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View Poll Results: Who is the best James Bond?
Sir Sean Connery 49 42.24%
David Niven 1 0.86%
George Lazenby 3 2.59%
Sir Roger Moore 12 10.34%
Timothy Dalton 14 12.07%
Pierce Brosnan 17 14.66%
Daniel Craig 20 17.24%
Voters: 116. You may not vote on this poll

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Old July 24 2014, 04:43 PM   #76
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Re: Who is the Best 007?

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Not really, death is hinted at in a few Bond songs.

...

"The Man With the Golden Gun"

One golden shot means another poor victim
That song also has some of the most blatantly sexual lyrics of any Bond song:

Love is required
Whenever he's hired
He comes just before the kill


Oh myyyy...
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Old July 25 2014, 06:50 AM   #77
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Re: Who is the Best 007?

I'm glad some of you guys voted for Timothy Dalton. He's an underrated Bond. He's my second favorite actor to play the part.

Brosnan
Dalton
Connery
Craig
Lazenby
Moore
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Old July 25 2014, 07:05 AM   #78
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Re: Who is the Best 007?

Sean Connery

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Old July 25 2014, 07:42 AM   #79
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Re: Who is the Best 007?

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This was a toughie. First, I'll second the assertion that "best" (thread title) and "personal favorite" (OP) are not the same thing.
I totally understand that. I was just stating my own personal favorite and he is also the best in my eyes as well. That's why I made the polls. I just wanted to share that. I agree that I should have been more specific on the polls. However, I would say just ignore what I said and just focus on who the best James Bond is. Thank you for clarifying though.
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Old July 25 2014, 12:56 PM   #80
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Re: Who is the Best 007?

Lazenby, hands down. With Craig as a close second.
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Old July 25 2014, 02:49 PM   #81
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Regarding the Moore thing, I think it's interesting that they kind of start him off as "Connery lite" in his first two films-sort of being tougher and more violent-before letting him play the role in his own way in TSWLM and later films (Moore said something to this effect in the EON documentary). Although there's still some cold-blooded stuff such as knocking the guy off the roof in TSWLM (Which was referenced in QOS) and him kicking the car in FYEO.
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Old July 25 2014, 05:44 PM   #82
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Re: Who is the Best 007?

I know that in other threads discussing the themes, "You Know My Name" has gotten some hate, but I think its one of the better Bond themes. To me, it's one of the most quintessential Bond songs, and it harkens back to the 60s. When you hear it for the first time, even if you'd never seen Casino Royale, you just KNOW it belongs in a Bond film.

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Old July 25 2014, 08:07 PM   #83
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Re: Who is the Best 007?

^ I love YKMN, but the movie version strikes me as really muddy and awkwardly mixed, like someone grabbed a 64kbps draft and dropped it in. The single/album version sounds 007* times better.


* Sorry.
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Old July 26 2014, 07:20 PM   #84
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I know that in other threads discussing the themes, "You Know My Name" has gotten some hate, but I think its one of the better Bond themes. To me, it's one of the most quintessential Bond songs, and it harkens back to the 60s. When you hear it for the first time, even if you'd never seen Casino Royale, you just KNOW it belongs in a Bond film.
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^ I love YKMN, but the movie version strikes me as really muddy and awkwardly mixed, like someone grabbed a 64kbps draft and dropped it in. The single/album version sounds 007* times better.


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I have no problem with either version, and the movie version's the way it is because of time (they can't play the whole theme.)
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Old July 26 2014, 07:54 PM   #85
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I know that in other threads discussing the themes, "You Know My Name" has gotten some hate, but I think its one of the better Bond themes. To me, it's one of the most quintessential Bond songs, and it harkens back to the 60s. When you hear it for the first time, even if you'd never seen Casino Royale, you just KNOW it belongs in a Bond film.
This is one of the better Bond themes. I can't believe people don't rag on Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only" or Rita Coolidge's "All Time High". Now those, are in my bottom 5.

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^ I love YKMN, but the movie version strikes me as really muddy and awkwardly mixed, like someone grabbed a 64kbps draft and dropped it in. The single/album version sounds 007* times better.


* Sorry.
I know what you mean. They usually have to edit the songs in order to fit the time for the opening credits. They have to condense it. They did this with a lot of the films, ala "Licence to Kill", "Die Another Day", etc.
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Old July 26 2014, 10:32 PM   #86
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Re: Who is the Best 007?

The poll results: If Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, and Craig teamed up, they might be able to take Connery.
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Old July 27 2014, 06:25 AM   #87
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Re: Who is the Best 007?

I haven't seen Niven's early work, so I can't speak to him.

Whether or not you think he's the best, Connery defined the screen version, which everyone since has been playing to or against, as the case may be. He's one of my favourites (and it certainly helps that Sean Connery is one of the most magnetic film stars of the second half of the 20th century).

Lazenby is perhaps the most frustrating actor, as he's not terrible, but he's one of the weaker parts of what is otherwise one of the best films.

Moore had his moments, but I think his period as 007 is overall kind of a dud.

Dalton's tenure prefigures Craig's, to some extent, though audiences apparently weren't quite ready for that sort of take on Bond.

I grew up in the 1990s, so Pierce Brosnan is "my" Bond, which means I have a sentimental attachment to him. Looking back, he has one absolute classic (GoldenEye), which is one of the five best Bond films; two others that I think have many strong points, but also some frustrating things (one thing that especially came across when I rewatched Tomorrow Never Dies last year is that beginning in his second outing the writers go into one-liner overkill, as the guy can often barely squeeze two lines of dialogue in between bad puns and quips); and one film that really doesn't work.

Craig is the first Bond actor to really get a sustained attempt to write serious characterization for him, which automatically makes him different from everybody else who's played the part, and he does it well. He's more low-key than his predecessors, but in the most recent film they started to bring a bit of the humour, and I think he handled it well.
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Old July 27 2014, 03:31 PM   #88
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Shaka Zulu wrote: View Post
I have no problem with either version, and the movie version's the way it is because of time (they can't play the whole theme.)
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I know what you mean. They usually have to edit the songs in order to fit the time for the opening credits. They have to condense it. They did this with a lot of the films, ala "Licence to Kill", "Die Another Day", etc.
No, it's not just time; the instrumentation is noticeably different, and the sound mix a lot muddier. The movie version also seems to be straining for a more classic brass band sound, which might be cool, except again, the mix sounds like total ass.
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Old July 29 2014, 08:59 AM   #89
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Re: Who is the Best 007?

You Know My Name's the best Bond theme.
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Old July 29 2014, 10:24 AM   #90
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YNMN is not a bad Bond theme, but which would we say is the worst.
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