|"The Name's Bond. James Bond."|
In the Bond film franchise, a franchise that has made as much as $5 billion US dollars, six actors have slipped into the role of the sophisticated Brit. From the original Sean Connery to the brief appearance of George Lazenby to the seemingly-never-ending tenure of Roger Moore to Timothy Dalton to Pierce Brosnan to the current Bond, Daniel Craig, all six men gave their own take on the charming spy. However, was “being Bond” a good thing for these actors? Or did it create an unwanted typecasting for them?
The Original Bond
So, the Verdict: Connery’s post-Bond career definitely did not take a bullet for starring as Commander James Bond of the British Secret Service.
The Unlucky Bond
Verdict: Lazenby’s Bond career came to an abrupt end and the premature start to his post-Bond career was rather uninspiring.
The Whimsical, Campy Bond
Verdict: While his acting career was virtually nonexistent in his life after Bond, Moore used his Bond popularity to spread awareness of the poverty around the world. Certainly, that is time very well spent.
The Humorless Bond
|"Okay.. so it's not Timmy D. |
Deal with it.
Verdict: While he certainly could have used the gritty Bond momentum to his advantage, Dalton decided to avoid the typecasting and settle for smaller roles. He would have a pretty solid, yet average, post-Bond career.
The Suave, I-Have-Ridiculous-Gadgets Bond
Verdict: Even though his critical reception is rather up-and-down, many of the films Brosnan has starred or taken roles in have been commercial and box-office successes. He has put together a nice post-Bond career, also without getting typecast.
Current, Gritty, and Chiseled Bond
Verdict: Due to his fairly young acting career and the fact that he is still technically Bond, the jury is still out on his post-Bond career. Whatever happens to the third Bond, though, Daniel Craig has a very bright future as an actor, a future that many of his Bond predecessors have struggled to achieve. After the summer of 2011's mixed reception of Cowboys & Aliens, Craig is due up in, what should be a critical and box office smash, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, aka the "feel bad movie of Christmas."
So, does being the iconic British spy, James Bond, help or hurt careers? Well, I think it is fair to say both. In the cases of Connery and Craig, Being Bond has helped them kick-start their acting careers. But for the rest of the pack, Being Bond was not so friendly to their post-Bond endeavors. And it comes as no surprise that after playing such a superstar hero in James Bond, the actors who played the character struggled to avoid the typecast of Being Bond. If you thought Life as Bond was dangerous, Life After Bond is equally perilous.