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Who was the best James Bond? Show more Show less

Many different actors have portrayed the iconic protagonist of one of the longest-running and most successful franchises in film history. Whose version of 007 was the best?

Timothy Dalton Show more Show less

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Timothy Dalton was a real 007 on and off-screen

Dalton did his own stunts, showing he was as tough as 007 even when cameras were off.

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Context

Dalton as an actor shared some of James Bond’s flair for danger and adventure by doing his own stunts, a feat very few actors manage.

The Argument

The best Bond Actor should share some traits with 007, and Dalton himself is tough, daring, and not risk-averse, most clearly demonstrated by his insistence that he does his own stunts.[1] Roger Moore, for example, did not do his own stunts. He famously said, “Of course I do my own stunts”, before adding, “I also do my own lying.”[2]

Counter arguments

Timothy Dalton is not the only Bond to do his own stunts. Daniel Craig did most of his own stunts too. Besides, being tough off-screen has no bearing on your on-screen heroics. A good Bond doesn’t need to do their own stunts, they just need to be able to portray a convincing and charming 007 on the big screen.

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Premises

[P1] The best Bond should be like 007 both on and off-screen. [P2] Dalton did his own stunts showing he is tough like Bond. [P3] He is the best Bond.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] The best Bond doesn't have to be tough off-screen. [Rejecting P2] Daniel Craig also did his own stunts.

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References

  1. https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/james-bond/23192/celebrating-timothy-dalton%E2%80%99s-james-bond
  2. https://screenrant.com/james-bond-stars-legitimately-tough-onscreen/

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