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2012-08-04 01:17:13 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: 3. Timothy Dalton

You trolling


So much this if anyone deserved 6 its him.
 
2012-08-04 01:17:28 AM  
As others have said, Dalton and Craig were closest to the book Bond, but the public had been sold for many years on Roger Moore as Bond. So people like the guy in the tuxedo wearing a girdle sipping martinis. He was all about gadgets and sight gags and not getting dirty.

He was the first bond movie I saw, then you get older, see the Connery ones, read the books. And you realize Craig and Dalton are spot on.

Kinda like Keatons Batman.
 
2012-08-04 01:19:31 AM  

Apos: There,I said it. Again.


They have medication for that.
 
2012-08-04 01:21:36 AM  

Fark Me To Tears: Apos: There,I said it. Again.

They have medication for that.


Your concern for my well being,though misplaced,is duly noted.
 
2012-08-04 01:24:28 AM  
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2012-08-04 01:24:30 AM  
1. Sean Connery
2. Daniel Craig
3-6. Who the hell cares?
 
2012-08-04 01:25:33 AM  
Pussy Galore.

I know that's off-topic, but I just like saying Pussy Galore. Pussy Galore.
 
2012-08-04 01:27:50 AM  

Mentat: Pussy Galore.

I know that's off-topic, but I just like saying Pussy Galore. Pussy Galore.


That would make a more interesting read -- what Bond girls were good and which ones weren't.
 
2012-08-04 01:30:09 AM  

Apos: Fark Me To Tears: Apos: There,I said it. Again.

They have medication for that.

Your concern for my well being,though misplaced,is duly noted.


We just want you to feel better. Now, if you'll just go quietly with the nice gentlemen in the white coats...

/Tina Turner's Goldeneye was the best Bond theme, btw
 
2012-08-04 01:30:11 AM  

Mentat: Pussy Galore.

I know that's off-topic, but I just like saying Pussy Galore. Pussy Galore.


I musht be dreaming
 
2012-08-04 01:35:57 AM  
I think a more important question is who are the top Bond women?

I know some of you are gonna flame me big time for this, but I loved Michelle Yeoh
 
2012-08-04 01:37:32 AM  
1. Connery
2. Craig
3. Dalton
4. Moore
5. Brosnan
6. Lazenby

From Russia With Love is, of course, the best Bond film of them all.
 
2012-08-04 01:44:28 AM  
who cares?
i think Casino Royale was the best bond film, next to goldfinger.
 
2012-08-04 01:46:52 AM  
Brosnan
Connery
Dalton
Craig
Lazenby
Moore

/not trolling
 
2012-08-04 01:52:32 AM  
Dalton was awesome....the haters can suck it.

/Not as awesome as Connery, though.
//Obvious statement is obvious.
 
2012-08-04 01:55:55 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: kronicfeld: A View to a Kill was unwatchable. Close call.

Indeed.

A View to a Kill had a wrinkly James Bond. That does not compute.


A popular radio host here in Portland had never seen a Bond movie before and (unfortunately) started with "View". Her reaction was like "I didn't know James Bond was supposed to be an elderly gay man?"

Oh, and this, since it tends to piss people off for some reason:


Rotten Tomatoes ranking of James Bond films:

Dr No - 98
From Russia with Love - 97
Goldfinger - 96
Thunderball - 91
You Only Live Twice - 70

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 81

Diamonds Are Forever - 67

Live and Let Die - 63
The Man with the Golden Gun - 52
The Spy Who Loved Me - 78
Moonraker - 64
For Your Eyes Only - 74
Octopussy - 47
A View to a Kill - 39

Living Daylights - 73
License to Kill - 71

Goldeneye - 80
Tomorrow Never Dies - 56
The World Is Not Enough - 51
Die Another Day - 59

Casino Royale - 94
Quantum of Solace - 63
 
2012-08-04 01:56:40 AM  

zarberg: I think a more important question is who are the top Bond women?

I know some of you are gonna flame me big time for this, but I loved Michelle Yeoh


nah, she was a fine choice.

Others that stood out for me.

Britt Ekland
Carole Bouquet
Famke Janssen
Jane Seymour
Hale Berry
Barbara Bach
 
2012-08-04 01:57:17 AM  

zarberg: I think a more important question is who are the top Bond women?

I know some of you are gonna flame me big time for this, but I loved Michelle Yeoh


She was certainly more memorable than Teri Hatcher. Not to mention prettier.

My picks:

1. Honey Ryder
2. Pussy Galore
3. Tiffany Case
4. Major "Triple X" Amasova
5. Plenty O'Toole
6. Domino
7. Dr. Holly Goodhead
8. Xena Onatopp
9. Tanya aka Rosa Klebb Protege
10. Jinx
 
2012-08-04 02:03:59 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: And of course, there's Q's final scene, one of the best farewell scenes in a movie (even if ol' Desmond hadn't intended that to be his last Bond movie).


I don't know why, but Skyfall including a new Q seems like a great idea.
 
2012-08-04 02:08:23 AM  

fusillade762: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: kronicfeld: A View to a Kill was unwatchable. Close call.

Indeed.

A View to a Kill had a wrinkly James Bond. That does not compute.

A popular radio host here in Portland had never seen a Bond movie before and (unfortunately) started with "View". Her reaction was like "I didn't know James Bond was supposed to be an elderly gay man?"

Oh, and this, since it tends to piss people off for some reason:


Rotten Tomatoes ranking of James Bond films:

Dr No - 98
From Russia with Love - 97
Goldfinger - 96
Thunderball - 91
You Only Live Twice - 70

On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 81

Diamonds Are Forever - 67

Live and Let Die - 63
The Man with the Golden Gun - 52
The Spy Who Loved Me - 78
Moonraker - 64
For Your Eyes Only - 74
Octopussy - 47
A View to a Kill - 39

Living Daylights - 73
License to Kill - 71

Goldeneye - 80
Tomorrow Never Dies - 56
The World Is Not Enough - 51
Die Another Day - 59

Casino Royale - 94
Quantum of Solace - 63


Why the hell is golden eye only 80? and wtf is with TWNE being lower than die another day? Twine is a good movie and christmas can come twice a year, DAD is just awful.
 
2012-08-04 02:12:14 AM  
I just watched all the Connery bond films again recently.

Half of them were a complete freakin stink fest, he's got nothing over Moore.

Seriously... Connery fans... You Only Live Twice? Really?
 
2012-08-04 02:15:19 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: 1. Connery
2. Dalton
3. Brosnan (edged out by Dalton by the slightest of margins)
4. Craig
5. Lazenby
6. Moore




Sorry, I like Moore, and for the reasons in the article, he was THE Bond for the ME decade...

And FYEO was the first one I saw in theaters.

And for all the people who think Connery can do no wrong as Bond...Never say Never Again...

One final aside, Nivin should go above Lazenby
 
2012-08-04 02:15:29 AM  
1. Connery
2. Craig
3. Lazenby
4. Dalton
5. Brosnan
6. Moore

I always thought that Moore was too much of a lightweight. He should have been getting killed in the first 10 minutes in every one of his Bond movies.

With regards to Lazenby, I didn't like him the first time I watched "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", but that movie and that performance has really grown on me as the years have gone on. A combination of being able to kick ass, but appear vulnerably at the same time. Craig's Bond has similar qualities, but even more so.
 
2012-08-04 02:20:29 AM  

unlikely: I just watched all the Connery bond films again recently.

Half of them were a complete freakin stink fest, he's got nothing over Moore.

Seriously... Connery fans... You Only Live Twice? Really?


I love You Only Live Twice. Yes, it's steeped in 1960s ching chong stereotypes, but it's a lot of fun. Plus, Little Nellie. Thunderball was far worse, in my opinion.

wiredroach: From Russia With Love is, of course, the best Bond film of them all.


It's a toss up between From Russia With Love and Goldfinger, and i have to go with the latter.
 
2012-08-04 02:21:58 AM  
WTF is up with the cigarette in Connery's mouth? Did they use a picture halfway through photoshopping it out?

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2012-08-04 02:38:49 AM  
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Everyone forgets Niven
 
2012-08-04 02:47:07 AM  
Connery
Dalton*
Craig
Dalton
Moore
Lazenby**

* - The living Daylights was the first Bond movie I saw in the theatre, I was 10, it was awesome, and it still stands up for me. As other have mentioned I think that his version of Bond comes closest to the books. A somewhat embittered loaner who does what he does because he has too for King and country. Craig has shown this in CR and flashes of it in QoS (the way he cradle Mathias as he dies and then turns on a time and tosses him in a dumpster to buy time). There was even a brief flash of this Bond in Brosnan's Tomorrow Never Dies. For more Dalton goodness, who should check out is turn in Season 4 of Chuck, makes me wonder what would have happened if the studio hadn't tanked after License to Kill.

**- Haven't seen his movie the whole way through, I do remember it dragging somewhat in the ,iddle, before he gets to the chateau.
 
2012-08-04 02:52:11 AM  
As much as I respect and admire TMLO, Moonraker is one of my favorites. Drax was an awesome villain. And I loved that damn bloop-bloop-bloop-doo tune.

I hated every Dalton movie except for his first, and while Brosnan is very handsome, that Madonna/Heineken flick was unwatchable.

Love Craig for CR, not so much for QoS, but I have hopes for Skyfall.

So, my list:

1. Craig
2. Connery
3. Moore
4. Everyone else
 
2012-08-04 03:03:02 AM  
1. Connery
2. Craig
3. Moore
4. Dalton/Lazenby/Brosnan

Craig captured lightning in a bottle for Casino Royale, no doubt that was the best Bond film in decades, the follow-up was a mess though, and it was clearly a script/directing issue. Connery is still top dog, the OG Bond working with the best material, and From Russia With Love is tops in my book, being the most straightforward espionage plot of the films, and with Robert Shaw leading a crew of memorable villains. Moore is knocked as too light for the series but his early films are distinctive and fresh, he absolutely made the part his own even if he did hang around long enough to become a parody of himself.

Dalton, Lazenby and Brosnan all brought a bland "meh" to the series, I find them almost interchangeable and I can barely tell one film from another; Brosnan would be higher up but for the fact that he was on watch for 3 complete stinkers in a row that almost sank the franchise for good, probably not his fault, but you can't give high marks for shiat movies.

Oh and "The Spy Who Loved Me" is the best theme song, hands down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy-c8aAntWA

/stupid links button not working.
 
2012-08-04 03:15:03 AM  

unlikely: I just watched all the Connery bond films again recently.

Half of them were a complete freakin stink fest, he's got nothing over Moore.

Seriously... Connery fans... You Only Live Twice? Really?


I don't get the love for Connery. He is almost as creepy as Burt Reynolds.
 
2012-08-04 03:18:03 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: 1. Connery.
2. Moore
3. Craig
4. Brosnan
5. Dalton
6. Lazenby

there are no ties, ties are for wimps


Totally agree
 
2012-08-04 03:21:07 AM  
Sean Connery can only play one character: Sean Connery.
Dalton should be #1.
 
2012-08-04 03:23:50 AM  
ocirats
I hated every Dalton movie except for his first,


Really? All of his others?
 
2012-08-04 03:33:57 AM  
My biggest problem with Moonraker was all of the blatant product placement. Didn't even know what that was at the time and it still bugged me.
 
2012-08-04 03:37:02 AM  

deadsanta: Oh and "The Spy Who Loved Me" is the best theme song, hands down.


You used to say live and let live . . .

You know you did, you know you did you know you did
 
2012-08-04 04:26:05 AM  
1. Connery
2. Dalton
3. Craig
4. Moore
5. Brosnan
6. Lazenby

We needed more Dalton and less Brosnan.

/ Not the bore worms!
 
2012-08-04 05:16:39 AM  
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2012-08-04 05:47:40 AM  

fusillade762: On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 81


OHMSS is a pretty good Bond film, but it's about the script and the other actors in it. Most Bond girls are really models turned actresses. Diana Rigg was a former Shakesperian actress. Telly Savalas is wonderful and entirely believable as an egomaniac. The plot works, the characters are good, and the score's really good too. If you'd had Dalton as Bond with that script it might have been one of the best.
 
2012-08-04 07:07:52 AM  

The Voice of Doom: ocirats
I hated every Dalton movie except for his first,

Really? All of his others?


The second one in itself counts as three terrible movies.

/my bad
 
2012-08-04 07:17:55 AM  
6. Lazenby, but only because he never really gave himself a chance to grow in it. I hated OHMSS for years, but over time it's grown on me, and a lot of that is because of Lazenby's performance. If he'd ended up doing what became DAF and LALD, it might have been a lot different.

5. Moore. By all accounts a genuinely decent man who has spent years working for humanitarian causes, the problem is that Sir Roger was a lousy choice for 007. If he'd have been able to dial back the smirk a bit and convinced the writers to settle down, it might have been a lot different.

4. Dalton. His acting is superb, and he certainly had Fleming's vision within his grasp, but there's something unapproachable about his performances. He definitely managed to reach the coldness and cool brutality that Fleming portrayed and that Connery was able to show in FRWL.

3. Brosnan. A damned good Bond, and in TWINE he really started to close in on what the books were all about (his last scene with Electra is a great example), but he could also swing disturbingly close to Moore territory in his delivery and style.

2. Craig. Perhaps not the best actor of the bunch (Dalton gets that hands down) but he absolutely nails the slightly nouveau riche thug that was Bond in the best of the books. And best of all, he humanizes Bond - this 007 bleeds, makes bad mistakes and shows decency (the previously mentioned bit in QOS where he comforts Mathis in his last moments). Admittedly, QOS did spin out of control but it wasn't Craig's fault at all.

2. Connery. Not another single word needs to be said.
 
2012-08-04 07:23:12 AM  
My Bond Rankings

1. Roger Moore: Gets bashed repeatedly, but Moore was the best Bond. First, he was ENGLISH (Bond was born into a upper-class English family) Second, he was the smartest and smoothest Bond. Third, do you really think a Connery Bond could get in the pants of a Dr Goodhead? Not with Connery's two-digit IQ

2. Sean Connery: No doubt played Bond well, and had great Bond films...however, overrated. One, he was SCOTTISH. Two, Ian Fleming really did not like him. Three, he was a total a-hole towards Bond helmsman Cubby Broccoli. Four, "Never Say Never Again" was Connery Crapfest...and its only redeeming value was Cubby Broccoli enjoying watching Connery crap all over himself

3. Daniel Craig: Although "Quantum of Solace" was not that good....it actually demonstrated Craig can play Bond. Mixes Connery's brogue with Moore's English charm. Lets hope he gets better material for Skyfall.

4. Pierce Brosnan: His movies were not bad, but, still, anyone who ever saw Remington Steele can never get used to a Brosnan Bond. And, he was IRISH

5. George Lazenby: Probably unfair to rank him as he had only one film. He was closer to Roger Moore-Bond than any other Bond

6. Timothy Dalton: Good God, he was awful as Bond. I swear he was chronically constipated in his two Bond movies....he was never shaken nor stirred. Strange to see him considered one of the better Bonds when he had two weak Bond appearances. The producers did not call him back when they resurrected the Bond films in the mid-90's...there was a reason why a still-then-young Dalton was not brought back...yet they kept Moore until he was almost 60
 
2012-08-04 07:23:47 AM  
1) Connery

2) Everyone else

3) Moore
 
2012-08-04 07:34:41 AM  

Tsar_Bomba1: My biggest problem with Moonraker was all of the blatant product placement. Didn't even know what that was at the time and it still bugged me.


Moonraker was actually OK until they went into space. Having the lady run from the dogs freaked me OUT when I was a kid.

And I liked Dalton's Bond, just not the movies.

And I liked Brosnon's Bond, but he always spoke like he had to pull his lips apart because they were glued together and inhaled through his nose as he said the first word. You can hear the spit smack and the air inhale. It's really noticeable in Tomorrow Never Dies. And now you'll never NOT hear it too. You're welcome.
 
2012-08-04 07:36:56 AM  
I think Dalton was really held back by the overall style of moviemaking during his time, which was overly influenced by shiat like Romancing the Stone and Miami Vice.

1) Connery
2) Dalton
3) Craig
4) Brosnan
5) Lazenby
6) Moore

ReluctantPaladin: Connery
Dalton*
Craig
Dalton
Moore
Lazenby**


You said rape Dalton twice.
 
2012-08-04 07:46:36 AM  

rotorschnee: Like the retconning of the Goldeneye Video Game: Pierce out, Craig in. It seems so.... weird.


farked up is what it is.
 
2012-08-04 08:14:23 AM  

netizencain: If you ever read the books, Dalton was actually closer. That doesn't mean those movies were better or that his acting was superior.... just that his portrayal and the script writing was more Bond than other Bonds.


I think Craig comes closer to the books, basically a thug in tuxs but either or. If you are Bond purist (books) then it is Dalton or Craig they are the top fo the list. As for the others, to include Connery, it is like preferring Basil Rathborn or Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Homes over Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch.

QOS really was not that bad when you consider they were basically shooting from the hip because of the writers strike.

Also Dench is the better M.
 
2012-08-04 08:17:16 AM  
The only thing Timothy Dalton should be remembered for is Flash Gordon.
 
2012-08-04 08:22:11 AM  

TalonZahn: The only thing Timothy Dalton should be remembered for is Flash Gordon.


You, apparently, haven't seen Hot Fuzz
 
2012-08-04 08:29:09 AM  

ChuckyV: [i168.photobucket.com image 378x500]


Glad someone was on the ball.
 
2012-08-04 08:29:23 AM  

hasty ambush: I think Craig comes closer to the books, basically a thug in tuxs but either or. If you are Bond purist (books) then it is Dalton or Craig they are the top fo the list


Yeah, everyone always says that but without the suave vodka chugging and womanizing, it just comes off as a Bourne ripoff.
 
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