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Timothy Dalton

Timothy Dalton

Birthday: 21 March 1946, Colwyn Bay, Wales, UK
Birth Name: Timothy Peter Dalton
Height: 188 cm

At a consistently lean 6' 2", green-eyed Timothy Dalton may very well be one of the last of the dying breed of swashbuckling, classically trained Shakespearean actors who have forged simulta ...Show More

Timothy Dalton
He's terrific. I think Casino Royale (2006) is a huge step forward - a leap forward. It's great and Show more He's terrific. I think Casino Royale (2006) is a huge step forward - a leap forward. It's great and Daniel's great. He got a lot of stick when he was doing it. There was a lot of negative press. He was criticized by people who didn't have a clue what was in the script or what he was going to look like in the film, which was deeply unfair. I said how wrong everyone was at the time because he's a very gifted actor. I'm pleased that the movie turned out as well as it did. Hide
"I don't think I've drunk one since I've left the Bond movies. Every bar you go in, there's always s Show more "I don't think I've drunk one since I've left the Bond movies. Every bar you go in, there's always some wisecrack, 'Oh, yours will be a Martini, shaken, not stirred!' You get sick and tired of that." - talking about all of the vodka martinis he would get whenever he walked into a bar, while he was playing Bond. Hide
I don't think that Bond is a role model or that he should be a role model. He's only part of a parti Show more I don't think that Bond is a role model or that he should be a role model. He's only part of a particular kind of story. I don't think anyone should grow up wanting to go around killing people. I don't think anyone should grow up wanting to be a secret agent. Hide
That's something I think about constantly because it has to be for a purpose, it's not just self-ind Show more That's something I think about constantly because it has to be for a purpose, it's not just self-indulgence. People often say, "Well, it's just the way I express myself." That's no good, that's narcissistic, juvenile. You work to express the piece because you believe the piece has value and that can be communicated to other people who will see something new of life because of it. You must believe that it will in some small or big way make a difference to their lives. Hide
Roger Moore was brilliant but the movies had gone a long way from their roots; they had drifted in a Show more Roger Moore was brilliant but the movies had gone a long way from their roots; they had drifted in a way that was chalk and cheese to Sean. And I think Daniel Craig will work well. I think he's going to be terrific, he's got danger and vulnerability. Hide
On playing a character: "You can't relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a Show more On playing a character: "You can't relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle. Real courage is knowing what faces you and knowing how to face it." (source: "The Making of LICENCE TO KILL" by Sally Hibbin. Eon Productions Ltd. and Glidrose Publications Ltd., 1989.) Hide
"I felt as free as a bird" - describing driving down Sunset Boulevard and seeing a billboard that ha Show more "I felt as free as a bird" - describing driving down Sunset Boulevard and seeing a billboard that had Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Pierce Brosnan on it, but no Timothy Dalton. Hide
I think most people thought it was a pity I wasn't allowed to grapple so much with the ladies. And h Show more I think most people thought it was a pity I wasn't allowed to grapple so much with the ladies. And he wasn't allowed to smoke; I think I managed to get a few puffs in, which they then cut out. Hide
[on GoldenEye (1995)] I was supposed to make one more but it was cancelled because MGM and the film' Show more [on GoldenEye (1995)] I was supposed to make one more but it was cancelled because MGM and the film's producers got into a lawsuit which lasted for five years. After that, I didn't want to do it anymore. Hide
"When I saw those posters of Pierce standing there, I suddenly thought to myself, Jesus, I don't hav Show more "When I saw those posters of Pierce standing there, I suddenly thought to myself, Jesus, I don't have to stand there with a gun to the side of my head anymore! I suddenly found the most tremendous sense of liberation, and I started to feel more like myself than I'd felt in years! I suddenly felt free!" (describing his feelings on whether or not in retrospect he made the right decision not to make the James Bond film GoldenEye (1995)) Hide
There was a time when Sean Connery gave up the role. I guess I, alongside quite a few other actors, Show more There was a time when Sean Connery gave up the role. I guess I, alongside quite a few other actors, was approached about the possibility of playing the part. That was for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). I was very flattered, but I think anybody would have been off their head to have taken over from Connery. I was also too young. Bond should be a man in his mid-thirties, at least - a mature adult who has been around. I was not approached for Live and Let Die (1973), but there was a time in the late 1970s, when Roger may not have done another one, for whatever reason. They were looking around then, and I went to see Mr. Broccoli in Los Angeles. At that time, they didn't have a script finished and also, the way the Bond movies had gone - although they were fun and entertaining - weren't my idea of Bond movies. They had become a completely different entity. I know Roger, and think he does a fantastic job, but they were different kinds of movies. Roger is one of the only people in the world who can be fun in the midst of all that gadgetry. But in truth my favorite Bond movies were always Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Goldfinger (1964). Hide
"It's very important to make the man believable so that you can stretch the fantasy. Whether people Show more "It's very important to make the man believable so that you can stretch the fantasy. Whether people like this kind of Bond is another question." (on his approach to the role of James Bond) Hide
Richard Burton was Welsh; Tom Jones is Welsh, and we Welshmen like to think of ourselves as heroes - Show more Richard Burton was Welsh; Tom Jones is Welsh, and we Welshmen like to think of ourselves as heroes - on screen and off! Hide
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