The TIMOTHY DALTON Appreciation thread - Discuss His Life, His Career, His Bond Films

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  • ResurrectionResurrection Kolkata, India
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    Agent_47 wrote: »
    I see them a bit differently.
    Sean- Roger - Pierce were more Cinematic Bond
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    George- Timothy- Daniel are bond's from the book. Much harder, gritty and realistic.
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    I could very much agree with that.

    Although I would seperate Dr.No/FRWL Connery (them being a bit more Fleming) from his GF thru DAF version of Bond.

    Agreed, to add further Sean- Roger - Pierce films were less personal and emotional as well.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Belgium's biggest Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby and Éric Serra fan!
    edited January 26 Posts: 4,356
    Octopussy wrote: »
    Connery created cinematic Bond, but in my mind Lazenby and Dalton are both born from the books of Fleming. TLD and LTK are two of my favourite films in the franchise. I think the fact that he didn't get to reprise the role for Goldeneye is the biggest missed opportunity in the franchise.

    Wholeheartedly agree with that statement. Back when I was at university I once wrote an essay where I argued that while Dalton and Lazenby may not have been the favourites of general audiences, they can be considered as the most loyal incarnations of Fleming's literary character.
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    George- Timothy- Daniel are bond's from the book. Much harder, gritty and realistic.
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    It will surprise nobody to learn that they're my three favourites.
  • ResurrectionResurrection Kolkata, India
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    Agent_99 wrote: »
    George- Timothy- Daniel are bond's from the book. Much harder, gritty and realistic.
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    It will surprise nobody to learn that they're my three favourites.

    Good to hear that, timothy is my favorite bond.
  • OctopussyOctopussy Piz Gloria, Schilthorn, Switzerland.
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    GoldenGun wrote: »
    Octopussy wrote: »
    Connery created cinematic Bond, but in my mind Lazenby and Dalton are both born from the books of Fleming. TLD and LTK are two of my favourite films in the franchise. I think the fact that he didn't get to reprise the role for Goldeneye is the biggest missed opportunity in the franchise.

    Wholeheartedly agree with that statement. Back when I was at university I once wrote an essay where I argued that while Dalton and Lazenby may not have been the favourites of general audiences, they can be considered as the most loyal incarnations of Fleming's literary character.

    Ha! I once used Quantum of Solace as a related text on an essay regarding the subject of belonging.
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Belgium's biggest Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby and Éric Serra fan!
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    Wow, that's really cool @Octopussy!
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    Happy Birthday to the legendary Timothy Dalton!

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    Happy Bithday Timothy Dalton
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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Bahamalulu
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    Happy Birthday, Mr Bond!
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Belgium's biggest Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby and Éric Serra fan!
    edited March 21 Posts: 4,356
    Happy one to my favourite actor!! =D> =D> =D>

    Any news on what he's been up to?
  • OctopussyOctopussy Piz Gloria, Schilthorn, Switzerland.
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    Happy Birthday, Mr Bond!

    Great actor. I love his intensity. Never seen this clip before. Thanks for sharing!
  • ResurrectionResurrection Kolkata, India
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    Happy birthday to my favorite bond
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  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "Better cold with them on, than dead with them off, I always say."Moderator
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    Happy birthday to the best James Bond, and the all powerful Rassilon.

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  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
    edited March 21 Posts: 2,303
    At last some cheerful news! Happy birthday Tim and for god's sake stay at home.

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  • BennyBenny Perth, Western AustraliaModerator
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    He may have only made two Bond films. But he's one of my favourite Bonds.
    Many happy returns to Mr. Timothy Dalton.
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    Best. Bond. Ever!
    Happy Birthday Tim!
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    Happy birthday, Tim!
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    Happy Birthday to the legendary Timothy Dalton!

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    This photo just screams Bond and, dare I say it, Fleming's Bond.
  • ThunderballThunderball playing Chemin de Fer in a casino, downing Vespers
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    BT3366 wrote: »
    Happy Birthday to the legendary Timothy Dalton!

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    This photo just screams Bond and, dare I say it, Fleming's Bond.

    Fleming would’ve approved of Dalton, pretty enthusiastically, I think. We may never know, of course. Just what I surmise. For me, when I read Fleming’ Bond, I don’t really picture any the actors exactly, a different guy all together from them instead. But out of the six actors, the Bond I picture when I read those novels looks the most like Dalton.
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    BT3366 wrote: »
    Happy Birthday to the legendary Timothy Dalton!

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    This photo just screams Bond and, dare I say it, Fleming's Bond.

    Absolutely. I always picture Dalton when I read a Fleming novel!
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Belgium's biggest Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby and Éric Serra fan!
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    Mathis1 wrote: »
    BT3366 wrote: »
    Happy Birthday to the legendary Timothy Dalton!

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    This photo just screams Bond and, dare I say it, Fleming's Bond.

    Absolutely. I always picture Dalton when I read a Fleming novel!

    Me too, occasionally the Laz but mostly Tim.
  • ResurrectionResurrection Kolkata, India
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    Fleming might have liked Timothy.
  • ThunderballThunderball playing Chemin de Fer in a casino, downing Vespers
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    Oh yeah. Fleming would’ve approved. Dalton set out to bring Bond back to Fleming’s spy in the books and I believe he definitely succeeded.
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    I picture a completely different guy usually but Dalton comes closest when reading the book Bond.

    I had that poster above in my bedroom up until when we sold my parents' house 5 years ago. I look back at that period building up to TLD and there was such an anticipation and excitement that we were getting something different and fresh after 12 years of Bond action comedies with Moore (that is not intended as a bash on him or the era).

    Dalton was exactly what I wanted in James Bond although reaction to him seemed very mixed at the time. A friend of mine was a big Brosnan fan and I have no doubt that influenced his reaction to Dalton. He recently said he likes Dalton as an actor but not as Bond.

    I still have not gotten over the premature end to Dalton's Bond era and admittedly it has influenced some of my reaction to Brosnan and his era. There was an unfinished business feel. I always find it interesting when some fans say Brosnan deserved a fifth film and never got his chance to really explore the character. To that, I say he got two more chances than Dalton got. It's nice to see people rediscover his Bond off of what Craig has done during his reign.
  • NicNacNicNac Moderator
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    Belated happy birthday Mr Dalton
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    Belated Birthday wishes Timothy Dalton!
  • mattjoesmattjoes Pierce Blueman
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    I was saying in another thread that in this scene from the film Gorky Park, William Hurt (playing Arkady Renko) reminds me of Dalton's Bond when he's holding Pushkin at gunpoint in TLD. Jump to the 6 minute mark:



    The scene certainly doesn't aim for nearly the same level of dramatic intensity as in TLD, but Hurt has a similar vibe to Dalton. A quiet intensity and a sober, elegant presence. He could've played Bond.

    Not to go too off-topic, but there are other scenes in the film in which Hurt shares the screen with Lee Marvin (who delivers a brilliant performance), and they have these conversations laced with double meanings and veiled threats. A Bondian thing in and of itself (think, for example, Bond with Goldfinger).

  • edited May 11 Posts: 1,889
    Twilight Time is going out of business and offering the Blu-Ray of Dalton's Wuthering Heights for $6.95.
    Primarily of interest to Bronte fans and English teachers.
  • edited May 11 Posts: 489
    Revelator wrote: »
    Primarily of interest to Bronte fans and English teachers.

    Dalton, with his Byronic look and intensity, is pretty much the definitive Bronte leading man in WUTHERING HEIGHTS and the excellent BBC production of JANE EYRE. Both are well worth seeing.
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    Escalus5 wrote: »
    Dalton, with his Byronic look and intensity, is pretty much the definitive Bronte leading man in WUTHERING HEIGHTS and the excellent BBC production of JANE EYRE.

    In the Bond Dossier Kingsley Amis argues that Fleming's Bond functions as "a latter-day Byron." He notes that "the Byronic hero is lonely, melancholy, of fine natural physique, which has become in some way ravaged, of similarly fine but ravaged countenance, dark and brooding in expression, of a cold and cynical veneer, above all enigmatic."

    Dalton certainly looked more like a Byronic hero than any other Bond actor, but oddly Amis never noticed this--commenting on Licence to Kill he just said Dalton was unmemorable next to Connery and Moore. He didn't even notice that the film adapted part of Fleming's LALD. Oh well!
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