When it comes to playing James Bond, there are certain qualifications one must have in order to successfully pull off the role (and no, we’re not talking about whether or not the actor is too “street”). We’re talking about good old fashioned sex appeal, since the character has been known to land a lady or two while saving the world from total destruction.
And as it turns out, latest Bond portrayer Daniel Craig doesn’t exactly top the list when it comes to the ladies. In honour of the latest Bond flick, Spectre, The Economist has released an updated graphic breaking down each of the Bond players — from Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan — and how they did with the kills, the martinis, and most importantly, the ladies.
So who (excluding Spectre from the count) actually got the most Octopussy? While that honour is almost evenly split between Connery, Roger Moore, and George Lazenby (unless our eyes deceive us), one-Bond-wonder Lazenby is the winner of this particular contest.
Now, Brosnan is pretty close, followed by Timothy Dalton and then Craig. Perhaps one cause is that back in the day when the Bond budgets weren’t anywhere close to what they are now, 007 had a more time to spend in between the sheets than he did with the special effects department.
Overall, when you factor in martinis and kills, there is one clear winner: Mr. Brosnan, who is the Bondliest of all Bonds. (Who knew?) He’s followed by Daniel Craig (dude has consumed the most booze of all the Bonds and is second-highest in kills to Brosnan) and beloved Bond Sean Connery.
Our takeaway? Craig really changed the Bond game. Basically, he’s gets very little lovin’ (comparatively), but lots of killing and boozing. Kind of like a sociopath or something.
As for who liked their martini shaken, not stirred, the absolute least? That would be Mr. Moore, who clearly consumed less booze than the rest. Given that at least one of his films took place in space (Moonraker), we’d say there were scientific reasons involved.
Or, maybe he was just too busy getting it on with the ladies. Ah, the good old days.