Opinions vary wildly on the internet indeed as elsewhere about who was the best James Bond. From die-hard Sean Connery fans to those who swoon over a buff Daniel Craig. Today I take a look at the Bond phenomenon. Not to arbitrarily comment on who was the best, but rather to focus on who was the hardest. And to help me I am turning to science. More specifically, the Moh hardness scale.
So by extracting chemical elements from their surnames we arrive at Sean Connery as Cobalt with a Moh hardness of 5.5. Next comes David (Nickel) Niven who is a bit softer with a Moh hardness of 4. George (Lanthanum) Lazenby is softer still at just 2.5. Roger (Molybdenum) Moore is unexpectedly hard at 5.5.
Timothy Dalton presents a bit of a challenge as there are no Da elements though the name itself is very apt in this context. However if we cheat just a little and skip one character we can call him Timothy (Aluminium) Dalton, which has a Moh hardness of 3.
Pierce Brosnan also requires us to cheat a bit as Bromine is a liquid and doesn’t get Moh hardness number (but is a well hard element in its pure form let me tell you!). So we’ll get a bit creative and call him Pierce (Bronze) Brosnan, which gives him a modest hardness of 3.
But the undisputed winner in this contest is the current Bond, Daniel (Chromium) Craig with a Moh hardness of 8.5
That’s pretty clear to me.
So in descending order:
|Bond Actor||Mohs Hardness|
|Daniel Craig||8.5 (Chromium)|
|Sean Connery||5.5 (Cobalt)|
|Roger Moore||5.5 (Molybdenum)|
|David Niven||4 (Nickel)|
|Timothy Dalton||3 (Aluminium)|
|Pierce Brosnan||3 (Bronze)|
|George Lazenby||2.5 (Lanthanum)|