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Beyond Bond: 7 Great Action Pics Starring Actors Who Played 007

Beyond Bond: 7 Great Action Pics Starring Actors Who Played 007

Each actor to step into MI6 Agent Bond’s shoes has made the role his own–we’ve had some suave womanizers (Roger Moore, Pierce Bronsan) and some fierce menacers (Sean Connery, Daniel Craig)–and through it all the action franchise has remained a swaggering and unstoppable force at the box office. It’s a lot of pressure to be cast as a Bond, and it’s no surprise that the lucky men who’ve filled the role each needed some action-thriller practice to cut their teeth. Below we’ve compiled a list of our favorite action pics starring Bond actors, before their stint as the legendary spy.

1. Layer Cake with Daniel Craig
Two years before his first Bond pic Casino Royale, the actor was being primed for stardom via this well-crafted British crime thriller. Craig plays “XXXX,” a London drug kingpin on the verge of retirement who finds himself knee-deep in the drug trade. With its impressively styled action sequences, Layer Cake is more than 007 1.0. It’s also a modern action classic.

Author William Boyd gets RESTLESS, takes on 007 in new novel

Author William Boyd gets RESTLESS, takes on 007 in new novel

William Boyd just got his license to kill – fresh off working on the critically-acclaimed screen adaptation of his WWII spy novel RESTLESS, the author’s been tapped by Ian Fleming’s estate to pen the next entry in the James Bond franchise. Our congrats to him on reeling in MI6′s master spy.

Previously unpublished LIFE photos of James Bond castings

Previously unpublished LIFE photos of James Bond castings

Last week we saw the teaser trailer for SKYFALL, the newest James Bond film in the Daniel Craig era. Not shown in the trailer is that instead of ordering a martini “shaken, not stirred” Bond might be only requesting a cold beer (blasphemous!) thanks to a marketing deal with Heineken for supposedly $45 million.

John Barry dies at 77

John Barry dies at 77

Nice photo from Vanity Fair: A May 1967 shot of Nancy Sinatra and John Barry, who died yesterday, in the studio to record the Bond theme for “You Only Live Twice.” John Barry composed scores for 11 James Bond movies, as well as other classic films like DANCES WITH WOLVES, BODY HEAT, and OUT OF…