Podcast: Geek Roles – Who’s the BEST James Bond?

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Who played these geek roles the best? Jay and Daryl go through all the major geek roles from film to give their thoughts on who played the role best. Who’s the best Batman? Superman? James Bond? Wonder Woman? We discuss them all and give our reasons why! Who do YOU think played these roles the best?

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Ashley’s Take

The Story Geeks’ blogger Ashley Pauls responds with her own take on the questions discussed in the podcast.

Batman

Since I think Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy are the greatest Batman films, I’m going to go with Christian Bale as the best Batman. He’s a great fit for Nolan’s overall tone/vision, and I love how Bale executes what I think is the perfect three-film character arc. However…this might be slightly controversial, but I’m going to go for it anyway 😉 — I think Ben Affleck is also excellent as Bruce Wayne/Batman. There was a lot of controversy surrounding his initial casting, but I thought Affleck did a good job portraying an older, more world-weary version of the character. It’s a shame the character wasn’t used as well as he could have been in “Justice League,” but he was definitely a highlight of “Batman v. Superman” for me.

Superman

I’m going to vote for Christopher Reeve on this one. His performance is so iconic and so deeply a part of Superman lore now, and I think he’ll always have a special place in fans’ hearts. His Superman films are more idealistic and hopeful than we’re used to from superhero movies today, and though Superman has never really been my favorite superhero, I still admire and appreciate this performance.

James Bond

This one is super easy for me — I LOVE Daniel Craig as James Bond. His “Casino Royale” is my favorite spy flick, and one of my favorite movies, period. While some of the past Bond movies have their fun moments, I appreciate Craig’s darker, more nuanced performance. He successfully brings the character into the modern era.

Wonder Woman

I’m really only familiar with Gal Gadot in this role (I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that as a geek!). However, I absolutely love her in the first “Wonder Woman” film and can’t wait for the sequel. She portrays Wonder Woman as such a well-rounded character, balancing bravery, kindness, strength, and compassion. She’s a great role model.

Spider-Man

This is another easy one for me — Tom Holland! While each of the actors who’ve played Spider-Man have brought something unique and valuable to the role, I feel like Tom Holland is just such a perfect fit for both sides of the character: Peter Parker and that certain web-slinging superhero. He makes the character feel believable; he really does seem like a teenager who’s struggling to balance everyday life with these newfound powers.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

As much as I love the Star Wars original trilogy, I’m actually going to go with Ewan McGregor here. McGregor’s Obi-Wan is easily my favorite part of the Star Wars prequels. Although those films are definitely flawed, Obi-Wan shines through. The rumors about a spin-off Obi-Wan movie starring McGregor may or may not come true, but I’d love to see him as the character one more time, especially if they can find the perfect director (James Mangold, anyone?).

The Flash

Even though I’m woefully behind on the CW’s “Flash,” Grant Gustin is my favorite version of the character. I’m not as familiar with the original comics, but I loved this character the second he showed up as a guest star on an episode of “Arrow.”

Star Trek Original Series

The characters from the Original Series are my favorite Star Trek crew, actually, and I love the portrayals in the original show and in the J.J. Abrams reboot films. But if I had to go character by character, original vs. new, I’d pick Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura, Walter Koenig as Chekov, DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy, and John Cho as Sulu. I think it’s a testament to the quality of the reboot casting that I have such a hard time picking which performances I like better!

X-Men

Ooo, another hard one! I love both the original X-Men movies and the new flashback/reboot ones. There really is no topping Patrick Stewart as Professor X, even though I really enjoyed James McAvoy as a younger version of the character. And even though Ian McKellen is wonderful as Magneto, I actually like Michael Fassbender even more in the role. “X-Men: First Class” is my favorite X-Men movie, and that’s largely because of Fassbender’s performance.

Listen to the Story Geeks “Who Played It Best?” episode for even more casting comparisons!

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