He may have lost out on the 1950 Mr Universe title, but Sean Connery tops the polls for the best ever silver screen Bond. It’s not clear if it’s those SShhcottish tones, that eyebrow or the most iconic Bond lines, but he emerged from the ring victorious in a recent audience survey conducted by Britains Radio Times.
In a surprising result, Daniel Craig and Roger Moore didn’t even make the podium. Timothy Dalton, who only appeared in two Bond movies, The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989) was runner up with Pierce Brosnan coming in at no.3.
Sean Connery appeared in the first five films (and seven in total), starting with Dr No in 1962 and ending with Never Say Never Again in 1983. Legend has it that Ian Fleming was not initially convinced by Connery, finding the actor too stocky and unrefined to play the role. However, that all changed under the direction of Terence Young who has been credited for fine tuning Connery’s muscularity on the street into cat-like grace on the screen.