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  • Acting allows me to explore new worlds, to discover characters by delving into their lives, and ultimately to become someone else entirely.
  • For me, acting is doing.
  • I don’t see myself as the Hunk of the Month.
  • I had to have some balls to be Irish Catholic in South London. Most of that time I spent fighting.
  • My mother was the prettiest woman in the town. He was a bit older than her. They made me. And he split.
  • Some people have a tendency to get knocked down in this business and sulk and whine, and they just create a rod for their back, really. You have to have broad shoulders and get through it.
  • There’s too many people in seats of power who just haven’t got a clue what they’re doing. They’re bean counters, and it just pisses me off because consequently our kids go to see crap movies.
  • When people don’t believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.
  • Our marriage gives me a stability that makes me feel that I can tackle the world. – On his marriage to Cassandra Harris
  • I don’t see myself as the ‘Hunk of the Month. – On his good looks.
  • Cassie has made me the man I am, the actor I am, the father I am. She’s forever embedded in every fiber of my being.  – On his marriage to Cassandra Harris
  • It’s a role better suited to someone who is in his 40s, old enough to have the confidence and the sophistication and strength to be able to stand there and just let the moment sit. Bond is a man with the greatest of confidence. And playing that takes practice. In 1986, I think I was 33 or something like that, and I still looked like a baby. Finally, I’m growing into this face of mine. That takes time. – On why he thinks he would have regretted winning the James Bond role in 1986.
  • There’s too many people in seats of power who just haven’t got a clue what they’re doing. They’re bean counters, and it just pisses me off because consequently our kids go to see this crap movie… there’s nothing with meaningfulness.
  • I had to make a living. I had the mortgage to pay; I had the school fees to pay. I had bread and butter to put on the table. You know your worth as an actor, but you have to get a job.
  • I think that all the films I’ve ever made are personal, even James Bond, because it’s so much of myself, so much of who I am as a man and as an actor. You have to invest yourself in every character that you portray.
  • And certainly in those dark days, in the 50s in Ireland, if you were a single parent living in that society, you were somewhat shamed and stigmatised. I can certainly relate it to my parents, especially my mother. The old man took to the hills and my mother never saw him again, and suddenly you are spoken about in the Sunday service in church, never directly but they would bring up the issue of being a single parent and of marriage falling apart.
  • There’s that lovely line from that wonderful epic picture that I made called Grey Owl where they say to Archie Belaney, A man becomes what he dreams. You have dreamed well. Part of the dreams go back to my childhood and when I left Ireland in 1964, I discovered the cinema. One of the first films I saw was Goldfinger (1964) – I didn’t want to be James Bond but the seed of cinema and pictures was sown there in Putney High Street. And then I discovered Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen and the movies.
  • There was only one Bond for me, and it was Sean Connery. That made the role daunting.
  • I know most actors say otherwise, but I like sex scenes. Bond was supposed to be this great lover, but I always found the love scenes in those movies a little dull. It’s lovely to work out the fantasy of it all in celluloid and then go home to my wife.
  • To my eye, women get sexier around 35. They know a thing or two, and knowledge is always alluring.
  • Bond is an enigma. He’s smooth and bigger than life, but he’s vague as a personality. It’s a little like doing a period piece. Look, I’m thankful, the role made me an international star. I’ve been in the backwaters of Papua New Guinea and heard, ‘Hey, Bond.’
  • Being an actor in Hollywood involves lots of things beyond acting. Charm really helps. And it’s a good idea to incorporate a little Bond into all your dealings.
  • They’re too scared. They feel they have to top themselves in a genre which is just spectacle and a huge bang for your buck. But I think you can have your cake and eat it. You can have real character work, a character storyline and a thriller aspect and all kinds of quips, asides, the explosions and the women. We’re just saturated with too many overblown action films with no plot. That’s ludicrous. It’s so damn crazy! That’s absolutely sheer lunacy because Casino Royale is the blueprint of the Bond character. You find out more about James Bond in that book than in any of the other books. I would love to do a fifth Bond and then bow out, but if this last one is to be my last, then so be it. My contract is up. They can do it or not.
  • George is just an angry, old, pissed off guy. He was never an actor, but some pissed-off Aussie who doesn’t know how to show his feminine side. I met him, and he’s got that kind of brittle edge to him. – On George Lazenby
  • When you look at Ian Fleming’s work, it’s there on the page. The martinis, the drugs, the cigarettes, the casino, the blood on the hands. But they never went there. Hopefully, they will go there with Daniel. They have the product, they have the man, and I’m sure they will.
  • I have nothing against Republicans but this government has made decisions which we are to suffer the consequences of for a long, long time. You want to have faith in your leaders but it’s very hard to have faith in President George W Bush. Look at what he’s done to the environment and this savage war that has started. You speak up as an actor and people will shoot you down hard and fast. But you don’t speak as an actor. You speak as a man, a working actor with a family.
  • It never made it in to the papers, but I’ve had my face sliced open by a stuntman and a knee injury. But it’s all part and parcel of being Bond.
  • It never felt real to me. I never felt I had complete ownership over Bond. Because you’d have these stupid one-liners – which I loathed – and I always felt phony doing them. I’d look at myself in the suit and tie and think, ‘What the heck am I doing here?’ Such sentiments were nothing new. That was always the frustrating thing about the role. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson play it so safe. The pomposity and rigmarole that they put directors through is astounding … I can do anything I want to do now. I’m not beholden to them or anyone. I’m not shackled by some contracted image.
  • I was trained as an actor and I was led to believe that I had a number of performances in me. The fact that I’ve just given the same performance, well maybe… If I can get away with it, why not? But I’ve reached a point now where I’d better start trying to find some performances and challenge myself.
  • You’re not even allowed to show a bloody nipple. It’s pathetic. What Bond needs is a good, palpable killing sequence and a good sex scene – and it doesn’t have to be graphic, you can use your imagination. We had a good one in The Thomas Crown Affair – a really classy, sexy scene.
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