Timothy Dalton '007' ('87-'89)
Timothy Dalton, born March 21, 1946 in Colwyn Bay, Wales the eldest of five children, began his career on the stage proving his range with two contrasting character studies in English costume dramas: "The Lion in Winter" (1968), as a model of effete venom, and "Wuthering Heights" (1970), as a sensually charged Heathcliff. Dalton assured his cult status by playing the lead opposite an octagenarian Mae West in "Sextette" (1978) and earned international stardom as the fourth actor to play James Bond, beginning with "The Living Daylights" (1987) and ending with ‘89's “License To Kill.” Since then he has appeared in such movies as “The Rocketeer,” “The Beautician And The Beast,” and most recently, 2001’s “American Outlaws.”
What do you think your ultimate downfall was when the time came to ‘swap Bonds’ ? ”Well, that’s down to everyone’s personal opinions, but mine would be that I am not a comedian and therefore I’m not happy delivering the puns and one liners that, say, Roger (Moore) favored or the off the cuff remarks that Sean (Connery) savoured. I’m a serious actor,’ he laughs with a wink.
Reveal something about a Bond film that we may not already know ”Well, ‘The Living Daylights’ had a script that was ready for Pierce Brosnan and had to be changed to, shall we say, favor me. John Glen, who was the Director and has been since way back when he was second unit Director on ‘On Her Majesty's Secret Service,’ had to do some reworking; or so they tell me.”
It’s been said that you did most of your own stunts in the Bond movies ”Yeah, wherever possible I would do my own stunts which I should imagine resulted in greater tension and more plausible effect for the viewer. Or, at the very least, I’d like to think so,” he winks. ”In some scenes taken out of ‘The Living Daylights’ I was on the back of a motorcycle ridden by British stunt rider Eddie Kidd. I tried to do as much of the pillion riding as possible to add greater accuracy to the role.”
You were slated to do ‘Goldeneye,’ so what happened ? ”Well, the MGM fat cats said that the box office take for ‘License to Kill’ was poor and put this down to me being relatively unknown and not well recognized in the US. They wanted someone that was known to US audiences and even though I had a contract to fulfil - and Cubby Broccoli actually wanted me to stay - an ultimatum was put on the table that kinda tied Cubby’s hands. MGM wouldn’t go another step without Pierce Brosnan and so, reluctantly, it was time for me to step down.”
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