Throughout all twenty-six productions, the character of "James Bond" has been portrayed by a total of seven actors: Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. We'll catch you up on what all the actors are doing today...
With Sean Connery as "James Bond", he played the secret agent seven times, the films were a worldwide success. The now 88-year-old Scotsman is still one of the most popular of all six actors who have played "007" to date.
The James Bond films were the career springboard for Connery. After playing "James Bond" he went on to star in movies like The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Name of the Rose. He even won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his role in The Untouchables.
Sean Connery's last big role was in 2003, when he starred in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. In 2003, he announced that he would withdraw from the film business. One of the true Hollywood greats!
George Lazenby had the great honor of playing "James Bond" exactly once. He starred in the 1969 installment On Her Majesty's Secret Service. This was partly due to tensions that arose between the actor and the director of the film, but also because the reviews were quite bad and many critics did not think Lazenby to be a good enough actor.
Lazenby was simply no match for Connery's portrayal of "007" and the fans did not really like him either. He did not manage to get a big career going after his appearance in On Her Majesty's Secret Service - he was featured only in a couple smaller TV and film productions.
With Roger Moore, the producers eventually found a worthy successor to Sean Connery's "James Bond". The 1973 hit Live And Let Die was Moore's first appearance as "007" and he became an instant fan favorite!
The Man with the Golden Gun was Moore's second of a total of seven times playing "James Bond". His "Bond Girl" was played by the beautiful Britt Ekland and he faced the assassin "Francisco Scaramanga", who was portrayed by the late Christopher Lee. Moore's last appearance as "007" was in the 1985 film A View to Kill.
In 2011, Roger Moore starred in a movie for the very last time when he appeared in A Princess for Christmas. Sadly, Moore passed away on May 23rd, 2017 in his home in Switzerland. The actor was 89 years old.
Timothy Dalton was Roger Moore's successor. His first appearance was in the 1987 "Bond" film The Living Daylights, and he played the agent again in the 1989 installment Licence To Kill, alongside Carey Lowell. After two films, Dalton did not want to be "007" anymore.
After his Bond films, Dalton divided his work between stage, television and films, and diversified the characters he played. He was able to shake of the "James Bond" typecast and had a great career. He most recently played "Sir Malcolm Murray" in the British-American TV series Penny Dreadful, alongside Josh Hartnett and Eva Green.
The next James Bond film came out six years later, in 1995. GoldenEye featured Pierce Brosnan as "007" and was a worldwide success. Fans loved Brosnan and his demeanor as the world's favorite secret agent. He ended up playing the role four times.
Pierce Brosnan is still a successful actor. After his four "Bond" films, he starred in numerous big productions, like Mamma Mia, The Ghost Writer and A Long Way Down to name only a few highlights. His most recent appearance on the big screen was in the 2017 AMC show The Son and Mamma Mia Here We Go Again in 2018.
After a four-year break, Daniel Craig took on the role of the secret agent. Casino Royale was an amazing success in 2006, and he went on to star in three more "James Bond" films afterwards.
In a recent interview, Daniel Craig confirmed he will be playing the role of "James Bond" for a fifth (and last!) time. The film, which is set to be released this year, will also the 25th installment of the franchise on the big screen!