Agent Sidewinder wrote:
A question I came up with....I was at another forum t'other day and saw that one poster had ranked Roger and Timothy as his two favourite Bond actors. Now, it struck me that this isn't a very common preference among Bondists, and understandably so, as Moore and Dalton are pretty much polar opposites as Bond - Sir Roger representing the all-out bombastic cinematic Bond and Dalton playing the gritty, down-to-Earth Bond. It's even a common mantra among Daltonians that he saved the series from the purported campiness of the Moore era. So, are there any fans who love both? There must be some....
Ahh yes. That would be me my friend.
They are opposites in many ways, excluding Moore's performance on FYEO. I loved Moore's performance, whether it be campy, serious or a mix of both. Though, I did find FYEO to be Moore's greatest Bond performance because I loved the harder-edged down to earth Bond, and the 80's seemed to do that a lot. FYEO, TLD and LTK were the films that clearly represented a serious, Ian Fleming and down to earth Bond. OP was the only Bond film of the 80's that showed an excessive amount of campiness, and it did effect its rank in my opinion because elements such as the Tarzan Yell, the Gorrilla Costume or the Clown suit did seem a bit over the top. AVTAK was a mix of camp and seriousness, but Moore seemed a lot more serious on his FYEO and AVTAK performances.
Dalton's portrayal on TLD is excellent, can't go wrong there. I loved it how he stuck with the novels, hard-edged and serious. He was also great on LTK, but maybe a bit too serious to the point where there wasn't much fun involved on his second mission.
Then again, loving Moore as well, MR was a terrific film for me. I loved it, and Moore was quite hilarious but great in the role here. Each of his movies seemed to express a different approach, even just slightly. I can't really explain it anymore, I loved Moore's performances and Dalton's, but the harder-edged ones (FYEO, TLD and LTK) are the definite best.