Walter Mencken 2:02 p.m., June 25
Which 007 will be a no show at this year's Oscar Bond rally?
The six actors who have portrayed James Bond over the years were invited by the Academy to stand together on one stage for the first time in history. One has vowed not to appear.
Here is the Bond Honor Roll (minus Woody Allen):
- Sean Connery
- George Lazenby
- Roger Moore
- Timothy Dalton
- Pierce Brosnan
- Daniel Craig
Let's see...Daniel Craig is the Bond of the hour, so it's hard to imagine him snubbing the franchise.
Who is kicking down Lazenby or Dalton's doors with offers of work? Both will gladly appear in exchange for a hot bowl of soup.
Roger Moore will no doubt show up and do for Oscar what he did for Bond: sleepwalk through the proceedings.
Sean Connery once professed to not knowing the names of the 7 Bond flicks he appeared in, yet even he agreed to attend.
It's Pierce Brosnan, a tailor made 007 if ever there was one. After his fourth appearance as the dapper spy, the producers chose not to re-sign him making Brosnan the first Bond asked to leave the franchise.
Brosnan has the looks, but not the material. According to IMBD, "Brosnan's last three Bond films were the only ones in the series to not take more than five times their cost." Die Another Day is as bad a Bond picture as any you're likely to find. Brosnan's finest performance as the private eye is in the greatest unofficial Bond film ever made, John Boorman's The Tailor of Panama.
Brosnan has nothing but high praise for his fellow Bonds, with the exception of 007 one-shot, George Lazanby of whom he said, "George is just an angry, old, pissed-off guy. He was never an actor, but some pissed-off Aussie who doesn't know how to show his feminine side. I met him, and he's got that kind of brittle edge to him."
Here's what the actor had to say about the Oscar Bond Rally when stopped by TMZ.
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