by Scott Cranford
The on-screen Superman and the on-screen James Bond have closely paralleled in their long television and cinematic history. For generations these heroes have preserved and continue to prevail. Not only are these iconic alpha males square jawed, capable, tall dark and handsome but they also parallel in the amount of actors playing the characters. The similarities don't stop there...
Christopher Reeve/Sean Connery
The definitive Superman and James Bond. Not only do they set the physical standard, they exude a serious tone and authoritative charisma.
George Reeves/Roger Moore
These guys were both seasoned actors with credits under their belts. They took a light hearted approach and got the job done with a wink and a smile, while still coming across as cool and rugged.
Dean Cain/Timothy Dalton
The times demanded a slick and suave kind of hero. A romantic man who gave his leading lady equal time and these fellas fit the bill..
Brandon Routh/James Lazenby
Both were handsome guys picked from obscurity. Both carried the torch for a very short time. Routh however continues to have success as other heroes.
Tom Welling/Pierce Bronson
An unintimidating nice guy was in fashion, someone you could talk to, and who would listen. Everybody already knew Pierce Bronson from his TV show Remington Steele, which made him familiar.
Henry Cavill/Daniel Craig
A harder generation produced a rough and tumble, hard edged hero that hits first and asks questions later. Cold, intense and respected.
Alright, for those of you who are thinking, what about the very first Superman from the theatrical serials, Kirk Allen? Where does he fit into this? His stylish but cartoonish rendision of the man of steel bares a striking similarity to David Niven’s comedic performance in the James Bond satire, Casino Royale.