You know, I quite liked Cary Grant’s performance of James Bond under the guise of Roger Thornhill in North By Northwest!
I only kid. I voted for Mr. Craig. I grew up with Pierce and loved his films as they came out. TWINE was my first Bond in theatres so that one always holds a special place in my heart. Still, I always dreamed about what it would have been like to see those early Connery Bond films on the big screen. I’d watch the John Cork documentaries about the lavish premieres and imagine the spectacle. I also found the subsequent searches for a new Bond in those documentaries extremely fascinating.
I got to finally experience all that in one go with Casino Royale. Since Pierce was my favorite at the time, I always assumed I’d be disappointed when he was no longer Bond. Instead, I found the 2002-2005ish period extremely exciting. A long search for Bond and a Fleming novel really got me excited. When Daniel Craig was finally announced, I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of him but was immediately intrigued and supportive.
Long story short - the film exceeded all expectations. That was what it must have been like to see a Connery Bond on the big screen, or at least as close as I will ever get. We repeated that again with Skyfall which, no doubt due to the 50th Anniversary, was a true event film.
QOS may have been a disappointing follow-up to CR and SPECTRE wasn’t as good as it should have been, but thanks to films 1 and 3 - Mr. Craig has sold me forever on his portrayal. Now let’s see what film number 5 can do…
Truly though, I love all the Bonds.