My vote has to go to Sean Connery. He really defined the role and made it his own. All subsequent Bonds stood on his shoulders to achieve greatness.
Except...I haven't seen the whole movie yet, but it appears Daniel Craig just might have brought a little something of his own to the part. It'll be interesting to sit down and whatch his performance when I've got the time.
I would have to say Sean Connery. I mean when I think of James Bond that is just who pops into my mind first. I did like Bronson in the role also. Not to sure on Daniel Craig yet. I mean the movie was good and all but I just have trouble with him as Bond. Maybe just because he is new.
Timothy Dalton, for the win. The only Bond in the past 20 years (barring a few instances with Brosnan and Casino Royale) where everything was taken seriously and not over the top.
Michael: Jodie, how's my schedule look for today? Jodie: You've got a conference and dinner party at the Japanese Embassy regarding wildlife protection. Michael: Oh, yeah...sorry, but I'll have to cancel that. I'm heading out to save America!
I have to say Bronsnan before they used Daniel Craig to change the character. I thought Brosnan took the Connery mode up a notch. I am a Roger Moore fan but his movies around him got to be almost to slap happy. I am one of the few who liked Tim Dalton touch. But back to Craig with the reinvention of the character. Based only on one movie (think George Lazenby) it's not really fair to rate. but I thought his Bond was the most real portrayal and go with him.
That was the point of makeing this the new direction in the franchise. Even Brosnan thought the aloof character schtick was worn. Now, Craig's stories are more character driven if they keep up the concept.
I actually just saw Casino Royale again. While Daniel Craig is quite that action guy, he just isn't suave and debonaire enough to be James Bond. He is too rough and tumble, in my opinion. And, while he is easy on the eyes, he just isn't James Bond (in my opinion)
I think the thing about Brosnan is that he already had the suave and debonair quality from playing Remington Steele, so it was like an older version of a part he'd already played. At least with him I could see women easily falling for him. Can't say that for Roger Moore. He's just repulsive.