Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Where most movie franchises are lucky to span one decade, the James Bond franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with its 23rd installment, Skyfall. The trick behind its longevity is no secret — since the ’60s, the producers have reinvented the iconic agent several times so that he always feels of the moment.
But through it all, a few key characteristics remain the same. Bond is always first and foremost a martini man, though he may dabble in beer or other cocktails from time to time, and his knack for ladykilling is almost as well regarded as his talent for killing-killing. So which of the six Bonds is the deadliest, booziest, and sexiest of them all? The infographic after the jump has the answer.
Ta-da! According to this chart by The Economist (via Vulture), it’s Pierce Brosnan who’s the Bondiest Bond by those measures. His average combined bodies, conquests, and martinis per movie is roughly 50% higher than the second-place contender, Daniel Craig.
However, a closer look at the data suggests some ways in which these fellows set themselves apart from one another. Brosnan’s dominance is mostly due to his trigger-happy tendencies; as a drinker and a lover, he’s somewhere in the middle of the pack. Meanwhile, Craig is by far the drunkest Bond, with an astonishing average of five martinis for his first two releases. (Skyfall has been excluded from the data, so this chart just draws on his actions from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.) But all that liquor evidently does him no favors with the opposite sex.
George Lazenby, it turns out, is the most popular with the Bond girls — he carved three notches into his bedpost in his one and only outing, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. And all the way at the end of the spectrum is poor Timothy Dalton, whose Bond averaged something like six dead bodies, two hookups, and two martinis per film. That might be a wild record for a normal person, but by Bond standards it’s apparently quite tame.