11/12/2012 11:49 am ET

Bond Girls Are Now Women, And 007 A Real Man

In the matchup between Sean Connery and Daniel Craig over who makes the better James Bond, it’s hard to imagine that a modern woman wouldn’t choose Craig. Connery may have been the original — the one who created the famous balance between rough and refined and popularized the “shaken not stirred” vodka martini — but it’s hard to get behind a guy who was also prone to slapping his women around (as Connery’s Bond did to his lady in Diamonds Are Forever) and whose sexual exploits sometimes teetered on the brink of rape (see: Pussy Galore in Goldfinger).

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