Sean Connery has claimed victory in a new investigation to find the best James Bond of all time, with actors believed to be strong suitors sidelined in favor of the Black Sheep.
Connery won 56% of the vote in the first round of the Radio Times poll; As befitting the seriousness of the problem in question, a complex system of multi-knockout rounds was used.
In the final tally, Timothy Dalton was the surprise finalist, winning 32% of the vote in the deciding round, with Connery 44% and Pierce Brosnan 23%.
Behind were Roger Moore – often considered a fan favorite – Bond Daniel Craig and George Lazenby.
Connery, 89, is often considered the definitive 007 not only because he was the first actor to star in the role, in 1962’s Dr. No, but because of his ease with a quip and an eyebrow.
Ian Fleming, on whose books the Bond series is based, initially favored Cary Grant for the role, but warmed up to Connery after being critically and commercially successful. Connery’s tenure lasted a total of seven films.
Craig, in addition to being the outgoing Bond, is also the oldest: now totaling 14 years of service, in part because of the long gaps between his five films.
No Time to Die, his latest release as Bond and the 25th film in the series, is still slated for release in November, after its April date change, driven by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, optimism about the feasibility of such a release is fading as many theaters remain closed, audiences seem skeptical about security measures, and studios are increasingly putting releases directly to digital.