Dust off your tuxedos and get your martini shakers ready, 007 fans: The film franchise is turning 50. It's been a busy half-century for the superspy, who has been played by six different actors in no less than 22 films — with a 23rd, titled Skyfall, set for release on Nov. 9. With so many choices, who is the best James Bond? Here, critics make the case for six actors who gave us five decades of 007:
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