The night I’ve been waiting for is finally here! I’ve started watching CHUCK again this season when I heard Timothy Dalton was going to guest star on the spy comedy and boy, the episode didn’t disappoint!! Thank you Josh Schwartz for inviting Mr. Dalton to the show! It was just absolutely brilliant to have him play against type as a dowdy, grandpa-sweater-wearing old guy and it’s obvious Dalton has impeccable comic timing. Most people either know him as the gritty James Bond or byronic hero Rochester in Jane Eyre, but he can be convincingly hilarious, as he was in Hot Fuzz and now on Chuck.
[spoiler alert] The moment he came on with a fork on Chuck’s neck, I knew he’d be fabulous! In his inimitable raspy voice he threatened to rip Chuck’s throat until he gave him his code word, then suddenly he turned into this wimpish bureaucrat type fellow who says he’s Mary’s (Chuck’s mom) handler. I love how he was a nervous wreck on the plane when he’s about to be tortured, “I had my first sexual experience watching ‘Lawrence of Arabia’!” LMAO! (Ok now that’s the first time I use that internet slang on my blog but that’s reserved for such an occasion as this!)
Dalton portrayed all the bumbling manners and every bit of the funny lines as Gregory Tuttle so perfectly it’s hard to imagine this guy was freakin’ 007!! But then when the revelation come at the end I literally jumped off my seat! The camera panned up from his shiny shoes, slowly revealing a man in a perfectly tailored suit and voila! Bumbling handler no more, suddenly he’s back in the 007 mode as a dashing spy. Only this time he’s a bad-ass Russian villain Alexei Volkoff who’s been working with Mary. As Dalton revealed to EW earlier today, he’s going to be in a few episodes, so we can expect more awesome Chuck/Mary/Volkoff face-offs in future episodes. Too bad I have to wait TWO WEEKS for that!!
Check out this clip of the plane scene with Saturday Night Life’s vet Anna Gasteyer (it’s no coincidence on NBC part that they’re running the Women of SNL show right after this one):
And guess what, as I was searching for clips of this episode on YouTube, apparently someone had uploaded the 1979 Charlie’s Angel‘s episode where Dalton guest starred as Farrah Fawcett’s lover Damien Roth. Man, just look at the guy, no wonder Cubby Broccolli kept pestering him to play Bond!
In the EW interview, Dalton also revealed a teeny bit about his role in The Tourist, “… [the movie] for me was another example of wanting to work with people. It doesn’t have to be a big part — I play a policeman in the film — but if someone like [German director Florian Henckel von] Donnersmarck asks you to come and it’s with two actors that you’ve never met before but have always admired, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, and it’s being shot in Venice, you take it.” I’d say Jolie and Depp are the lucky ones to be working with a real thespian like Dalton. He’s a huge reason why I’m interested in the movie in the first place!
Any fellow Chuck fans out there? What did you think of the episode?