Timothy Dalton was born on March 21, 1946. He became famous as James Bond in Eon productions. He made his debut as Philip 2 of France in The Lion In Winter.
He took up Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Flash Gordon, The Tourist, Looney Tunes, Hot Fuzz, Rochester in Jane Eyre, Mary Queen of Scots, and Doctor Who. He performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company- Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Henry 5, and Love’s Labor’s Lost and BBC.
In 2015, it was said that he lost his role as James Bond in the 1980s after his role in The Living Daylights in 1987 and License to Kill in 1989. His role was more mature, and he fit the dangerous spy role.
Dalton as Bond
He was fresh and pale, lurking in shadows, thinning widow’s peak, and the 007 wore dull suits made by Benjamin Simon. The Living Daylights was a box office hit, with $190 million. It was a good film, too- charming villain and the unique Bond Girl.
He went from Britain’s Shakespearean actor to the international James Bond. Timothy voices Pricklepants in Toy Story and also enjoys his voiceover. In James Bond, MGM Studios and EON productions had some legal issues, and the two of his films for James Bind grossed really low at the time of their release.
The audience was looking for a dark and tough 007, and his performance was called poor. The Living Daylight was filmed during the Cold War and was seen with Mujahideen teaming up with James Bond. Such legal disputes shortened the term of Timothy’s contract.
A Short Term 007 Contract for Timothy Dalton
According to the casting director, Timothy was always uncomfortable paying James Bond, which was really different from all the other work he had ever done. Brosnan replaced Dalton and played Bond between 1995 to 2002.
After the disputes between MGM Studios and EON productions, the movie series went into a six-year hiatus. His films did well, but his performances were underrated. He has gotten much love after his significant 007 roles while working in Flash Gordon, Netflix historical drama series The Crown, and Hot Fuzz.
In Living Daylights, he is shown as a quiet assassin who has a lonely life. The Bond novels were so popular that they felt realistic during the cold war.
The movie License to Kill was a revenge movie and had PG-13 and graphic violence. It opens with some dark scenes in which, after the wedding of CIA agent Felix, drug lords open a terrorist attack and kill the new bride. Dalton is the iconic James Bond prototype in the 21st-century version.
He denied the five-year contract and wanted to make James Bond Human instead of superhuman because fans can’t relate to a superhuman. The producers started looking for a new Bond and told him that they needed a one-time five-year contract.
The Two Dalton Bond films were not as successful as the producers had hoped for. He was the fourth actor to be approached for the James Bond role.
Brocolli offered him a third movie of the series, which he agreed to work for until realizing that it would release five years later. He thought that he would be bored playing the same character for so many years.