My name is Bond, James Bond. No character in movie history has an introduction as famous as James Bond 007. 2007 marked the 45th Anniversary of the world's most famous secret agent. In the spy mania days of the 1960's no one could have predicted that James Bond would have survived this long. James Bond survived the shock that Sean Connery was leaving the role, the end of the Cold War, the changing periods and political correctness of modern times, to name a few. Critics exclaimed that with the departure of Sean Connery James Bond would fall apart. George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and now Daniel Craig would in no uncertain terms prove that James Bond had not fallen by the way side; he was perhaps stronger than ever.
While some would consider the personification of such an important role given to multiple actors impossible, James Bond has thrived on its portrayal by different actors. Each actor has given the character its own unique characteristics adding spice and originally whenever the series was in peril of becoming outdated.
While governments have come and gone, world leaders have stepped into the spotlight and have later faded away - Bond remains. Yes, six actors have played the part of James Bond but the man himself continues; ageless, unstoppable and forever remains a classic. James Bond should be drawing his pension by now, but he will always remain ageless in his thirties or forties, on Her Majesty's secret service, being a hero, saving the world once more. §