Timothy Dalton’s lifestyle changed since after his first James Movie “The Living Daylights 1987″
The talented British actor Timothy Dalton has supremely excelled in challenging roles. This skillful actor has been applauded for mirroring both the psychological element and the panache of the characters he has played throughout his career.Timothy Dalton Early life
Dalton was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, in the year 1946, to an English father (Peter Dalton) and an American mother (Dorothy Scholes- Italian and Irish descent.)
He attended the Herbert Strutt Grammar School in Belper, and as a teen, he was a member of the Air Training Corps at LXX Squadron.
On seeing the Shakespearean production Macbeth he decided to become an actor at the age of 16 and even got a role in the production of the play at The Old Vic Theatre.
He left school in 1962 to get enrolled in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and toured with the National Youth Theatre, although he did not complete his studies there, he left at 1966 to join the Birmingham Repertory Theatre
His ambitions for becoming an actor had impressed his father and his side of the family, but his mother’s side was a bit concerned for him as they were of the view that acting wasn’t a stable nor a secure profession for a young man.
But it is rather evident that he was, in fact, an invincible star in the making, having bagged stage training which included stints at the National Youth Theatre, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Birmingham Repertory and his extensive work in the classics with the Royal Shakespeare Company led to him being cast in his first film as King Philip of France in The Lion in Winter in 1968.
Career & Achievements:
How Timothy Dalton become James Bond
So with a hefty background in acting, it only makes us curious about how he fared in his career and achievements.
Needless to say, Dalton did justice to his roles throughout his career.
In the year 1968 after Broccoli saw him in The Lion in Winter, Tim was approached for the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service when Connery had left the franchise, but he refused the role as he felt he was far too young for the character at 24.
Then in ‘73 he was offered the role again in Live and Let Die, but he felt too daunted to replace Sean Connery.
He was later approached in the 80s, and yet again he turned it down, this time because he did not approve of the superficial direction of the film.
It is evident that he was just so perfect for the role of James Bond that he was a candidate for years before he was actually cast.
Finally, Dalton’s first appearance as 007 was in The Living Daylights 1987, which was hugely successful, grossing more than the previous two Bond films with Roger Moore (Octopussy and A view to kill) and box office rivals such as Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.
His second Bond film although success did not perform too well at the US box office, largely due to poor marketing campaign and the main factor was due to the fact that it was released at the same time as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Tim Burton’s Batman and Lethal Weapon 2.
However, there was nothing changes in Timothy Dalton’s lifestyle or not stopping his interpretation of “Bond” in this film received critical acclaim even though the film itself didn’t fare too well. His character portrayal was considered to be the closest to author Ian Fleming’s literary “Bond.”
Dalton being a fan of the literary character James Bond was often seen at the set re-reading and referring to the novels during his shoots, he was determined to approach the role.
Quite the contrast to how Moore had played Bond as a more lighthearted playboy, Dalton’s portrayal in The Living Daylights 1987 and License to kill 1989 was darker and more serious. He pushed for the reflection of the gritty realism in the novel instead of fantasy plots and humor.
And rightly so, his colder, grittier characterization of Bond is considered by fans to be the closest to the original novels by Ian Fleming. But to the general public who were used to 12 years of Roger Moore’s lighthearted James Bond, the reactions were mixed.
Dalton had initially agreed to play James Bond again for the 3rd time in Goldeneye in 1995, but due to the lengthy suits that pursued over who owns the character James bond between the studio producers, the scripts were delayed and he had resigned from the role as too much time had passed since his last bond movie.
So, in retrospect, in the late 80s, there was a lot that kept Dalton busy. He narrated many nature-related documentaries, like several noteworthy episodes of the Uk’s series on Survival Factor in 1987. He had even teamed up for another Shakespeare production, The Taming Of The Shrew, where his interpretation of Petruchio received commendable praise. Clearly, becoming the next superstar Bond wasn’t at the very top of his list, even though he was a big fan of Ian Fleming’s literary character bond, much less the movie one. It was only because he was able to work it into his already tight schedule that he agreed to do the films in the first place.
And couple this with the fact that he had only racked up two films in the late 80s and yet proclaimed such wide critical acclaim only goes to show his affinity as an actor and speaks volumes when it comes to his acting proficiency.
So, of course, it was frustrating for the producers who were caught up in a long-running court case to lose a perfect actor for Bond, who would have undoubtedly been the best choice to lead the million bucks franchise into the 90s.
Tim had really made the part his own, in becoming serious, dangerous, and morally ambiguous. Daniel Craig was able to replicate Tims’s character breakdown years down the line and is heard to have been remarked by Tim that – he is terrific, I think casino royale is a huge step forward. It’s great and Daniels great. There was a lot of negative press. Which was deeply unfair, he’s a very gifted actor, I’m pleased that the movie turned out as well as it did.
Now I’m sure, you must be asking yourself how did Dalton really manage to give himself the edge over others, in what way was his technique superior, that it only took him 2 movies to really make a difference and leave a mark.
If you read the novels before seeing the movies, you will not miss the smooth yet subtle details that Dalton had picked up on but was missed by others. Sure, Roger and Connery were great, in fact, favorites of many. But not exactly what you have in mind when you read the character in the book, but when you see Dalton it’s as easy as a reflex to say,” That’s him, that’s James Bond right there!” it is apparent that Dalton did his research and submerged himself into the role. After all, he is the only Bond to have gone to Theatre school and mind you, he worked on Eugene O’ Neill’s A Touch of the Poet in the West End between the Bond movies.
This man was pure class
Here’s another example of how he makes the cut like no other, in a sequence on The Living Daylights Bond, had orders to kill a sniper, a Russian former agent and he notices that the sniper is a woman. He prepares to shoot, and notices something else and intentionally misses, hitting the rifle out her hands instead of hitting his target point-blank.
And upon being questioned that he had orders to kill the girl, Bond replied that the girl didn’t know one end of the rifle from the next, and he only kills professionals.
The delivery of lines as such was what made him stand out as the other Bond incarnations failed to make such deliveries. The earlier characterizations were submissive to orders and allowed the British Government to sway their morality to its convenience.
The Dalton Bond didn’t kill because the sniper was a female but because she simply was not part of the game.
The exact opposite is seen in License to Kill, where Bond learns that the woman works for the CIA and doesn’t hesitate to hold the gun to her head, as she isn’t someone innocent who merely got caught up in a dangerous world. This is what makes Dalton subtle and brilliant.
Now that we’ve established his career success and his dominance as an actor, let’s also have a look at Timothy Dalton’s lifestyle.
Timothy Dalton’s Lifestyle
Dalton was in a relationship with reporter Kate Adie as a youth, and with Vanessa Redgrave, an English actress. He was also in a relationship with Oksana Grigorieva in the 90s. They met in 95 and had a son together in 97, named Alexander. They later broke up around 2003.
Dalton was a very caring and loving father.
Being quite the private man, his hobbies included fishing in the Pacific Ocean, jazz, reading, opera, fairs and auctions and natural movies.
Dalton is a Manchester City Football Club supporter and is often seen at the Manchester Stadium watching the team play.
Dalton’s favorite James Bond films are the first three movies, Dr.No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger.
The man Timothy Dalton is a well-rounded actor and a human, finding balance in both his personal and professional life.
Timothy Dalton’s lifestyle is very simple even he has net worth today stands at $10 million.