Open Question: Is your first James Bond destined to be your favorite James Bond?
Are we fated to love the Bond we love or can we choose?
Earlier this week I tried to make some sense of what the Timothy Dalton era was all about and how it connected to the experience of growing up as part of Generation X. As part of the piece, I confessed my deep attachment to Roger Moore, the first actor I ever saw play Bond. Which got me thinking: Are we fated to have our strongest connection with the first Bond we encounter? Or are we free to choose a favorite Bond? I’m not sure. I know what my experience has been, but I’m curious if it’s been the same for others.
I think you may be correct. When there were two Bonds (Moore, Connery not Lazenby) I remember as a 14 year old stating I liked Roger Moore. I hadn't seen any Connery at that point but what I stated felt right.
Older people said I was wrong, that Connery was better. I now believe each decade gets the Bond they deserve, but my love for Moore (especially The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker) grows more every year.
No. Or at least, I don't think so.
The first Bond movie I ever saw was Octopussy, and I still have a great attachment to it. But the first *Bond* I really got was Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights. Still a little sad he never got a third swing.