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Voices for Bond?

When the excellent David Rintoul read the audiobooks he gave Bond a distinctly Scottish accent. Being "Scotch" myself it was a bit odd at first, but I soon got used to listening to it. Also it tended towards a soft Glasgow accent, instead of an Edinburgh burr. If that makes sense.

Oh and best reader for a Bond audiobook. Dan Stevens for his Casino Royale which is simply exquisite. Audio perfection of a near perfect book.

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Bond having a Scottish accent is obviously ok. Bond having an English accent is also ok, since he spent so much time there.

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Barbel wrote:

Bond having a Scottish accent is obviously ok. Bond having an English accent is also ok, since he spent so much time there.

And also because the character, as far as I know, was originally intended to be English. Only later, when Fleming had warmed to Connery's portrayal, was the Scottishness included (first in the YOLT novel, I think?).

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Nope, it's first specifically mentioned in OHMSS. The film series doesn't confirm Bond's Scottish roots until SF, though.

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Also wasn't Fleming from a basically Anglo/Scottish family. With his Mother "M"
spending most of her time in the Scottish home, and his father leading a Scottish
regiment in WW1.

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Yes, that's right. Bond himself doesn't usually mind being regarded as English, especially abroad, but perhaps "British" might be the best description.
As a Scot who spends a lot of time in Germany, I find that it's a language thing: if you speak German you're from Germany (although it could easily be Austria or Switzerland), if you speak French you're from France (Hercule Poirot tells many people he's Belgian), if you speak English you're from England (not Ireland, Scotland or Wales). Sometimes it's easier just to go with the flow.

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A friend of Mine, on a visit to America was told ( when they discovered he was from Ireland )
That his "English" was very good !  ajb007/lol

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Matt S wrote:

I mostly agree with your ranking.

Are you considering accents or more the tone of their voice? My problem with Connery is that his accent is inconsistent throughout the films. I think he sounds best in From Russia with Love and Goldfinger, where he has toned down his brogue the most and sounds more like someone who would have had Bond's education. He still sounds great in the other '60s films. He sounds off for Bond in Diamonds Are Forever, with more of the Scottish coming through. Then in Never Shay Never Again hish accent hash matured into what he ish known for. And that's Connery sounding like Connery, not Bond.

I agree, Connery’s voice lost the effectiveness it had in FRWL and GF, becoming, as you say, more his natural Scottish brogue as time went by. I wonder if that was unconscious or not.

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zaphod99 wrote:

I think Craig has the best voice overall for Bond. Good tone, more or less accentless. Dalton sounds too regional to my ears, but otherwise good. Brosnan fine in GE but American sounding thereafter. Roger is pretty good but lacks gravitas. Shame about Georgy boy as I don't think he needed to be dubbed. Defo Craig comes out best to me.

I agree about how Bond should be almost accentless. He can’t be too posh, like David Niven or most British privately educated young actors that appear in films today, like Benedict’s Cumberbatch etc., and who are often touted as potential new Bonds. I’d rather he have a mid trans-Atlantic accent or a Anglicised Australian accent like Lazenby’s than a posh one, which would make Bond sound like David Cameron.

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osris wrote:
zaphod99 wrote:

I think Craig has the best voice overall for Bond. Good tone, more or less accentless. Dalton sounds too regional to my ears, but otherwise good. Brosnan fine in GE but American sounding thereafter. Roger is pretty good but lacks gravitas. Shame about Georgy boy as I don't think he needed to be dubbed. Defo Craig comes out best to me.

I agree about how Bond should be almost accentless. He can’t be too posh, like David Niven or most British privately educated young actors that appear in films today, like Benedict’s Cumberbatch etc., and who are often touted as potential new Bonds. I’d rather he have a mid trans-Atlantic accent or a Anglicised Australian accent like Lazenby’s than a posh one, which would make Bond sound like David Cameron.

Sounds like Brosnan's accent. Born in Ireland, growing up in London and spending much of his adult life in the States really gives him a neutral mid-Atlantic sound.

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Another actor with a mid-Atlantic accent (when he puts it on) is Christopher Plummer. I wonder if he would have made a believable Bond.

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osris wrote:

Another actor with a mid-Atlantic accent (when he puts it on) is Christopher Plummer. I wonder if he would have made a believable Bond.

I think he was a 'name' under consideration back in the day. He may have even tested. Others more knowledgeable may have the skinny.

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osris wrote:

Another actor with a mid-Atlantic accent (when he puts it on) is Christopher Plummer. I wonder if he would have made a believable Bond.

The Terence Young movie Plummer did TRIPLE CROSS (1966) made me feel he could have made a decent Bond. He was quite dashing.

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I agree.

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There was a couple of lines Christopher Plummer delivered in TRIPLE CROSS that had a Connery inflection as well. Perhaps due to Terence Young?  A few lines spoken exactly the way Sean might have done.

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He was also a Bond type in The Return of the Pink Panther—at least in some scenes.

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Totally agree that Benedict Cumberbatch is too posh - he irritates me quite a bit these days and I'd be mortified if he became Bond.
It's fantastic that the Bond actors voices have been so diverse. My personal favourite example being the classic "things were abooot to turn nasstee" Eee oop chuck, that's grand work that is.

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I think James Bond can put on funny voices as disguise. Here is Sean Connery undercover doing this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0BtN6aRxkg

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I never miss wrote:

Totally agree that Benedict Cumberbatch is too posh - he irritates me quite a bit these days and I'd be mortified if he became Bond.
It's fantastic that the Bond actors voices have been so diverse. My personal favourite example being the classic "things were abooot to turn nasstee" Eee oop chuck, that's grand work that is.

Big Dalton fan, but that somehow jars with me. It strikes me as a deliberate choice as Dalton does not sound like that in his everyday speech.

Of that of which we cannot speak we must pass over in silence- Ludwig Wittgenstein.