Why is Sean Connery considered by many to be the best James Bond? Perhaps it's because he looks the part as the dashing and suave British agent who is as comfortable seducing a woman as he is exchanging pleasantries with the bad guys. Maybe it's because he manages to wear a tux in a casino as easily as he can pull off a pair of skimpy blue swimming trunks by a river.
The main reason he tops the polls for best Bond though is his ability to ground even the most nonsensical and ludicrous plots with his screen presence alone. Put simply, we invest so much in Connery's Bond that it allows him to get away with being in some fairly naff stories towards the end of his tenure.
Looking back at his films it is remarkable to note that while the quality dipped dramatically throughout the one thing that never faltered was Connery's dedication to the role. Whether he was trying to take down a space laser fuelled by diamonds or face his feline-loving arch nemesis, Connery did so with a natural grace and watchability that has not been surpassed since.