*EON only. Never Say Never Again and Casino Royale 1967 don’t count.
With Sean Connery recently celebrating his 88th birthday and the news that the 25th Bond film will be delayed and possibly recast, it seemed like time to reflect on what Bond has been. If Daniel Craig does leave, and I hope he does at least one more, then it will be a good opportunity to re-evaluate what a modern James Bond film can and should be.
Can he still be relevant? This is a question that is asked every time they change actors. James Bond doesn’t have to be relevant. Every single film is ludicrous and irrelevant. That’s the fun. He isn’t a reflection of a real person, he’s the fantasy of Ian Fleming. A heightened caricature of what he wanted an MI6 agent to be – typically, a spy whose name becomes common knowledge is a piss poor spy.
The Roger Moore films took irrelevancy to the extreme and made some of the worst films in the series. Or the best. I guess it depends on what you want from your Bond. Even Connery’s version started to push James further towards the winking, gurning nonsense of the 70s and 80s, with only Timothy Dalton
My idea for the next film, if Craig doesn’t return, would be to make it a period piece. A true, John Le Carre-style that focusses on spycraft and espionage. Something that doesn’t rely on a supervillain and can connect with people through peril that feels genuine.
Few topics are as divisive as who the best James Bond is. Some people’s first James Bond is always their favourite, for others, it is the Bond of their childhood. Unless the answer is Sean
Come at me, bro.
|1||From Russia with Love||1963||Terence Young||Sean Connery|
|2||Casino Royale||2006||Martin Campbell||Daniel Craig|
|3||Goldfinger||1964||Guy Hamilton||Sean Connery|
|4||The Living Daylights||1987||John Glen||Timothy Dalton|
|5||GoldenEye||1995||Martin Campbell||Pierce Brosnan|
|6||Skyfall||2012||Sam Mendes||Daniel Craig|
|7||1962||Terence Young||Sean Connery|
|8||Diamonds Are Forever||1971||Guy Hamilton||Sean Connery|
|9||You Only Live Twice||1967||Lewis Gilbert||Sean Connery|
|10||A View to a Kill||1985||John Glen||Roger Moore|
|11||Moonraker||1979||Lewis Gilbert||Roger Moore|
|12||Spectre||2015||Sam Mendes||Daniel Craig|
|13||Licence to Kill||1989||John Glen||Timothy Dalton|
|14||The World Is Not Enough||1999||Michael Apted||Pierce Brosnan|
|15||The Spy Who Loved Me||1977||Lewis Gilbert||Roger Moore|
|16||Quantum of Solace||2008||Marc Forster||Daniel Craig|
|17||For Your Eyes Only||1981||John Glen||Roger Moore|
|18||Thunderball||1965||Terence Young||Sean Connery|
|19||Live and Let Die||1973||Guy Hamilton||Roger Moore|
|20||The Man with the Golden Gun||1974||Guy Hamilton||Roger Moore|
|21||Octopussy||1983||John Glen||Roger Moore|
|22||Tomorrow Never Dies||1997||Roger Spottiswoode||Pierce Brosnan|
|23||On Her Majesty’s Secret Service||1969||Peter R. Hunt||George Lazenby|
|24||Die Another Day||2002||Lee Tamahori||Pierce Brosnan|