This time we're going to talk about one of the longest running film series - James Bond movies. As you long suffering readers will know what usually happens with these posts is I pick five examples of something I like and then ramble on about why I like them in the hope of persuading you likewise. However, with this particular list it would seem churlish to miss out any of the actors who have played 007 and so I'm going to talk briefly about each and tell you which of their films is my favourite from each actor - however, we're only counting official movie Bond's so I'm afraid that legendary Blockbusters' host Bob Holness is omitted.
Arguably, and in many people's opinion, the Best Bond Sean Connery was not the original choice for the role Connery had previously worked as a milk delivery man. Connery is remarkable for having returned twice to the role (Diamonds Are Forever is after Lazenby's turn, and also Never Say Never Again)
My personal favourite: From Russia With Love because not only is it very close to the novel, but it's a cracking spy story - and You Only Live Twice
#2: George Lazenby
A tricky one to pick a "favourite" here because Lazenby famously believed that one would be enough. And ok, so there's a lot wrong with On Her Majesty's Secret Service (including the alleged fact that Lazenby had to be dubbed by another actor), but it still manages to be one of my guilty favourites of the series and contains a cracking soundtrack (Including Louis Armstrong's "We Have All The Time In The World") - again, almost an exact adaptation of the original book
Previously famous for playing Simon Templar in The Saint Moore is not to everyone's taste. There are many, and who can blame them, that argue that the series got too silly in the latter half of his tenure. Still, as with all things, your Bond is very much the one you first discovered - making Roger Moore very much my Bond. True he stayed on one, if not two, films too many - but there's some good ones in there
My favourite: his first, Live And Let Die - and, inevitably, the one with the underwater car (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Dalton joined the franchise at a difficult time. Firstly the format was starting to look a little old, secondly he had to follow the increasingly jokey Moore. He also suffered from a first script that was written for Moore and from a loss of rights that left the series in hiatus for several years
Favourite film: Despite all of this Licence To Kill remains one of my favourite from the series - including, as it does, a plot taken from one of Fleming's original stories (Bond going AWOL to seek revenge on the people who attack Felix Leiter)
Rather remarkably the former Remington Steele actor seems to have managed to make himself one of the most popular incarnations of James Bond. This despite some very poor storylines (two so poor that I can't remember a thing about them). My main issue by this point is the increase of daft gadgets (specifically the invisible car), but to be fair Brosnan is the best thing in the films
Best one: Goldeneye is the only one with a half decent script. Half-way through the motorbike chase in Tomorrow Never Dies I realised that I just didn't care - and the less said about Die Another Day the better
Shock horror, a blonde Bond - surely not? There were many who balked at such a thing, believe it or not. However Craig soon silenced his critics with a back to basics, heavily Bourne-Identity inspired first movie. Admittedly the plot of the second one made no sense whatsoever and it remains unclear if he will make a third (with the copyright holders in financial meltdown)
Best one - Casino Royale was half an hour too long, and clearly an attempt to capitalise on the recent success of another character with the same initials - but still a great film. Speaking of which...
Of course, technically everyone in the more miss than hit comedy spoof version of Casino Royale played James Bond including Ursula Andress, Peter Sellars and many more (but not Woody Allen - who played Jimmy Bond) - but only Niven was the "true" retired agent, Sir James Bond
Sadly the humour doesn't quite make the grade and the ending is confused, but still worth a mention