Actor Timothy Dalton's role as James Bond proved so unsuccessful, film-makers considered never making another Bond movie. Recently found letters written by KENNETH MAIDMENT, the former vice-president of Columbia Pictures, have shown how perilously close to death the infamous spy movie became. There was serious concerns after a string of mediocre box-office takings for the Bond films starring Dalton in the late 1980s. Maidment writes: "The prospect of a further Bond film seems highly uncertain. I pointed out in my 1984 valuation that there was a big question mark over the future of James Bond films. "The last two pictures have starred Timothy Dalton but sadly the results have, unfortunately not had the same box-office success." Timothy Dalton appeared in two Bond films - THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987) and LICENCE TO KILL (1989) before being replaced by Pierce Brosnan.