Friday, October 16, 2009

Timothy Dalton Brings The Edge Back To James Bond

Timothy Dalton would play James Bond in two films, The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). He had actually been considered for the role of 007 several times in the past, before he finally accepted the part of our favorite British secret agent after Roger Moore's tenure ended as Bond.

The Living Daylights
was a bigger success than the last couple of Bond movies starring Moore. His next Bond film Licence to Kill was still successful in most markets, but didn't do as well in the United States. Legal disputes delayed the production of the next film. Dalton's contract expired before things were sorted out. Negotiations began again with him, but he decided to move on from the role. Pierce Brosnan would then be hired to become James Bond in the next film GoldenEye (1995).

Dalton had wanted to take the role back to its roots. He was a big fan of the Ian Fleming novels. He wanted Bond to be more cold, ruthless & serious. He felt that the franchise had gotten silly and outlandish over the years. Fans seem to be mixed over Dalton's turn as Bond. I personally think he was a great 007. While his two Bond movies aren't perfect, I enjoyed both of them. It's a shame that he didn't play the role in a couple of more movies. I do think that Dalton has gained more respect over the years, especially since Daniel Craig has become the latest actor to play Bond.


The Living Daylights:

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Licence to Kill:

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58 comments:

Emily Cato said...

There are NO James Bond movies as good as the original ones! :)

Dumbwit Tellher said...

There is something a bit more evil about Timothy than the other Bonds. Is it his eyes..not sure? He's not my favorite Bond, but wouldn't throw him out in the trash either. Great post Keith!!!

Happy weekend to be ~

Robert M. Lindsey said...

Dalton was a great Bond saddled with lousy scripts.

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naveen said...

nice post about James bond ,

Sam said...

Very interesting - and a shame - as you say, now Craig is playing Bond tough and icy cold which is what Dalton wanted to do. I guess wrong time wrong place for Mr. Dalton. You know, I'm a huge Bond fan but I have never ever seen a Dalton film on purpose! (guess that doesn't make me such a huge fan huh?) Maybe now I'll check him out!

janettaylor said...

Really? I didn't know about these. Thanks for sharing, Keith!

Have a great Friday!

XoXo

Protege said...

I loved "The Living Daylights" due to many aspects. First of all, I thought at that time that Timothy Dalton was the best looking man that ever walked the earth.;) Then, that Bond movie was taking place partly in the Eastern Bloc, more specifically in the place of my origin, Prague. And finally, the Bond theme was made by A-ha, the most popular pop act then.;)
Wonderful post as always.;)
Have a great Friday.;)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Just stopping by to wish you a fabulous weekend! Hopefully it will be full of all things James Bond :D

Darius Whiteplume said...

I liked Living Daylights and thought Dalton was a good Bond. He had the added pressure of the Cold War ending... I don't think we were ready for Bond to be chasing drug dealers, even though most of the Connery films were not Soviet related.

Keith said...

Hey Emily. Thanks for commenting. I definitely prefer Connery over any of the others. The 60's Bond was the best.

Mondo said...

With you all the way Keith - he brought a dark menace and suppressed tension that Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan lacked. Shame he didn't stay around.

There was another English actor Lewis Collins who was almost chosen after Roger Moore, but fell out with the Producers and that was that. He'd have made a mighty bond.

Keith said...

Hey Dumbwit. Thanks. He's not my favorite Bond. That's Connery. I like him though. He definitely played the role colder and more ruthless than others. I liked that about him.

Keith said...

Hey Robert. I totally agree. That's why I mentioned neither of his movies were perfect. There were definitely things that needed to be changed.

Thanks Naveen. Glad you liked it.

Keith said...

Hey Sam. Thanks. Dalton's films are getting more attention and respect now since Craig is playing the role in the same vein. I think people just weren't ready for that 20 years ago. I do hope you will watch his two Bond films.

Hey Janet. I'm glad I could let you know about these films. I hope you'll get a chance to see them.

Keith said...

Hey Protege. Thanks. I'm glad you liked "The Living Daylights." That movie had a lot going for it. I do like the locale of it. I've always visited some places in Eastern Europe, such as Prague, etc. I do love the theme song for this one. I think the villains were a little weak in this one though.

Keith said...

Hey Housewife. Thanks. I hope you will enjoy your weekend as well. Cheers!

Hey Darius. Thanks. Dalton came along when there was all the stuff about AIDS happening. Plus the Cold War was ending so there needed to be a new set of villains. It was a bad time to play Bond. I still enjoyed what he brought to the character.

Keith said...

Hey Dave. Thanks. Glad you understand where I'm coming from with this. I do wish he would have done a few more. I like Roger and Pierce, but Timothy brought something to the role that both of them lacked. It is also interesting to see the other men who may have played 007.

Wolf Boy said...

One of my favorite Bonds. You are right that he brought an edge back to the character. I wish he would have done GoldenEye.

mom & son said...

hi keith!
how's the weather there in NC?

i love james bond movies. he's very good actor.

Keith said...

Hey Wolf. Thanks. Glad to see you're a fan too. I do wish he would have done that film.

Keith said...

Hey Mom. Thanks. Glad to see you like Bond. It's cold here. We've also been getting some rain.

Erika said...

I just can't see Timothy playing James Bond - he doesn't have the same soft, charisma about him that the original possessed. :)

Nancy Sinatra Fan said...

He was a great Bond. I also wish he had done more of these films.

sinnlighet said...

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agneta, you remember the swe......

Keith said...

Hey Erika. Thanks for commenting. Sorry you don't like the idea of Timothy as 007. He did get a mixed reaction the role.

Keith said...

Hey Phoebe. Thanks. I do wish he had done a couple more.

Keith said...

Hey Agneta. Thanks so much. You're too sweet. Cheers!

Tights Lover said...

TD was an outstanding Bond. I was never as much of a fan of Brosnan in that role.

Gabbi said...

Interesting review on his portrayal dear Keith, especially coming from such a fan of the 007 films... now you have me thinking on your thoughts on Craig?

Wishes for a fantastic weekend!♥

lancelonie said...

When I hear Bond, James Bond, I always think they're just one person portraying him...like they're look-alikes... :)

Keith said...

Hey Tights. I like Brosnan, but he was no Dalton. I much would have preferred to have seen Dalton continue in the role for a number of years.

Keith said...

Hey Gabbi. Thanks for commenting I like Daniel Craig. I think he's taking the role back to what Dalton was trying to do. I like Casino Royale better than Quantum of Solace though. I do wish though they would bring back Q & Moneypenny.

Keith said...

Hey Lance. Thanks for commenting. They definitely all looked different. It wasn't just one man being cloned over the years.

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The weirdest thing is I had a dream about James Bond last night.
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Maria Confer said...

I totally forgot he played Bond. I love Dalton as an actor and will have to rewatch these.

My husband, too, likes Bond in the books better.

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Keith said...

Hey Libby. That's really cool. I hope it was a good dream.

Keith said...

Hey Maria. Thanks for commenting. Definitely watch the two Dalton Bond films. I love Bond in the books.

AutumnJones said...

I have always adored this The Living Daylights poster. I just still dont know why.

Jessica Cangiano said...

Fun post, Keith, I always like your movie centred pieces. Any Bond film is a good watch, in my books, but I just never felt like Timothy was any sort of a match compared to Sean :D


Have an awesome weekend!
♥ Jessica

Marian said...

my fave bonds were SEan Connery and roger moore! huge crushes on their younger selves!
happy wknd Keith
x
marian

Some Like it Vintage said...

I always liked Dalton, but felt he was not given the platform to really blossom. The movies were still kitschy - he would probably do very well today though!

Have a wonderful weekend Keith :-) xoxo

Keith said...

Hey Autumn. Nothing wrong with that. It is a cool poster.

Keith said...

Hey Jessica. Thanks for commenting. Glad you enjoy these type of posts. I have a lot of fun with my Bond posts. I think all Bonds will always be compared to Connery.

Keith said...

Hey Marian. Thanks for commenting. Those were both awesome Bonds. Connery is my favorite, while Moore is the favorite of my two siblings.

Keith said...

Hey Veronica. Thanks for commenting. I think Dalton deserved better material. They weren't bad movies, but needed some work. It juts wasn't a good time in the Bond universe.

Couture Carrie said...

Really interesting info. about Dalton! Love the movie posters too!

xoxox,
CC

Phoebe Rose said...

I love the Bond movies too. I like the new ones with Craig but I don't care about how realistic they are. Thats why I prefer the oldies-they're more fun!
Thanks so much for your lovely comment :)

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Keith said...

Hey Carrie. Thanks. I'm happy you got something out of this post.

Keith said...

Hey Phoebe. Thanks. I do like Craig's Bond movies. I do prefer the more classic ones. I miss the things that made these movies "Bondish."

dapper kid said...

I definitely think Dalton is overlooked far too easily. Although I have trouble picturing him as the quintessential Bond, he actually did a really amazing job. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend :)

Clarity said...

I like him a lot as Bond. I remember watching it as a kid and thinking how intelligent, vulnerable and charming "Bond" was at last.

You might not know that he did most of his own stunts, including the one where he was slammed on top of a moving land rover.

Keith said...

Hey Dapper. Thanks for commenting. It was nice hearing your take on Dalton. Glad you do like him. Even though Connery is my favorite Bond, I actually picture Dalton usually when I read the books for some reason.

Keith said...

Hey Clarity. Thanks for commenting. Glad to see you're a Bond and Dalton fan. He was awesome as 007. I did know that about the stunts. Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

Stephanie said...

Oh, Timmy was a fab Bond. Loved him as Bond. I don't know what all the uproar was about. I thought he was quite a perfect Bond. :)

♥ Marta ♥ said...

I don't like current Bond...Dalton was such a perfect choice.

Noshabelle said...

I'm not really into James Bond movies, though I've seen the ones with Daniel Craig. :P
Have a great sunday!

Keith said...

Hey Steph. Thanks. I know what you mean. It's like how people freaked out when Craig became 007. There was a lot of that back with Dalton.

Keith said...

Hey Marta. Thanks. Glad you liked Dalton as 007.

Hey Nosh. Thanks. Hope you get the chance to watch some of the earlier ones though.