British actor born in Wales in 1944 or 1946, Timothy Dalton has done Shakespeare for the Royal Shakespeare Company, 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 was also 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
. 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.
He appears in the Doctor Who
story "The End Of Time" as The Narrator ( read: Rassilon
). David Tennant
and he "sang" each other's theme tunes on set.
Tropes related to Timothy Dalton:
- Badass Baritone: There are few voices more powerful or commanding than The Daltonator's.
- 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 been playing more villainous roles in his later career 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.
- Old Shame: You would be advised never to ask him about his role in Sextette where he plays the husband of then 85-year old Mae West, fity-three years older than him at the time.
- Shakespearian Actors
- What Could Have Been:
- Was all set to reprise Bond in Ian Fleming's The Property of a Lady (which was scrapped in favour of what was to become Goldeneye)... then came the lawsuit, which ground the franchise to a halt for five years.
- 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 believed 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 was made. He was going to take over before Moore changed his mind.
- Interestingly enough, this goes both ways—Pierce Brosnan could have been Bond as early as The Living Daylights were it not for NBC making a late decision to renew Remington Steele for another season.
- Even more interesting is that Roger Moore was actually Ian Fleming's first choice for the role of Bond but was busy doing The Saint.