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Face-Off: Pierce Brosnan 007 vs. Daniel Craig 007

Aug. 28, 2014by: Dave Davis
Last week's Face-Off column had the criminal Gecko brothers from Robert Rodriguez's FROM DUSK TILL DAWN going at it with the Vega brothers from Quentin Tarantino's RESERVOIR DOGS and PULP FICTION, and you pretty much all sided with the vampire-killing siblings from Rodriguez's splatterfest.

This week, Pierce Brosnan grabs a gun to play a retired CIA operative in THE NOVEMBER MAN. How does Brosnan's most famous role hold up against replacement spy Daniel Craig?

(Please note: Face Off is an opinion column. We're not using any actual science to prove or disprove anything. It's just for fun.)
MISSIONS
Stop a former 00 agent from using satellite EMP weapons to cover a plan to rob the Bank of England

Keep a megalomaniacal media kingpin from inciting a war for better headlines and ratings

Thwart an oil heiress' plan to increase her company's fuel prices by sabotaging a competing pipeline

Prevent a rogue North Korean military leader from using a satellite heat beam to destroy the North/South Korea DMZ
Earn license to kill

Bankrupt a terrorist by beating him at poker

Seek revenge for the murder of his lover

Stop the Quantum organization from seizing control of Bolivia's water supply

Keep a rogue MI6 agent from exacting vengeance on the organization and M
VILLAINS
Alex Trevelyan (Sean Bean), a former MI6 agent turned leader of crime syndicate Janus

Xenia Onnatopp (Famke Janssen), Trevelyans sadistic henchwoman known for her viselike thighs

Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce), a media mogul trying to instigate World War III

Mr. Stamper (Gotz Otto), Carvers muscular German henchman

Renard (Robert Carlyle), a pain-impervious former KGB agent turned terrorist

Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), an oil baroness scheming to increase global fuel costs

Zao (Rick Yune), a North Korean terrorist with diamonds stuck in his face

Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), a cocky British entrepreneur who is actually rogue North Korean colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee) after a face-change process
Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a blood-weeping banker, gambler and terrorism financier

Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), leader of criminal organization Quantum

Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a high-ranking member of Quantum

General Medrano (Joaquin Cosio), an exiled Bolivian military commander involved with Quantum

Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), a ruthless ex-MI6 agent turned terrorist
M
Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench, followed by Ralph Fiennes
Q
Desmond Llewelyn, the original movie Q (with John Cleese as his successor R)
Ben Whishaw
GADGETS
Grappling-hook belt, grenade pen, laser-cutter/detonator wristwatch, digital binoculars, explosive cigarette lighter, mobile phone with stun-gun/lockpick/scanner/vehicle remote control, X-ray glasses, credit card lockpick, grappling-hook wristwatch, miniature rebreather
Tracking device, glove compartment defibrillator, high-end mobile phone with MI6 mainframe connection, Walther PPK with palm-scanner ID security
'BOND BABES'
Izabella Scorupco, Michelle Yeoh, Teri Hatcher, Denise Richards, Serena Scott Thomas, Halle Berry, Rosamund Pike
Eva Green, Caterina Murino, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe
EXOTIC LOCATIONS
Monte Carlo

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Havana, Cuba

Hamburg, Germany

Istanbul, Turkey

an ice hotel in Iceland (of course)
Madagascar

Montenegro

Venice, Italy

Bregenz, Austria

an exploding hotel in the middle of the Bolivian desert

Istanbul, Turkey

Shanghai, China

Macau

the Bond family estate in Scotland
TORTURE ENDURED
Squeezed between the legs of Famke Janssen
Scrotum whipped by Mads Mikkelsen
DIRECTORS
Martin Campbell (GOLDENEYE)

Roger Spottiswoode (TOMORROW NEVER DIES)

Michael Apted (THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH)

Lee Tamahori (DIE ANOTHER DAY)
Martin Campbell (CASINO ROYALE)

Marc Forster (QUANTUM OF SOLACE)

Sam Mendes (SKYFALL)
THEME SONGS
"Goldeneye" by Tina Turner

"Tomorrow Never Dies" by Sheryl Crow

"The World Is Not Enough" by Garbage

"Die Another Day" by Madonna
"You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell

"Another Way to Die" by Jack White & Alicia Keys

"Skyfall" by Adele
BOX OFFICE
$1.47 billion worldwide
$2.29 billion worldwide ($1.1 billion just from SKYFALL)
DANIEL CRAIG
A close call! It certainly seemed like Brosnan was practically born to play Bond, but after GOLDENEYE his movies increasingly felt more like Roger Moore-era fluff, with a high concentration of cheesy one-liners and preposterous situations. Still, aside from Bardem's magnetic SKYFALL psychopath, Brosnan's broad baddies are a bit more memorable. But Craig's Bond movies ditched the improbable gadgetry and over-the-top plots for slightly more realism, and replaced Brosnan's effortless charisma with a more rugged physicality, relaunching the 007 series (again by director Martin Campbell) in a different and wildly profitable direction.

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7:23AM on 09/01/2014
I do not understand this love for skyfall. The first quarter of movie was ok,but it was mainly carried through its great cinematography. Apart from that it was Dark Knight meets Home alone. It does not deserve the praise it gets.
I do not understand this love for skyfall. The first quarter of movie was ok,but it was mainly carried through its great cinematography. Apart from that it was Dark Knight meets Home alone. It does not deserve the praise it gets.
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2:11AM on 08/31/2014

Craig all the way

I've been making arguments for Craig since 2006, so I'll simply sum up my opinion with this; Craig I find very compelling as 007, whereas Brosnan I found very bland in the role.
I've been making arguments for Craig since 2006, so I'll simply sum up my opinion with this; Craig I find very compelling as 007, whereas Brosnan I found very bland in the role.
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5:25PM on 08/29/2014
No.
There's NO way Craig beats Brosnan when it comes to Bond girls. Eva Green is scene-obliteratingly terrible. Isabella Scourpio and Famke Jansen are among two of the hottest Bond babes EVER. Halle Berry was crazy hot.
The deck was stacked on this one, I tell ya!
No.
There's NO way Craig beats Brosnan when it comes to Bond girls. Eva Green is scene-obliteratingly terrible. Isabella Scourpio and Famke Jansen are among two of the hottest Bond babes EVER. Halle Berry was crazy hot.
The deck was stacked on this one, I tell ya!
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2:16AM on 08/31/2014
You are out of your mind, subjectivity be damned. Not only is Green goddamn gorgeous, she's a fantastic actress who portrayed one of the most complicated Bond women ever written. Your calling her terrible only demonstrates your lack of taste. Halle Berry was pathetically unconvincing as a government agent. Her awful performance was a grim foreshadowing of her work in Catwoman, and Denise fucking Richards as a nuclear scientist??? Sorry, but you are nuts if you think Brosnan had the better girls.
You are out of your mind, subjectivity be damned. Not only is Green goddamn gorgeous, she's a fantastic actress who portrayed one of the most complicated Bond women ever written. Your calling her terrible only demonstrates your lack of taste. Halle Berry was pathetically unconvincing as a government agent. Her awful performance was a grim foreshadowing of her work in Catwoman, and Denise fucking Richards as a nuclear scientist??? Sorry, but you are nuts if you think Brosnan had the better girls.
10:16AM on 08/29/2014
I disagree, Although Craig may have had more box office success, Why I do not know, they were ok but by no means classics. I think Brosnan captured the role perfectly I think he and Moore were my favourites with Dalton being unfairly sidelined on the fact that his bonds were ahead of their time. For me Craig is just after Lazenby second from bottom.
I disagree, Although Craig may have had more box office success, Why I do not know, they were ok but by no means classics. I think Brosnan captured the role perfectly I think he and Moore were my favourites with Dalton being unfairly sidelined on the fact that his bonds were ahead of their time. For me Craig is just after Lazenby second from bottom.
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2:20AM on 08/31/2014
Actually, Casino Royale and SkyFall are two of the very best films in the series. Excellent writing and direction, superb action. Brosnan's movies were generic, formulaic, and utterly forgettable, except for Die Another Day, which was absolutely AWFUL.
Actually, Casino Royale and SkyFall are two of the very best films in the series. Excellent writing and direction, superb action. Brosnan's movies were generic, formulaic, and utterly forgettable, except for Die Another Day, which was absolutely AWFUL.
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9:15AM on 08/29/2014
Brosnan all the way. Goldeneye is hands down my favorite Bond film.
Brosnan all the way. Goldeneye is hands down my favorite Bond film.
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10:12AM on 08/29/2014
Agreed Mr Moe
Agreed Mr Moe
6:58PM on 08/28/2014
Brosnan gets my vote, although I totally get why some people prefer Craig. One thing I like about Bronsnan's films are the scores by David Arnold, which go all out in the action cues using the classic Bond theme. Damn that is some fun music to drive to. His scores (and Thomas Newman's) were more restrained for Craig's films, which work for that style but for me aren't as entertaining.
Brosnan gets my vote, although I totally get why some people prefer Craig. One thing I like about Bronsnan's films are the scores by David Arnold, which go all out in the action cues using the classic Bond theme. Damn that is some fun music to drive to. His scores (and Thomas Newman's) were more restrained for Craig's films, which work for that style but for me aren't as entertaining.
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6:33PM on 08/28/2014

Craig's films are forgettable

There entertaining enough. But I honestly can't remember anything from any of them, except the scrotum torture and the hipster doofus Q.
There entertaining enough. But I honestly can't remember anything from any of them, except the scrotum torture and the hipster doofus Q.
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2:23AM on 08/31/2014
Nonsense. Brosnan's films were the ones that were bland, formulaic, and utterly forgettable.
Nonsense. Brosnan's films were the ones that were bland, formulaic, and utterly forgettable.
6:20PM on 08/28/2014
Daniel Craig is too badass. I'm looking forward to the next Bond film he stars in.
Daniel Craig is too badass. I'm looking forward to the next Bond film he stars in.
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1:55PM on 08/28/2014
Craig is the Bond I know from the Fleming books. Brosnan was just playing Remington Steele with a bigger budget, and was the reason I stopped watching the Bond franchise after Browneye was released.
Craig is the Bond I know from the Fleming books. Brosnan was just playing Remington Steele with a bigger budget, and was the reason I stopped watching the Bond franchise after Browneye was released.
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1:51PM on 08/30/2014
@j-man, I read all the books a long time ago, and Bond does change over the course of the novels (much like you see Craig doing with the role now). Dalton played Bond as a paranoid agent that didn't care if he got fired as long as he got the job done, which is how Bond is in the books later on.

Years from now, when we're a few actors removed from Craig's portrayal of Bond, people are going to realize how good he actually is in the role. Until then, people's vision are going to be clouded by
@j-man, I read all the books a long time ago, and Bond does change over the course of the novels (much like you see Craig doing with the role now). Dalton played Bond as a paranoid agent that didn't care if he got fired as long as he got the job done, which is how Bond is in the books later on.

Years from now, when we're a few actors removed from Craig's portrayal of Bond, people are going to realize how good he actually is in the role. Until then, people's vision are going to be clouded by nostalgia rather than actual observation.

I grew up with Roger Moore as Bond, and he's at the bottom of my list of Bond actors, even though I enjoyed the movies he was in.
3:35PM on 08/28/2014
just wanted to ask - have you read all the books?
My buddy said casino royale was pretty close to the book, but as the books went on they changed and the Craigs bond is the casino royale bond, but the majority of the books are more like the previous bonds.
thoughts?
just wanted to ask - have you read all the books?
My buddy said casino royale was pretty close to the book, but as the books went on they changed and the Craigs bond is the casino royale bond, but the majority of the books are more like the previous bonds.
thoughts?
3:05PM on 08/28/2014
I didn't stop watching once Brosnan took over, but other than that I totally, totally agree.
I didn't stop watching once Brosnan took over, but other than that I totally, totally agree.
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12:01PM on 08/28/2014

Scoot

You kidding me? I love Daniel Craig but the dude just isn't Bond at all.
You kidding me? I love Daniel Craig but the dude just isn't Bond at all.
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1:52PM on 08/28/2014
Read the books, and you'll see that he's actually the best (and most accurate) Bond yet.
Read the books, and you'll see that he's actually the best (and most accurate) Bond yet.
11:55AM on 08/28/2014
How did Craig not win "Torture Endured"? The man was whipped in the scrotum multiple times? Not....even....close.
How did Craig not win "Torture Endured"? The man was whipped in the scrotum multiple times? Not....even....close.
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5:24PM on 08/29/2014
Bond's torture after capture at the beginning of Die Another Day may have had something to do with it too.
Bond's torture after capture at the beginning of Die Another Day may have had something to do with it too.
3:26PM on 08/28/2014
This!
This!
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11:21AM on 08/28/2014

Brosnan > Craig

although of the two's Bond resumes my favourite film is Casino Royale. But, that's the only Craig Bond that I've actually liked (but I do love it). With Brosnan, I can't say I love any of his Bond films, but they're fun, over the top cheese. They're flawed, but they're classic Bond. Crazy events, crazy gadgets... more than anything though -- it's Brosnan that wins because he's Brosnan. He has so much more of a 'Bond presence' than Daniel Craig does. And I know that Craig tried (or the producers
although of the two's Bond resumes my favourite film is Casino Royale. But, that's the only Craig Bond that I've actually liked (but I do love it). With Brosnan, I can't say I love any of his Bond films, but they're fun, over the top cheese. They're flawed, but they're classic Bond. Crazy events, crazy gadgets... more than anything though -- it's Brosnan that wins because he's Brosnan. He has so much more of a 'Bond presence' than Daniel Craig does. And I know that Craig tried (or the producers or whoever tried) to bring a new Bond for the audience, and it works well enough, but when I think of Bond (and I think it'll hold true no matter how many Craig Bond films there are) I think of Brosnan. It would've been cool to see a faceoff between Brosnan and Craig though, non-Bond films wise.
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11:11AM on 08/28/2014
When it comes down to it, it's Brosnan for me, he's a walking example of suave, charismatic and cool. I'm not a Craig-hater or anything but he's overrated and grumpily mumbles through each of his films. Both Bonds had a stellar first film but failed to live up to it in the following films. The truth is that in another 10 years when we're in the middle of the next Bond, Craig's Bond and his films will be looked back on as way too serious and not that much fun.
When it comes down to it, it's Brosnan for me, he's a walking example of suave, charismatic and cool. I'm not a Craig-hater or anything but he's overrated and grumpily mumbles through each of his films. Both Bonds had a stellar first film but failed to live up to it in the following films. The truth is that in another 10 years when we're in the middle of the next Bond, Craig's Bond and his films will be looked back on as way too serious and not that much fun.
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5:18PM on 08/28/2014
That last shot of him walking off into the sunset with the music soaring is one of my favorite moments in cinematic history.
That last shot of him walking off into the sunset with the music soaring is one of my favorite moments in cinematic history.
3:52PM on 08/28/2014
plus the ending is great - he left alone again!! He basically always gets screwed in the end.
plus the ending is great - he left alone again!! He basically always gets screwed in the end.
3:33PM on 08/28/2014
Thunderdome is one of my favorite films of all time and as a Mad Max film it's great because it's like getting two Max adventures in one, the Bartertown segment and the lost kids segment, that come together at the end. Plus seeing an older, sympathetic, worn out Max (even though Gibson was only 28 when it was filmed) was so awesome to me.
Thunderdome is one of my favorite films of all time and as a Mad Max film it's great because it's like getting two Max adventures in one, the Bartertown segment and the lost kids segment, that come together at the end. Plus seeing an older, sympathetic, worn out Max (even though Gibson was only 28 when it was filmed) was so awesome to me.
2:20PM on 08/28/2014
yeah mel is bloody awesome.
I like escape from LA - I know ppl hate cause it was as dark as new York - but I didn't mind.
but new York is a much more darker picture.

anyway, mad max 2 and thunderdome are masterpieces.
yeah mel is bloody awesome.
I like escape from LA - I know ppl hate cause it was as dark as new York - but I didn't mind.
but new York is a much more darker picture.

anyway, mad max 2 and thunderdome are masterpieces.
1:28PM on 08/28/2014
Ouch, you're about to lose all respect but I've never sat down and watched Escape from New York. I know, I know that's bad but it's just one of those classics I never got to and I love Kurt Russell and action movies. I'll get around to it. In my defense I had seen half of Escape from LA before my Dad and I shut it off so maybe I was a little soured on the Escape films.

As far as a face-off, for me it's hard for anyone to beat Mad Max, it's The Gibson!
Ouch, you're about to lose all respect but I've never sat down and watched Escape from New York. I know, I know that's bad but it's just one of those classics I never got to and I love Kurt Russell and action movies. I'll get around to it. In my defense I had seen half of Escape from LA before my Dad and I shut it off so maybe I was a little soured on the Escape films.

As far as a face-off, for me it's hard for anyone to beat Mad Max, it's The Gibson!
12:06PM on 08/28/2014
hahahaah its possible.
Whats your take on escape from new York?

here is a face off that no one can win - snake plissken vs mad max!
hahahaah its possible.
Whats your take on escape from new York?

here is a face off that no one can win - snake plissken vs mad max!
11:34AM on 08/28/2014
lol did we just become best friends?
lol did we just become best friends?
11:29AM on 08/28/2014
YES!

Having watched all the bond films in order (most of them for the first time) Craigs Bonds were less fun. It doesn't have to be a comedy or anything but we know that Bond is a bit of a ridiculous character - which if handled correctly can provide great entertainment and still maintain some seriousness without stripping away the fun and excitement of a Bond movie.

PS Thunderball is my favorite Bond film.
PPS Thunderome is in my top 10 films of all time.
YES!

Having watched all the bond films in order (most of them for the first time) Craigs Bonds were less fun. It doesn't have to be a comedy or anything but we know that Bond is a bit of a ridiculous character - which if handled correctly can provide great entertainment and still maintain some seriousness without stripping away the fun and excitement of a Bond movie.

PS Thunderball is my favorite Bond film.
PPS Thunderome is in my top 10 films of all time.
10:46AM on 08/28/2014

Daniel Craig

I love Pierce Brosnan's movies, especially Goldeneye, but I'm giving the edge to Craig. He has redefined Bond for a new generation, and Skyfall was amazing.
I love Pierce Brosnan's movies, especially Goldeneye, but I'm giving the edge to Craig. He has redefined Bond for a new generation, and Skyfall was amazing.
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10:36AM on 08/28/2014
I do enjoy these face offs, but I have been able to predict the winner every single time without reading the article. It seems these are based more on whatever is hot now. I could be wrong, but the winner is always the newer movie, or person or whatever. Unless its something stupid obvious, like Star Wars original trilogy vs Prequels, then the older wins.
Also, people keep saying Craig is more like the books - I haven't read any, but i have heard that the majority of the bond books aren't
I do enjoy these face offs, but I have been able to predict the winner every single time without reading the article. It seems these are based more on whatever is hot now. I could be wrong, but the winner is always the newer movie, or person or whatever. Unless its something stupid obvious, like Star Wars original trilogy vs Prequels, then the older wins.
Also, people keep saying Craig is more like the books - I haven't read any, but i have heard that the majority of the bond books aren't similar to Craigs take.
Just saying.

Anyway, Connery is the best - and I have no bias at all. I only saw all the bond films a couple of years ago and I watched them all in order - so I didn't grow up with any of the actors being "my bond" and I am not part of the "whatever is new is better" way of thinking. Brosnan over Craig also for me.
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2:29AM on 08/31/2014
Craig won it for good reason… he is the best. And as someone who has read the books, in terms of tone, personality, and attitude, Craig and Dalton are by far the closest to the novels. Moore and Brosnan don't even resemble the character from the book. You really shouldn't speculate like that when you haven't read them.
Craig won it for good reason… he is the best. And as someone who has read the books, in terms of tone, personality, and attitude, Craig and Dalton are by far the closest to the novels. Moore and Brosnan don't even resemble the character from the book. You really shouldn't speculate like that when you haven't read them.
11:15AM on 08/28/2014
I agree 100%...as soon as I saw the face-off headline I rolled my eyes because I knew Craig would get it. Usually there's only a few categories but this one was padded with categories just to give Craig a few more checks.
I agree 100%...as soon as I saw the face-off headline I rolled my eyes because I knew Craig would get it. Usually there's only a few categories but this one was padded with categories just to give Craig a few more checks.
9:09AM on 08/28/2014
I love them both, but in all honesty the Daniel Craig Bond movies seem real and impactful, emotional an dare just better films all around. But the Brosnan Bond movies are fun and over the top with a sense of tongue in cheek humor. I pick Craig as a better Bond for better writing. Also Raoul Silva is a bad ass Bond villain. And I would give the check mark to Brosnan for Bond babes. Halle Berry? Famke? Denise? All hot beyond words.

BTW, this is a great face off. In my opinion these
I love them both, but in all honesty the Daniel Craig Bond movies seem real and impactful, emotional an dare just better films all around. But the Brosnan Bond movies are fun and over the top with a sense of tongue in cheek humor. I pick Craig as a better Bond for better writing. Also Raoul Silva is a bad ass Bond villain. And I would give the check mark to Brosnan for Bond babes. Halle Berry? Famke? Denise? All hot beyond words.

BTW, this is a great face off. In my opinion these are the two best Bonds. (Sorry Connery, Moore & Dalton). Craig for the win.
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8:57AM on 08/28/2014

Brosnan

I prefer Brosnan to Craig, and I really like Craig.
I prefer Brosnan to Craig, and I really like Craig.
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8:27AM on 08/28/2014

Not suprised.

Tomorow Never Dies will always be my favourite Brosnan bond-movie because it was IMO ahead of its time with that cellphone which we now retort in our vocabularly as "There's an App for that". The 'driving from the back seat using a phone' looked far fetched then but nowadays looks plausible.

Oh, and comparing Brosnan's Bond to Roger Moore's (who I grew up watching btw) is a little unfair because Moore was unconvincing as a badass (unless in the one liners dept.)
Tomorow Never Dies will always be my favourite Brosnan bond-movie because it was IMO ahead of its time with that cellphone which we now retort in our vocabularly as "There's an App for that". The 'driving from the back seat using a phone' looked far fetched then but nowadays looks plausible.

Oh, and comparing Brosnan's Bond to Roger Moore's (who I grew up watching btw) is a little unfair because Moore was unconvincing as a badass (unless in the one liners dept.)
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7:58AM on 08/28/2014

Brosnan.

Brosnan will always be my iconic Bond just like Connery was for the early days of Bond. I watched those 90's Bond films all the time and played the video games even more, Goldeneye, Nightfall, ect.. i think the Craig films are probably better bond movies but to me, Brosnan will always come to mind first.
Brosnan will always be my iconic Bond just like Connery was for the early days of Bond. I watched those 90's Bond films all the time and played the video games even more, Goldeneye, Nightfall, ect.. i think the Craig films are probably better bond movies but to me, Brosnan will always come to mind first.
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7:58AM on 08/28/2014

Brosnan

Craig only has 3 films under his belt and my favorite is Casino followed by the (admittedly) way overrated Skyfall. He's one film short of Brosnan, but I'm not convinced he's the superior Bond. I agree Goldeneye is Brosnan's best, probably followed by The World is Not Enough (minus Denise Richards, it's pretty good). Craig has had more consistency in the quality of his films, but it doesn't mean he's a "better" Bond, it's just that his films had better circumstances and conditions
Craig only has 3 films under his belt and my favorite is Casino followed by the (admittedly) way overrated Skyfall. He's one film short of Brosnan, but I'm not convinced he's the superior Bond. I agree Goldeneye is Brosnan's best, probably followed by The World is Not Enough (minus Denise Richards, it's pretty good). Craig has had more consistency in the quality of his films, but it doesn't mean he's a "better" Bond, it's just that his films had better circumstances and conditions surrounding them. In summary, brosnan is a better Bond, but Craig's films have mostly been better.
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7:10AM on 08/28/2014
Daniel Craig. While I enjoyed Brosnan as Bond, he only has one great Bond movie under his belt . . . and that's Goldeneye. The rest of the movies sacrificed character and story for special effects and cheesiness. Craig brought back excitement, suspense, and character to the role and it's been an awesome ride ever since. Quantum of Solace wasn't great, but still fun and the series and Craig bounced back immediately with Skyfall. Brosnan's movie had no such bounce back.
Daniel Craig. While I enjoyed Brosnan as Bond, he only has one great Bond movie under his belt . . . and that's Goldeneye. The rest of the movies sacrificed character and story for special effects and cheesiness. Craig brought back excitement, suspense, and character to the role and it's been an awesome ride ever since. Quantum of Solace wasn't great, but still fun and the series and Craig bounced back immediately with Skyfall. Brosnan's movie had no such bounce back.
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6:30AM on 08/28/2014

Brosnan

"ditched the improbable gadgetry and over-the-top plots for slightly more realism"
Well, gadget and over-the-top plots were the reasons I started to like the series 20 years ago...
"ditched the improbable gadgetry and over-the-top plots for slightly more realism"
Well, gadget and over-the-top plots were the reasons I started to like the series 20 years ago...
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6:56AM on 08/28/2014
I agree. James Bond is very much gadget and over the top plots. However, later movies of Roger Moore's Bond were way over the top. I think Pierce Brosnan's Bond movies got everything right.
I agree. James Bond is very much gadget and over the top plots. However, later movies of Roger Moore's Bond were way over the top. I think Pierce Brosnan's Bond movies got everything right.
6:30AM on 08/28/2014
BTW, I'm not sure if Skyfall's story wasn't over-the-top.
BTW, I'm not sure if Skyfall's story wasn't over-the-top.
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5:57AM on 08/28/2014
Brosnan all the way.
Brosnan all the way.
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5:08AM on 08/28/2014
Sean Connery
Sean Connery
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7:06AM on 08/28/2014
Duh but that's not the faceoff
Duh but that's not the faceoff
4:31AM on 08/28/2014
Brosnan. The only thing Craig has had going for him so far is the fact that his first movie was fairly faithful to Fleming's novel, whereas Brosnan had no Fleming material to work from whatsoever. Brosnan was completely at the mercy of script monkeys.
Brosnan. The only thing Craig has had going for him so far is the fact that his first movie was fairly faithful to Fleming's novel, whereas Brosnan had no Fleming material to work from whatsoever. Brosnan was completely at the mercy of script monkeys.
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11:20AM on 08/28/2014
Yup. Plus Craig gets credit for doing what Dalton did 20 years before, he ain't doing anything special or unique.
Yup. Plus Craig gets credit for doing what Dalton did 20 years before, he ain't doing anything special or unique.
7:43AM on 08/28/2014
I couldn't have said it any better :)
I couldn't have said it any better :)
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2:16AM on 08/28/2014

Daniel Craig all the way

Whew... For a second I was worried that Brosnan was going to win. He's got the nostalgia and camp factors going for him, but Craig is the better actor, in my opinion, and his films have just been of superior quality overall. Also, having read six of the novels, Craig is definitely a much closer fit to Flemming's vision of the character.
Whew... For a second I was worried that Brosnan was going to win. He's got the nostalgia and camp factors going for him, but Craig is the better actor, in my opinion, and his films have just been of superior quality overall. Also, having read six of the novels, Craig is definitely a much closer fit to Flemming's vision of the character.
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1:46AM on 08/28/2014
For me, it's Brosnan. His movies felt like Bond movies, while Craig's feel like just another action/spy film. I love Q, the car, and the gadgets. Plus Pierce looked more natural in the role.
For me, it's Brosnan. His movies felt like Bond movies, while Craig's feel like just another action/spy film. I love Q, the car, and the gadgets. Plus Pierce looked more natural in the role.
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1:24AM on 08/28/2014

Brosnan for me.

I love Craig as Bond, but Brosnan felt more like James Bond to me. Connery is always the definitive Bond, and Brosnan really felt more like a return to that. Brosnan was suave and cool while being badass.

Craig is far more rougher around the edges. I always viewed Craig's Bond as a 'fish out of water' character. Like he belongs on a battlefield, a soldier forced to wear the suit & tie cause it's his job.
I love Craig as Bond, but Brosnan felt more like James Bond to me. Connery is always the definitive Bond, and Brosnan really felt more like a return to that. Brosnan was suave and cool while being badass.

Craig is far more rougher around the edges. I always viewed Craig's Bond as a 'fish out of water' character. Like he belongs on a battlefield, a soldier forced to wear the suit & tie cause it's his job.
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1:17AM on 08/28/2014

Daniel Craig

In a pure hand-to-hand fight, Daniel Craig's Bond would own Pierce's Bond. He's certainly more physical and ready to get down and dirty.
In a pure hand-to-hand fight, Daniel Craig's Bond would own Pierce's Bond. He's certainly more physical and ready to get down and dirty.
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1:07AM on 08/28/2014

Pierce Brosnan.

This is like comparing Batman's. Brosnan is my favorite Bond, despite Craig being in the best Bond film.

So my vote is for Pierce Brosnan.
This is like comparing Batman's. Brosnan is my favorite Bond, despite Craig being in the best Bond film.

So my vote is for Pierce Brosnan.
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12:55AM on 08/28/2014

WTF

Squeezed between the legs of Famke Janssen is MORE PAINFUL than WHIPPed on ur BALLS????
Squeezed between the legs of Famke Janssen is MORE PAINFUL than WHIPPed on ur BALLS????
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7:18AM on 08/28/2014
I would definitely rather be whacked hard in the balls for an hour or two than listen to that song for 14 months. And I hate being whacked hard in the balls.
I would definitely rather be whacked hard in the balls for an hour or two than listen to that song for 14 months. And I hate being whacked hard in the balls.
7:12AM on 08/28/2014
It was 14 months . . . so one year of torture. Still not sure if that's worse than what happened to Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.
It was 14 months . . . so one year of torture. Still not sure if that's worse than what happened to Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.
4:33AM on 08/28/2014
Also, Brosnan had to endure that fucking Madonna song for a whole year (or however long he was locked up for in the opening titles).
Also, Brosnan had to endure that fucking Madonna song for a whole year (or however long he was locked up for in the opening titles).
1:47AM on 08/28/2014
Plus Brosnan's bond endured years of torture in north korea, being stung by scorpions and such.
Plus Brosnan's bond endured years of torture in north korea, being stung by scorpions and such.
12:48AM on 08/28/2014
This is very apple to oranges.Daniel Craig is the best Bond but i`m throwing my vote to Bronsan because he made Bond a huge movie franchise again. With out Golden eye and the constant success of Bronsan as Bond there would be no more Bond movies.
This is very apple to oranges.Daniel Craig is the best Bond but i`m throwing my vote to Bronsan because he made Bond a huge movie franchise again. With out Golden eye and the constant success of Bronsan as Bond there would be no more Bond movies.
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12:46AM on 08/28/2014
Hmm, personally I think it should be Daniel Craig vs. Timothy Dalton because they're both darker and grittier James Bond. However, Daniel Craig wins this round. Pierce Brosnan maybe charming and action man all around but it's Daniel Craig's Bond that is closer to the novel. Don't get me wrong. Brosnan's Bond is good but Craig's Bond is tougher, broodier, and grittier than any previous Bond.
Hmm, personally I think it should be Daniel Craig vs. Timothy Dalton because they're both darker and grittier James Bond. However, Daniel Craig wins this round. Pierce Brosnan maybe charming and action man all around but it's Daniel Craig's Bond that is closer to the novel. Don't get me wrong. Brosnan's Bond is good but Craig's Bond is tougher, broodier, and grittier than any previous Bond.
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9:59AM on 08/29/2014
I know. My mistake on that last sentence but I get where you're coming from. Still, that's why I think it should be Craig vs. Dalton.
I know. My mistake on that last sentence but I get where you're coming from. Still, that's why I think it should be Craig vs. Dalton.
11:23AM on 08/28/2014
Except for Dalton...who did it 20 years before Craig...
Except for Dalton...who did it 20 years before Craig...
12:38AM on 08/28/2014
Brosnan is suave and charming but I never bought him as a badass. Brosnan conforms more to the image most of us have of Bond thanks to the decades of movies, but Fleming always wrote him with an edge and a glimmer of danger which Craig captures very well. Craig has played a huge part in keeping Bond relevant and interesting 50 years on. Love the bit in Skyfall where he jumps off the excavator, lands inside the train and then adjusts his cufflinks. That's Bond to me.
Brosnan is suave and charming but I never bought him as a badass. Brosnan conforms more to the image most of us have of Bond thanks to the decades of movies, but Fleming always wrote him with an edge and a glimmer of danger which Craig captures very well. Craig has played a huge part in keeping Bond relevant and interesting 50 years on. Love the bit in Skyfall where he jumps off the excavator, lands inside the train and then adjusts his cufflinks. That's Bond to me.
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12:25AM on 08/28/2014
Yes, Craig is probably the closest thing to the Bond from the books, but I have a soft spot for Brosnan.
After Goldeneye, he was let down by average directors.
Still does the best Gun barrel in my opinion
Yes, Craig is probably the closest thing to the Bond from the books, but I have a soft spot for Brosnan.
After Goldeneye, he was let down by average directors.
Still does the best Gun barrel in my opinion
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