Plain and simple--put all the Bonds in a room, and Connery is the one that would walk out. He kick all their asses (maybe he'd have a little problem with Lazenby, he looked like a pretty big guy. But he'd fall along with the others), then walk out with the girl. Hell, wasn't he the world's sexiest man at 68 or something?
As actors, I've had no problem with any of the Bonds. I suppose I probably like Roger Moore the least in terms of being like the Bond from the books, but he was perfect for the movies he made, which became cartoons. Dalton would have been better in more politically fueled, cold war era tales of espionage, assasination--the world just changed before he got the opportunity. Brosnan does well, but it's the movies themselves that aren't, in my opinion,up to par. And it is by design. I saw an interview where one of the producers, I'm assuming somebody from the Brocolli family, basically admitted that some people wanted to make a more "serious" Bond, but he didn't think the fans would like it. The fans expect big explosions and ridiculous stunts, so each movie has to be more over the top. Unfortunately you are correct. At this point Bond-Austen Powers are looking more and more alike. The only thing is, Mike Myers knows he's doing a spoof. Brocolli doesn't.
I'd love to see the next Bond take a step back from that comic book abyss. Something smaller with more real tension. It doesn't have to be a madman billionaire intent on killing and ruling the world. (Although, based on the Bond movies, it appears that madness is a prerequisite to having a billion dollars.) Maybe we should start a thread and get everybody's best ideas for a new Bond.
[This message has been edited by Stacy Huff (edited 10-08-2000).]
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