Who do you picture when reading the Bond novels?

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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,456Chief of Staff
    Now that's a name I haven't heard in a long, long time. Interesting choice!
  • stagstag Posts: 2,083MI6 Agent
    A very intersting choice indeed & one I would never have thought of but I do get your point.

    Personally I think of Dirk Bogarde. The looks, accent, manners etc.


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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,743MI6 Agent
    Tom Huddleston ( to my eyes at least ) resembles Dirk Bogarde, a little.
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  • MarcAngeDracoMarcAngeDraco Piz GloriaPosts: 564MI6 Agent
    Depends on the scene. Usually, it's a generic figure based around this illustrated Bond on one of the Fleming book covers - which I can't find on the net. But it looks a lot like Lazenby anyway. Otherwise, as I said, depending on the scene, I visualise Connery, Lazenby, Dalton and Brosnan the most. Sometimes Moore, and only once have I pictured Craig, and that is during the end of DAF on the yacht.
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  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,622MI6 Agent
    stag wrote:
    A very intersting choice indeed & one I would never have thought of but I do get your point.

    Personally I think of Dirk Bogarde. The looks, accent, manners etc.


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    Here's a "hoax" unreleased Moonraker movie from the 1950's that supposedly starred Dirk Bogarde, which was discussed here a few years back: https://iansadler.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/moonraker-the-forgotten-1956-james-bond-film/ The creator of the website himself posted a few times about it on AJB, of course confessing to the hoax.
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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,456Chief of Staff
  • welshguy34welshguy34 Posts: 219MI6 Agent
    Connery usually. Probably because the books are set within 10 years of the first film being made.
  • IcePakIcePak Perth, Western AustraliaPosts: 165MI6 Agent
    For me, Bond always appears as Connery. Even back in the days when I preferred the Moore films, Flemings' Bond depicts a very Conneryesque quality.

    M I always see as Bernard Lee and Moneypenny as Lois Maxwell.

    For some reason, Leiter appears differently in each novel for me. In Casino Royale it was Jeffrey Wright, for Live and Let Die, it was David Hedison. It's been ages since I've read Thunderball, so I can't recall who I imagined as Leiter back then and I haven't read any others he's in. It seems a strange quirk.
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  • RemingtonRemington CAPosts: 239MI6 Agent
    In most of the novels I see usually see Connery. I see Roger at times in LALD, MR, and TSWLM. I see Lazenby in OHMSS. I see Dalton in the short stories. Most notably in OP and TLD. I would've loved to have seen Dalton do the scenes from the OP story. Brosnan and Craig pop up occasionally.
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  • Miles MesservyMiles Messervy Posts: 1,647MI6 Agent
    I usually picture a vague "Fleming's Bond" that exists only in my mind's eye. If I had to put a real face to him, it would be something like Jon Hamm in the first season or two of Mad Men. Of the screen Bonds, Lazenby is the only one who occasionally creeps in, probably because his Bond had more emotional depth than Connery's, and the others are just too far removed from the time period when the novels took place.
  • HachiHeadHachiHead Posts: 5MI6 Agent
    I can never place Bond as any face that exists in reality. I just get a sense of what he may look and behave like based on the spirit of the writing. My basic outline for him is someone tall and lanky like Connery with more of the rugged boy like quality of Dalton. It's probably impossible for us 70 years on to picture the kind of man Fleming had in mind at the time.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,456Chief of Staff
    Came across this:

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    "Images created by Brian J Davis using a commercially available law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters."

    Here's the context: http://thecomposites.tumblr.com/
  • Sir MilesSir Miles The Wrong Side Of The WardrobePosts: 25,637Chief of Staff
    Barbel wrote:
    Came across this:

    AA_OLD_MAN_5.jpg

    "Images created by Brian J Davis using a commercially available law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters."

    Here's the context: http://thecomposites.tumblr.com/

    At the risk of offending everyone - but when did that ever stop me 8-) - that looks like a woman to me :o
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  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,899MI6 Agent
    Sir Miles wrote:
    Barbel wrote:
    Came across this:

    AA_OLD_MAN_5.jpg

    "Images created by Brian J Davis using a commercially available law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters."

    Here's the context: http://thecomposites.tumblr.com/

    At the risk of offending everyone - but when did that ever stop me 8-) - that looks like a woman to me :o

    Yes, I concur. It just looks, well, odd. But that's computers for you I suppose! Even the FYEO identigraph was more accurate and that was 1981! :))
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  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,622MI6 Agent
    Well, then again, Fleming kind of had a bent for masculine women 8-)
    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,899MI6 Agent
    superado wrote:
    Well, then again, Fleming kind of had a bent for masculine women 8-)

    Yes, see Tatiana Romanova's boyish behind for an example! :D
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • BondJasonBond006BondJasonBond006 SwitzerlandPosts: 870MI6 Agent
    Timothy Dalton obviously, Fleming describes him to a T.
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  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,899MI6 Agent
    Timothy Dalton obviously, Fleming describes him to a T.

    Agreed, Dalton is closest to Fleming's Bond. He's my favourite of the Bond actors for that very reason. Of course I love Sir Roger Moore too. -{
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,456Chief of Staff
    Barbel 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.


    That just about sums it up for me. Since I first read the Fleming books in the 60s, Sean Connery's face, image and above all voice are what I generally envisage when reading the books... except when Dalton takes over for the (then) unfilmed sequences. Never Moore, certainly not Lazenby and God forbid Craig- though Brosnan does pop up from time to time!

    As I said all those years ago...
  • Mr SnowMr Snow Station "J" JamaicaPosts: 1,736MI6 Agent
    Sir Miles wrote:
    Barbel wrote:
    Came across this:

    AA_OLD_MAN_5.jpg

    "Images created by Brian J Davis using a commercially available law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters."

    Here's the context: http://thecomposites.tumblr.com/

    At the risk of offending everyone - but when did that ever stop me 8-) - that looks like a woman to me :o

    Funny you should say that; first person I thought of when I saw that picture was Angelina Jolie.
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  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,743MI6 Agent
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    I always imagined a Richard E Grant type as the literary 007
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,899MI6 Agent
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    I always imagined a Richard E Grant type as the literary 007

    Didn't he do some of the Bond audiobooks? Might have been considered for the Bond role too I think.
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • ThunderpussyThunderpussy Behind you !Posts: 63,743MI6 Agent
    Think he looks similar to Fleming.
    "I've been informed that there ARE a couple of QAnon supporters who are fairly regular posters in AJB."
  • Silhouette ManSilhouette Man The last refuge of a scoundrelPosts: 7,899MI6 Agent
    Think he looks similar to Fleming.

    Yes, and he has the slight toffish element present at least in part in the literary Bond (and Moore's film interpretation). It often gets forgotten about, but it is in my view an integral part of the character separating him from more blue-collar heroes.
    "The tough man of the world. The Secret Agent. The man who was only a silhouette." - Ian Fleming, Moonraker (1955).
  • ml94ml94 FinlandPosts: 79MI6 Agent
    Dalton.
    "Bond, James Bond"
  • James SuzukiJames Suzuki New ZealandPosts: 2,405MI6 Agent
    Connery.
    His films are closer to that era as well, which helps.
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  • Desert KrisDesert Kris Posts: 27MI6 Agent
    Reading through Live and Let Die for the first time. Sometimes if I'm lazy about imagining a scene, Bond is kind of vague, visually and the sound of his voice (I think sometimes characters will sound like my own voice, in my head; which is sometimes disconcerting). I think partly because Roger Moore is associated with the (very different!) movie adaptation, I can hear him in my head; particularly when he say's something which seems more of what I think of as old-fashioned British; so any sentence where he says "Shan't" or "Chaps" it's suddenly Moore. His intense and wild moments conjure the image of Timothy Dalton.

    Mr. Big shifted back and forth in his appearance between the actor from the movie who plays Kanaga/Mr. Big, and the actor who plays John Coffee from The Green Mile (cause that guy is freakin' enormous!).
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 33,456Chief of Staff
    Alas, he's no longer with us.

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    Agree completely that he would have been excellent in the part.
  • jdwad246jdwad246 Posts: 27MI6 Agent
    I am reading them in order for the first time and have almost finished FRWL. I am a huge fan of Craig but I think more of a Connery for the books. Old school
  • Trigger_MortisTrigger_Mortis Posts: 91MI6 Agent

    I'm continuing with my first ever readthroughs of the Fleming novels and i'm currently starting Moonraker.

    I've always been curious about how other fans interpret the look of the character and the world given that the cinematic universe would, no doubt, be firmly printed in their minds.

    For me, i've cast the Fleming novels along these lines:

    Bond - Brosnan. He's my favourite Bond, but Brosnan's delivery of the dialogue in these books suits him. Admittedly, I do seem to hear Dalton's voice a fair bit too as I read through the books.

    M - Ralph Fiennes. Judi is my favourite M, but I can't see anyone but Ralph (Bernard Lee was before my time) given that the books describe M as a pipe smoking male.

    Moneypenny - Naomi Harris. Just today, after reading Chapter 2, I had Naomi's Moneypenny locked in my mind as I read Fleming's description of her. The dress sense (the striped blue shirt and navy blue skirt) resembled how the Craig era has dressed Naomi's character.

    Drax - hmmm....not sure yet. Haven't gotten to him. But, I like the idea of Rowan Atkinson playing him in my read of the book.

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