"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, Timothy 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 The Narrator. 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 was James Bond 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.
- 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.
- Shakespearian Actors
- 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.