I must weigh in on a headline in an English newspaper, which asked people to select the best James Bond? They chose Daniel Craig. I did not read the article to learn their rationale. I have an opinion, so I must be right.
One must read Ian Fleming’s novels to make an educated judgment. If one has read these books, then the choice of Craig would be difficult. He is a fine actor, and I have enjoyed his portrayals of characters in other films, but he is not James Bond of the novels. And, he does not even look English.
Since people of this age do not read, most are probably basing their decision on comparison to other shoot-’em-up films. Bond is more subtle...and more handsome, humorous, and suave. The character of fiction used his brains more than his brawn. The actor that best portrays the image created by the author was Roger Moore, but that does not make him the “best”.
Unfortunately, movies have progressed since Fleming lived and wrote. Being true to the novels would require producing something along the lines of Downton Abby: a period piece. The Bond “Franchise” requires “killing the patient to save it”. Sadly...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.