The Spies Who Loved TV – the James Bond stars who downsized for the small screen

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Pierce Brosnan is a long way from James Bond, martinis and sports cars in his new family saga The Son, screening on AMC channel on BT TV

As former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan returns to TV to play an American oil tycoon in AMC’s Wild West-style family drama The Son, What's on TV looks back at how Brosnan and the other 007s have fared on the small screen…


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PIERCE BROSNAN Long before starring in The Son, the Irish actor made his name as a likeable former con man in 1980s TV romantic crime caper Remington Steele, playing the title character who gets emotionally involved with Stephanie Zimbalist’s Laura (above).


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DANIEL CRAIG The current incarnation of 007 is best-known on TV for the 1996 BBC drama Our Friends in the North, playing Geordie Peacock (above), but he also starred as Guy Crouchback in the 2001 adapatation of Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour.


Timothy Dalton

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TIMOTHY DALTON Dalton’s early TV roles included an appearance as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. Since leaving the role of Bond, he has starred in Doctor Who and US spy comedy Chuck. In 2015 he took on the role of Sir Malcolm Murrray in Penny Dreadful (with co-star Eva Green, above).

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ROGER MOORE Famously played debonair criminal Simon Templar in The Saint (above) between 1962 and 1969, then teamed up with Tony Curtis in The Persuaders before getting the Bond gig. After filming his final 007 movie, A View to a Kill in 1985, he appeared in short-lived secret agent drama The Dream Team.


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SEAN CONNERY The Scotsman clocked up numerous TV roles in the 1950s before becoming Bond in Dr No (above), including playing a hoodlum in Dixon of Dock Green, and starring in the BBC’s Anna Karenina with Claire Bloom. But after his final outing as Bond in 1983, he focused on movies rather than TV.

The Son screens on AMC in the UK.

Richard McClure

As well as writing on sport and television for What to Watch, Richard McClure has contributed art and travel features for a wide variety of publications, including the Financial Times, The Guardian, and The Observer.