Sorry if this has been brought up before, I tried a search and the results were goofy.
TBS is doing their annual “15 Days of Bond” thing, and I’ve caught many of the movies (I think I’ve seen about 3/4 of them before, but they’re fun). I wanted to know the order in which they were made, so I searched the web and found a site where all the movies were discussed. While perusing the description of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” I ran across a line that went something like this: “Although he was only in one movie, many fans consider George Lazenby to be the best Bond.” The movie was on a couple of nights later, so I watched it. All I can say is, what drugs were these fans on? I thought Lazenby was by far the worst Bond that I’ve seen, even worse than Timothy Dalton (though only slightly). There’s one scene where he’s walking down the hallway in a public office building looking at (not reading) a Playboy. On what planet would Bond do this? On top of that, I thought the movie was pretty bad. One scene reminded me of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” because my reaction to it was the same as it always is when Wonka takes the group into the tunnel: “ah, made in the late-60s I see.”
But I digress. My own personal opinion on the best Bonds is as follows:
- Roger Moore
- Sean Connery (very close second)
- Timothy Dalton (very distant third)
- George Lazenby
I used to put Connery in the top spot, but the more I saw of Moore, the more I liked him. I haven’t put Pierce Brosnan in because I haven’t seen his movies yet, but I suspect he’ll come in a solid third, pushing Dalton and Lazenby farther down.