in south Wales on March 21, 1944, Dalton's family had a history
of show business, as both grnadfathers were vaudevillians.
After leaving school, he joined the National Youth Theatre for
3 summers and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for
2 years before joining the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1966.
broke into films in 1968 playing the King of France in The
Lion in Winter, which starred Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn
and Antony Hopkins. Stepping into famous actors' shoes then
became a career pattern, as he took on roles made famous by Laurence
Olivier, Orson Welles, and finally Sean
Connery and Roger
first Bond movie was The
Living Daylights, released in 1987. Dalton's Bond
was more realsitic, gritty charactereization of Agent 007, a return
to Connery's style and away from Moore's. His second Bond
to Kill, was released in 1989. A lawsuit prevented
any Bond movies from being made for several years, during which
rumors surfaced that Dalton was going to be replaced. In
April 1994, Dalton officially resigned from the role.
has continued to act since he resigned from the Bond series, including
stepping into the shoes of Clark Gable when he protrayed Rhett
Butler in the TV mini-series Scarlett, the sequel to Gone
With the Wind. His first son was born in 1997 by his
girlfriend, Ukranian actress/model Oksana Grigorieva, and little
else is known of his private life.