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.
I always thought Michael Jayston would make a good M.
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!
The Domino Effect wrote:
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.
Villain-wise, most care was taken with the early films (Joseph Wiseman, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, and above all Gert Frobe) although that eroded with time (with the exception of Christopher Lee!) and Bondgirl-wise much the same.