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When a character is played by two or more actors there will always be some debate over who is best. So if you are wondering who the best is here are a few ideas:


Hannibal Lecktor

Anthony Hopkins was excellent and won an Oscar playing “Hannibal the Cannibal” in The Silence of the Lambs, but for me the ultimate Dr Lector is the far more creepy Brian Cox in Michael Mann’s underappreciated Manhunter.


IMDB lists 223 actors who have played Dracula on TV and in movies but for me there is only one Dracula, Christopher Lee. The English Knight played the Transylvanian Count numerous times mainly in Hammer movies. Is it because he is the best or just the first actor I saw play the part, probably a bit of both!

James Bond

Six actors have played Bond in the official franchise movies. Timothy Dalton was probably the closest to the character created by Ian Fleming. Daniel Craig has reinvented the part role for the 21st century. But in this case the original is the best Sean Connery IS Bond.

Jack Ryan

Ben Affleck is the most recent actor to play Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears. Having played him in two movies (Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger) Harrison Ford is probably the actor most associated with the part. Again the first was the best, Alec Baldwin in The Hunt for Red October, it is also the best movie in the series.

Robin Hood

Over a hundred actors have played the English outlaw including Russell Crowe did a pretty good job earlier this year (despite his dodgy accent) and Kevin Costner did a great job in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (despite the American accent). The 80’s British TV show Robin of Sherwood is one of the best versions of the legend, the part was played by Michael Praed and Jason Connery (whose farther Sean Connery also played Robin in Robin and Marian). But who is best? Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood.

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