Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Look Back At The Timothy Dalton-James Bond Era

The James Bond web site MI6 offers a piece on the Timothy Dalton era as James Bond.

On this day in 1986, Welsh actor Timothy Dalton was officially announced as the fourth James Bond 007.

After Roger Moore retired from the role following  "A View To Kill"" in 1985, and a record breaking stint of seven consecutive 007 films, producer Albert R, Broccoli had to begin again the arduous task of choosing a new James Bond for the big screen.
... With his tough approach to the James Bond character, Dalton radically reversed the on-screen image of Bond and returned the character to the 007 Ian Fleming wrote about.
Clearly, this came as a shock to Roger Moore fans who were quite at ease with Moore's laid-back approach to the character. Dalton publicly announced a desire to get back to "Fleming's Bond" and was quite successful at it.
Dalton's debut Bond outing "The Living Daylights" had its premiere on 29 June 1987 at the usual venue, the Odeon Leicester Square in London.
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
You can also read an earlier post on Dalton as Bond via the below link:

Note: As I wrote in a previous post, in my view, Sean Connery is James Bond, as an advertisement once proclaimed, but I think 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 think The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill were good Bond films.

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

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