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At the risk of starting a riot, I'll say it: Pierce Brosnan is the best James Bond.
Forget George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton. They were just keeping the agent alive until a better Bond came along. You knew Lazenby wouldn't last when, after being slapped by a woman in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, he turned to the camera and said, "This never happened to the other fellow." Why not just have Jerry Lewis play the part?
Dalton's Bond, on the other hand, was far too serious. It wasn't entirely his fault: AIDS was on the forefront of everyone's mind so there was no Pussy Galore for him to play with. "The major difference between Dalton and the earlier Bonds is that he seems to prefer action to sex," wrote Roger Ebert. That made him an effective killer... but a boring Bond.
The proof of each man's popularity (or lack of it) is reflected in the box office numbers. Dalton's License to Kill was a failure for the franchise, second only to Lazenby's On Her Majesty's Secret Service. That leaves Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan. (Daniel Craig may become the best Bond but he hasn't earned
the title yet; we'll know more when Quantum of Solace arrives in November.)
Now fans of Connery say he was all muscle, while those that support Moore preferred his wit. The perfect blend of each man's best qualities? That would yield Pierce Brosnan. He has it all -- keeping his enemies at bay with a punch or a witty retort. He's tough and cocky like Connery; super suave and debonair like Moore.
Plus, he uses his own hair to play the part. Take that Connery!
When the world is the target and the threat is real, you can still depend on one man. Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan. For a complete schedule of GoldenEye showing on AMC, click here. For The World is Not Enough, click here.