Feeds

Craig, Connery or ... Dalton? Vote now for the ultimate James Bond

007 vs 007 in pub-debate movie supremacy deathmatch

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Poll Last week, Reg reader movie buffs voted Ernst Stavro Blofeld as the vilest Bond villain - and the sinister cat-stroking nutter certainly deserves the title.

Donald Pleasence as Blofeld, with his white cat

Kill Bond and bring me some Whiskas, now!

Blofeld first popped up in From Russia with Love and Thunderball, although fans didn't actually get to see his face until You Only Live Twice, when Donald Pleasence memorably tipped the unfortunate Helga Brandt into his handy piranha pit and barked at the trembling survivors of his wrath: "Kill Bond, now!"

Telly Savalas and Charles Gray subsequently interpreted Blofeld - in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Diamonds are Forever, respectively - with Max Von Sydow taking up the baton in "unofficial" movie Never Say Never Again.

It's Pleasence's Blofeld, though, who is arguably the long-haired white cat's whiskers of the bunch, and who provided the inspiration for Austin Powers' adversary Dr Evil.

But what of those other ne'er-do-wells who vied for villainous glory in our poll? Well, Auric Goldfinger was placed second, with Jaws securing a lip-clanking third spot.

Trailing the top three were Max Zorin, Messrs Wynt and Kidd, Francisco Scaramanga, and Rosa Klebb.

Our poll proved highly popular, if somewhat controversial, and so we're about to turn up the heat with that most provocative of Bond questions: Just who is the best celluloid 007?

My own extensive experience of Connery-versus-Craig-versus-Moore pub debate, often heated, leads me to suspect that the answer has lot to do with at just what age you're first exposed to a Bond film.

This old timer was blown away in his teens by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice, so every subsequent actor is, to my mind, in the shadow of the Scotsman's impressive presence.

On the other hand, a younger friend of mine's first Bond experience was Roger Moore in Live And Let Die, so he's certain the eyebrow-twitching thesp is the definitive 00 number.

The whippersnappers among you may dismiss this as teary-eyed nostalgia, and come out in favour of Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig. Perhaps someone out there has a kind word for Timothy Dalton. My personal opinion is that he's an underrated movie Bond.

So let's get down to it, and do try to be nice to George Lazenby, who had an uphill struggle filling Connery's shoulder holster ...

JavaScript Disabled

Please Enable JavaScript to use this feature.

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Space exploration is just so lame. NEW APPS are mankind's future
We feel obliged to point out the headline statement is total, utter cobblers
Down-under record: Australian gets $140k for pussy
'Tiffany' closes deal - 'it's more common to offer your wife', says agent
Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape
It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells
FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers
Don't worry Wilson, I'll do all the paddling. You just hang on
The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event
Nerve-shattering run-up to the pre-planned known event
Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)
Over £200 worth of the good stuff up for grabs
STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants
Baaaaaa! Fanny's Farm's woolly flock is high, maaaaaan
Adorkable overshare of words like photobomb in this year's dictionaries
And hipsters are finally defined as self-loathing. Sort of
Not a loyal follower of @BritishMonarchy? You missed The QUEEN*'s first Tweet
Her Maj opens 'Information Age' at the Science Museum
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.