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Timothy Dalton vs Pierce Brosnan, who is the better James Bond?

Based on the aggregate Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb scores provided for their respective Bond films, Pierce Brosnan appears to have a slight edge in terms of critical reception:

  • Timothy Dalton’s Bond films have an average Rotten Tomatoes score of approximately 74.5% and an average IMDb score of approximately 6.65/10.
  • Pierce Brosnan’s Bond films have an average Rotten Tomatoes score of approximately 61%, and an average IMDb score of approximately 6.53/10.

Timothy Dalton portrayed James Bond in “The Living Daylights” (1987) and “Licence to Kill” (1989). His portrayal was often seen as a return to Ian Fleming’s original vision of Bond as a more serious and gritty character. Dalton’s Bond was more brooding and intense, and his performances were praised for their depth and authenticity.

Timothy Dalton
Timothy Dalton

Pierce Brosnan took over the role of James Bond in “GoldenEye” (1995) and continued in the role through “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997), “The World Is Not Enough” (1999), and “Die Another Day” (2002). Brosnan’s Bond was known for his charm, charisma, and a blend of both action and humor. He brought a more suave and contemporary interpretation to the character.

Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan

Physical Attributes:

  • Timothy Dalton:
    • Height: Approximately 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm)
    • Build: Slim and athletic
    • Hair Color: Dark brown
    • Eye Color: Blue
  • Pierce Brosnan:
    • Height: Approximately 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm)
    • Build: Athletic and well-built
    • Hair Color: Dark brown (later graying)
    • Eye Color: Blue

Audience Reception: Both Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan received positive reactions from audiences, but the reception to their portrayals of James Bond varied:

  • Timothy Dalton:
    • His portrayal was appreciated for its seriousness and depth, aligning closely with the character from Ian Fleming’s novels.
    • Dalton’s tenure as Bond garnered a dedicated fan base, although it was relatively short compared to some other actors.
  • Pierce Brosnan:
    • Brosnan was known for his charismatic and suave take on the character, which appealed to a wide range of audiences.
    • He brought Bond into the modern era with a blend of action, humor, and charm, making him a popular Bond for a new generation of fans.
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Rotten Tomatoes Scores: It’s important to note that Rotten Tomatoes scores can vary by film, but here are the aggregate scores for their respective Bond films:

  • Timothy Dalton:
    • The Living Daylights” Rotten Tomatoes Score: Approximately 73%
    • “Licence to Kill” Rotten Tomatoes Score: Approximately 76%
  • Pierce Brosnan:
    • “GoldenEye” Rotten Tomatoes Score: Approximately 78%
    • “Tomorrow Never Dies” Rotten Tomatoes Score: Approximately 57%
    • “The World Is Not Enough” Rotten Tomatoes Score: Approximately 51%
    • “Die Another Day” Rotten Tomatoes Score: Approximately 57%

IMDb Scores: Again, IMDb scores can vary by film, but here are the IMDb scores for their respective Bond films:

  • Timothy Dalton:
    • “The Living Daylights” IMDb Score: Approximately 6.7/10
    • “Licence to Kill” IMDb Score: Approximately 6.6/10
  • Pierce Brosnan:
    • “GoldenEye” IMDb Score: Approximately 7.2/10
    • “Tomorrow Never Dies” IMDb Score: Approximately 6.5/10
    • “The World Is Not Enough” IMDb Score: Approximately 6.3/10
    • “Die Another Day” IMDb Score: Approximately 6.1/10
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