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! 🙁