Since its first film 53 years ago, James Bond has featured its fair share of hunks in trunks and foxes in tuxes.

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1. Sean Connery, 1962-1971

Sean Connery in From Russia With Love (Photo: Rex)

Sean Connery in From Russia With Love (Photo: Rex Features)

Bond Films: 

Dr No (1962); From Russia With Love (1963); Goldfinger (1964); Thunderball (1965); You Only Live Twice (1967); Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Bond Girls:

Honey Ryder; Sylvia Trench; Pussy Galore; Kissy Suzuki; Plenty O’Toole

Real-life Loves:

The first James Bond was in real life married to actress Diane Cliento from 1962 to 1973, with whom he had a son, actor Jason. Since 1975, been married to Moroccan-French painter Micheline Roquebrune.

Other Films:

A Bridge Too Far; Time Bandits; Highlander; The Name Of The Rose; The Untouchables; Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade; The Hunt For Red October; Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves; The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Thunderball indeed! Sean rocks the short shorts look (Photo: Rex)

Thunderball indeed! Sean rocks the short shorts look (Photo: Rex Features)

 

2. George Lazenby, 1969

Former Aussie model George Lazenby is On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Photo: Rex)

Former Aussie model George Lazenby is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (Photo: Rex Features)

Bond Film:

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Bond Girls:

Comtesse Teresa di Vicenzo; Ruby Bartlett

Real-life Loves:

Married to Christina Gannett from 1971 to 1995, and to former tennis star Pam Shriver from 2002 until 2008.

Other Films:

The Emmanuelle films; The Return Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Gorgeous George whets the appetite (Photo: Rex)

Gorgeous George whets the appetite (Photo: Rex Features)

 

3. Roger Moore, 1973-1985

Roger Moore offers A View To A Kill (Photo: Rex)

Roger Moore offers A View To A Kill (Photo: Rex Features)

Bond Films:

Live And Let Die (1973); The Man With The Golden Gun (1974); The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); Moonraker (1979); For Your Eyes Only (1981); Octopussy (1983); A View To A Kill (1985)

Bond Girls:

Solitaire; Mary Goodnight; Major Anya Amasova – Agent Triple X; Holly Goodhead; Octopussy; Pola Ivanova

Real-life Loves:

Married four times, to Doorn van Steyn (1946-53), Dorothy Squires (1953-68), Luisa Mattioli (1969-96) and to current wife Kristina Tholstrup since 2002.

Other Films:

The Wild Geese; The Cannonball Run; Spice World

 

4. Timothy Dalton, 1987-1989

Timothy Dalton has a Licence To Kill and a licence to thrill (Photo: Rex)

Timothy Dalton has a Licence To Kill and a licence to thrill (Photo: Rex Features)

Bond Films:

The Living Daylights (1987); Licence To Kill (1989)

Bond Girls:

Kara Milovy; Lupe Lamora

Real-life Loves:

Has never married. Was in a relationship with actress Vanessa Redgrave from 1971 to 1986.

Other Films:

Wuthering Heights; Mary, Queen Of Scots; Flash Gordon; Hot Fuzz

 

5. Pierce Brosnan, 1995-2002

Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies (Photo: Rex)

Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies (Photo: Rex Features)

Bond Films:

Goldeneye (1995); Tomorrow Never Dies (1997); The World Is Not Enough (1999); Die Another Day (2002)

Bond Girls:

Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova; Wai Lin; Dr Molly Warmflash; Giacinta ‘Jinx’ Jordan

Real-life Loves:

Was married to Australian actress Cassandra Harris, from 1980 until she died in 1991. Married to Keely Shaye Smith, since 2001.

Other Films:

Mrs Doubtfire; The Thomas Crown Affair; The Tailor Of Panama; Mamma Mia!

Pierce as James Bond has a Goldeneye for the ladies (Photo: Rex)

Pierce as James Bond has a Goldeneye for the ladies (Photo: Rex Features)

 

6. Daniel Craig, 2006-Present

Skyfall featured a tough and gritty Daniel Craig performance (Photo: Rex)

Skyfall featured a tough and gritty Daniel Craig performance (Photo: Rex Features)

Bond Films:

Casino Royale (2006); Quantum Of Solace (2008); Skyfall (2012); Spectre (2015)

Bond Girls:

Vesper Lynd; Severine

Real-life Loves:

Married to actress Fiona Loudon from 1992 to 1994. Since 2011, married to actress Rachel Weisz.

Other Films:

Elizabeth; Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; Enduring Love; The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Daniel Craig. Casino Royale. Little blue trunks. Need we say more? (Photo: Rex)

Daniel Craig. Casino Royale. Little blue trunks. Need we say more? (Photo: Rex Features)

 

So who will be the next James Bond?

When the time comes for Daniel Craig to hang up his tuxedo and put down his martini glass, there will be no shortage of actors willing to take on the mantle of 007.

Among the bookies favourites (odds according to William Hill at time of writing) are:

 

Tom Hardy (2/1)

The Sun Military Awards 2013, London, Britain - 11 Dec 2013

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Damian Lewis (5/2)

67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 20 Sep 2015

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Idris Elba (4/1)

Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala, Palm Springs, California, America - 04 Jan 2014

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Henry Cavill (5/1)

18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, America - 10 Jan 2013

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David Oyelowo (5/1)

BAFTA Britannia Awards, Los Angeles, America - 09 Nov 2013

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Nicholas Hoult (6/1)

'Equals' film premiere, Toronto International Film Festival, Canada - 13 Sep 2015

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Michael Fassbender (7/1)

'Macbeth' premiere, 68th Cannes Film Festival, France - 23 May 2015

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Aidan Turner (20/1)

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' film premiere, London, Britain - 01 Dec 2014

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Eddie Redmayne (25/1)

Variety Fandango Studio Powered By Samsung Galaxy, Toronto International Film Festival, Canada - 13 Sep 2015

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…and David Beckham (200/1)

Pride of Britain Awards, Grosvenor House, London, Britain - 28 Sep 2015

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Who would you like to see as the next James Bond?