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The men who have been Bond
Daniel Craig in Casino Royale becomes the sixth actor to play James Bond in an official film. Here is a rundown of the men who have portrayed the legendary British secret agent:


Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever
The first actor to utter the immortal line, "Bond. James Bond"
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia with Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Connery also played James Bond in Never Say Never Again (1983), which is not generally regarded as an "official" Bond film.

Dr Julius No
(Joseph Wiseman in Dr. No)
Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya in From Russia with Love)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld
(Anthony Dawson in From Russia with Love and Thunderball, Donald Pleasance in You Only Live Twice, Charles Gray in Diamonds Are Forever)
Auric Goldfinger
(Gert Frobe in Goldfinger)
Emilio Largo
(Adolfo Celi in Thunderball)

You expect me to talk?
James Bond

No, Mr Bond. I expect you to die
Auric Goldfinger
Bond girls:
Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress in Dr. No)
Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi in From Russia with Love)
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman in Goldfinger)
Domino Derval (Claudine Auger in Thunderball)
Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama in You Only Live Twice)
Tiffany Case (Jill St John in Diamonds Are Forever)

Vehicles and gadgets:
Walther PPK handgun, for which Bond trades in the Beretta he has used for 10 years (Dr. No)
Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger and Thunderball)
Jet pack and propeller-driven scuba tank (Thunderball)
Rocket-firing cigarettes (You Only Live Twice)

The definitive Bond - tough, sexually aggressive and clever
'Turn' on www.commanderbond.net
Classic lines:
Honey Ryder: "Are you looking for shells too?"
James Bond: "No, I'm just looking." (Dr. No)

James Bond: "You expect me to talk?"
Auric Goldfinger: "No, Mr Bond. I expect you to die." (Goldfinger)

Tiger Tanaka: "In Japan, men come first, women come second."
James Bond: "I might just retire to here."
(You Only Live Twice)

Sean Connery and Honor Blackman in Goldfinger
Pussy Galore started a tradition of suggestive names for Bond girls
James Bond: "I'm afraid you've caught me with more than my hands up." (Diamonds Are Forever)

What the fans say:
"The definitive Bond - tough, sexually aggressive and clever."
'Turn' on www.commanderbond.net

"Connery's panther-like movement and look of an ever-ready sexual predator, made his Bond worthy of the title coined by Italian cinemagoers - Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Connery epitomised the early Bond to such an extent that it seemed a near impossible task to replace him."


On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas)

Bond girls:
Tracy di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg)

George Lazenby and Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Bond married for the only time in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Vehicles and gadgets:
Safe-cracking device-cum-photocopier

Classic lines:
[On Bond's wedding day]
Q: "Don't forget, if there's anything you ever need..."
James Bond: "Thank you, Q, but this time I've got the gadgets and I know how to use them."

What the fans say:
"Lazenby just didn't get the chance to prove himself playing a weaker, more vulnerable Bond."
'Mullins007' on www.mi6forums.com

"Lazenby could have been the best Bond if he could have portrayed him once more."
'PUCCINI' on www.ajb007.co.uk


Jane Seymour and Roger Moore in Live and Let Die
Moore starred in a record seven official Bond movies
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)

Kananga/Mr Big (Yaphet Kotto in Live and Let Die)
Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee in The Man with the Golden Gun)
Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens in The Spy Who Loved Me)
Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale in Moonraker)
Aristotle Kristatos (Julian Glover in For Your Eyes Only)
Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan in Octopussy)
General Orlov (Steven Berkoff in Octopussy)
Max Zorin (Christopher Walken in A View to a Kill)

Keeping the British end up, sir
James Bond
Bond girls:
Solitaire (Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die)
Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland in The Man with the Golden Gun)
Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach in The Spy Who Loved Me)
Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles in Moonraker)
Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet in For Your Eyes Only)
Octopussy (Maud Adams in Octopussy)
Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts in A View to a Kill)

Vehicles and gadgets:
Lotus Esprit, which transforms into a submarine (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Gondola which transforms into a hovercraft (Moonraker)
Miniature jet plane with folding wings (Octopussy)
Submarine disguised as an iceberg (A View to a Kill)

He brought a tongue-in-cheek humour to the series
Classic lines:
[Bond unzips a woman's dress using a magnetic watch]
Miss Caruso: "Such a delicate touch."
James Bond: "Sheer magnetism, darling." (Live and Let Die)

James Bond: "I am now aiming precisely at your groin. So speak, or forever hold your piece."
(The Man with the Golden Gun)

[Bond is interrupted during a passionate embrace]
Frederick Gray, minister of defence: "Bond, what do you think you're doing?"
James Bond: "Keeping the British end up, sir."
(The Spy Who Loved Me)

Yaphet Kotto (centre) and Roger Moore in Live and Let Die
Moore had starred in TV series including The Saint before becoming 007
What the fans say:
"His Bond was more relaxed and lighter in tone than Connery's, and he brought a tongue-in-cheek humour to the series."

"Irony, suaveness, but not tough and edgy enough."
'Voltairine' on www.mi6forums.com


The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)

Timothy Dalton as James Bond (UIP)
Dalton reportedly decided against playing 007 for a third time
Georgi Koskov (Jeroen Krabbe in The Living Daylights)
Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi in Licence to Kill)

Bond girls:
Kara Milovy (Maryam d'Abo in The Living Daylights)
Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell in Licence to Kill)

Vehicles and gadgets:
Keyring which explodes at the sound of a wolf whistle, and releases stun gas when the user whistles Rule Britannia (The Living Daylights)

Classic lines:
[After an enemy is crushed under a statue of the Duke of Wellington]
James Bond: "He met his Waterloo." (The Living Daylights)

Dalton's only weakness is that he cannot say those throwaway lines
'Tubes' on www.mi6forums.com
[After his licence to kill is revoked and gun confiscated]
James Bond: "I guess it's a farewell to arms."
(Licence to Kill)

What the fans say:
"Dalton: a realistic Bond. Dalton's only weakness is that he cannot say those throwaway lines as well as Moore can. But is that really a weakness? He really looks like he enjoys being Bond."
'Tubes' on www.mi6forums.com

"Dalton did at times appear to be a slightly reluctant Bond."
'Robinson' on www.ajb007.co.uk


Pierce Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough
Brosnan was reportedly considered for Bond in 1987
Goldeneye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)

Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean in Goldeneye)
Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce in Tomorrow Never Dies)
Victor Sokas, aka Renard (Robert Carlyle in The World Is Not Enough)
Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens in Die Another Day)

Bond girls:
Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco in Goldeneye)
Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies)
Christmas Jones (Denise Richards in The World Is Not Enough)
Jinx Jordan (Halle Berry in Die Another Day)

Brosnan portrayed Bond with the perfect balance of humour, toughness and charm
'A Kristatos' on www.commanderbond.net
Vehicles and gadgets:
Explosive pen, armed with three clicks, disarmed with another three (Goldeneye)
Walther P99 handgun, replacing the trademark Walther PPK (Tomorrow Never Dies)
Jacket that transforms into protective sphere (The World Is Not Enough)
Stealth glider (Die Another Day)

Classic lines:
Xenia Onatopp: "You don't need the gun."
James Bond: "Well, that depends on your definition of safe sex." (Goldeneye)

[In bed with Christmas Jones]
James Bond: "I thought Christmas only comes once a year." (The World Is Not Enough)

[Holding up his Walther P99 handgun]
James Bond: "My self-defence mechanism's right here." (Die Another Day)

Denise Richards and Pierce Brosnan in The World Is Not Enough
Brosnan has been widely praised for revitalising the Bond series
What the fans say:
"Brosnan portrayed Bond with the perfect balance of humour, toughness and charm."
'A Kristatos' on www.commanderbond.net

"Brosnan is the 'action Bond'. He has many explosions and fights. He looks like the perfect Bond and he manages to show feelings without looking ridiculous."
'LotusEsprit' on www.mi6forums.com


Casino Royale (2006)

Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
Early reviews have hailed Craig as "terrific" and "simply brilliant"
Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen)

Bond girls:
Vesper Lynd (Eva Green)

Classic lines:
Vesper Lynd: "It doesn't bother you, killing those people?"
James Bond: "Well, I wouldn't be very good at my job if it did."

What the fans say:
"He'll do a great job, grittier, tougher than the last ones."
'Timothy' on www.commanderbond.net

"My gut feeling is that he will give a really good performance as Bond, but like Timothy Dalton he will not catch on with the general public."
'B5Erik' on www.commanderbond.net

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