James Bond fans name their favourite 007 (he’s not from Navan)
Daniel Craig, George Lazenby and Irish actor Pierce Brosnan sidelined in Radio Times poll
More than 14,000 people voted for their favourite James Bond
Connery took 56 per cent of the vote in the first round of the Radio Times poll; as befits the gravity of the issue at hand, a complicated multi-knockout round system was employed. More than 14,000 people voted.
Connery, 89, is often felt to be the definitive 007 not simply because he was the first actor to take the part, in 1962’s Dr No, but because of his facility with a quip and an eyebrow.
Ian Fleming, on whose books the Bond series is based, initially favoured Cary Grant for the part, but warmed up to Connery after he proved a critical and commercial hit. Connery’s tenure lasted a total of seven movies including From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.
Tim Glanfield, editorial director of RadioTimes.com, said: “Sean Connery has once again proven he’s the Bond with the midas touch.”
Craig, as well as being the incumbent Bond, is also the longest serving: now clocking 14 years’ service, partly because of the lengthy gaps between his five films.
No Time to Die, his final outing as Bond and the 25th film in the series, is still currently due for release in November, following its date change from April, prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, optimism about the feasibility of such a release is fading as many cinemas remain closed, audiences appear sceptical about safety measures and studios are increasingly putting releases straight to digital. – Guardian, PA