British actor born in 1944, Timothy Dalton has done Shakespeare for the Royal Shakespeare Company, played a supermarket manager in Hot Fuzz, Prince Barin in Flash Gordon, Neville Sinclair in The Rocketeer, Heathcliff in a 1970 adaptation of Wuthering Heights and was also in a 1983 adaptation of Jane Eyre. Most recently he voiced Mr. Pricklepants the toy hedgehog in Toy Story 3 and played a deliciously nutty villain in Chuck.
OK, we've got to mention it eventually. He played James Bond in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. His serious, based on the books portrayal of the character divides Bond fans to this day- some love him, some hate him. What cannot be denied is that until Daniel Craig showed up he certainly was the most serious.
Tropes Invoked by Timothy Dalton:
- Badass Grandpa: Spoken of very admirably on Hot Fuzz's commentary track -- particularly the part about how even at his age, Dalton can enter any pub and still turn the heads of every woman inside.
- Badass Moustache: Sports fantastic mustaches in Hot Fuzz, Flash Gordon and The Rocketeer.
- Classically-Trained Extra: Averted. He admits that he does big films like Hot Fuzz because he enjoys them.
- Fan Nickname: The Daltonator
- Lantern Jaw of Justice
- Shakespearian Actors
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- What Could Have Been: Was all set to reprise Bond in Ian Fleming's The Property of a Lady (which was scrapped in favour of what was to become Goldeneye)... then came the lawsuit, which ground the franchise to a halt for five years.