Timothy Dalton

Timothy Dalton


3/21/1946, Colwyn Bay, North Wales, UK

Birth Name

Timothy Peter Dalton


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Timothy was born in Colwyn Bay in 1946. His father, Peter, was an advertising agent. Timothy attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) (1964-1966), but did not enjoy his time there, and left to attend the Birmingham Repertory Theatre instead. He spent a great deal of time…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Timothy narrated the audio version of Benjamin Black's The Black Swan.

    • Timothy's stage appearances include: Romeo and Juliet, Love's Labours Lost, King Lear, Hery IV Parts I and II, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, A Touch of the Poet, Love Letters and His Dark Materials.

    • Timothy's grandmother worked in English music halls with a very young Charlie Chaplin.

    • Both of Timothy's grandfathers were vaudevillian performers.

    • Timothy's father moved the family to Manchester in the late 1940s where he worked in advertising and raised the growing Dalton family in an upper-class neighborhood outside of Belper, Derbyshire, just south of Manchester.

    • Timothy made his major film debut in The Lion in Winter (1968).

    • Timothy currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

    • Timothy's colder, grittier portrayal of James Bond is considered by many fans of the franchise to be the closest to the characterization of Bond from the original novels by Ian Fleming, but was greeted with a mixed reaction from the general public following twelve years of Roger Moore's much more lighthearted portrayal.

    • Timothy's Bond was the last to smoke cigarettes.

    • Timothy says that his favorite James Bond films are the first three Bond movies, Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger.

    • Timothy loves to go fishing, especially in the Pacific.

    • Timothy is quick to point out that he is mixture of Italian, Irish and English descent.

    • Timothy is the oldest of five children.

    • Timothy's natural eye colour is green.

    • Timothy is 6' 2" (1.88 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Timothy: I like taking material I think impossible because that provokes an extreme effort of imagination and commitment. But I could never say which of my parts had most satisfied me or which was my favorite. Even my failures are my blood, my sweat, my care, my love, part of me, and I can't disown them.

    • Timothy: (On vodka martinis) 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.

    • Timothy: (on his approach to the role of James Bond) 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.

    • Timothy: (describing his feelings on whether or not in retrospect he made the right decision not to make the James Bond film GoldenEye) When I saw those posters of Pierce (Brosnan) standing there, I suddenly thought to myself...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!

    • Timothy: 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.)

    • Timothy: (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.

    • Timothy: (on his experience at the RADA) It took a year to undo the psychological damage that was caused by the oppressive teachers.

  • Timothy Dalton: a one of a kind actor....

    I feel odd writing a review about a person, it does not seem fair to do so because I do not know them. So, I will only be reviewing my experience of watching one of my all-time favorite actors: Timothy Dalton.

    Dalton is virtually unknown to Joe TV/Movie Watcher - and I think Dalton prefers it that way. He and those who have worked with him have expressed that Dalton does not particularly like the spotlight of the world's stage and prefers the spotlight and stage of the theatre. This already tells you what you can expect from Dalton on screen, they are some of the things that make him a great actor: subtly, grace, and class. But Dalton's theatre background also allowed him to sharpen his talent of character interpretation. You can count on Dalton to bring a character to life with subtle care and depth. He has an uncanny gift to read a script, find the humanity in his character, and portray that humanity on screen. This he has done this in every project he has worked on. Whether it is his roles as royalty in The Lion In Winter, Cromwell, or Mary Queen Of Scots; leading romantic men in Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, or Scarlett; charmingly sleazy bad guys in The Rocketeer, Framed, or Hot Fuzz; or his turns as James Bond in The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill, Dalton brings humanity to his characters and gives performances the audience can participate in.moreless
  • Timothy Dalton

    He is yet another great actor to play 007 even though he only had two roles for 007 the two being The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill but I have seen this guy in other films. Flash Gordan and Looney Tunes Back In Action but his best role had to be 007.