Re: "James Bond 23" officially slated for 2012!
The 007 most like that of the books was arguably Dalton and while I like his performances, his tenure didn't set the world on fire.
I think that had more to do with poor timing than anything else. I'm a Dalton fan as well. I think he was a solid fusing of the Book-Bond and the Movie-Bond.
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