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The company's ads sometimes focus on its reptilian mascot, Martin the Gecko, an anthropomorphic Day Gecko created by The Martin Agency and most recently a CGI creature generated by Framestore CFC. The gecko first appeared in 1999 during the Screen Actors Guild strike that prevented the use of live actors.[3] In the original commercial, where the gecko pleads for people to stop calling him in error, mistaking gecko for GEICO, he was thought to have been voiced by Kelsey Grammer. In the subsequent commercials, (which portray him as a representative of the company), the gecko speaks with an English (Cockney) accent, because it would be unexpected, according to Martin Agency's Steve Bassett. Paul Morgan, a British actor and comedian, is the current voice of the GEICO gecko. In current commercials the gecko's accent is more working-class, perhaps in an effort to further "humanize" him

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 Voice changed From Kelsey Grammer to a cockney accent
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1 He was funny when he was flustered at everyone calling him, but ever since he "changed over" to being a PC, cockney, spokesman for the company, I can't take him anymore. -- Submitted By: (BBulaga75) on June 16, 2012, 7:51 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Mr. or Ms.(), The original GEICO Gecko was voiced by Kelsey Grammer not the person who did Morris the Cat[ and, yeah, I remember those commercials]. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 5, 2012, 9:28 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I remember the first Geico commercial with the Gecko, he sounded like Morris the Cat from Nine Lives Catfood. Completely different accent than today. Of course a lot of readers are too young to remember Morris! -- Submitted By: () on April 2, 2012, 3:01 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 As annoying as I think Geico commercials are, I will confess that I liked the Gecko in the beginning. It was cool when he sounded like Sideshow Bob, but they messed that up by making him cockney. I miss the days when he told people to stop calling him after mistaking Gecko for Geico. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on February 9, 2010, 5:42 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Give it time, im sure GEICO will screw that up too. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on February 9, 2010, 3:10 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I've always wondered why his dialect changed. He used to speak "the queen's english" and then went all cockney. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on February 9, 2010, 11:23 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
7 fletch000, If they could get Kelsey Grammer to reprise the voice, I wouldn't be surprised if it had the same Frazier Crane shelf life. What's he doing these days, anyway? -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on February 9, 2010, 11:19 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
8 I'll take a show about this guy over those stale unfunny cavemen any day. He had never been boned. -- Submitted By: (fletch000) on February 9, 2010, 7:26 am - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote

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