig in SPECTRE



  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited May 2016 Posts: 23,883
    Yes, we are pretty close on some, although I notice you don't rate Laz too highly despite liking the film a lot. I was pretty impressed with him in my last viewing of OHMSS, surprisingly.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    He's good in his naturalness, but their are so many opportunities where his line reading is completely flat, where any of the others (experienced actors) would have turned it into something great and memorable.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    But look at this way, he beat out my three favorite Bonds in at least one of their performances.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Yes, you're right about the 'flatness' in places. His voice intonation isn't quite up to the level of some of the others, and that's a key element of Bond imho.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    OP and TWINE are the only places we really split, but I'm coming around to what he does through most of OP.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited May 2016 Posts: 23,883
    Re: OP - there's goofiness in places due to the script, but when he's being serious, it's an excellent performance. Very focused in places.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    It may move up a few.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    Updated:
    25. Daniel Craig in SPECTRE
    I lay the smackdown on you b**ch.

    =))
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    I'd select Daniel Craig in CR as my favorite and Roger Moore in AVTAK as my least favorite.
  • SzonanaSzonana Mexico
    edited May 2016 Posts: 1,104
    I guess its time for an update and a nice excuse to give this thread a boost since i really like it.


    Top 10
    Pure Bond perfection, that means all they get a 10/10

    1 Pierce Brosnan- The World is not Enough
    2 Sean Connery- Thunderball
    3 Sean Connery- Dr No
    4 Pierce Brosnan- Die Another Day
    5 Sean Connery- From Russia with love
    6 Pierce Brosnan- Tomorrow never dies
    7 Daniel Craig- Skyfall
    8 Pierce Brosnan- Goldenye
    9 Sean Connery- Goldfinger
    10 Daniel Craig- Spectre

    Great performances: Honorable mentions, all this get a 9.5/10

    11 Daniel Craig- Casino Royale
    12 Daniel Craig- Quantum of Solace
    13 Timothy Dalton- Licence to kill
    14 Timothy Dalton- The Living Daylights
    15 Roger Moore- The Spy who loved me
    16 George Lazenby- On her Majesty's Secret Service

    Very Good 8/10


    17 Sean Connery- You only live twice
    18 Sean Connery- Diamonds are Forever
    19 Roger Moore- Moonraker
    20 Roger Moore- For Your eyes only


    Just ok 6/10

    Roger Moore in...

    21 the Man with the golden gun
    22 Octopussy
    23 a View to kill
    24 Live and let die







  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Goonbase Alpha
    edited May 2016 Posts: 31,733
    bondjames wrote: »
    24. Pierce Brosnan - TWINE
    Szonana wrote: »

    1 Pierce Brosnan- The World is not Enough

    Interesting.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Polar opposites? Hopefully we can still be friends.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    Females are somewhat Brosnan blinded.
  • SzonanaSzonana Mexico
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    bondjames wrote: »
    Polar opposites? Hopefully we can still be friends.

    yes of course, i often disagree with your opinion with Pierce but in general when it comes other bond stuff i agree with you.

  • BondJasonBond006BondJasonBond006 on fb and ajb
    edited August 2016 Posts: 9,029
    A slightly different approach:

    Bond performance by actor/film:

    Daniel Craig:
    10/10 SP (Connery TB level, at least)
    10/10 QOS (even Connery pales in comparison with Craig's physical skills)
    9/10 CR (still a perfect 9, if there are some weaker scenes)
    5/10 SF (like the movie there is no fun at all in the performance)

    Pierce Brosnan:
    10/10 DAD (Pierce never looked better and he is bloody cool man)
    10/10 TND (Brosnan's TSWLM performance wise, simply irresistible)
    9/10 GE (some insecurities but still one of the great performances)
    8/10 TWINE (thanks to talentless Apted, Pierce overacted in places)

    Timothy Dalton:
    10/10 TLD (The best Bond performance ever for me personally)
    9/10 LTK (a step back from TLD, but still very good)

    Roger Moore:
    10/10 FYEO (disposing of Locque alone makes this a 10/10 performance)
    10/10 TSWLM (Moore redefining Bond)
    9/10 LALD (not yet there but even this early version worked almost perfectly)
    9/10 MR (Moore showing how humour is done)
    9/10 OP (the perfect farewell to an actor, but....)
    8/10 TMWTGG (good but not as good as LALD)
    7/10 AVTAK (Bond as grandpa, still acted wonderfully)

    George Lazenby:
    10/10 OHMSS (I love Laz)

    Sean Connery:
    10/10 TB (clearly the best Bond performance ever)
    10/10 FRWL (how Connery already nailed Bond flawlessly at his second movie is wonderful)
    10/10 GF (I musht be dreaming, yeah...well, me too, what an almost too good to be true performance)
    9/10 DN (yes, 9. While iconic in about anything in DN, Connery did the impossible and got even better.
    6/10 YOLT (Sean, Sean...)
    5/10 DAF (7 for the performance, 3 for the looks dear Sean)

    Overall Top 10: done as objectively as possible
    1 THUNDERBALL
    2 TLD
    3 FYEO
    4 FRWL
    5 TSWLM
    6 GF
    7 SP
    8 DAD
    9 QOS
    10 TND


  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    edited August 2016 Posts: 25,879
    Changed somewhat.

    Connery
    1. DN
    2. FRWL
    3. GF
    4. TB
    5. YOLT
    6. DAF
    7. NSNA

    Moore
    1. LALD
    2. TMWTGG
    3. TSWLM
    4. FYEO
    5. OP
    6. MR
    7. AVTAK

    Dalton
    1. TLD
    2. LTK (very close though)

    Brosnan
    1. DAD (I'm not holding CGI Bond against him in this, Pierce and some great moments in the film)
    2. TWINE
    3. TND
    4. GE (all four are not that far apart)

    Craig
    1. CR
    2. SF
    3. QOS
    4. SP

    Overall Top Ten
    1. DN
    2. FRWL
    3. GF
    4. TB
    5. LALD
    6. CR
    7. TMWTGG
    8. SF
    9. QOS
    10.DAD
  • SzonanaSzonana Mexico
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    Females are somewhat Brosnan blinded.


    Not all, im guilty of being one of those who are blinded by him but its a 50/50 situation. A better statement would be many females including me are blinded by the Bond we find super hot.

    There are some female fans who aren't all that crazy by any of the actors and they are more objective

  • suavejmfsuavejmf England
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    bondjames wrote: »
    I enjoyed Connery in YOLT. Very relaxed and smooth as ever.

    I'm not a proponent of the film from Aki's death onwards, as I find it quite boring after a thrilling first half, but Connery himself is just fine in it in my view.

    Bang on.
  • suavejmfsuavejmf England
    edited August 2016 Posts: 3,826
    Connery
    FRWL
    DN
    TB
    GF
    YOLT
    NSNA
    DAF

    Moore
    LALD
    FYEO
    TSWLM
    TMWTGG
    OP
    AVTAK
    MR

    Dalton
    LTK
    TLD
    (very close though)

    Brosnan
    GE
    TND
    TWINE
    DAD (I am holding CGI Bond and a crap parody against him in this)

    Craig
    CR
    SF
    SP
    QOS

  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited September 2016 Posts: 23,883
    Updated again after recent viewings. Most of the changes are in the middle. Laz and Sean see some improvement and the others are adjusted to accomodate. I'm finding it quite difficult between Dalton and Brosnan.

    1. Sean Connery - FRWL
    2. Sean Connery - DN
    3. Sean Connery - TB
    4. Daniel Craig - CR
    5. Roger Moore - TMWTGG
    6. Roger Moore - TSWLM
    7. Daniel Craig - QoS
    8. Roger Moore - LALD
    9. Roger Moore - OP (+1)
    10. George Lazenby - OHMSS (+2)
    11. Sean Connery - YOLT (+5)
    12. Daniel Craig - SF (-3)
    13. Sean Connery - GF (-2)
    14. Roger Moore - FYEO (-1)
    15. Sean Connery - DAF (+4)
    16. Timothy Dalton - LTK (-1)
    17. Pierce Brosnan - DAD
    18. Pierce Brosnan - GE
    19. Timothy Dalton - TLD (-5)
    20. Roger Moore - MR (+1)
    21. Pierce Brosnan - TND (-1)
    22. Daniel Craig - SP
    23. Roger Moore - AVTAK
    24. Pierce Brosnan - TWINE
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    edited September 2016 Posts: 25,879
    My Thread, so I may as well also do an update. I'm going blind without referencing my two earlier attempts, so this is all off of my latest Bond-A-Thon that just ended. 3 and 4 are essentially a tie. Biggest surprise: the rise of George. I've gone from "He did a fine job considering..." to "He did a fine job." Also, I am finding it harder than before not to almost lump all of Dalton's and Brosnan's efforts together in units (the exception being TWINE, even that aspect of the film has lost value in my eyes). My continual placement of Craig's performance in last place is not a rash extension of my over all problems with the SP, rather his lackluster performance is one of my main complaints with the picture.

    1. Sean Connery - DN
    2. Sean Connery - FRWL
    3. Sean Connery - TB
    4. Sean Connery - GF
    5. Daniel Craig - CR
    6. Roger Moore - LALD
    7. Roger Moore - TMWTGG
    8. Daniel Craig - QOS
    9. Daniel Craig - SF
    10. Roger Moore - TSWLM
    11. Roger Moore - FYEO
    12. Roger Moore - OP
    13. Pierce Brosnan - DAD
    14. George Lazenby - OHMSS
    15. Sean Connery - DAF
    16. Pierce Brosnan - TND
    17. Pierce Brosnan - GE
    18. Timothy Dalton - LTK
    19. Timothy Dalton - TLD
    20. Sean Connery - NSNA
    21. Sean Connery - YOLT
    22. Pierce Brosnan - TWINE
    23. Roger Moore - MR
    24. Roger Moore - AVTAK
    25. Daniel Craig - SP
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