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Timothy Dalton (born 21 March 1946) guest starred as Rassilon in the Doctor Who television story The End of Time. He is best known for playing James Bond in the films The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989), as well as for his Shakespearean and TV costume drama acting. His varied film appearances include the 1980 version of Flash Gordon with Brian Blessed, and the role of Rhett Butler in Scarlett, a high-profile made-for-TV sequel to Gone With the Wind which aired in the 1990s. He also starred in the film Hawks with Camille Coduri. He has recently played Alexi Volkoff on the NBC show Chuck, in which he plays a Russian arms dealer.
Dalton is the highest-profile actor yet from the Bond film franchise to appear in Doctor Who. Others have included Honor Blackman, John Cleese, Colin Salmon, and (in The Sarah Jane Adventures) Samantha Bond.
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