James Bond, who celebrates his 50th anniversary in films with the release of “Skyfall” Nov. 9, is a man’s fantasy of a man the way Mr. Darcy is a woman’s fantasy of a man.

He can leap out of airplanes, fight the Bond Villain from a moving train, whip out the latest tech toy and woo the Bond Girl – all while looking great in a tux.

Some Bonds have emphasized the brute in the beauty – Sean Connery, the current Bond, Daniel Craig – while others have gone for the beauty in the brute – Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. Does anyone remember George Lazenby, poor dear?

All, however, have captured Bond’s unmistakable, irresistible tough-tender allure, which we celebrate on these pages.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *