Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Look Back At Timothy Dalton As James Bond In 'Licence To Kill'

MI6, the James Bond web site, not the intelligence agency, offers an interview with Timothy Dalton from 1989 when he was portraying James Bond in Licence To Kill.

You can read the interview via the below link:


You can also view a trailer of Licence To Kill via the below link:


And you can watch a video of Gladys Knight's theme song from Licence To Kill via the below link:


Although to me Sean Connery is James Bond, as an advertisement once proclaimed, I thought Timothy Dalton was very good as Bond.

Dalton replaced Roger Moore, who portrayed Bond in a lighthearted manner. Dalton, who was and is a serious actor, reread all of the Ian Fleming novels and then attempted to portray Ian Fleming's Bond.

Dalton portrayed Bond as serious, quiet, cold, sardonic, tough and ruthless. I think he largely succeeded.

Except for a few silly bits, I thought The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill were good Bond films.

I especially liked Robert Davi's portrayal of a Drug Lord villain in Licence To Kill. 

Sadly, the making of Bond films was suspended for six years due to legal battles and Dalton elected not to return when the producers resumed production.

I believe Bond fans should take a second look at Timothy Dalton's portrayal of James Bond.

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