Timothy Dalton

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Born in 1944, Timothy Dalton played James Bond in two movies: "The Living Daylights" (1987) and "License to Kill" (1989).
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Added on 12/01/2003

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guycmt
09/06/2008

If only to have had the sory line of the Bond that Pierce Brosnan Bond had he could have been almost as good as Sean Connery. So a great 4.5 star this Bond and worthy of 007

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irishgit
07/19/2007

An edgier and more dangerous Bond than Moore had portrayed, thankfully, but hampered by the basic fact that Dalton just isn't much of an actor.

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Nihiladrem
07/19/2007

Dalton portrayed the darkest side of the James Bond character to date. I think his two movies where an interesting investigation of a different side of who James Bond is.

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sashmit
12/10/2006

Closest to Fleming's Bond. Dark. Underrated.

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hjerua
11/23/2006

BEST bond - spoiled by the politically correct 80's scripts. ACTS far better than Connery or Moore did -- although Connery was better looking and Moore was funnier.

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Djahuti
05/18/2006

Lames Bond! Maybe he is good in other roles,but as Bond he was a joke.

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Birse
05/17/2006

Dalton was everything I imagined Bond to be in looks and attitude. In sadly only two films, he proved himself for me to be the best Bond up to that point and hasn't yet been surpassed. Certainly not by the almost hopeless Pierce Brosnan whose appeal as Bond is totally lost on me (the worst by a mile in my opinion). I eagerly await Daniel Craig's portrayal who I feel is capable of putting the toughness back into Bond without caring whether he has a hair out of place or his concealer has smudged.

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SammieW
05/16/2006

" Didn't have the charisma needed to play a character who can sleep with any woman he meets in under 10 minutes "
Well, of all the comments on this board, this is the one I have to disagree with the most. As much as 10 minutes??? ;)


" Best thing they ever did was dump this dude "
Except they didn't. He walked of his own accord when the producers had (almost) sorted out their legal problems and many of their financial issues and were ready to start the filming of 'Goldeneye'. He felt there had been too long a gap and that he had ceased to see himself in the Bond role again many years before. The only Bond actor to this day to be shown the door is Pierce Brosnan who desperately wanted to come back in 'Casino Royale'. Contrary to popular myth, even Lazenby left of his own accord after taking what must have been the worst managerial advice in cinema history.


In my opinion, Dalton is the best Bond. The complete package of acting skill, screen presence, striking looks, and all seemingly effortless. It's totally unsurprising that Broccoli and his people had been after Dalton for the role since he was 24.

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Beggstealoboro
05/15/2006

Looks, image, portrayal, performance. 100% every bit Bond.

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Gorgeous man, great actor, wonderful Bond.

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PSILU
05/14/2006

The best Bond ever in my opinion, narrowly edging Connery. Looked the part and acted the part.

Such a shame that the problems the producers were experiencing at the time led to the large gap between films that led to him giving up the part.


" Licence to Kill, the only Bond film written with him in mind " -

Not strictly true. Dalton was the producers' first choice in 1968 when Connery first left, in 1981 when Roger Moore was hinting at leaving, in 1986 (not Pierce Brosnan as he and his people have peddled for 20 years - Brosnan was only offered a screentest after Dalton turned it down again and Sam Neill's and James Brolin's screentests didn't work out) and still the choice in 1994 when he resigned from the role and Brosnan (along with Clive Owen, James Purefoy and others) was screentested again.

So as well as 'Licence to Kill' and 'The Living Daylights', 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', 'For Your Eyes Only' and 'Goldeneye' were written with Dalton in mind and then tweeked for the actors who eventually played the role in them.

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yackydanny
04/06/2006

good bond but came at the wrong time.

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Homer Bond
08/04/2005

He definitely had better acting skills than the previous Bonds, and as a fan of the books I appreciated his more realistic portrayal of Bond; less campy than Moore, less cocky than Connery. Though I think this was taken a little too far in Licence to Kill, the only Bond film written with him in mind. It was too American, too 80's, too humorless. And since there's no category for rating the Moneypennys, I'll say here that Caroline Bliss's lovestruck librarian interpretation of the role was completely forgettable.

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gtman8503
07/13/2005

Timothy Dalton should win an Oscar and beat Sean Connery over the head with it!

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caligula
04/25/2005

Bond shouldn't look like he's about to cry all the time. A pretty good actor who was simply miscast.

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JonTheMan
02/10/2005

In my humble opinion, the best Bond. An actor coming from a theatrical background, it seemed likely he would introduce a new emotional intensity to Bond. Creating a believable character which the audience can relate to (rather then the archetypal Bond presented by Moore for example) before sending him into heroic escapades can raise an action scene from the level of pretty to thrilling. His superb acting skills are the sort of thing which turned the potentially silly oil tanker chase in License to Kill (where errant sub-machine gun fire actually ricocheted to the tune of the franchise's theme no less!) into a gritty and tense showdown.

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nutta677
05/11/2004

Dalton was a touch of fresh air into the bond movies, coming at a time when 80s culture looked to a different style of bond. Dalton played a playful yet concerntrated style which enhanced both his sheer briliant 'action' role and the chemistry with the ladies. He was, some would say, fortunate to play bond in two of the best scripted bonds, but it that's not his fault. Shame he didn't do more...

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Sundiszno
03/13/2004

Just didn't fit the part. Should have been a butler, or maybe a chaufffeur, in a Bond movie, not Bond himself. Just too implausible.

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macca/darren
02/11/2004

I like Dalton in other movies. I think maybe his biggest problem was the writing and direction.

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DickWeener
02/10/2004

The third best James Bond.

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adamstainjr
12/05/2003

he BLEW!

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VirileVagabond
11/26/2003

I wanted to rank the five Bonds 5 thru 1; however, I cannot bring myself to rank Timothy Dalton a two. While Dalton was grittier than his predecessors (which was a nice change of pace), he just didn't quite fit the part. He was serious but not suave, cold but not humorous, and attractive but not charming. While Dalton's first Bond role in The Living Daylights (1987) was pretty good (and also felt like a Roger Moore 007 film), Licence To Kill (1989) had him acting very un-Bond like with his going freelance; however License did anticipate the need to find other non-Cold War villains. Perhaps Dalton suffered from bad and unimaginative writing. Timothy Dalton was born on March 21, 1946 in Colwyn Bay, North Wales.

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George_Lazenby _007
09/30/2003

Dalton was an extremely fitting Bond. He was nothing short of fantastic in TLD. However, he seemed to bore quickly with the role, and frankly in LTK he was at times just a slight, tad bit too serious. However, LTK is a very bold and amazingly well done Bond film, but it is still in the lower half ranking of the series, say 15-18 rank in the series somewhere. TLD is a top 10 Bond in the series. I think Dalton is a slight step below Moore, for the 4th best Bond, ahead of only Brosnan, but Dalton is still a 5 star Bond. He was a very good Bond without a doubt. It was truly a blessing that Brosnan didn't get Bond in 1986, because look what he has done with it since GE. Dalton is a much. much better Bond than Brosnan could ever dream of being, and personally I would have loved to see what Dalton could have done with GE, which was a better film by far than the two Tim had to deal with.

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StanUzbeck
07/26/2003

He had a different approach to the character than the others, but that doesn't make it a bad portrayal. I really liked The Living Daylights, but hated License to Kill. The only thing missing, and it is pretty major, is a sense of humour. I mean, would this Bond even know how to flirt with anyone, including Moneypenny? Oh well, not his fault he was inappropriate for the role, just should not have been cast in the first place.

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anglofyl
05/04/2003

Dalton is the Bond of Fleming's novels. His Bond is real person thrust into extraordinay scenarios. Cold, bitter, dangerous: these are the factors that make a top-notch Bond.

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Martin Clegg
02/25/2003

Better than Roger anyways

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resisobilus
02/17/2003

More than any except Connery, Dalton gave the feeling that he knew his business and took it very seriously. He was also more self-reliant than most, not needing a utility belt full of goodies from Q Division.

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cranebridge
11/29/2002

Come on, he is very unique.

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lukskywlkr.
10/17/2002

He was just adequate in the role of Bond, but I thought he was a bit too cold and serious to be Bond.

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djbuddha
07/05/2002

The Worst of the bonds

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CastleBee
01/25/2002

Excellent voice, good looking and comes about as close as Brosnan - but, I would still have to say no, just not quite right for this part. Maybe I'm being partially influenced by all the period stuff he's done or maybe Sean Connery just can't be beat in this contest.

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buttsmack
10/21/2001

timothy dalton was probably the best actiony james bond of them all.

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Potch1214
09/26/2001

Good. Credible. Living Daylights was pretty good. A good Bond. Better than Roger Moore, hands down.

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callmetootie
04/10/2001

He wasn't exactly my choice to play the next James Bond, but he wasn't that bad of a choice. He was good with the ladies, but he couldn't fight for beans. He was an enstein, but he can beat out Sean and Pierce on one toe.

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PoorOldEdgarDe rby
09/20/2000

Worst Bond ever. He's sort of rigid in his mannerisms, and just doesn't have that suaveness that is an integral part of the Bond image. Best thing they ever did was dump this dude.

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[email protected]
08/14/2000

Timothy Dalton is a very good Bond. His style of acting is probably the most realistic, although sometimes it is disappointing that the Volcano bases and metal jawed villains of the Connery and Moore era do not figure in his portrayal of the character.

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bigg8124uk
07/11/2000

a politically correct Bond - do me a favour

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Blackeye
04/18/2000

He's a good actor however that does not mean he would make a great Bond (miscast).

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Wiggum
02/24/2000

Just dull. Not actively annoying, really, but not really engaging at all, either. Just kind of there. Didn't have the charisma needed to play a character who can sleep with any woman he meets in under 10 minutes.

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jkri642om
02/23/2000

He didn't really work, but I can't figure out why. He came off a bit stiff, maybe.

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