Hurray! Former James Bond Star Timothy Dalton Is 72

Date March 21, 2018

Congratulations are in order, as former James Bond star, Timothy Dalton, turns 72. Dalton was born on March 21, 1946, in Denbighshire, the United Kingdom. His father was an English man who served in World War II.

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In his teens, Dalton joined the Air Training Corps in hopes of becoming an Air Cadet and taking after his father. But this adventure was short lived. After watching a performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth on stage, Dalton gave up flying for acting.

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He was just sixteen when he decided to switch lanes, consequently joining a youth theater and touring England.

From TV star to Bond

At 22, he made his first appearance on television in the movie Troilus and Cressida (1966). A stream of other jobs soon followed. Although he was approached to play the iconic role of James Bond on several occasions, Dalton believed he was too young.

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It was not until he was in his forties, he finally accepted the role. He played Bond in The Living Daylights (1987). The film brought in $191million at the box office. And in 1969, Dalton reprised his role as Bond in License to Kill.

Happy birthday to the man who played Bond

Fans from all over the world are sharing their warm wishes with the legendary actor on social media.


Dalton may not be a popular as Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, or Sean Connery, but he is still one of the more memorable actors that played the iconic role. Happy birthday, Timothy Dalton.

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