Today I'd like to wish 007 actor Timothy Dalton a very Happy Birthday!
When I first became a bond fan it must have been around 1998 as it was after The Living Daylights was released - but before Licence To Kill arrived in the cinemas.
I can recall watching The Living Daylights having rented it from the local garage whilst spending the weekend with my Grandma and Grandad. I was also gutted when Licence To Kill was released as a 15 Certificate and this meant I couldn't go and see it at the cinema as I was too young - but my aunt did help by getting me a copy of it on video - which was a video shop copy - long before it was available to buy.
Since then as I have grown older and watched all of the Bond movies and I think that not only is Dalton the closest to Ian Fleming's Bond but also he gives an excellent performance in his two films.
Stay tuned to Bond Miscellany where in the near future I'll be writing a full-length article in praise of Dalton's all too brief stint as 007.