It’s one of the most iconic roles in movie background: The name’s Bond, James Bond. Only a choose team of actors have experienced the opportunity to play the character, with Daniel Craig about to finish his operate with the very long-expected No Time to Die. Ahead of him, 5 other actors have “officially” played Bond: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan. With the concern nonetheless incredibly a lot in the air about who will play Bond immediately after Craig hangs up his tuxedo—perhaps one of these actors?—here’s a glance again at the finest bonds of all time, ranked.

Very best Bonds of All Time, Rated

David Niven in 1967 'Casino Royale'

David Niven in 1967 ‘Casino Royale’
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7. David Niven

It’s almost certainly not even honest to look at David Niven (and Peter Sellers) to the relaxation of the finest Bonds, as the two actors played the function for laughs in 1967’s Casino Royale, but the movie continues to be a notable part—even if not an formal part—of James Bond background. Based on the very same ebook that would later launch Daniel Craig to superstardom in his 2006 Bond debut, the movie is a parody of spy films of the period, including the Sean Connery-led Bond films. The total cast was filled with stars: Niven experienced currently won an Oscar for Very best Actor and Sellers was regarded as one of the most well known comic actors in the earth. Other Hollywood legends like John Huston, George Raft, William Holden, Peter O’Toole, and Orson Welles all appeared, with Welles taking part in the villain Le Chiffre. The motion picture went incredibly meta in creating fun of the Bond films, even bringing in first Bond girl Ursula Andress from Dr. No to play Vesper Lynd. Both Sellers and Nevin acquire on the mantle of Bond in the movie—and although the tone is obviously entirely distinct from any other Bond flick in advance of or immediately after, looking at each and every in a tuxedo getting on the villainous corporation “SMERSH” (a thinly disguised joke on Bond’s Spectre), would make one wonder if either of the gifted stars could have essentially pulled off a “real” James Bond movie.

Selection of appearances: 1

Bond movie: Casino Royale (1967)

Enjoyment fact: James Bond creator Ian Fleming originally needed Niven to play Bond in Dr. No, but the producers went with Sean Connery alternatively.

Portrait of Timothy Dalton as James Bond in 'The Living Daylights'

Timothy Dalton as James Bond in ‘The Dwelling Daylights’
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6. Timothy Dalton

Timothy Dalton stepped in with a really massive challenge, coming immediately after Sean Connery and Roger Moore, amid the finest Bonds, who each and every played the function for around a decade. The filmmakers of Dalton’s two Bond movies needed to display a distinct aspect of the character, one that was extra in line with Ian Fleming’s ebook variation of Bond, instead than the playboy-variety most fans had been employed to looking at. The consequence was a efficiency extra in line with what Daniel Craig would stop up undertaking later—a really serious, small business-like Bond who battled against KGB brokers and drug cartels instead than flamboyant villains. Dalton only experienced two movies to make his mark—lawsuits ended up derailing his opportunity at creating a further motion picture in advance of Pierce Brosnan was handed the reins—so it is tricky to look at with the finest Bonds of the bunch. That stated, both films are good and 1989’s License to Eliminate may be one of the finest Bond titles of the collection.

Selection of appearances: two

Bond films: The Dwelling Daylights (1987) and License to Eliminate (1989)

Enjoyment fact: The Bond collection hadn’t employed an Aston Martin considering that 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Company, but the organization made a return to the franchise with The Dwelling Daylights, and they’ve been employed in just about every Bond movie considering that.

Aston Martin auto employed: Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

George Lazenby in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'

George Lazenby in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’
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five. George Lazenby

George Lazenby has the inglorious milestone of getting the only formal James Bond actor to star in just one movie in the collection, getting around for Sean Connery in On Her Majesty’s Secret Company. The movie has one of the darkest and bleakest endings of any Bond film—spoiler warn: immediately after marrying “Bond girl” Tracy, the pair are attacked by iconic Bond villain Blofeld, leaving Tracy dead and Bond holding her in his arms. Like we stated, bleak. In section because of to that dim ending, the movie was not perfectly-obtained at the time, but around the yrs both the movie and Lazenby’s efficiency have been re-assessed by critics and fans alike as one of the improved entries in the collection. Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh calls it his most loved Bond movie, although a 2012 poll from 007 Journal observed fans vote it as the greatest of the collection. Lazenby bowed out of the franchise immediately after just one movie, permitting Connery to return on what was a then-history salary of $1.25 million. When he was short-lived as Bond, Lazenby went on to have a lengthy movie and tv career—which is nonetheless ongoing—and he continues to be lively on Instagram, usually putting up about the Bond collection and his time filming his one motion picture.

Selection of appearances: 1

Bond movie: On Her Majesty’s Secret Company (1969)

Enjoyment fact: Lazenby’s function as Bond was his initial-at any time movie physical appearance. He experienced been a design and starred in commercials in advance of getting cast in the function.

Aston Martin auto employed: Aston Martin DBS

 

Maud Adams, Roger Moore, and Britt Ekland in 'The Man with the Golden Gun'

Maud Adams, Roger Moore, and Britt Ekland in ‘The Male with the Golden Gun’
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4. Roger Moore

Of all the finest Bonds, Roger Moore’s portrayal may be the most agent of the period his films had been made in (the 70s)—and he reflected that with his dashing allure and around-the-best persona, bringing comedy to the collection that contrasted Connery’s gruff-but-suave Bond. Moore’s Bond was significantly less really serious and way wittier, but he also took the character to new heights. Moonraker observed Bond struggle villains in house, including Richard Kiel’s unforgettable henchman Jaws. Moore was currently a bit of an proven identify in advance of getting on the function of the superspy, getting starred in tv collection like The Saint and Maverick, but Bond introduced him around the world stardom and he stayed in the function for around ten yrs and 7 films—the longest consecutive James Bond until finally Daniel Craig.

Selection of appearances: 7

Bond films: Dwell and Let Die (1973), The Male with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Beloved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Eliminate (1985)

Enjoyment fact: Moore was the oldest actor to portray Bond, as he was fifty seven yrs old when his final movie, A View to a Eliminate, was produced in 1985.

Pierce Brosnan in ' Goldeneye'

Pierce Brosnan in ‘ Goldeneye’
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3. Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan did a good job as Bond, with GoldenEye as his finest entry of the series—a motion picture that spawned one of the finest video online games of all time. When Brosnan’s switch as the iconic spy doesn’t really get to the stage of finest Bonds like Daniel Craig or Sean Connery, he served deliver the franchise again to around the world prominence immediately after Timothy Dalton’s switch still left some fans cold. The six-year crack among movies was a very long one for Bond, and that put pressure on Brosnan to provide a efficiency that would get fans jazzed again. On that stage, he undoubtedly shipped. Brosnan’s Bond introduced again extra of the flamboyant villains, secret lairs, and wild devices to the collection immediately after Dalton’s extra really serious-tinged films, for improved and worse. The action scenes are outstanding all over the collection, but the devices and storylines often veered into the ridiculous (like invisible automobiles and DNA restructuring), and some of the dialogue was tacky. In the stop while, Brosnan served deliver the franchise again to lifestyle and shaped the bridge that led the Bond collection from its standard roots into the massive-spending plan blockbusters of contemporary Hollywood.

Selection of appearances: 4

Bond films: GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Under no circumstances Dies (1997), The Environment Is Not Sufficient (1999), Die Yet another Day (2002),

Enjoyment fact: Brosnan was employed to play Bond in advance of Timothy Dalton was introduced in, but was compelled to return to his collection Remington Steele alternatively. The display experienced been canceled, but when NBC determined to deliver the display again, Brosnan was obligated to return and he experienced to give up the function. Evidently it all worked out in the stop.

Aston Martin automobiles employed: Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, Aston Martin DB5

Daniel Craig in 'Skyfall'

Daniel Craig in ‘Skyfall’
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two. Daniel Craig

After starring in 5 films, Craig has firmly proven himself as one of the finest Bonds ever—maybe even the finest of the bunch. Craig’s portrayal introduced the character to up to date occasions, developing a extra real looking, gritty variation of the spy subsequent Pierce Brosnan’s extra polished acquire. When he was initial cast, fans signed petitions against him, complaining he was also blonde and not tall enough to play Bond, but when Casino Royale hit theaters, people today speedily improved their tune. The movie opened with Bond earning his “00” designation, permitting Craig to display Bond get the job done his way up to getting to be the professional spy we all know and adore. Craig’s Bond took punches, acquired bruised, at times unsuccessful, and fought tricky, crafting some of the finest action scenes of any blockbuster motion picture to date. Craig has the difference of supplying Bond its initial billion-dollar movie with Skyfall, the Sam Mendes-directed motion picture that quite a few critics observed as a contemporary substantial-issue for the collection. The 5 Academy Award nominations, including the main class of Very best Cinematography, and two wins only bolsters that issue. One particular matter that aids Craig’s Bond stand out amid the actors who came in advance of him is the via line of his initial partnership: his tragic adore for Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale. When Craig’s Bond experienced his honest share of stunning girls alongside the way, it is Lynd he saved coming again to, even into No Time to Die. Brooding around Vesper’s death gave Craig a opportunity to give Bond some added depth and humanity, and is one explanation why fans have become so invested in his variation of the character.

Selection of appearances: five

Bond films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), No Time to Die (2021)

Enjoyment fact: Craig defeat out actors like Henry Cavill (indeed, that Henry Cavill), Sam Worthington, Goran Visnjic and Dougray Scott for the function of Bond.

Aston Martin Automobiles employed as Bond: Aston Martin DB5, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante, Aston Martin DBS V12, Aston Martin DB10, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin Valhalla

Sean Connery on set of 'You Only Live Twice'

Sean Connery on established of ‘You Only Dwell Twice’
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1. Sean Connery

When it arrives down to naming the finest Bonds, it is tricky to defeat the first. Connery starred as Bond in six “official” movies and when in the non-Eon created Under no circumstances Say Under no circumstances All over again. (Connery was lured again to play Bond for that seventh and final time in the 1983 adaptation with a enormous payday even while Roger Moore was also starring as the iconic spy at the time.) Numerous of Connery’s films are regarded as some of the most unforgettable of the collection, including Dr. No, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Like, and Goldfinger, which was the initial Bond motion picture to make around $one hundred million at the box office environment. Connery’s Bond proven essentially all the features that would pop up in the collection via the many years, including the slick wardrobe, suave demeanor, his taste for martinis, fancy automobiles, and substantial-tech devices. But extra than that, Connery introduced the excellent mixture of allure, toughness, and humor to the function, anything all the actors immediately after him tried out to emulate, for improved and worse. It was Connery who took Bond on his shoulders and lifted him to the around the world stage, beginning a collection that is become one of the longest-operating and profitable in motion picture background.

Selection of appearances: 7

Bond films: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Like (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Dwell 2 times (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Under no circumstances Say Under no circumstances All over again (1983)

Enjoyment fact: Connery wore a hairpiece when he played Bond, as he started off to shed his hair all around the time he acquired the function.

Aston Martin auto employed: The Aston Martin DB5

There you have it, the finest Bonds of all time. Completely ready for a martini?


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