James Bond named 2012's most influential man
October 10th, 2012
05:49 PM ET

James Bond named 2012's most influential man

For the readers of AskMen.com, the guy who made the biggest impact this year and most shaped "what it means to be a man of influence in 2012" isn't a real man at all. He's fictional. (And he's not alone: Christian Grey from "Fifty Shades of Grey" was named the 13th most influential man of the year.)

AskMen: Top 49 Men of the Year

After a month-long public voting process on the website, AskMen.com's users voted James Bond into the No. 1 spot. Bond's having a great year already, what with the 50th anniversary of his first film, and the new Bond movie, "Skyfall," arriving in November.

Trailing 007 in second place - a position he's surely not used to - is Olympic champ Usain Bolt. Bill Clinton, Seth MacFarlane and Joseph Gordon-Levitt fill out the rest of the top five.

President Obama just barely misses the top 10, coming in at No. 11 on AskMen's ranking of influence, while Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was at No. 24.

And while Kanye West was closer to the middle of the pack in terms of influence - he arrived at No. 31 - he does have the distinction of being the only man to land on the Top 49 Most Influential Men list for all seven years of its existence.

The rest of the top 10 include Jimmy Kimmel at No. 6; Elon Musk at No. 7; Frank Ocean at No. 8; Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger tied for No. 9; and Ryan Gosling at No. 10.


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  1. Carpet Cleaning

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    January 13, 2013 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. [movie|cinema|movies|about|more]

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    December 2, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Go Y's

    :)

    October 14, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. doesn't get it....

    -

    October 14, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bronx N.Y.

    I guess if your Gay then that's O.K.

    October 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    I think Batman/Bruce Wayne should have gotten it. F*k, did this guy even watch the Nolan film-noir?

    October 11, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 8

    k?

    October 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Oh yes

    James Bond, who hasn't even released a movie in 2012 yet...........oh yes, me smurt.

    October 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James Bond

    Much obliged. Now I will shake it, not stirr it.

    October 11, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. 9th Grade Joe

    I bet if his head got squished that do do would squirt out his ears.

    October 11, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. LeeAddict

    i don't think he's attractive at all.

    October 11, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. Garamasala

    Most influential man of all time is Prophet Muhammad

    October 11, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • 9th Grade Joe

      Muhammed Ali was a pretty good boxer, but a prophet? I think not.

      October 11, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Horace

    EAT MORE PRUNES

    October 11, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. What?

    Did this guy even watch the Dark Knight Rises? How is Batman not influential this year at all?

    October 11, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Greg

    The Bond's mentality works the same way in every movie:

    10 Kill other men
    20 Sleep with their women
    30 Go to 10

    October 11, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  16. North-by-southeast

    Says something about that webpage's readership.

    October 11, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. Sokman

    I like dem zipper-heads and I like dem spiks. I like da fairies and I like den chink-ers. I like da jig-a-booos and I like dem jew-boyz....I love em all but....get the f out of my face!!!!

    October 11, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  18. brotha

    really bond?

    the only placed i heard the word Bond this year were in commercials.

    seriously this is kind of insulting

    after all the things that have happened in 2012 you put bond?

    i dont know maybe...

    Cinderella ?

    this is just some joke.

    October 11, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  19. Marney_5

    Ahhh...... What?

    October 11, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  20. jftaa

    bull. i say product placement.

    October 11, 2012 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  21. Nick

    2012 most influential man – maybe he should run for president.

    October 11, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  22. Sokman

    They call me the Sockman...u know I be a fruit! I been packin dat fudge for years now! Any of you ho-mos wanna party down and get bizzy??? Drop me your digits

    October 11, 2012 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  23. mo B

    Isn't there anyone out there who loves James Bond and all the classic films and Bond music, cars, gagets,stunts.Can you tell I want to talk Bond.I guess I need to go on a Bond chat line. Whoas me, I'm craving Bond chat.What will I do.(The Spy who Loved Me)

    October 11, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  24. mo B

    I am positively thrilled Bond made the no. 1 spot. Sean connery& Roger Moore will live on forever.(never Say never again)

    October 11, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  25. Sokman

    You know how you tell you're not funny? When you're the only one laughing at your jokes.

    October 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • So Sukkman

      You talking to me? Got a problem with somebody with an opinion that happens to be different from yours? You keep dragging politics into your comments. I don't think anybody grabbed your phone & posted your comments, did they? You invite ridicule. Sorry the air is so thin up on that republican pedestal that you stand on. Must be clouding your thought process. Bwahahahaha

      October 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Mammy says

    I can't believe someone sh!t on my kitchen floor again...

    October 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  27. tracie

    I used to get constipated before test but now I eat prunes like my grandpa. Prunes jeep you good and regular. Plus prunes are brain food. They are loaded with vitamins and fiber that help you be smarter.

    October 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Horace

      You should listen to your grandfather. He is wise. Prunes are nature's miracle food.

      October 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  28. tracie

    People shouldn't study so much. I heard it makes you constipated.

    October 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  29. checking

    baseball scores and back to the books....bye.

    October 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  30. what about?

    you seem to say what about many times a day.are you gay woman or do have a penis–just curious

    October 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Fred

    What about me?

    October 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  32. StudyBreak

    too skinny–i need a stage left asap

    October 10, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Danesha

    What about our president? What wasn't he on the list or number one? I bet this list was made up by whiiiiiitey.

    October 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      He should be on the list of most incompetent people of the year. A real loser

      October 11, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Clete

      Steve....Make sure your put yourself on the list of incompetent people...at least the President does something, instead of wasting their time on something like this.

      October 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Sokman

    What, no Big Bird? Figured the liberal sheeple would be all over that

    October 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nope

      Only a conservative would bring that up. I'm sure if big bird could, he'd love to flip you & Romney the big bird, though. Get a grip Sukkman. lmao

      October 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Babba Booey

    Howard Stern #1. Now excuse me while I take a large steaming dump.

    October 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |

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