Another Kevin Look-Alike :)

Okay, so last week I posted a photo of Timothy Dalton on my Facebook page, and my friend, Julie left this comment:  “I think he looks similar to Kevin so I understand why you prefer him!”

I TOTALLY smiled out loud when I saw Julie’s comment, because…well…here’s the story:

I had never even heard of Timothy Dalton until about 1991.  Well, that’s probably not exactly true…I had heard of him…being that he’d won the role of James Bond for two Bond movies made in the mid-late 1980s when Pierce Brosnan.  WAIT!  Back up!  I just remembered something else!!!!

Okay, you know Pierce Brosnan, right?  Well in the mid-1980s he was up for the role of the new James Bond…BUT he had an iron-clad contract with the producers of a detective show called, Remington Steele.  I was initially very upset that Pierce wasn’t able to do the James Bond gig (even though I wasn’t a real 007 fan).  But I liked Remington Steele, so I was okay.

Furthermore, in the early 1980s, during the height of Remington Steele’s popularity on TV, many, many people commented to me and my husband Kevin, about how much Kevin reminded them of “Remington Steele.”  (They never really said Kevin reminded them of Pierce Brosnan…just of Remington Steele.  Hmmm.)  In truth, I could see why they thought it…Kevin had the same hair cut as Remington Steele, the same tall, dark handsome looks, you know?  So in the early 1980s, people gave up teasing Kevin looking like Rick Sringfield (don’t know if you saw THAT Facebook post or not), and started telling him he looked like Remington Steele.  I couldn’t really find any great Remington Steele vs. Kevin photos…but this 1986 photo booth picture of Kevin and me  right next to one of “Laura Holt” and “Remington Steele” might kind of give you a little idea of why people thought what they did about Kev and Rem:

Not a GREAT example, but the best I could do…and besides…I always wanted to look like Stephanie Zimbalist!  I think she’s so cutsie/pretty, you know?

Anyway, so one of Kevin’s look alikes, Pierce Brosnan did NOT get the mid-1980s gig as James Bond (though, as you know, his day would come, right?).  Instead, the roll was given to some guy I’d never heard of at the time, Timothy Dalton.

Fast forward now to 1991.  Kevin and I returned home from church one day, and he asked me, “Do you know who Timothy Dalton is?”

I shook my head and answered, “No.  Why?”

So Kev proceeds to tell me that there was this little boy in church who kept staring at him all through the meeting.  Kevin said the kid was wide-eyed and astonished-looking, kept staring at Kevin AND that the kid’s Mom had a terrible case of the giggles…that every time the kid would start staring at Kevin again, the kid’s Mom would just start cracking up.

Kevin said, that once the meeting was over, the kid’s mom came up to him and explained, “My son thinks you’re Timothy Dalton.  He apparently told all his friends at school that James Bond goes to his church!”

Naturally, Kevin thought it was funny…but did he fess up to the little boy?  No!  In fact, he walked up the little boy, offered the kid his hand and said, “Hello.  My name is, Bond…James Bond.”

I guess the kid about fainted with pure delight and astonishment!  With proof tucked under his cap, he went to school the next day and reiterated to all his friends that James Bond went to his church!

Well, the story doesn’t end there (although that IS the funniest part of it).  The next week the kids’ mom walks up to me and asks me if she can have a photo of Kevin to hang in her laundry room!  (I wasn’t an author yet…therefore, I wasn’t used to women asking for photos of Kevin yet, ha ha!)  I forced an amused laugh and asked her why…because of the James Bond thing with her son?  She shook her head and explained that she wanted the photo for herself…because Kevin DID look like Timothy Dalton and she LOVED Timothy Dalton in the 1983 BBC version of Jane Eyre!

As you know, I’m a Jane Eyre connoisseur.  (Winky wink!)  I was horrified that I had never heard of this BBC version of Jane Eyre!  Naturally, the kids’ mom lent me the VHS version.  (We only had VHS back then…or Beta.)

Well, needless to say, I fell in LOVE with that 1983 version of Jane Eyre!  I know that many other versions have hit the airwaves since then…versions that are far more beautiful cinematically, have gorgeous soundtracks, and way more homely Mr. Rochersters…but Timothy Dalton is my FOREVER favorite Mr. Rocherster and Zelah Clarke is my favorite Jane!  That version just captures the true essence of the book!  It’s got the gypsy scene and so much humor that most movie versions skip over!  Besides that…oh my heck!  Timothy Dalton DOES look like Kevin sometimes!

Naturally, I felt the need to watch the two Timothy Dalton James Bond movies after that, and cha ching!  Even though Kevin was and is much, much younger than Timothy Dalton, I could see why that kid was mystified!  Again, I couldn’t dig up the photos of Kev and Tim that I wanted, but from the same photo booth strip in 1986, here’s a photo of Kevin (and his two Bond girls, me and my BFF, Sandy), compared with a couple of Tim as James Bond: 







As I said, not the best…hmmm…let’s see what else I can find.  How about this one of Tim from Jane Eyre:





Or maybe this one that I posted on Facebook that started the whole thing the other day anyway?  It’s from the 1970s movie version of Wuthering Heights:

Either way, I think you get the idea, right?  Hmmm…when Pierce Brosnan was finally able to be contract-free enough to play James Bond…I wonder if that kid thought James Bond STILL went to his church!  I mean, apparently in the from 1987 through 2002 when Timothy Dalton and then Pierce Brosnan were James Bond…trillions of people that passed Kev in the street must’ve thought that James Bond either “went to their church” or lived in their town!  Right?  Ha ha!

Ahhh…I love little funny stories like this…they make me smile!  Though I still can’t believe Kevin introduced himself to that kid as, James Bond.  🙂

Now, with all this Kevin/Timothy Dalton stuff coming to the surface again, I think we need another movie contest, don’t you? 🙂  So, leave a comment here or on my Facebook and next Monday I’ll pick someone to receive a DVD copy of either Timothy Dalton in Wuthering Heights OR Timothy Dalton in Jane Eyre!  Remember, they are older movies, so you probably better be an old movie fan, or at least be able to settle in to a movie that doesn’t have all the WOW effects we have now if you really want to enjoy it, okay?

Thanks for taking the time to read my pointless, trivial blog.  And I feel like I should mention…I am NOT a Wuthering Heights fan! 🙁  It’s soooooooooooooooooo sad…too sad for me!  Of all the versions…the Timothy Dalton one and the Laurence Olivier one are the only two I’ve watched in their entirety.  I just can’t take the sadness! 🙁

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21 Responses to Another Kevin Look-Alike :)

  1. Stacey Hall says:

    Oooh, I love this story!! So funny, and I agree he does look like him! Tall, dark and…WOLFISH! 😉 I have not seen the Timothy Hutton Jane Eyre! I know…it’s a sin, and I must repent! Thanks for the fun posts that brighten my day! Love you!

  2. Amy says:

    Love it!! He does look like them both.

  3. Natalie says:

    He looks just like them!

  4. Chelsea B. says:

    I’m not a Wuthering Heights fan, either! I like my romances to end in HEA!
    BUT I ADORE Jane Eyre! And Timothy Dalton. *Grin*

  5. Jessica says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Wuthering Heights, I have read it though! I LOVE Jane Eyre and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch it again with out thinking of you and your look-alike or James Bond for that matter! 🙂

  6. Sylvia Anderson says:

    Marcia, you are so delightful! And yes, Kevin does look like both Pierce and Timothy. I was a great Remington Steele fan but have never really been big on Weathering Heights or Jane Eyre. I read Jane Eyre once, but I like your stuff better.

  7. Amy DeWitt says:

    I love reading your blog. Your stories always make me smile. What a fun family to be a part of. I agree that Kevin looks like Timothy. I love 007 and Jane Eyre. But like you I think Weathering Heights is waaaay too sad. Thanks for the smile and laughter this morning 🙂

  8. Michelle Christensen says:

    Thanks for the laugh. I always need something of yours to read on hand. BTW: Is the second book in the three little girls in blue coming out soon? I am so impatient for it and I am having trouble waiting for the next installment. It’s like I’m addicted. I need my Marcia fix.

  9. Kaitlin says:

    That’s an awesome story to have in your memory!
    And I completely understand about Wuthering Heights-I had to read it in my Victorian Lit class last semester, and it just seemed like the main point was that Cathy and Heathcliff never grew out of their teenage personalities to the point that they made everyone else miserable with them.

  10. Megan E says:

    Love the post and the fun look alike stories … those kind really do add smiles and brightness to life 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!!

  11. Teya says:

    Oh wow, he totally does look like him. LOL, that poor kid.

  12. Kristie says:

    Kevin is handsomer (Is that a word? LOL) Love reading your posts!!!!

  13. Michelle M says:

    Wait, so DID you end up giving your fellow churchgoer a picture of Kevin? Or was that just too weird to have someone you knew crushing over your husband?

  14. Becky Jones says:

    That’s such a funny story! You’re married to James Bond! 🙂

  15. Jillian Shorts says:

    I want James Bond to come to my church! 🙂

  16. Carol L says:

    This is great. I love these types of stories. They have the same mouth and chin but in all honesty I think your Kevin is better looking. But amazing. 🙂
    Carol L

  17. Melanie S says:

    What a good actor to be your husbands look-a-like! Growing up Jane Erye was one of my moms favorite movies, and this was her favorite version. The favorite quote from this movie at our house “Do you doubt me Jane?” “Entirely.”

  18. Kirsten E says:

    I’m SO cracking up right now! I just read this to my husband because we’ve had a small, similar thing happen.

    When Les Mis came out I was SUPER excited to see it! (Besides the fact that Hugh Jackman is in it and I LOVE Hugh Jackman!) I was excited to see the many named famous actors and actresses like Russel Crowe and Anne Hathaway. Well, it hadn’t been more then a day or two after we saw it that we had several people approach my husband and say, “You know. You look a LOT like Russel Crowe!” “Hey, has anyone ever told you that you look like Russel Crowe?!” Well, my husband is a little camera shy or I would totally post a picture! I just want to dress him up in an old uniform and put it side by side with Russel Crowe’s from Les Mis! So, obviously, yes, I think Russel Crowe is a cute pa-tutie and I haven’t grown tired of people telling us that!

  19. Caroline Sue Skoubye says:

    You have charmed me again with your wonderful story telling!!! Don’t worry if you go on too long in your telling – I LOVE IT!!! I think that it’s a hoot your husband has look-a-likes! My dad looks like President Eyring of the LDS Church and we get a hoot out of that when my nephew gets confused!

    Much love,

  20. donna harris says:

    Timothy Dalton what a hunk! So I guess that means your husband Kevin is a hunk too! I hope that was alright with you I said that? lol! I think I would want “Jane Eyre” because I’ve never seen it. I did read “Wuthering Heights” and your right it is sad. Thanks for neat giveaway!

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