Best known for playing secret agent James Bond on the big screen from 1987 to 1989, actor Timothy Dalton has made a noteworthy career for himself with his British charm and accent. His voice has served him best when he portrays animated characters, including Mr. Pricklepants in “Toy Story 3.” In the animated straight-to-DVD movie “Secret of the Wings,” Dalton, 68, plays Lord Milori, the Lord of the Winter Woods. During an interview with me, Dalton discussed his new animated film and what he thinks about “Skyfall,” the next James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig.
You were great as Mr. Pricklepants in “Toy Story 3.” What brings you to another animated film?
Timothy Dalton: I mean, these animated movies have been terrific, but I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ve moved toward it or it has moved towards me, but I’ve been very lucky. I seized these roles with joy. Anyone who has kids loves the idea of doing movies that kids can enjoy.
It could be argued that Tinker Bell is one of those Disney characters that will never be able to find crossover appeal with little boys. Do you think that’s true?
It might well be true. I was always interested in the pirates and crocodiles and Capt. Hook in “Peter Pan.” But the movie certainly works for adults. When I saw the movie the other day I was very moved by it. It’s a story about love and trying to overcome differences. Breaking down cultures and people at an adult level is marvelous. This movie is so pure. It touches on love at the most basic level.
Going back to “Toy Story 3,” what did you see in Mr. Pricklepants that reminded you of yourself?
Nothing! (Laughs) I don’t often feel like a hedgehog in lederhosen. I never quite understood why a hedgehog would be wearing lederhosen in the first place. But he was definitely a lovely character to play.
Are you looking forward to “Skyfall?” Do you still keep up with the James Bond franchise?
Well, the producers remain some of my best friends. I think “Skyfall” is going to be fabulous. I know it’s going to be great. I love the fact I was part of a film franchise that has lasted at least half the entire time of modern moviemaking.
Who is the best James Bond?
Sean Connery, but Daniel Craig is great, too. The first 25 minutes of “Casino Royale” are incredible. They are doing everything I wanted to do 20 years ago. For our time, they’re making the best of Bond now.