Which actor was the best James Bond?
December 06, 2019 2:18PM
December 02, 2019 10:04PM
December 02, 2019 6:26PM
For me, this is a no-brainer. Sean Connery defined the character with his suave, calm interpretation of the British secret agent. I think the best example for how well he embodied 007 was in Goldfinger (1964), which includes several scenes of Bond basically just hanging out with the titular villain, Auric Goldfinger. His performance is mesmerizing in this particular movie, showcasing Bond's character and personality more than just his gadgets and moves.
While I personally believe Connery was the best actor to play James Bond, I think that the Daniel Craig-era films are definitely some of the best in the series. After being savagely parodied by the Austin Powers franchise, 007 needed to distance himself from the campiness of previous entries. Casino Royale (2006), the first entry to star Craig, did exactly that. This is my absolute favorite film in the James Bond series, with a tight screenplay that focuses on practical, more realistic espionage. While some of Casino Royale's sequels have embraced more of the corniness that audiences have come to expect from the series, I still think the production, writing, and tone of these newer films have cemented 007's place in modern cinema, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of No Time to Die (2020).