Monday, November 10, 2008

Who's Your Best Bad Bond...

I am not a die-hard James Bond please please please do not fill the comment thread with ridiculous trivia about the long lineage of actors to play 007, both worthy and not.

However, there are a few things I believe about the James Bond franchise.

First, Daniel Craig has saved the James Bond empire...and's about time.

This happened because of two very very bad back-to-back Bonds - Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.

I understand that I'm presupposing that you agree with me that both of these casting choices were unfortunate and it's that supposition that fuels this question to you all:



Robert Conn said...

Dalton makes Brosnan look like the poster-child for all things cool. Man that guy was horrible. Classify that one under WWTT (What Were They Thinking?)

Charlie said...

obviously timothy dalton, i've never even seen one of his bond films.

Todd Wright said...

I think Timothy Dalton was a worse casting choice.

My theory is that Brosnan was actually a great casting's the role itself that needed revamping.

The Bond character was always "fancy," too many campy one-liners, always three steps ahead of the bad guys, almost a superhero in a tux.

The problem is that film culture changed while the filmmakers weren't paying attention. Suddenly, the flawed hero became what we wanted to see. (i.e., Die Hard, Transporter, X-Men...)

Brosnan was a few years late to the whole thing; fortunately it didn't get really laughable until his last one. Dalton was bad from the get-go.

Michael James said...

I agree about Dalton just being an absolute horrible choice. It was so bad that I had blocked him from my memory! I didn't mind Brosnan, although it seemed to be more cheesy. I credit that to the writers and not necessarily the actor himself.

Steve Killam TMTL said...

Woody Allen was the worst James Bond, (Jimmy-in the original Casino Royale.) I may be wierd, but I liked Tim Dalton. Whenever I saw Bronsan I kept thinking he was Remington Steele, and that made me chuckle.

Johnny! said...

George Lazenby.

Robert Conn said...

Johnny going for the one-hit-wonder.