Roger Moore Dead: Who Was the Best James Bond? [POLL]

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Roger Moore, who played James Bond seven times on the big screen, died on Tuesday at age 89 following a short battle with cancer. He followed in the footsteps of Sean Connery and George Lazenby in the official Eon Productions films, with Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig following him.

Each actor brought something different to the role. Producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli actually considered Moore before they ended up casting Connery in Dr. No, but his other commitments at the time kept him from being offered the part. Moore finally debuted as Bond in Live And Let Die in 1973, ushering in a different kind of Bond who was less serious than Connery. The films with Moore often veered into camp, especially Moonraker, which took Ian Flemming’s famous 007 to the moon. But for anyone who didn’t grow up with the Connery films, Moore was James Bond.

In a 2015 interview for the book How To Be A Superhero, Moore said he has to correct people who tell him he’s James Bond.

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“Oh, I don’t think they think I’m Bond. Well, ok, maybe,” Moore admitted. “I sometimes get comments like ‘Hello, Mr. Bond’ and such like. I smile and keep walking, but if someone comes up to me and says ‘Hey, you’re James Bond!’ I’ll say, ‘No, I am Roger Moore, I used to play James Bond.’ I don’t pretend I am the character. Therefore, I have no expectations to meet other than those of meeting Roger Moore. I am, of course, charming, polite, and courteous.”

Moore continued playing the part for Eon until 1985’s A View to Kill. (In 1983, Connery played Bond in Never Say Never Again, which wasn’t an Eon Production.) Two years later, Dalton took over the role but only appeared in two films before Bond went on a long hiatus. In 1995, Bond returned with Brosnan in the role in GoldenEye.

In 2006, Bond returned to a more serious, dark tone with Craig’s first Bond movie, 2006’s acclaimed Casino Royale. It was followed with 2006’s Quantum of Solace, 2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre. Skyfall became a massive international hit, marking the franchise’s 50th anniversary in style.

Who do you think is the best James Bond actor? Take our poll below.