Bond vs Bond: The Connery / Craig Showdown


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Wow!

Our Best Bond post giving Daniel Craig the edge of Sean Connery produced quite a debate.

Well, not so much a debate as an outcry from loyal Connery fans. We feel that Craig's portrayal is truer to the character in the Ian Fleming novels. That's our story and we're stickin' with it.

Connery: The Quintessential Bond
We do that though with full deference to Sean Connery who we referred to as the Quintessential Bond. Without Connery, there would be no franchise today for Craig to enjoy. Connery had a massive impact on the role and the culture.

We know. We were one of the many young boys who spent hours in front of a mirror trying to get that left eyebrow to arch without the right one going up with it. Seriously.

Spotlight on Sean
Given all that, we felt that we hadn't given Sean nearly enough credit for his remarkable achievements with the role. So after giving Daniel Craig the spotlight on Monday, we thought today we'd show some deserved respect to Connery, Sean Connery.

Let's start with the two actors in question.

Daniel Craig: "Connery is my favorite Bond"
In a 2005 interview, Connery called Craig a "terrific choice" for the role of Bond. "He's a good actor. A completely different departure." But before the release of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig, in interviews, praised Sean Connery as his favorite Bond and commented that he was a big fan of the actor as a child.

And from Pierce Brosnan; "Goldfinger was the first movie I ever saw"
Pierce Brosnan also spoke of his great admiration for Connery. Somewhat ironically, Sean's Goldfinger was not only the first Bond movie Pierce ever saw, it was the first film he ever saw on the big screen. "Little did I think that I would be playing the role someday," he's quoted as saying.

Who's the Best Bond -- Poll Results
A joint poll conducted earlier this year by HMV.com and getcloser.com determined that Connery was not only the favorite Bond, but that he bested Craig by a two-to-one margin!

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Not everyone liked Sean...
While we are great fans of Sean Connery's portrayal there is one person who thought he was an absolutely dreadful choice for the role. That would be character-creator Ian Fleming. Fleming is quoted as saying he was "looking for Commander James Bond, not an overgrown stuntman."

Physically, Fleming pictured a guy who looked like a less attractive version of 1920s songwriter Hoagy Carmichael.

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O--kay... Hmmm. Maybe Fleming didn't have as good a fix on the true character of James Bond as we thought...

How About James Bond Movie Themes?

HMV.com and getcloser.com also conducted a joint poll rating the themes of James Bond movies in March 2009.

Favorite James Bond Theme Songs:

1.
Live And Let Die - Paul McCartney and Wings
2.
Goldfinger - Dame Shirley Bassey
3.
Diamonds Are Forever - Dame Shirley Bassey
4.
Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
5.
James Bond Theme (Dr. No) - John Barry Seven and Orchestra
6.
We Have All The Time In The World - Louis Armstrong
7.
GoldenEye - Tina Turner
8.
View To A Kill - Duran Duran
9.
Living Daylights - A-Ha
10.
James Bond Theme - John Arnold (ANI)

Goldfinger #2?!
We reacted to these poll findings much the way that many readers reacted to our picking Craig over Connery. Dame Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger taking second place to Paul McCartney's Live and Let Die is wrong on so many levels, don't you think?

For our money, we'd move Tina Turner's Goldeneye somewhat higher on the list.
Tina captured the Bassey growl yet made the song her own.




We notice that Matt Monro's From Russia with Love is nowhere to be found here on the list of best bond themes ... and rightfully so.



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