Where was James Bond at the 2013 Oscars?

The James Bond You Never Heard Of
The 2013 Oscars were presented tonight, along with a "special tribute" to the James Bond films. And while it was great to hear Goldfinger sung live by the memorable Shirley Bassey, something was missing.

And it was obvious. The Bond actors.

The montage of film clips was nice, of course, but no one who has ever seen a James Bond film can ever forget that it is the actors who played the starring role of Britain's Best Spy who made the series what it was. 

And what was missing at the Oscars? The actors. Oh the singing was great, but at the end, all of the living actors to have played the Bond role should have been onstage. We didn't see them. So here they are, under the theory of better late than never.

Daniel Craig, took over the role in 2006 and has played it in the most current film in 2012.

Pierce Brosnan had the role in four films from 1995 to 2002.

Timothy Dalton had two roles between 1987 and 1989.

In 1983 Sean Connery played his last roles in 1983.

1973 to 1985 saw Roger Moore as Bond.

1971 saw the release of Sean Connery in the role again.

1969 George Lazenby, at the time the world's highest paid male model, took on the Bond role but it was a one-film stand.

Sean Connery had the role from 1962 to 1967 in five films.

Everyone has their favorite Bond actor but missing from the Oscars tonight? All of them. It would have been quite something to see them standing there onstage, shoulder to shoulder. And I suspect I'm not the only one who wished it were so.

Bob Simmons, the First James Bond
But the first actor to play James Bond on a movie screen? No, it wasn't Connery. The first actor to play the role of Bond did it in the opening sequence of the first movie, Dr. No in 1962, when he strolled across the screen, ever in the line of sight down a gun barrel only to turn and fire back, followed by blood red dripping down the screen. It was stuntman Bob Simmons, and it looked so good that it was used several more times up until Connery shot the sequence for Goldfinger.

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