Interchangeable Actors


Which Bond films would work with any/all of other 007s? Of those that had multiple films, I’d say the likeliest ones would be Thunderball, Octopussy, The Living Daylights, Tomorrow Never Dies, and SPECTRE.

If I had to choose one particular actor to best fit one of the others’ particular films I’d go this way:

Thunderball – Pierce Brosnan (the hybrid Bond in the ultimate hybrid Bond film/role–realistic with larger than life stakes that has both serious and light-hearted moments)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Timothy Dalton (a serious, romantic role that gets to the heart of Fleming that Dalton loved to do)
For Your Eyes Only – Sean Connery (Cold War espionage with few gadgets, right up Connery’s alley)
Licence To Kill – Daniel Craig (a moody 007 out for revenge, Craig knows how to do that)
Die Another Day – Roger Moore (larger than life plot that Moore’s magic can deal with)
Casino Royale – George Lazenby (new, inexperienced, cocksure, and a physical presence in a storyline not too dissimilar to his OHMSS)


My ideal timeline would be:

Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and Diamonds Are Forever (with the Spang brothers as the villains)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Servce and You Only Live Twice

The Man With The Golden Gun, Live And Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, and Octopussy

A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights, and Licence To Kill

GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day

Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall, and SPECTRE


How about…
Dalton stays on after LTK and does the 4 Pierce Brosnan films? Imagine his take on Alec’s betrayal, his scenes with Paris, a more even toned TWINE and a DAD where it is not allowed to descend into second half lunacy. I happily concede that Pierce was what was needed in ‘95 but he’s not my cup of tea, being stuck between Moore lightheartedness and Connery/Dalton seriousness, yet not quite pulling either off. For my personal taste, all of Brozza’s films would have been improved with Dalton getting a deserved 6 film run.


I think you’re right, although I like Bronsnan as Bond a lot, somehow I never realy bought it.
It’s hard to explain, the Brosnan movies -except for GoldenEye- are today looking to me dated and not as real Bondmovies. They are more like American action movies than British James Bond movies.
I’m not a big Dalton fan, but I Always thought if he made more than the two he did (which I don’t realy like) he could have been a more popular and better Bond. Dalton in GoldenEye would have worked great and it would have been a much better movie.