The Sean Connery Bond made an anglophile of every American male teenager.
Brosnan made a decent Bond, and Judy Dench was the best "M" ever - the uncertainty of her trustfulness in the movie is interesting. The scenes in Iceland are the most spectacular in any Bond film, and please - an invisible car? How cool is that?
Best Bond - George Lazenby closest to Fleming Novel character
Worst Bond - Daniel Craig - terribly miscasted. Does not appears to have the on screen comfort to make love to a woman or the ability to explain the Manichaean concept of Bond like Connery, Moore, or Lazenby.
Best Bond Girl - It is really hard to compare women across 50 years, I still think at her age at the time, Eunice Gayson was probably one of the most beautiful in a Bond film.
Best Bond Movie - On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Worst Bond Movie - Die Another Day (QoS and Skyfall not really Bond movies).
Best Score - John Barry’s OHMSS
Worst Score - Dave Arnold’s Die Another Day
I agree with the author that Carole Bouquet was (and is) a stunningly beautiful woman. As for the most sex appeal though, I’m not seeing Honor Blackman at the top of the list. That goes to Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder (I think that was her character name). Yowza!
#1 connery #2 roger moore. They both had a sense of class and humour. The rest of the bond actors were shallow or forgettable. Craig has completely ruined the series. The last several movies are crap. The latest one has a good score which is desperately needed to compensate for a horribly written but well done movie. Best bond movie IMO was goldfinger.
Best novel and best movie: From Russia with Love.
By the way, if you haven’t read the original novels and you are a fan, you should. Nothing like the movies, for the most part, but very good reads. The movies are basically parodies. Sean Connery was the only Bond. Daniel Craig is a far second.
I like to think of James Bond as a transitional character.
A good agent, name unknown, is assigned the name and number, JAMES BOND 007.
After he is wore out and retires, a new agent is reassigned the same name and number.
Think of what kind of movie could be made in which the latest James Bond must talk with one or more of the earlier James Bonds.