Who was the first actor to play the character James Bond?
The first person to play James Bond on screen was the American actor Barry Nelson who played the role in the 1954 black and white one-off TV show ‘Casino Royale’.
The episode was based on the Ian Fleming novel of the same name.
The first man to play 007 in a full cinema movie and the man traditionally thought of as the first Bond was Sean Connery.
The Scottish actor first played James Bond in the 1962 film Dr No, based on Fleming’s 1958 novel.
In total Connery would appear in 7 Bond films between 1962 and 1983.