James Bond Ranks #1 on AskMen's Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2012

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James Bond Ranks #1 on AskMen's Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2012

Today, AskMen, the leading men's lifestyle website with 17 million monthly readers, announced the results of their 7th annual Top 49 Most Influential Men, as determined by more than 500,000 votes.James Bond, the fictional character whose namesake film franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary this month as well as the highly anticipated release of SKYFALL in November, takes the No. 1 position after a month-long public voting process which began in early September. The Top 49 Most Influential Men challenges AskMen's readers to determine which male figures have made the biggest impact and, ultimately, shaped what it means to be a man of influence in 2012. Kanye West at No. 31 holds the new record as the only man to be named to the Top 49 for all seven years (George Clooney previously held this record but is missing from this year's list).

Bond is joined by Usain Bolt, Bill ClintonSeth MacFarlane, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to round out the top 5 positions on the 2012 list. According to AskMen editors, the results of this list illustrates a "new era" of men emerging with 27 out of the 49 nominees making the list for the very first time including Frank Ocean, Snoop Lion, Neil Patrick HarrisMichael Fassbender,Tim Tebow, and Alec Baldwin.  Media makers including Michael Phelps, LeBron James, and Prince William also made the list.

With a presidential election coming up, voters elected Bill Clinton to the No. 3 position, Barack Obama to No. 11, and Mitt Romney to No. 24.

Another trend from this list is men in the public eye who recently "reinvented" themselves to adjust with the changing times. This includes: No. 1 James Bond who has transformed over a period of 50 years and 23 different movies; Snoop Lion who went from being one of the most celebrated rappers in history to becoming one of the most anticipated reggae artists; and Howard Sternwho went from radio personality to TV personality this year.

Referring to recent conversations about the "end of men" James Bassil, Editor-in-chief of AskMen says: "Despite the regular reminders that our gender has reached its end, AskMen's Top 49 list offers up plenty of examples of men who have sustained success -- and others who found it anew through reinventing themselves, just as many of our readers have had to in recent years." He continues, "Through 2012, Top 49 staples like Kanye West and Jose Mourinho have kept building on what they've always been good at, while new arrivals like Snoop Lion have yielded their influence through new paths. We're especially excited to see adventurers like Elon Musk and Felix Baumgartner on the final list -- bring on the new space age!"

The complete roster of this year's Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2012, including profiles of each honoree, can be found at http://www.askmen.com/specials/top_49_men/. In order, the Top 49 are:

  1. James Bond
  2. Usain Bolt
  3. Bill Clinton
  4. Seth MacFarlane
  5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  6. Jimmy Kimmel
  7. Elon Musk
  8. Frank Ocean
  9. Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger
  10. Ryan Gosling
  11. Barack Obama
  12. Michael Phelps
  13. ChristIan Grey
  14. The replacement refs
  15. Christopher Nolan
  16. Liam Neeson
  17. Riad Al Assad
  18. Joss Whedon
  19. Peter Higgs
  20. Price William
  21. Bryan Cranston
  22. Jay-Z
  23. Jeff Bezos
  24. Mitt Romney
  25. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  26. Billy Reid
  27. Michael Fassbender
  28. Quentin Tarantino
  29. Felix Baumgartner
  30. Jose Mourinho
  31. Kanye West
  32. Lebron James
  33. Andy Murray
  34. Drake
  35. Markus Persson
  36. Snoop Lion
  37. Howard Stern
  38. Neil Patrick Harris
  39. Psy
  40. Jonah Peretti
  41. James Cameron
  42. John Maynard Keynes
  43. Adam Driver
  44. Tim Tebow
  45. Gotye
  46. Harvey Weinstein
  47. Tony Horton
  48. Tom Hardy
  49. Alec Baldwin

Notably missing from this year's list are George Clooney (ranked No. 14 in 2011) Tom Brady (ranked No. 15 in 2011), andJustin Timberlake (ranked No. 47 in 2011), while some returning honorees, such as Jimmy Kimmel, has experienced significant shifts in ranking, rising from No. 26 in 2008 to No. 6 in 2012. Seth MacFarlane also jumped from No. 27 in 2009 to No. 4 in 2012.




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