I have to start by saying that I’m not happy with the different direction Craig’s trilogy has taken from the other films. Bond’s character was well defined and when EON decided to change it follwing Bourne’s success the result was a different person. The last three films (although I honestly can’t remember Casino Royale very much and Quantum of Solace at all) were wonderful, but have little to do with the previous versions of Bond.
Connery for me was the best actor in the role. He was determined when needed, had a sense of humour and was the perfect spy who took his job seriously but chased the better aspects of it, like women.
Moore was also very good and I haven’t seen Lazenby yet. I saw one of Dalton’s films and was let down not only by its craziness, as the producers seeked more action but, in my opinion, caused a disaster – he looks like a crazy criminal in my eyes – but also by Dalton’s acting. I’ve just seen the gun barrel of his films and they are ridiculous.
I can’t remember Brosnan but I think I remember feeling that his films took a direction too much orientated towards humour and secondary stuff rather than acting.
Craig’s films have been the most full of action, suspense, surprises, and I think he has done a great job in trying to keep the character as close as possible to the original, despite many things changing: initially Bond had many gadgets and a simple gun, always remained cool in difficult situations; nowadays he uses whatever he happens to have under his reach and he acts more like a normal human being. I honestly prefer the latter way but if I wanted to see great action I wouldn’t [have] go[ne] to see Bond, but Bourne. Bond was famous for his personality, which is less and less present nowadays. The old Bond is dead now.
It’s more normal to see 007 as a human, with positive and negative aspects, struggling at times, but Bond was never such. This new type is great, I repeat, but is not Bond. These new films are greater to watch but the main character is a normal spy – not unique, like before. I guess they had to change this as people no longer were attracted by the old Bond, but, as I said, if I wanted to see an action-only film I’d go to see Bourne.