Although seven men have filled the shoes of Bond, only one has deserved the passing of the gun since the birth of the franchise.
“The name’s Bond, James Bond” is a phrase the world has been quoting since the birth of the Bond franchise in 1962. The franchise has 24 films to its name, and has featured notable British actors over the years. The first, and arguably most famous, is Sean Connery. Connery gives the world its first look into the suave, debonair spy for the British Secret Service in Dr.No. After seven films, Connery retired from Bond and passed along 007’s Aston Martin to five other actors over the years. None, however, stood up to Connery’s timeless portrayal of the spy—until Daniel Craig.
When we first met James Bond, he was a charming and devilishly handsome man who investigated the murder of a fellow agent. He is secure in his masculinity, and in no uncertain terms, sexy. He is sophisticated and holds himself with confidence and brutal strength. He is incredibly charismatic, and his slightly witty banter with his opponents add to his style. He is dynamic yet thoughtful and calculating in his fighting style, and leans towards calculated urgency rather than outright gore. Connery is the perfect man to bring Ian Fleming’s character to life, but until 2006, no actor was able to eclipse him.
In 2006, Daniel Craig steps in to fill the shoes in Casino Royale. Here we meet a rogue, rugged and stoic man who gets the job done even if it means wreaking havoc. He is cold, and his violence is full of intricacies. He takes out his anger and pent-up emotions on his enemies, ultimately resulting in a gory, bloody mess on both sides. We rarely see his emotions creep to the surface, and when they do, he lets it fuel his anger. He is not kind. He is scary, he is a body that seems to lack the warmth of emotions. Craig’s Bond is now worlds away from Connery’s, adding strife, loss and vulnerability to the character he still plays.