Everyone has a favourite bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig and each have their own unique twists and story driven attitudes, but who is the greatest Bond of all time? Before I begin, this is subjective so if you’re not a fan of my decision then comment with your own favourite and we can discuss how I ignore your choice. I’ll start from the beginning and where it all kicked off for the Bond franchise, Sean Connery
Sean Connery’s Bond was very much devised closely to the books, a well-dressed man with ample cheekiness mixed with a licence to kill. By far the most famous film was GoldFinger, the classic hat throwing midget henchman and hillbilly comedy cop made this an absolute classic within weeks of its release. The most prominent scenes are scorchers and included lasers, pussy galore and a bladed hat chopping off a statues head. Taken out of context you can see why Sean’s Bond was made with an audience that needed indirect charm and revolted away from direct issues.
Roger Moore is possibly my second choice for the greatest Bond, he brought a slightly different spin on Bond with more gadgets more ties and less body hair. Rogers Bond was for a more mature audience and his run of films was helped yet again by some superior villain’s such as Baron Samedi, Jaws and Scaramanga (Man with the Golden Gun). When you list Rogers films you begin to realise he had some absolute gems, my personal favourite has to be Live and let Die and on a musical note the theme from A View to a Kill.
I’ll skip over all the little Bonds which had singular success until the biggest even in the 20th century for film and gaming. The next part is completely bias and totally subjective. Be warned.
Pierce Brosnan, the man, the legend, will always hold a very special memory for me, along with the greatest villain ever conceived, 006 Sean Bean. If you’re too young to read playboy then I’ll now explain that Goldeneye was personally the pinnacle of the Bond films and coincided with one of the most revolutionary games of the 20th Century. Goldeneye was one of the main reasons the N64 was such a success, of course Mario and his karts had their place but Goldeneye was one the first FPS game which aligned to the film and was graphically advanced for its era as well. It knew its place like a well-oiled machine and helped Pierce reach new audiences which would have otherwise been subjected to Sonic and his hedgehog clan. Another thing that helped boost this film reputation was the multiplayer aspect, where players could play SPLITSCREEN in an arena as their favourite characters from Goldeneye and past films.
So why was Goldeneye so good? Simple, the opening sequence was so dramatic, tense and in its short 5 minute stint set a huge emotional bond between hero and villain. Sean Beans 006, Alec Trevelyan was the first other 00 agent to be introduced working together with 007. This sense of teamwork had never been seen before and straight off the cuff goes wrong. I won’t give it away but Sean Bean does what Sean Bean does best. Dies and in fact dies twice. The supporting characters in this film are some of the best in the bond franchise and certain moved it into a new era of computing, gadgetry and strong and powerful woman. Talking of which Gene Grey is Xenia Onatopp, an apt name for what happens. Basically if you haven’t seen this film you need to watch it!
I’ll mention Daniel Craig quickly, Casino royale was good but spectre was above average, I certainly feel if it wasn’t given such a huge budget it would quickly be forgotten like the hatred for cucumber. Watch cats versus cucumber if you don’t believe me….
So in conclusion the greatest Bond is clearly Pierce Brosnan and Goldeneye his greatest hit. As I mentioned this is my opinion and it’s heavily backed up by my childhood Christmas unpacking the N64 and bursting into a ball of flames. All the Bonds have their unique twists but none of them captured the times quite as well as Pierce did with his gadgets, cheeky mysterious middle distance stares and supporting villain’s.