The stylish actors of the James Bond films, ranked

James bond thumbnailMGMSean Connery versus Daniel Craig — new versus old, classic versus contemporary.

All the actors who’ve played James Bond left a stylish footprint on the franchise.

Dressed in the prevailing fashions of their day, they set the benchmark for sharp style in their respective decades.

It’s nearly impossible to judge which Bond has the most sartorial swagger.

But we did it anyway.

We decided to rank the most stylish Bonds in a modern context, to see which 007 stands up to fashion’s tricky test of time.

Automatically, this 21st century approach is supremely unfair to George Lazenby’s ruffled dress shirt. But here we go…

6. Roger Moore

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By putting Roger Moore in sixth place, we're by no means saying his Bond had no style. Again, all Bonds are stylish -- and products of their time.

Unfortunately, Moore's 1970s style is a bit grandfatherly. Wide patterned ties and grey patterned sport coats do not make a very debonair James Bond.

5. Timothy Dalton

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Timothy Dalton's Bond wore all the right clothes, from tuxedos to high-collared suits. But he didn't wear them convincingly.

He looked out of place in every suited-up scene, as if he much preferred combat gear. Dalton treated formal threads like a uniform he couldn't wait to take off.

4. Pierce Brosnan

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Pierce Brosnan's Bond knew how to rock a suit. Unfortunately, they made him look more like an international mogul than a slightly unhinged British secret agent.

He was a bit more convincing in a tuxedo -- but he still looked like an executive at a charity gala, rather than an undercover spy.

3. George Lazenby

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We're a little conflicted about George Lazenby's Bond.

His cream suit, pink shirt, and navy knit tie is pretty much peak Bond (dashing, stylish, and slightly daring), but the ruffled dinner shirt is something we cannot abide.

Sure, it's a product of the late '60s, when Lazenby's only Bond movie, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service,' came out, but in 2015, it is inexcusable.

2. Sean Connery

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The first Bond is also one of the best dressed. Both the three-piece grey suit and white dinner jacket are now trademarks of the ephemeral Bond -- trademarks that only Connery, with his cocky portrayal of 007, could cement.

Playing the character with his now-signature arrogance and effortless cool, Connery made Bond's threads his own. The clothes didn't define him, but they certainly helped him set the bar impossibly high for all future Bonds.

His only weakness is the infamous terrycloth playsuit.

1. Daniel Craig

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Daniel Craig's Bond is the modern answer to Connery's 007. He looks at ease in every ensemble he appears in, like a man who's supremely accustomed to this lifestyle.

The only edge he has on Connery is his modernity. Tom Ford has done Craig's Bond well. His snug suits are the perfect balance of modern tailoring and classic Bond style.

Further, no Bond has rocked a tux quite like Craig's Bond.

Disagree? Tell us why in the comments.

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