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Topic: Who do you picture when reading the Bond novels?

When reading the bond novels and seeing the events plan out in your head who do you picture as 007? is it one of the 6 so far to play him in the movies or do you see a different bond when reading the books

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When I read the Bond novels, I generally picture Bond as a slight burnout with that scar down the right side of his face.  None of the actors who have portrayed come to mind (although I think Daniel Craig definitely embodies the spirt of Fleming's writing).

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i picture the bond drawn in my avatar picture. ajb007/martini

EDIT: of course not anymore I changed my picture. ajb007/lol

Last edited by j.blades (20th Mar 2010 14:22)

"I take a ridiculous pleasure in what I eat and drink."                                   

~ Casino Royale, Ian Fleming

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Connery

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As Scribe74, none of the actors. I have own image in mind.

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Inevitably, Connery.

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It was connery,but now after reading the books over and over,I have an image in my own mind.Not sure how to describe him though,but he's not muscular like DC. ajb007/martini

"Yes,dammit,I said "was".The bitch is dead now."

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It's funny, when I read Casino Royale I pictured Sean Connery when the book described Bond but I also imagined Connery with scar make-up applications on his face. But when the book described the raw emotion on Bond's face, as he explained the game of baccarat to Vesper I thought of Daniel Craig because Connery couldn't really evoke any emotion on his face, but perhaps it wasn't his fault maybe it was the director's fault for not directing. In any case it's weird that I would imagine both Sean Connery and Daniel Craig when I read Casino Royale for the first time.

I had the same experience with Live and Let Die when I read that book for the first time. Except I imagined Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton. At the beginning of the book I imagined Roger Moore arriving on the tarmac of a New York airport, going through customs and arriving at the hotel. But when it came to the action I imagined Timothy Dalton, as I read about the warehouse gunfire in the Florida Keys, I visualized Dalton dodging bullets and kicking that negro into those shark infested waters.

Last edited by JimmyBond0129 (24th Aug 2009 22:28)

"I admire your courage, Miss?..." "Trench, Sylvia Trench."

"I admire your luck, Mister?..." "Bond, James Bond."

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JimmyBond0129 wrote:

I thought of Daniel Craig because Connery couldn't really evoke any emotion on his face, but perhaps it wasn't his fault maybe it was the director's fault for not directing.

Though I love Connery he is a rather limited actor, not as versatile as Timothy Dalton or Daniel Craig.

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I still don't have an image of Bond when reading the books. It's more of a feeling that I get. All I picture is the scar and the lifestyle.
If I did picture anyone it would probably come closest to George, like when I read Chandler the only person who occasionally comes to mind is Robert Mitchum.

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I always see a slightly thinner version of Timothy Dalton with a scar.

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It's lately been Craig-like, but inevitably I always revert to Fleming's Bond:


http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/8899/68350050.jpg

"You're both, what's the expression? Damaged goods."

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I still picture Connery and all those who play the key rolls in his films. Bernard Lee and etc..

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I picture your ma

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For me, I always picture that actor who played in the movie version of the book I am reading.

e.g.
I pictured Sean Connery in:
>Thunderball.
>Dr No.
>Goldfinger.

I pictured Dainel Craig in:
>Quantum of Solace short story.
>Risco short story.
>Devil May Care.

I pictured Timothy Dalton in:
>Living Daylights.

I pictured George Lazenby (Lazenby might be spelt wrong) in:
>On Her Majesty's Secret Service (still reading).

I pictured Roger Moore in:
>Octopussy.

So my Bond always changes.

"Oh look! Parachutes for the both of us! Whoops, not anymore!"
"You see Mr Bond. You can't kill my dreams. But my dreams can kill you!"
"Time to face destiny."
                                         -Gaustav Graves in Die Another Day-

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Fleming's description of Bond is so different from any of the screen versions that I have never pictured Bond as one of the Bond actors...instead, in my head I see Bond as the lean-faced, dark-haired, grey-eyed man with the "cruel mouth" that Fleming describes pretty consistently in the novels. I think the closest to my vision of Bond is represented by this book jacket illustration from the 70s, although, I suppose the case could be made that he looks like Sean Connery, only with the classic "comma" of hair above the right eyebrow!
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p4I9kL_myy0/SC6VISGklTI/AAAAAAAAAMc/l9D062nToik/s400/bantam_casino-royale.jpg

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I don't picture any of the actors. It's a different universe.

My Top 10 Bonds: Octopussy, Goldeneye, From Russia With Love, Tomorrow Never Dies, Licence to Kill, For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights, Moonraker, Goldfinger and The Spy Who Loved Me.

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I always thought Michael Jayston would make a good M.

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0013 wrote:

I always thought Michael Jayston would make a good M.

Film wise, yes, I think he could have done in the 80s (too old now, of course). Because Robert Brown was just as plump as Bernard Lee, there was some question whether or not he was playing the same character or simply a promoted Admiral Hargreeves, so to go for a taller/thinner actor would have been better.

My Top 10 Bonds: Octopussy, Goldeneye, From Russia With Love, Tomorrow Never Dies, Licence to Kill, For Your Eyes Only, The Living Daylights, Moonraker, Goldfinger and The Spy Who Loved Me.

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I've just started listening to the books on tape this past year for the first time after many many years of watching the films. So far It's always been Connery, but I also think thats due to the fact that he represents an era closer to the Fleming novels then any of the other guys. I just finished Live and Let Die last week and at the beginning I really tried to envision Moore, which worked fine for the New York scenes which were similar to the movie, but everything after that just wasn't Moore, especially the stuff in Jamaica. I think Connery is just too iconic and engraved in my brain as bond that i'll never be able to replace that image. Not that I want to, he was the best.

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James Woods from the 1980s crossed with David Niven from the 1940s.

'Alright guard, begin the unnecessarily slow moving dipping mechanism...'

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I've never really thought about this before but as I am currently re-reading all the novels in chronological order, it's definitely an interesting question. I have found that I actually don't picture anyone in particular. I suppose that of the screen Bonds, 'my' Bond most closely resembles Connery, but as someone else suggested that's likely because the books live and breathe the 1950s/60s and Connery is the only one from that era. However, I do hear Connery's voice in my head when I read certain lines that are the same or similar to those from the films. His voice leaps up from the page...but only when it is a line later used by the screenwriter. Interestingly enough however, the villains and the Bondgirls are most definitely the screen villains and Bondgirls.

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Sometimes Craig, sometimes a completely different guy.

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As far as looks are concerned I would say that Brosnan comes closest to the literary bond. Esp in GE where he has the black hair with the "coma" frequently, blue eyes and he is leaner than other bonds. When it comes to persona however I always identify with Dalton's portrayal.

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D'Arturo wrote:

Fleming's description of Bond is so different from any of the screen versions that I have never pictured Bond as one of the Bond actors...instead, in my head I see Bond as the lean-faced, dark-haired, grey-eyed man with the "cruel mouth" that Fleming describes pretty consistently in the novels. I think the closest to my vision of Bond is represented by this book jacket illustration from the 70s, although, I suppose the case could be made that he looks like Sean Connery, only with the classic "comma" of hair above the right eyebrow!
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_p4I9kL_myy0/SC6VISGklTI/AAAAAAAAAMc/l9D062nToik/s400/bantam_casino-royale.jpg

now that i think of it, i do sort of picture a bond like in the picture, but very slightly different.

"I take a ridiculous pleasure in what I eat and drink."                                   

~ Casino Royale, Ian Fleming