HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED – PART 3

I’m sticking to just one choice for this one.
But there are actually 6 actors to compare.

James Bond.

The first Bond movie aired in 1962 and there have consistantly been Bond movies made ever since.
There have been 23 Bond movies to date with 6 actors in the lead role.
I am not including the David Niven outing or any others for that matter.

So, the first Bond was Sean Connery.

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He appeared in 6 Bond movies in total.
Dr. No in 1962
From Russia With Love in 1963
Goldfinger in 1964
Thunderball in 1965
You Only Live Twice in 1967
and then he had a break with Lazenby taking on the role and came back for
Diamonds are Forever in 1971

He was a very suave and tough Bond and to most fans of the series, he is the difinitive Bond.
He faced villains like Dr. Julius No, Rosa Klebb, Goldfinger, Largo and Blofeld.

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Like I’ve just mentioned, Connery took a small break while George Lazenby took on the role in
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969
I liked Lazenby’s Bond.
He was suave, handsome, rugged, romantic and he actually made me cry!
He only had one outing as Bond and before the film was released he announced he would not be carrying on the role due to his conflict with the producers.

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His villain was also Blofeld but that part was played by a different actor.

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After another outing by Connery the role landed in Roger Moore’s lap.

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Roger Moore had 7 outings as Bond but I’m afraid this is where Bond took a bit of a nose dive for me.
They started to play Bond for the comedy and the rough and rugged was lost.
That’s not to say he didn’t have some good films, they just weren’t ‘Bond’

Live and Let Die in 1973
The Man With The Golden Gun in 1974
The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977
Moonraker in 1979
For Your Eyes Only in 1981
Octopussy in 1983
A View to a Kill in 1985

His villains included Mr Big, Scaramanga, Stromberg, Jaws, Hugo Drax and Max Zorin.

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After Moore, there was a big debate as to who would play the role next.
On top of everyone’s list was a very handsome and suave actor called Pierce Brosnan.
Unfortunately he was tied to a series called Remington Steele and couldn’t be freed up for Bond so he missed out on the part to Timothy Dalton.

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Timothy Dalton brought the tough Bond back but he was still suave.
He had 2 outings as Bond.

The Living Daylights in 1987
Licence To Kill in 1989

His villains included General Koskov and Franz Sanchez.

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After Dalton the role finally fell to Pierce Brosnan!

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Next to Connery he was the perfect Bond.
Rough, tough, suave and handsome and worth the wait.
He had four outings as Bond.

Goldeneye in 1995
Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997
The World is Not Enough in 1999
Die Another Day in 2002

His villains included Travelyan, Elliot Carver, Victor Renard and Gustav Graves.

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It was 4 years before we got another Bond.
One of the biggest breaks between films so far.
This time however, the whole feel of the Bond films needed a change.
They needed to be brought up to date and they needed to be a lot tougher.
Along came Daniel Craig.

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This Bond was definately the toughest yet.
So far he has had three outings with

Casino Royale in 2006
Quantum of Solace in 2008
Skyfall in 2012

All three films have opened with some of the greatest chase scenes in film history.
Bond really shows his ruthless side in all three.
And where the past Bonds have catered for the male audience, Daniel Craig’s Bond is definately more appealing to the female audience.

His villains have included Le Chiffre, Dominic Green and Raoul Silva.

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Verdict.
The Bond films are usually entertaining but they all started dating quite badly right up to Brosnan.
Daniel Craig’s Bond is for me, by far the best.
Casino Royale and Skyfall are films I keep returning to and I don’t do that with any other Bond movies.
So for me modernised and kick ass Craig Daniel’s Bond is my ultimate Bond.

Who will be next?
Daniel has at least one more outing to go, so who would I like to see in the role next.
Well my dream choice at the moment would be Henry Cavill!
Unfortunately with his current commitment to Superman I’m not sure he could do the part.
My next choice would be Benedict Cumberbatch, however, as much as I think he could be a great bond, I don’t think he could be quite as ruthless as Daniel Craig.
But that choice is years away at the moment with the announcement of Bond number 24 in 2015 on Daniel Craig’s IMDB listing.

How Times Have Changed Pt 4 will probably be Star Trek.

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