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Wednesday, 1 December, 1999, 13:59 GMT
Old Bonds voted best
The first Bond movies starring Sean Connnery were overall favourites

The World Is Not Enough may be raking in the box office takings, but BBC News Online users think Goldfinger - the third oldest Bond movie - still has the edge.

As part of the site's special report marking the opening of the 19th 007 screen adventure, we asked users to vote for their favourite Bond movie so far.

Honor Blackman was immortalised by her character's suggestive name
Of the 1,800 people who took part, 427 thought the 1964 outing for the secret agent, starring Sean Connnery and Honor Blackman as the unforgettable Pussy Galore, was 007's best assignment.

His latest work, undertaken by Pierce Brosnan with female sidekicks Denise Richards and Sophie Marceau, came in at a lowly 12th place, with only 55 giving it their vote.

In fact, overall BBC News Online users gave a resounding chorus of allegiance to Bond's earliest outings.

Hot on the heels of the action-packed Goldfinger - in which Bond comes up against Gert Frobe's madman with the Midas touch - was its 1963 predecessor From Russia With Love, earning 179 votes.

In third place, with 131 votes, was the 007 movie originally considered to be Connery's last, You Only Live Twice, from 1967.

George Lazenby's only Bond movie proved popular
Coming in at what many may consider a surprising fourth position is On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the often maligned single attempt at the Bond crown by Australian model-turned-actor George Lazenby.

But fans of the fifth and current Bond can take heart. Brosnan has only three 007 films under his belt but the first two, GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies, proved more popular than most of the seven completed by the longest-serving Bond Roger Moore.

Moore's first time as the British agent in Live And Let Die came in joint fifth with GoldenEye with 109 votes. The man who put the buffoonery into Bond only makes another appearance in the top 10 with The Spy Who Loved Me at eight.

Still, he fared marginally better than the fourth holder of the title Timothy Dalton. The Living Daylights scored a meagre 47 votes, while Licence To Kill came in penultimate place with 38.

Meanwhile, in a telephone poll conducted by the BBC's teletext service Ceefax, Sean Connery was voted best Bond by 46% of viewers, with Brosnan following on 31%.

Roger Moore was third with 14% of votes, followed by Timothy Dalton (7%) and George Lazenby (2%).

Full BBC News Online poll results

Goldfinger - 427 (23.72%)
From Russia With Love -179 (9.95%)
You Only Live Twice - 131 (7.27%)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 111 (6.16%)
Goldeneye and Live & Let Die - both 109 (6.05%)
Dr No - 105
The Spy Who Loved Me - 83
Diamonds Are Forever and Thunderball - 65
Tomorrow Never Dies - 63
The World Is Not Enough - 55
The Living Daylights - 47
For Your Eyes Only - 43
The Man With The Golden Gun - 42
Moonraker - 41
Octopussy - 40
Licence To Kill - 38
A View To A Kill - 27

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See also:
30 Nov 99 |  Entertainment
Bond's box office haul
25 Nov 99 |  Entertainment
Bond loses licence to thrill
19 Nov 99 |  Shaken Not Stirred
Four decades of Bondage

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