5. Pierce Brosnan
In many ways, Brosnan's Bond combines the best aspects of his predecessors: Connery's confidence, Moore's wit, Dalton's determination. But it's hard not to think that each of these virtues was diluted in Brosnan's portrayal. His 007 is the idealized '90s metrosexual male: sensitive, self-aware, cultured, an aesthete. His films reflect the times with plots about cyber-warfare, media moguls run amok, and Middle Eastern oil pipeline monopolies, and so does he. Unlike his forebears, he doesn't project his singular identity onto his time. And that can make him seem a little invisible in his own movies.
Finest hour: GoldenEye, the movie that justifies Bond's continued existence in the post-Cold War era.