Oh, Sean Connery — the man who started it all. While Daniel Craig currently dominates the role of James Bond, this Scottish star is one of the most beloved Bond actors. He kicked off the franchise in 1962's Dr. No and starred in five movies before taking a brief hiatus. In 1971, Connery returned as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever and also starred in an unofficial Bond picture, Never Say Never Again. Despite the slew of actors after him, Connery still serves as the ultimate Bond archetype for many fans.
Stepping in for Connery in the sixth Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was George Lazenby. The handsome Australian had little acting experience but managed to snag the role as the suave spy for one film in 1969. The youngest of all the Bond actors, Lazenby brings out the secret agent's softer, more vulnerable side.
As the third actor in the series, Roger Moore is known for depicting a more humorous and playful Bond. He charmed his way into audiences' hearts and starred in seven James Bond flicks from 1973 to 1985, starting with Live and Let Die. This English playboy was particularly known for his way with the ladies, scoring the most on-screen kisses of all the Bond men.
The classically handsome and chiseled Timothy Dalton inherited the role of the martini-sipping spy in 1987's The Living Daylights. While Moore had played a jovial character, Dalton is known for his serious and intense depiction of 007, which is said to be similar to Bond creator Ian Fleming's concept. The English star only served as Bond twice before calling it quits.
Irish star Pierce Brosnan picked up where Dalton left off in the 1995 film Goldeneye, playing a suave and charming Bond in four movies. The actor was originally pegged to take over for Moore but was unable to fulfill his Bond duties because of a conflicting TV obligation. Aside from being recognized for his talent playing James Bond, Brosnan's good looks have landed him fame as one of People magazine's "World's Most Beautiful People" and the title "Sexiest Man Alive."
Daniel Craig plays the current — and dare we say, the sexiest — James Bond. The English star made his debut in the franchise's 2006 movie, Casino Royale. Despite some initial doubts about the fair-haired actor's ability to portray the traditionally brunette Bond, he's received some serious praise for his acting abilities. Among his supporters is fellow Bond actor Roger Moore, who was quoted as saying that Daniel Craig will go down as "the best Bond in history." We won't argue with that!
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