Bond for Glory: the Many Faces of Bond

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After 50 years and six afters inheriting the mantle of Ian Fleming's debonair Secret Agent 007, it's debatable as to who  has played the best Bond and why. And don't expect longtime 007 producers Barbara Broccoli or Michael G. Wilson to play favorites. However, the producers do here explain the appeal of each individual Bond.

Sean Connery

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Films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967),  Never Say Never Again (1983)
“Sean created the cinematic role for this character and left an indelible mark on the series,” Broccoli says. “He’s set a high standard for those who came after.”

George Lazenby

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Film: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
“That Bond film is considered one of the best and he’s very good in it. Unfortunately, as he’s said himself, he kind of messed it up, not in terms of performance, but in terms of the right kind of attitude,” Broccoli reflects. “I think he turned in a terrific performance, particularly at the end when Tracy [Diana Rigg] is killed.”

Roger Moore

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Films: Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985)
“When Roger came in, he reflected the more flamboyant times of the 1970s and 1980s,” Broccoli says. “His personality, humor and lightness of touch transformed the character. He did not want to do an imitation of Sean and wanted to make it his own and did extremely well.”

Timothy Dalton

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Films: The Living Daylights (1987), Licence to Kill (1989)
“When Tim was made Bond, the whole AIDS crisis was happening and it was horrific and still horrific,” Broccoli explains. “And the idea of having a frivolous womanizing Bond was totally inappropriate, so we went back to the books and the Fleming creation and wanted to take it as a more serious, harder role.”

Pierce Brosnan

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Films: GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002)
“The Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War was over and another transformation happened when Pierce took over,” Broccoli says. “He kind of had a lightness to him as well.”
“People wondered if Bond was relevant anymore and I think Pierce showed them he was and it made it real,” Wilson says. “As the films went on, they got more and more fantastical, and we felt we needed to go in a new direction.”

Daniel Craig

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Films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012)
“We went back to Fleming again with Casino Royale and started at the beginning,” Broccoli says. “Daniel is the perfect man for the Bond of today. He has a toughness, and yet he’s allowed Bond to have an inner life. And we see his vulnerabilities and all the things that make him a terrific Bond for the 21st century.”

Read our exclusive interview with the people behind Skyfall and 50 years of the James Bond legend in Geek #3, available on newsstands and also on mobile devices everywhere.

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