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'Skyfall' deserves an Oscar, says Timothy Dalton

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Timothy Dalton has suggested that the newest James Bond film Skyfall is deserving of winning one of the major Academy Awards.

The 68-year-old actor played James Bond twice in the 1980s in the feature films The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.

James Bond - Skyfall film still

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Speaking to The Sunday Express, Dalton backed current 007 Daniel Craig's performance.

"It is absolutely time for Bond to get proper attention at the Oscars," he stressed. "On almost every level this Bond movie [Skyfall] is right at the forefront of what cinema is capable of."

He went on to say: "[Skyfall] is an absolutely modern James Bond, a movie truly of its time. Daniel Craig is fantastic and it feels very real.

"It has also got a great story about M with a nice streak of cynicism. I thought the film was fabulous."

Timothy Dalton played the secret agent for the first time in 1987's The Living Daylights

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Dalton went on to suggest that his own Bond films may have been "a forerunner" for the more serious Bond films of the current Craig era.

"A lot of people have said Licence to Kill was a forerunner of Bond today and in a sense that is what [producer] Cubby [Broccoli] and I were trying to do," he said.

"The Bond movies were becoming pastiches of themselves but they were still successful and people were not ready to embrace a new formula. There was a lot of innate resistance to change."

Skyfall recently broke records by becoming the first Bond film to make $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

The movie is currently showing in the US and the UK. Watch a Skyfall trailer below:

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