007 Cast Comparison: James Bond(s)
“The name is Bond, James Bond.”
With those simple words an icon was introduced to the world: James Bond, 007, the suave international man of mystery with a license to kill. It is estimated that since his first appearance in 1962’s Dr. No, over a quarter of the world’s population has seen at least one James Bond film (which makes sense for a series that has spanned half a century and soon-to-be 23 films). Created by the immensely talented Sir Ian Fleming for the page in 1953, the character was adapted to the screen through the efforts of Albert “Cubby” Broccoli and his producing partner Harry Saltzman in 1962, never looking back since.
The 23rd film, Skyfall, is due in theaters this November, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bond’s film debut and will star Daniel Craig in his third appearance as the irresistibly smooth secret agent. Craig is the sixth actor to play Bond through the years, the most recent in a long line of unreasonably handsome and stylish men.
The first, and arguably most iconic Bond, was the legendary Scotsman himself, Sir Sean Connery (1962-67, ’71) who introduced the character to theater audiences and laid down the definitive template for future Bonds. Connery was delightfully smooth, if unfortunately chauvinistic, but hey, it was the 60s. With a full chest of hair, Connery was the man women wanted to be with and men wanted to be. The former Mr. Universe contestant would often be described by producer Harry Saltzman as moving like a “big jungle cat,” perhaps the most accurate description of all time. Connery would play Bond in six official films, as well as one non-official remake, Never Say Never Again (which we’ll never mention again). He remains the most recognizable Bond, sparking a long and successful career for both himself and the character (he would later go on to “father” AFI’s second greatest hero of all time — Indiana Jones).