The gentleman thief is a movie trope that giants of style, Cary Grant included, have carried off admirably, but since I spied David Niven’s turn in ‘The Phantom’; It’s not even unreasonable to say — cover your ears, Connery, Craig et al — that Niven was the most stylish James Bond, having played 007 in the 1967 spoof Casino Royale.
James David Graham Niven (1 March 1910 – 29 July 1983) was an English actor and novelist who was popular in Europe and in the United States. He won Best Actor for Separate Tables. The Pink Panther, Raffles, Around the World in 80 Days, The Bishop's Wife, Enchantment, My Man Godfrey, Charge of the Light Brigade, Bachelor Mother, The Moon is Blue, Bonjour Tristesse, Please Don't Eat the Daisies.
David Niven, Wife Primmie and son. She died at Tyrone Power's home during a dinner party while they were playing "sardines" (a hide and seek type) game. Lights were off and she opened the door that she thought was a powder room but it was the basement and fell down the stone steps. David Niven stated that he thought about suicide as a result but he had 2 small sons to raise.