Creator / Timothy Dalton
"I don't think anyone except the few people who have played James Bond can tell you how strange and special it is and how much your life changes."

British actor born in Wales on March 21st 1944 or 1946, Timothy Peter Dalton has done Shakespeare for the Royal Shakespeare Company, was Philip II in The Lion in Winter, played a supermarket manager in Hot Fuzz, Prince Barin in Flash Gordon, Neville Sinclair in The Rocketeer, Heathcliff in a 1970 adaptation of Wuthering Heights and Rochester in a 1983 adaptation of Jane Eyre. He voiced Mr. Pricklepants the toy hedgehog in Toy Story 3 and played a deliciously nutty villain in Chuck. He appears in the Doctor Who story "The End Of Time" as Rassilon. David Tennant and he "sang" each other's theme tunes on set. Currently starring as Sir Malcolm Murray in Showtime's Penny Dreadful.

OK, we've got to mention it eventually. He played James Bond twice in the late 1980s, in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. His serious take on the role, based on the books' portrayal of the character divides Bond fans to this day - some love him, some hate him. What cannot be denied is that until Daniel Craig showed up he certainly was the most serious.

Tropes related to Timothy Dalton:

  • Badass Baritone: There are few voices more powerful or commanding than The Daltonator's. However, he somehow combines this with Vocal Dissonance.
  • Badass Beard: Sports one in Penny Dreadful.
  • Badass Grandpa: Spoken of very admirably on Hot Fuzz's commentary track — particularly the part about how even at his age, Dalton can enter any pub and still turn the heads of every woman inside.
  • Badass Moustache: Sports fantastic mustaches in Hot Fuzz, Flash Gordon and The Rocketeer.
  • Classically Trained Extra:
    • Averted. He admits that he does big films like Hot Fuzz because he enjoys them.
    • Interestingly scored a number of laughs in his cameo as one of these in Toy Story 3.
  • Large Ham: His characters are normally reserved and stoic but, when the situation calls for it, he can ham it up with the best of Them. See his performances in Hot Fuzz and Doctor Who for some truly epic scenery chewing.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Has is known for playing very serious characters (including James Bond going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge) or villainous roles, but listen to any commentary or watch any interview with him and it's clear just how nice and sweet he is. He's also got quite a few Good Is Not Nice style heroes and anti-heroes on his resume as well.
    • According to John Logan, showrunner of Penny Dreadful, Malcolm was originally supposed to stay brutal and uncompromising. His Character Development and the brainwashing subplot in season two was because Dalton is such a sweetheart and is extremely friendly with the rest of the cast.
  • Old Shame: You would be advised never to ask him about Sextette where he played the husband of then 85-year-old Mae West, fifty-three years older than him at the time.
  • Vocal Dissonance: While he does have quite the commanding voice, his voice can get jarringly high and squeaky whenever his characters are in a jovial mood.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Was all set to reprise Bond in Ian Fleming's The Property of a Lady, which was scrapped in favor of what was to become Goldeneye... then came the lawsuit, which ground the franchise to a halt for five years.
      • He was initially interested in reprising the role for just Goldeneye and not any further films. Despite their great working relationship and friendship, producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli wanted Dalton to commit for a four-to-five film contract, which Dalton was unwilling to do. Not wanting to be contractually obligated to stick around for longer than he was willing to, Dalton announced his resignation from the role in April 1994.
    • He'd been approached to play Bond twice before his official debut in The Living Daylights. First, when Sean Connery quit after You Only Live Twice in 1967, but he declined because he was too young for the role, being in his early 20's, when James Bond is at least 15 years older. And again in 1981, when Roger Moore considered quitting before For Your Eyes Only. He was going to take over before Moore changed his mindnote .
    • He also nearly didn't play Bond at all. Pierce Brosnan was set to take the role from Roger Moore, but a clause in his Remington Steele contract forced him to back out.
    • He was also considered for Alfred in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before Jeremy Irons was cast.