I don't know how George Lazenby got the job in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but he seemed to have no chemistry with leading lady Diana Rigg and makes Moore seem positively animated. Timothy Dalton, who assumed the role after Moore retired, was not much more lively in his two go arounds as the man with a license to kill. While an attractive fellow, he did nothing to leave his mark in the role and it seems almost as if the producers were just waiting for Brosnan to become available.
Who will be the next Bond? Let's hope that someone will be selected that can somehow capture the essence of 007: a bit sophisticated, very handsome, keenly intelligent, and inherently dangerous. If I could nominate anyone, it would be Christian Bale, who has reinvigorated the Batman franchise this summer. Perhaps he can do the same for Bond. James Bond.
A list follows of the actors who played Bond and the films they appeared in. An asterisk follows my favorite film in each group, except in the case of Lazenby, whose one and only Bond film I didn't appreciate. David Niven played 007 once in Casino Royale, thus he appears in the list below, but that film was a comedy and not part of the franchise being discussed here.
Sean Connery Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964)*, Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds are Forever (1971), Never Say Never Again (1983).
David Niven Casino Royale (1967)
George Lazenby On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Roger Moore Live and Let Die (1971)*, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985)
Timothy Dalton The Living Daylights (1987), License to Kill (1989)*
Pierce Brosnan GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)*, The World is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002)
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