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Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos

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Posted By:Drive, 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM

Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

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Jonah says Craig but it´s Connery that floats our boat

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tukaram, 4/16/2014 11:26:45 AM     (No. 9812985)

Give Liam Neeson a shot.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 4/16/2014 11:39:29 AM     (No. 9813008)

I say Fassbender - Michael Fassbender.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 4/16/2014 11:41:22 AM     (No. 9813012)

Connery will always be tough to top as the best James Bond because of his debonair style. But I like Craig´s edginess in ´Casino Royale´. I´m thinking of the scene where he took-out the two African warlords while the poker match was taking a break. He cleaned up, changed his shirt, and was back to playing cards. That´s something only a bad-azz 00 agent can do.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: happy conservative, 4/16/2014 11:50:12 AM     (No. 9813023)

Of all of them, only Sean Connery is a real actor and leading man.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 4/16/2014 11:51:10 AM     (No. 9813026)

I loved Craig in Skyfall, the grittiness was palpable, but Connery is and always will be Bond in my book.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 4/16/2014 11:56:58 AM     (No. 9813034)

Excluding the Casino Royale/David Niven/Woody Allen camp and the 1954 Barry Nelson-as-the-numerically-first TV adaptation of 007, Connery set the standard for barely-controlled edginess and danger at precisely the time in history when the Cold War was ramping up and we didn´t need to see milquetoast on the big screen.

Part of the appeal of Connery-as-Best-Bond also has to deal with the emergence of 1960s Space Race technology and gadgets.

Connery. Best. Bond. EVER.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: QRP, 4/16/2014 11:57:37 AM     (No. 9813035)

Remember, James Bond is not someone you want to know or ever meet. He is one mean SOB - he has to be to kill people. Only Connery lets that aspect of Bond show through.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: clw54, 4/16/2014 11:58:45 AM     (No. 9813037)

Connery is best. The latest ones are disturbing, not fun like the others. The editing in the action scenes is too choppy, also.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 4/16/2014 11:59:40 AM     (No. 9813039)

Always liked Connery...always will but no actor to me has ever really captured the essence of Bond as Fleming originally wrote him. Fleming´s Bond was an assassin and quite a cruel, practical man. The Bond movies are too full of gimmicks, stunts and stupid dialogue to go with their laughable plots. More cartoons than real films.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Drive, 4/16/2014 12:00:10 PM     (No. 9813040)

Craig may be a better actor but as Bond, he´s a metrosexual and the last movie proved that

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Reply 11 - Posted by: jt26, 4/16/2014 12:07:39 PM     (No. 9813054)

Sean Effing Connery is James Bond, there is no other.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: addicted_to_coffee, 4/16/2014 12:13:19 PM     (No. 9813070)

Get some new screenwriters and Craig may have a chance.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/16/2014 12:17:08 PM     (No. 9813074)

First of all, there is no such thing as a bad James Bond movie. To a greater or lesser extent, they´re all superb escapist entertainment. However, since Sean Connery defined James Bond on the big screen between Dr. No and Diamonds Are Forever,, he´s the most authentic James Bond.

Dame Shirley Bassey sang the ultimate 007 theme in her recording for Thunderball, which was, oddly enough, rejected in favor of Tom Jones´s over the top (but excellent) performance. IMO, her rarely heard song is even more appropriate than her celebrated theme song for Goldfinger.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4m9ptFefwo
(Shirley Bassey, "Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang")

Here are a few stanzas of the lyrics. Of whom do these words remind you?

He´s tall and he´s dark,
And like a shark, he looks for trouble,
That´s why the zero´s double,
Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

He´s suave and he´s smooth
And he can soothe you like vanilla.
The gentleman´s a killer.
Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Damoiselles and danger
Have filled the stranger´s past.
Like a knife he cuts thro´ life
Like ev´ry day´s the last.

He´s fast and he´s cool.
He´s from the school that loves and leaves ´em,
A pity if it grieves ´em.
Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang´s not a fool.


And I agree that Daniel Craig is excellent in the 007 role. Skyfall is one of my five favorite 007 movies.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Screwgun, 4/16/2014 12:17:35 PM     (No. 9813077)

Roger Moore was my favorite. I´d like to see Jason Statham play James Bond but the way things are going it will be a gay black guy.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 4/16/2014 12:19:48 PM     (No. 9813082)

Sean Connery, no doubt.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: The Architect, 4/16/2014 12:21:26 PM     (No. 9813086)

I am a die hard "Bondophile" and have seen every one of the flicks. To me, Connery will always be Bond. He was the first and rediated style and class in those movies without being effeminate, like Moore. In the Connery movies there was always that nasty cruel monster luking just below the surface of his impecable suits and worldly knowledge of wine and proper etequit. Dalton and Brosnan were place holders until a real hardass Bond could be found to replace the prototype. I believe he has been found in Craig.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Italiano, 4/16/2014 12:21:52 PM     (No. 9813087)

Craig and Connery. Men for their times.



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Reply 18 - Posted by: Udanja99, 4/16/2014 12:23:14 PM     (No. 9813090)

Daniel Craig looks like a cross between Yoda and Gollum. Connery will always be Bond to me.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: supersid, 4/16/2014 12:23:44 PM     (No. 9813091)

Connery was before my time. I grew up watching Roger Moore as Bond, so he remains my favorite. Plus, Ian Fleming said Moore was his idea of Bond. Craig is excellent for the new direction Bond films are taking.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Coy860, 4/16/2014 12:26:13 PM     (No. 9813095)

Connery is the best.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 4/16/2014 12:48:00 PM     (No. 9813132)

No matter the actor, 007 movies will only get better now that M (Judi Dench) is dead.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 4/16/2014 1:07:41 PM     (No. 9813165)

Everybody prefers Connery because his Bond was the guy every guy wanted to be and every girl wanted her guy to be - the lovable rogue, horny and quick on the uptake, the he-can-take-care-of-himself badass. These other Bonds seem like the original´s little brother, trying to live up to Big Bro´s rep while carving out their own identity.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: KingBubo, 4/16/2014 1:15:32 PM     (No. 9813183)

Crag´s Bond is a thug. No class. he also benefits from it being a real movie. Connery (the best), Moore and others basically had a cute girl with a funny name, gadgets and the story was an afterthought.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 4/16/2014 1:36:30 PM     (No. 9813213)

I´m with Taki. My two faves are Connery and Moore, and in that order.

Sean Connery IS James Bond. But Connery and Moore each had the ability to become James Bond. The other guys were just playing a part, although Craig does a better job than the others who tried.

Also agree with Taki about scriptwriters getting away from the Bond formula. Bond is Bond. Change the character and you might as well change the name, imo.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: judy, 4/16/2014 1:43:59 PM     (No. 9813227)

I can´t judge because when Sean quit the Bond movies. I quit.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: mitzi, 4/16/2014 1:47:04 PM     (No. 9813232)

Sean Connery. I don´t think I ever saw a Bond film with anyone else.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Gram77, 4/16/2014 2:34:23 PM     (No. 9813310)

Connery gets my vote.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/16/2014 2:37:28 PM     (No. 9813313)

Sean Connery, hands down.

Those of us who understood the period and read the books when they were iirst published know that he is the one. He has the looks, the presence, the physicality, the aura of danger, the humor and the savoir faire.

Daniel Craig is Steve McQueen in the Thomas Crown Affair (though McQueen was actually more multi-dimensional than the stony Craig.

The others were pretenders. Even Roger Moore was a bit too metrosexual to pull it off.

I have never thought Sean Connery was always portraying James Bond. There was too much variety in his roles. But his presence transcended his roles. And we liked him just fine.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: velox, 4/16/2014 2:39:51 PM     (No. 9813318)

Connery will always be a special guy when it comes to playing Bond or anyone else.
I really like Craig , but, I feel every actor that played Bond did a great job.
I read all of Flemmings Bond books and found them to be an experience. He could make you feel like you were Bond while escaping from a underwater trap or whatever Bond got into. It was like you were there.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/16/2014 2:42:56 PM     (No. 9813322)

Re my last Reply, mea culpa. Misread the intro. So this sentence was incorrect:

I have never thought Sean Connery was always portraying James Bond.

It is hard to forget he´s Sean Connery. But the other actors have the same problem. Craig doesn´t even resemble the tall, dark, suave James Bond of the books.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: god of irony, 4/16/2014 3:08:31 PM     (No. 9813352)

I think Craig is the most credible. You can see him being a former SAS officer (not so much with Moore or the Remmington Steele guy). I also think Craig is helped more than Connery becuase the recent movies have developed the Bond character better.

I really like the very end of Skyfall were Bond and the new M meet. To me that tied things back to the original Connery movies.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Rinktum, 4/16/2014 3:41:40 PM     (No. 9813393)

Absolutely, Sean Connery IS 007. He just got better with age in that role. I do like Daniel Craig too. Didn´t think I would but he won me over. These movies are great entertainment. Even the parodies like the Austin Power movies are great.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Civilservant, 4/16/2014 4:29:33 PM     (No. 9813456)

Actors need to be aware that breaking that 4th wall has consequences and when Danioe Craig said "guns are icky(I paraphrase) he was forever lost to me as Bond.
Connery, Moore.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: harper, 4/16/2014 5:39:09 PM     (No. 9813538)

Every last one of them is anti Second Amendment.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 4/16/2014 5:50:20 PM     (No. 9813553)

Al Sharpton or Rachel Maddow should be the next James Bond.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: thewarden, 4/16/2014 6:02:27 PM     (No. 9813569)

Connery. Yes, please...

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 4/16/2014 6:10:26 PM     (No. 9813576)

Connery pulled it off so well because he really IS that chauvinistic bad azz. I think Craig has been equal to the task, but like others posted, he has a more believable script -- no gimmicks & goofy femme names. Such as Miss Galore´s...

If Craig had to work in one of those, methinks he wouldn´t be able to pull it off like Connery did. Connery made you BELIEVE.

Bond. James Bond.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 4/17/2014 12:57:24 AM     (No. 9813907)

Casino Royale starring Craig is the best Bond film. It´s also the best of the Fleming Bond books. As a poster above noted, Ian Fleming´s attention to descriptive detail is exquisite throughout his work. He was a former journalist and intelligence officer, who lived many of the elements described in his books. In the 1960s, a magazine funded Fleming´s explorations of the great cities in the world. The resulting essays were collected and published as "Thrilling Cities," which is still worth reading for its wonderful depictions of exotic locales that are now also distant in time. His non-fiction description of "The Diamond Smugglers" re-appears in fictional form in the Bond novel "Diamonds Are Forever." All are written to be worth reading.

None of the actors who played Bond on screen resemble Fleming´s description of him. Bond is described as handsome in a cruel way, with a passing resemblance to American musician Hoagy Carmichael.

With a scar.

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John McCain, an immigration hawk. Who knew? Mr. McCain, the highest-profile Republican of the U.S. Senate’s “Gang of Eight” that came up with amnesty as the solution to the immigration crisis — and it truly is a crisis — is finally taking a hard line against President Obama for his encouraging the tidal wave of illegal aliens swamping the southwestern border. “There has to be a halt to this,” Mr. McCain thundered Sunday on CNN. “That’s what we want, and the best way to do that is for planeloads of these young people to be returning to their country of origin

The 5 Most Dangerous Guns in America
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Rolling Stone, by Kristen Gwynne    Original Article
Posted By: scottc- 7/15/2014 11:46:15 AM     Post Reply
Contrary to what those who defend the right to own high-powered assault rifles believe, not all guns are created equal. Due to a combination of availability, portability and criminal usage the following five types of guns are the country's most dangerous. School Shootings: Widely Reported Tragedies Since 2000 - Using firearm trace data from the ATF, as well as FBI homicide records, we determined the types of guns most often recovered from crime scenes and/or used in murders. The numbers are stark: According to the FBI's 2012 Crime in the US data, nearly 70 percent of homicides for which the FBI received weapons data involved the use

The media can no longer ignore
Obama and Hillary Clinton´s problems

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Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/16/2014 5:15:16 AM     Post Reply
It had to come sometime, and it came in one very bad week for the Democrats: that the many big problems with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama finally grew too great for the press to ignore. Obama in his own different way is heading towards Nixon-like levels of weirdness, as, beaten down by the failures regarding his ventures, he appears to have quit his own job. A.B. Stoddard of the Hill says in effect he has stopped being president and chooses to live in a world of his own, shutting out the problems that have become overwhelming, giving dinners where he talks

Rove American Crossroads
in Mississippi Controversy

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American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 7/16/2014 8:43:14 AM     Post Reply
The headline in the Washington Post on June 4 was clear: Rove-backed American Crossroads won’t get involved in Cochran runoff Said the Post story the day after Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel had defeated six-term Mississippi GOP Senator Thad Cochran in the first round of the state’s GOP primary: American Crossroads, a GOP establishment organization, has decided to shift its political focus almost entirely to the general election and will not be spending money in the likely runoff election to decide the Mississippi Senate nomination that was virtually deadlocked after Tuesday night. […] “Other than Alaska, we have completed our work on Senate primaries

Exclusive - Sessions Warns All of Congress:
Obama´s New Immigration Strategy ´Threatens
Foundation of Our Constitutional Republic´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 9:28:19 AM     Post Reply
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama’s new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it. “I write to inform you of a development that threatens the foundation of our constitutional Republic,” Sessions, Congress’s top immigration hawk, wrote in a letter that was hand-delivered to all 535 members of Congress on Monday and provided exclusively to Breitbart News. Sessions cites a recent report from the National Journal, in which reporter Major Garrett detailed how, despite the ongoing

Eric Holder: Americans Should Not
Be ´Color Blind,´ But ´Color Brave´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by Charlie Spiering    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/15/2014 1:34:47 PM     Post Reply
Attorney General Eric Holder encouraged Americans not to forget race while working for justice and equality in their country. “As it stands, our society is not yet color blind -- nor should it be -- given the disparities that still afflict and divide us.” Holder explained, “We must be color brave, and we must never forget that all are made better and more prosperous if all are given equal opportunities.” Holder made his remarks during a speech at Howard University on Tuesday for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Civil Rights Act. “We must take into account not only the

Behind the scenes at the
Clinton White House

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New York Post, by Geoff Earle    Original Article
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WASHINGTON — It was an enduring image of his presidency: a chastened Bill Clinton walking his dog while wife Hillary keeps her distance as the family leaves town at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal — but it was all part of a contrived public-repentance campaign, according to a new book. With Bill on the skids and his wife’s future prospects on the line, it was necessary for the pubic to see the president being punished, said Weekly Standard online editor Daniel Halper in his new book, “Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.” “They understood that


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