He defined Ian Fleming’s classic and cool British spy James Bond on the big screen and as the secret agent’s franchise completes its golden jubilee this year, the original Bond Sean Connery says two Bond flicks old Daniel Craig is the perfect 007.
“As James Bond completes his golden jubilee on the screen, I will define him not as a mere Casanova, who loves to kill but a suave and intelligent saviour of mankind, who has battled life in every aspect valiantly,” the 81-year-old says over telephone from California, adding, “Daniel Craig is the best James Bond I have witnessed — confident and reflexive.”
Ask him about his other successors and Sir Sean, who portrayed the suave spy in six installments says Roger Moore “was too stylised”. The octogenarian also talks about his success post Bond.
“Performing James Bond was certainly not my greatest histrionic challenge. But it established me surely as a star of merit and helped me to achieve a strong foothold in Hollywood. As Bond, I had to practice a lot of action, martial arts and swift movements to match the secret agent’s skills,” he says, while naming Dr. No, From Russia With Love and Thunder Ball his favourite Bond flick.
Prod him about his love scenes as Bond and he says, “Love scenes in Bond films were just meant to be.” As told to Ranjan Das Gupta