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Timothy Dalton

  1. Nick Tate, The Battle of Britain, 1969.       With A Lion In Winter safely behind him, he auditioned for one of the many (actually, “The Few”) RAF pilots.
  2. George Lazenby, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969.
  3. Michael York, Cabaret, 1971.        To accommodate Liza Minnelli, Sally Bowles was changed from Brit to Yank in the Bob Fosse musical - and so vice-versa for her pal, Brian Roberts (aka the author Christopher Isherwood, called Clifford Bradshaw on stage). About 20 Brits were seen for Brian including Leonard Romeo Whiting and the future James Bond. Plus  Tim Curry, David Hemmings, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm McDowell, John McEnery, Paul Nicholas, future auteur Bruce Robinson. John Rubinstein was the sole American, when it looked as if York could not  get free in time and Brian would be American after all. 
  4. Richard Chamberlain, The Three Musketeers, 1973.       Like Jon Finch, Dalton rejected director Richard Lester’s invite to be the religious Aramis - originally intended for George Harrison when - of course, of course! - the Beatles were supposed to make the movie in 1967. Chamberlain quit the third film, The Return of the Three Musketeers, 1988.
  5. Robin Ellis, Poldark, TV, 1975-77.      Before Ellis became a BBC sensation as Ross Poldark,Winston Graham’s 18th Century aristocratic swashbuckler, was offered to Dalton, Leigh Lawson and Ian McShane.
  6. Roger Moore, For Your Eyes Only, 1981.
  7. Roger Moore, Octopussy, 1981.
  8. James Fox, Anna Pavlova, A Woman For All Time, 1983.   Quit the first Anglo-Soviet co-production to be Hotspur in the Royal Shakespeare Company's HenryIV."It might be the worst decision of my career.I might make acomplete balls of it.But something in me says I should do this."Playing Pavlova's husband began Fox's comeback after ten years as a religious missionary.
  9. Maurice Colbourne, Doctor Who #133: Resurrection Of The Daleks, TV, 1984.       Aunty wanted a name for Commander Lytton…like Timothy Dalton (future Lord President in #202: The End of Time, 2000), Meg Bennett, Brian Blessed, Kenneth Cope, Leslie Grantham (not yet Dirty Den in EastEnders), Alfred Lynch, Clive Merrison (BBC Radio’s Sherlock Holmes), Terry Molloy (the future Davros), John Rhys-Davies, Maurice Roëves. Plus several of the astonishing army of 203 candidates for just 18 roles in that year’s Lifeforce movie mess: Nicholas Ball, Steven Berkoff, Tom Chadbon, Paul Darrow, Michael Gothard, Don Henderson, Del Henney (he became Colonel Archer), Martin Jarvis, Michael Jayston, Edward Peel, George Sewell, Patrick Stewart, Anthony Valentine and David Warner. All 25 up for one role in Doctor Who… Preposterous!
  10. Michael Billington, KGB: The Secret War, 1985.      Dalton asked too much to be thedouble agent (KGB and CIA) Peter Hubbard.By now, Daltonwasto be Bond andBillington (the most tested of all possible 007s) was not. Walter Gotell, aka General Gogol in the 70s’ Bonds was also cast.
  11. George Corraface, Christopher Columbus:The Discovery, 1992.   Announced with typical Salkind flourish during the 1991 Cannes festival in May, Tim quit by November.Original director (and Isabella Rossellini) had also gone, succeeded by Bondsmith John Glen, who helped select the Mahabharata star. Deja vucasting by producer Ilya Salkind: "The moment Corraface walked into the room, we knew he was our Columbus.Like the first time we saw Christopher Reeve.We knew he was our Superman."Hedging theirbox-office bets, the Salkindsalso booked Brando - for both films.
  12. Charles Dance, Last Action Hero, 1993.      Dance replaced Tim, who replaced William Atherton, who (Dance thought) replaced Alan Rickman.  “It was obviously written for him.” 
  13. James Earl Jones, The Lion King, 1993.     Two ex-Bonds – Dalton, Sean Connery - plus Liam Neeson were considered royal enough to voice King Musafa in the 32nd Disney toon - known as “Bambi meets Hamlet in Africa.”
  14. Pierce Brosnan, GoldenEye, 1994.
  15. Paul McGann, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.
  16. Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.  
  17. Donald Sumpter, Doctor Who #: Hell Bent, 2015.       Due to the schedule of his hit series, Ridley Scott’s Penny Dreadful, Dalton was unable to reprise Rassilon from #202: The End of Time. Sumpter ably filled his presidential shoes - but as a Time Lord President without a name.

 

 

 

 





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