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Sir Sean Connery has been voted the greatest James Bond of all time in a new poll.

The Scottish actor became the first person to portray Ian Fleming‘s iconic spy in a movie when he starred in 1962’s Dr. No. In total, he starred in seven 007 movies culminating in 1983’s Never Say Never Again. His other classic Bond outings were From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and Diamonds are Forever.

Connery emerged victorious in a multi-round online poll conducted by Radio Times. In the final round, he amassed 42% of the vote, beating Timothy Dalton (32%) into second place and Pierce Brosnan (23%) into third. Perhaps surprisingly, the two longest-serving Bonds – Daniel Craig and Sir Roger Moore – had been eliminated in earlier rounds, along with George Lazenby, the only actor to have played 007 in just one movie.

Connery has been retired from acting since 2006, but Dame Shirley Bassey – who sang the iconic theme songs to three Bond movies including the Connery-led Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever – has just announced a “grand finale” album to mark her 70 years in show business.

The next Bond film, No Time to Die, which has a script co-written by Killing Eve‘s executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is now due to open November 12 in the U.K. and November 20 in the U.S. having been postponed due to coronavirus. Craig has said it will be his final adventure as 007.

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Filed Under: James Bond, Sean Connery
By Nick Levine