February 21st, 2012

The Spy Who Loved Me

Writer's Block: Shaken, Not Stirred

Yeah, you knew this was coming.

Who is the best James Bond?


There are many ways to define 'best'. Obviously, I'm going to skew it so 'best' comes out in favour of my personal favourite Bond, Timothy Dalton. He's not the most popular, he didn't appear in the most films, and the films he did weren't particularly sparkling. But to me - and to many other fans - he's the closest film Bond we've had to Ian Fleming's brooding bastard of the pulp pages.

He's also incredibly sexy, with his dark hair, blue eyes and wolfish grin. He's the only Bond I can believe in as both cold-blooded killer and irresistible lover.

I wish Dalton had had a longer whack at the part, and I wish On Her Majesty's Secret Service had been made during his reign; much as I adore the Sixties kitschiness of what we got, Tim would have made a better go of the wide emotional range the story demands.

(And looked utterly amazing all bloodied and beat up from the bobsled run. There, I said it.)