Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spy-Fi Poll 002: Results

My second Spy-Fi Channel Poll, which asked the decidedly unoriginal question,"Which actor portrayed the best James Bond?", came to a close yesterday.

The top vote-getter – and this was really no surprise – was Sean Connery. Of the twenty votes cast, he garnered eight. George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton – the actors with the most abbreviated tenures in the role – tied for second place, with four votes each. Pierce Brosnan had two supporters, while Roger Moore and Daniel Craig received one vote apiece.

50's American television Bond Barry Nelson and Casino Royale '67's David Niven, unsurprisingly, didn't even manage any sympathy votes.

Personally, I like all of the "official" Bonds, though I like Daniel Craig the least. (IMO, Bond should not be a surly thug.) I love Sean, and acknowledge that he set the bar in regards to the cinematic 007, but I voted for Timothy Dalton.

Ever since I first saw The Living Daylights, back in the summer of 1987, I cannot read a James Bond novel without picturing Dalton as 007 and hearing his voice in my mind. To me, he most closely approximates Ian Fleming's conception of the character: a hard-drinking, hard-smoking professional that takes no joy in killing, yet feels some satisfaction at doing his job well. If Dalton's Bond was less of a womanizer than his literary antecedent, well, that's the screenwriters' fault.

If you voted, I'd be interested in knowing the reasons for your choice. Feel free to share your opinions in the comments, and be sure to check out this week's poll over there in the sidebar.


Armstrong Sabian said...

I voted Dalton for the same reasons you did. I think the popularity of Lazenby stems from his being in what is, perhaps, one of the most loyal of the Bond films to the novels. OHMSS is, in fact, my second favorite Bond film, but I don't think Lazenby's that great in it.

Kevin Findley said...

As I mentioned in the Avengers post, I felt that Lazenby got the job done without all of the gadgets that Connery's Bond eventually required. When I met the man, he was just so thrilled that folks still remembered his performance.

I tried explaining to him why he was so much better than the Moore films that followed, but I think I came off as a stone geek. Oh well, he laughed with me and said not to be too harsh on poor Roger. I've always thought that was pretty classy. Even Bondish ;)