Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!
Whoops, I forgot to include Timothy Dalton in my alphabetical list! He looks a bit annoyed about that… don’t you think? Sorry, Mr. Dalton. Yummy dimple, btw. In my defense, I haven’t seen the Dalton-Bond movies, though I’m sure they are enjoyable. Timothy Leonard Dalton Leggett was born in Wales in 1946. He’s the fourth actor to play 007 in the Eon films, starring in The Living Daylights (1987) and License to Kill (1989). Of course, he’s been in other movies also, but like who cares?
Apparently, Dalton was first approached to play Bond when he was 25, but he thought he was too young and couldn’t do the role justice after Sean Connery’s excellent portrayal. Ten years later, he was approached again, but he didn’t like the direction the films were taking… wtf? No wonder I haven’t paid attention to this guy. Mr. Fusspot, amirite? Finally, in 1986, he agreed to take on the Bond role. WELL, LAH DI DAH! Actually, since one of the last 007 flicks at that time was Octopussy (1983) I kinda understand Dalton’s hesitation…
Anyway, Dalton’s 1987 Bond film was hugely successful, doing better at the box office than Moore’s final two, and even beating his competition ~ Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. However, License to Kill did not do that well. To be fair, it had to compete with an Indiana Jones and a Batman, plus the British rated the film for 15+ years of age only, which cut into profits. In the future, Bond films would be released in the fall/winter, not the summer, to avoid another flop. We like our 007 served cold!
Dalton had a contract for three Bond movies, but the third got tangled up in legal issues and was delayed. By the time it got sorted out, Dalton was shooting a series and declined to renegotiate the contract. Pierce Brosnan was brought in at that point for GoldenEye (1995). I’m interested in checking out the Dalton Bond at some point, since Wikipedia says he played him darker and more serious, closer to Fleming’s vision. I’m open to all interpretations of Bond and see no need to decide which is the best one. But if you do, that’s cool. Thanks for reading along.
Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!
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