This is one of those topics that could, and perhaps will, be debated for decades. After all, Ian Fleming’s original super-spy character was instrumental in the lives of generations of kids and adults alike (kids who loved the spy stuff, and Moms who loved to drool over the latest hotness that was/is James Bond). And let’s not forget the Act I reward in this update…our own Bont! (name changed to protect EA/Gracie from lawsuits).
Let’s take a look back at the bevy of Bonds, and start the conversation over “who was the best?”
Looking back, there is almost no time in my life that James Bond wasn’t part of the scenery (or hiding behind the scenery), in that the FIRST (and some would say best) iconic movie came out when I was in 2nd grade. “Dr. No” was a “no-no” for me, as was “From Russia with Love” (pre-Putin), because they were both too “adult” for me, and my parents were more into taking us to movies like “the Music Man,” and “My Fair Lady.”
No offense. Musicals are great…but rate about “0.2” on the “Cool-Meter” for even a 2nd grader.
That all changed in 4th grade. 1964 came around, along with the Beatles…and as part of a birthday party celebration for Cal Abts (the only kid who was allowed to have a Beatle hair cut) a bunch of us got to go to the screening of “Golfinger” at the huge Portland Paramount theater downtown. While I was too pre-pubescent to get too excited about the naked gold lady in the movie, I WAS absolutely amazed with all of Bond’s gadgets.
All of my friends and I became “spy obsessed.” We studied about the NSA, and the CIA, and MI5, the British version of the CIA (cooler with English accents) and began fashioning all sorts of our own secret weapons out of household objects. I made a “dart gun” out of a hollowed out BIC pen, a needle and some cotton wadding (not very creative). I also fashioned a “fogger” for my bike, using baby powder (not practical on a .25 a week allowance). But, mostly, we talked in “code” through hidden notes all through the school. We ALL bought the Aston Martin model kit, and the most sought after birthday gift that year was the Corgie metal version of the same car (I still have both).
Bond was the ultimate in cool. Period.
And he was the archetype for action adventure, in the persona of the ultra-cool, Sean Connery (the name’s Bond…James Bond), with his Scottish brogue and dashing good looks.
1962 Dr. No
1963 From Russia with Love
1967 You Only Live Twice
1971 Diamonds Are Forever
Until he was replaced with David Niven.
Come on. Really???? David Niven? Come on… maybe as Phileas Fogg in “Around the World in 80 Days”…but James, Freakin’ Bond? After SEAN the MAN CONNERY???
But things didn’t get any better from there…George Lazenby should have played “Dr. Who?” as in “Who the heck is George Lazenby????”
The whole Bond franchise was in deeeeeeep do-do…until Roger Moore came along. And I have to admit…if they weren’t going to use Sean, Roger was a pretty darn convincing Bond. At least I could see the Bond Girls going for him…
For more than a decade, Moore WAS Bond…
1973 Live and Let Die (which also launched McArtney’s “Wings” band…turncoat Beatle that he was)
1974 The Man with the Golden Gun
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me
1981 For Your Eyes Only
1985 A View to a Kill
But, not wanting to be “type-cast” he handed the keys to the Aston Martin over to Timothy Dalton. Fail. Didn’t work for me. Two crappy movies later, we were on to the NEXT version of Bond that stuck around for a while…
Pierce Brosnan…who melted hearts, and swashbuckled his way across the screen, in 4 action/adventure/thriller classics…each one ramping up the action to dizzying heights.
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies
1999 The World Is Not Enough
2002 Die Another Day
Until he got tired of doing it. And it was recast once again, to Daniel Craig…who many, including Moore himself, think is the “best Bond Ever!”
With the new rash of special effects and Computer Generated effects, the movies are insanely action-packed. In fact, I would say that these days, the effects are the star, with the plots and cool devices taking a back seat.
2006 Casino Royale
2008 Quantum of Solace
2012 Skyfall 17
2015 Spectre 39
Which brings us full circle back to the debate… WHO WAS THE BEST BOND???
Sean Connery: 1962–1967, 1971
David Niven: 1967
George Lazenby: 1969
Roger Moore: 1973–1985
Timothy Dalton: 1986–1994
Pierce Brosnan: 1995–2004
Daniel Craig: 2005–present
Oh…but wait…let’s not rule out our own version of Bond…
I suppose you could call him the Lazenby/Simpsons version as he only appears briefly in ONE episode…where he is killed by Hank Scorpio, with the help of an unwitting Homer.
The Episode? The very episode on which this update is based… “You Only Move Twice” (S8E2). It has some great lines…all before the real action starts, of course…
Marge, on leaving Springfield: “I’ve dug myself into a happy little rut here and I’m not about to dig myself out again.” (kind of like us and TSTSO)
Lisa, as they drive to their new home through the Redwood Forest: “One of these giant redwood trees can provide enough sawdust to cover an entire day’s worth of vomit at Disneyland.” (that one was for Wookie).
Hank Scorpio, as he is giving Homer a tour of his new workplace: “I was the first wealthy man in America to wear jeans and a sport coat… Now they all do it!” (True…so true).
And a final visual gag when Homer complains about getting the Denver Broncos instead of the Dallas Cowboys as a gift from Hank (who knew???).
This episode aired during the “Brosnan Era” (1996) and had it all…
An evil villain…(now we know what Hank was practicing the flame-thrower for)
The death of the anti-hero….(Bont)
And a Bond…er…uhm…Scorpio Girl! Whoohooo! (and yes, Homer…I’m shocked too!)
So…WHO IS THE BEST???
That’s for YOU to decide. But, I can tell you this…only ONE works for MI5…and has a Scottish accent…and that’s badass!!
Let us know who YOU Loved Best…We LOVE to hear from you (or as I would have written in 4th grade…ER :pbr yp jrst gtp, upi@ )
Can you figure out our code??? (look at the keyboard)
I have to say Sean Connery is best and Craig has revitalized the franchise. But I still have love for Roger Moore. My favorite bond movie is still The Spy Who Loved Me. I had a huge crush on the Bach sisters as a kid (Catherine and Barbara). Come on…Daisy Duke and a Bond Girl?…yes please!!! Nobody does it better…
Ps…I know the Bachs are not really related but still…they look like sisters
I own two copies of “The unauthorized biography of James Bond” it was a book actually authorized by the Fleming estate…it gives the backstory and origins for James Bond…it was printed in the early 70’s (I think I’m not going to bother getting up and finding the book) or late 60’s and the paperback had that oil painting that got wiped cover…
Sean Connery! No one else will ever really be Bond for me. 👍
My favorite Bond film is OHMSS, but Lazenby isn’t my favorite Bond actor. Neither is Connery, actually. I think I’d vote for Craig, although I love Brosnan and have a soft spot for Moore in the right film.
I feel a 007 binge coming on right after a Austin Powers three peat. 😊
Sean Connery first and Pierce Brosnon second!
1. Sean Connery
2. George Lazenby
3. Timothy Dalton
4. Daniel Craig
5. Roger Moore
6. Pierce what’s-his-name.
Tifwe ,pptr///////jr esd ,u gotdy Npmf smf O ;olrf jod vs,[ort ypivj/
Fallen asleep 😴 on your keyboard???
Nope – just answering Patrick using his own code. But a nap does sound nice right about now… 😴
Ah, I thought you might be doing a Sean Connery imitation, he’s sometimes a little hard to understand. I loved the hunt for Red October but wondered how he’d manage a Russian accent on top of the Scottish but he was fine. He’s my favourite, then Roger Moore. But Daniel Craig? He does the action man stuff very well, but what’s with the pout?
I have tried to ROT13 your message, But it is still gibberish, so please, please, translation, PLEASE!
ROT13? What’s that?
Did you figure out Patric’s code? It’s fairly simple, if you look at your keyboard, as he hinted.
I’ll have to remember what I wrote (or translate it back, myself)….not feeling well today, so I’ll have to see if I have the energy for that later. (The gist of it was that Roger Moore was my first and I liked the campy style of his Bond movies, but that’s not the exact translation.)
ROT13 is a (de)coding by substitution a letter by another thirteen places from that letter. The A becomes N, B becomes O,……..
OK…sorry I missed this post, Sandra. But, not sure what code you are using. Our code was simply using whatever letter was to the left of the letter we wanted on a regular keyboard. So…. the first two words of what you typed were…
Yoger .[[yt (shift shift shift?) kt…..etc. etc? So try it again using our code…
One letter to the right of the letter you really wanted.. “T” would be a “y”…if that makes sense.
Abg gb zr. Gur svefg guvat V gevrq, jnf gb qb n EBG13. Guvf znqr gur wvoorevfu gb orpbzr wvooreevfu wvoorevfu. 😂🤣
LOL…I’ve very sorry I started this! Sorry…but that is just jibberish, and would likely get you thrown out of the Spy Corps (at least with my friends in 4th grade!).
It’s gibberish to us, but it’s possible that his keyboard is different, since he’s from another country and English is not his native language. I’m betting money on that, because, although I can’t translate what he wrote using your code, I do sense that there’s a real message there. (In fact, given time, I could probably translate it.)
My answer was ROT13 encoded, an old UseNet coding algorithm.
It has 27 grades of coding varying from 0 to 26. The last one is the most userfriendly one.
Visit http://www.rot13.com to learn more about it.
No – if t would y, then . would be /
I totally got the code, but, since I was doing this on my tablet, I think autocorrect mucked a few things up and I didn’t catch it. But, you know how I often use “…….” between thoughts that are related – that’s why there was a series of “/”s.
Padular devices… whataya gonna do?
The second clue… was that the code was back in 1964-65… waaaaaaaaaay before anything digital.
Roger Moore is my favorite. View to a Kill (which also has my favorite theme song) and Octopussy are my two favorite Bond movies.
Hi, Patric! 1. Daniel Craig. 2. Sean Connery. Sorry, Hank Scorpio, but Tom Selleck as Magnum, P.I. had the sport coat with jeans look first. Early 80s, pre-Simpsons.
Ah, but Magnum, P.I. wasn’t a wealthy man.
Sean Canary is the best, as he is the on
YouTube one who looks like he could handle himself in a fight.
I need to sort out my spell check. But what I meant was Sean Canary looks like he could actually win a fight in real life. The others not so much.
For me, Sean Connery is best Bond, followed by …. Daniel Craig. The modern Bond really works for me. Would have loved to see more Timothy Dalton btw.
Not a big fan of Roger Moore as Bond, made worse by the 70’s and 80’s humor aging really badly. Nevertheless, Live And Let Die is one of my favorite JB movies.
I pretty much skipped all the Brosnan movies, he just isn’t Bond for me and the franchise was at an all time low during his time imo.
The Casino Royale where David Niven plays James Bond is a parody, as such I really love that film.
Sean Connery is James Bond.
The following are just actors portraying Bond from from second best onwards.
Roger Moore (although some of his movies were better)
David Niven (Was hilarious)
Pierce Brosnan (of course his movies were mostly stinkers)
Barry Nelson (never seen)
I have that James Bond Corgi Car. It’s one of my favorites, you push a button and a bullet prod screen rises. Another button exposes knives out the back bumper, and the best feature is it has a working ejection seat.
As for my favorite James Bond? That would be Roger Moore.