Production is gearing up on what is currently titled Bond 25 — obviously the 25th James Bond movie — which is going to mark Daniel Craig’s fifth and final performance as 007. After that, the hunt will be on for another actor to assume the character’s license to kill, which has, in itself, become almost as big a media event as the films themselves.
Thinking back over the history of the franchise, it was Sean Connery who really put the character on the map and helped trigger a pop culture phenomenon in the 1960s with the release of Dr. No in 1962. Unless you were there, you cannot imagine just how big Bond was at the time. The actor, of course, played the role in four additional films before announcing his retirement from the part. A worldwide search for his placement began, even including actors like Burt Reynolds, Eric Braeden (from Young and the Restless) and TV’s Batman, Adam West. In the end, it went to an Australian model named George Lazenby for 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Connery was coaxed back for one more film and was succeeded by Roger Moore as a very different Bond, the actor molding the character to his personality rather than the other way around. As different as it was — and as light and silly as some of his adventures could be — it clicked with the audience and Moore remained Bond until 1985’s A View to a Kill.
Then it was Timothy Dalton’s turn. The actor, who made his 007 debut in 1987’s The Living Daylights, starred in two films, bringing the character back to the grittiness his creator, Ian Fleming, had imagined back in the 1950s. Unfortunately, he failed to bring any of the levity of the character that had been a part of him since Connery’s debut, and he was out following 1989’s Licence to Kill.
Remington Steele star Pierce Brosnan was in for 1995’s GoldenEye, offering the world a version of Bond that felt like he was somehow the offspring of Connery and Moore’s portrayals. The box office went up and the actor played Bond a total of four times until Craig was brought aboard for 2006’s Casino Royale, which was pretty much the first reboot in the franchise’s then 44-year history.
So that gives us a total of six James Bond actors, right? Actually, that’s not the case. By our count, there have actually been 19 actors who have played Bond over the course of different mediums over the years.
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