Who Was The Best Bond?
James Bond is undoubtedly a British treasure, created way back when by the great Ian Fleming, who, little fact, is also the brainpower behind Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, so he was a pretty talented bloke. Since the first ever bond filmed graced our screens in 1962 there has been a total seven actors stepping up for the role, the finest of British actors and one Aussie, but the question has always been raging throughout Bond fans, who has been the best to play 007? At Fields Menswear we’ve been looking at which Bond has been the best and most successful over the decades.
7th – David Niven
The second actor to play Bond and oddly enough played the spy at the same time as the much more recognised Sean Connery. Starring in only the one film, that being the very first novel Fleming wrote ‘Casino Royale’. The 1967 version of the film gained no where near as much attention or praise the second version did, and was up against ‘You Only Live Twice’ in the same year, so it’s no surprise its one of the lowest ranked Bond films of all time.
Box Office Takings: £12,070,620
6th – George Lazenby
Another ill-fated actor to play bond, starring in only the one film. The only non-british actor and the 3rd actor to play Bond to date as well, which apparently didn’t go down too well, prompting a return from Sean Connery. That said 1969’s ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ is a pretty well known film in the Bond universe which led to it taking a fair whack at the box office, but all of that money couldn’t save Lazenby’s turn as 007.
Box Office Takings: £59,606,949
5th – Timothy Dalton
The Welshman was the fifth person to play the iconic spy which funnily enough coincides with his place in our list. Only lasting the two films and failing to live up to his predecessor, the incredibly talented Roger Moore. 1987’s ‘The Living Daylights’ and 89’s ‘License To Kill’ were both pretty well received ranking in the somewhere in the middle of all the Bond films for their reviews and both did take handsomely at the world’s box office. Don’t feel bad for Timothy though he’s done pretty well for himself over the years, remember ‘Hot Fuzz’ anyone?
Box Off Takings: £212,642,388
4th – Sean Connery
The Scottish powerhouse that is Mr Connery is probably one of the greatest actors of all time, and easily the most iconic Bond, but as our list is based on how successful each Bond was it leaves him trailing in 4th place. We along with the rest of the world are massive fans of Connery’s version of 007, and how could you not with films such as ‘Dr. No’, ‘Thunderball’, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘Goldfinger’. His films are also responsible for some of of the catchiest theme songs of any films ever. It was Connery’s popularity with the world which led to him playing Bond a record number of seven times.
Box Office Takings: £377,429,253
3rd – Roger Moore
English acting legend Roger Moore was the 4th person to take up the role, and proved a hit, equalling Connery’s record of playing the spy seven times. Starting off in 1973 with ‘Live And Let Die’ Moore churned out hit after hit film as the iconic figure, with follow up films including ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ in 1977 and ‘Octopussy’ in 1983, to name a couple. It’s these now classic films which led to Moore becoming the 3rd most successful Bond of all time.
Box Office Takings: £752,340,116
2nd – Pierce Brosnon
The first Bond of the 21st century and the one with easily the best lines from any Bond, it was was with Brosnon that the cheesiness of the Bond films died out. Playing the spy for nearly a decade the 1995 hit and Bronoson’s first turn as 007 was one of the highest ranking Bond films since the days of Connery. With that it meant the masses turned out to watch the three follow up’ 1997’s ‘Tomorrow Never Dies, 1999’s ‘The World Is Not Enough’ and 2002’s ‘Die Another Day’, which featured what every lad remembers as probably the best Bond girl moment, that orange bikini.
Box Office Takings: £ 945,775,925
1st – Daniel Craig
Taking the top spot easily is, of course, the most recent Bond. With the films taking a different approach, and becoming much more about the action sequences rather than the cheesy lines and gadgets they have become a fan favourite. Taking well over a billion with 2012’s ‘Skyfall’ alone it’s propelled Craig into Bond royalty and with his debut turn in the 2008 version of ‘Casino Royale’ being the best recieved bond film ever it’s not hard to see why the world loves him as 007. Expect great things from ‘Spectre’ and the already stellar cast, out later this year, one which we’re dying to see. Well done Mr. Craig.
Box Office Takings: £1,458,425,183