Ranking Every New James Bond Actor's Introductory Scene From Worst To Best

Whose first impression left our Jaws dropped and who did an Oddjob?

James Bond Goldeneye Opening

Everybody has their Bond, don't they? The actor that they see as being the ultimate tribute to Ian Fleming's legendary spy. Normally it depends on which Bond you grew up watching on the big screen or, in another case, the Bond you spent most of your childhood taking on Soviet soldiers with on the Nintendo 64. Regardless who you think best personified the Martini-drinking, gun-slinging, STD-proof super-spy, we can all agree, there is yet to be an action franchise that has lived up to the same iconic standard as the Bond films have.

Over almost 60 years, 25 films and 6 actors, we've seen a variety of different Bonds get out of all kinds of messy situations. From trouser-splitting lasers to clambering across crocodiles there seems to be nothing the man won't do for Queen and country.

The reason that Bond, as a franchise, has lasted so long and been immeasurably successful is because of how brilliantly each new Bond has carried on the legacy over the years. Sure they may have added a few new spins on the character from time to time (no Bond since Roger Moore used their eyebrows in quite the same way as he did) but the charm, ruthlessness and charisma is there by the bucket load.

Within this article, every new Bond actor's first impression will be ranked from worst to best to reveal who hit the ground running and who was left with more leg work to do.

6. Roger Moore - Breakfast With A French Spy (Live And Let Die)

James Bond Goldeneye Opening

Roger Moore will go down as the Bond with the suavest out of the rest of them but, it has to be said, he was unfortunate to play him in some of the most ridiculous films to date (Bond killing Blofeld, anyone?). Moore starred in a total of seven Bond films over 12 years and made his first impression in the brilliant - Live And Let Die.

His introduction: Bond receives a distress signal at the early hours in the morning and yes, of course, he's with a lady. So far standard Bond shenanigans. After hearing a knock at the door he asks whether or not she has a husband, but it's M and Miss Moneypenny on spy business. The asks him whether or not they had heard about a female French spy who had gone missing.

She darts from Bond's bedroom to hide in a closet as M and Bond discuss an upcoming mission and Bond shows off his magnetised watch gadget. When they eventually leave, and Bond joins his lady friend in the closet and unzips her dress with his watch.

6/10 - A great way to show us the gadgets and Bond's playboy lifestyle but nowhere near enough action.


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