Daniel Craig – Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and spectre (2006 -) Craig achieved international fame when chosen as the sixth actor to play the role of Ian Fleming’s James Bond in the official film series, taking over from Pierce Brosnan in 2005. Although his casting was initially greeted with scepticism, with Casino Royale becoming the highest-grossing in the series at the time. Craig’s third Bond film, Skyfall, premiered in 2012 and is currently the highest-grossing film in the series, as well as the highest-grossing film in the UK and the twelfth-highest-grossing film of all time. Craig’s fourth Bond film, Spectre, premiered in 2015. Craig is the first actor to portray James Bond to have been born after the Bond series started, and after the death of Ian Fleming.
Pierce Brosnan – Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day (1995-2002) Pierce was given another opportunity in 1995 and this time it was a success. He went on to play James Bond four times.rosnan first met James Bond films producer Albert R. Broccoli on the sets of For Your Eyes Only because his first wife, Cassandra Harris, starred as Countess Lisl von Schlaf, mistress to Milos Columbo. Broccoli said, “if he can act … he’s my guy” to inherit the role of Bond from Roger Moore. Shortly after the release of Die Another Day, the media began questioning whether or not Brosnan would reprise the role for a fifth time. At that time, Brosnan was approaching his 50th birthday. Brosnan kept in mind that both fans and critics were very unhappy with Roger Moore playing the role until he (Moore) was 58, but he was receiving popular support from both critics and the franchise fanbase for a fifth instalment. For this reason, he remained enthusiastic about reprising his role. In October 2004, Brosnan said he considered himself dismissed from the role.
Timothy Dalton – The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill (1987-1989) Dalton had been considered for the role of James Bond several times. According to the documentary Inside The Living Daylights, the producers first approached Dalton in 1968 for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Dalton told the producers that he was too young for the role. His breath-taking and deep portrayal of 007 is highly regarded among Bond fans, and is considered very close to the character in Ian Fleming’s novels. Timothy was going to continue the role, but in April 1994, after a five year gap due to legal reasons, he officially left.
Roger Moore – (Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill) (1973–1985)
Moore is the longest-serving James Bond actor, having spent 12 years in the role (from his debut in 1973, to his retirement from the role in 1985), having made seven official films in a row. Moore is the oldest actor to have played Bond – he was 45 in Live and Let Die (1973), and 58 when he announced his retirement on 3 December 1985. Moore’s Bond was very different from the version created by Ian Fleming. Screenwriters like George MacDonald Fraser provided scenarios in which Moore was cast as a seasoned, debonair playboy who would always have a trick or gadget in stock when he needed it. This was designed to serve the contemporary taste of the 1970s. Moore’s version of Bond was also known for his sense of humor and witty one liners, but also a skilled detective with a cunning mind.
George Lazenby – (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) (1969) Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene, the strength of his interviews, fight skills and audition footage. A chance encounter with Bond series producer Albert R. Broccoli in a hair salon in 1966, in London, had given Lazenby his first shot at getting the role. Lazenby quit the role of Bond right before the premiere of his only film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), citing he would get other acting roles, and that his Bond contract, which was fourteen pages thick, was too demanding on him.
Sean Connery – First James Bond actor. (Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds are Forever) (1962-1967 & 1973) In 1962, Sean was approached by producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, who were looking for a rugged, strong and confident lead actor to play James Bond, with Dr. No. Connery returned for From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball, each surpassing the prior films at the box office. While filming You Only Live Twice, Sean decided that the series had become too formula-based, and feared that he would become type cast. Despite the producers best efforts, Sean Connery left the role of James Bond.