I go through life thinking it`s all going to end tomorrow.
I don`t believe in self-promotion, really I can`t be arsed.
I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other. That`s a simple fact. I`ve seen a bullet wound and it was a mess. It was on a shoot and it scared me. Bullets have a nasty habit of finding their target and that`s what`s scary about them.
(On preparing for his second James Bond performance) Last time I did a lot of weights to bulk up. This time I`ll do more running. I won`t be as `no-neck`. But when this guy takes his shirt off, he should look like he could kill someone.
(On first hearing he had the role of James Bond) When (Bond producer) Barbara (Broccoli) rang me to tell me I`d got the part, I was buying dishwashing tablets in Whole Foods. I promptly dropped them and went and bought a bottle of vodka!
Well, competition is so important, even when you`re an artist. And if you deny that there`s competition, then you`re a liar. That`s what gives you your ambition.
Method actors suggest that you do sense memory exercises every time you do a scene. I use every method I can. Whatever works, I`ll use.
I always wanted to be an actor. I had the arrogance to believe I couldn`t be anything else.
Pierce (Brosnan) and I had a few drinks over it and we discussed it. And his advice to me was, `Go for it!` - which I think is the best advice I could`ve gotten. - on being approached to take over the role of James Bond. Interview with David Giammarco, Hello Magazine, November 27, 2006.
I got a personal trainer for `Casino Royale`, which has been an absolute godsend. I knew I had to be in the best shape I could be, otherwise I would never survive it. Because at the end of the day, there isn`t any painting-it-in for this movie. These stunts aren`t going to be helped by CGI...what you`re seeing is the real thing. And I`ve got the bruises to prove it! - on-set interview with David Giammarco, The Globe and Mail, March 27, 2006.
Sean Connery set and defined the character. He did something extraordinary with that role. He was bad, sexy, animalistic and stylish, and it is because of him I am here today. I wanted Sean Connery`s approval and he sent me messages of support, which meant a lot to me.
"If I went onto the Internet and started looking at what some people were saying about me - which, sadly, I have done - it would drive me insane." - interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine.
It`s a huge challenge, a huge responsibility. Bond is a huge iconic figure in movie history. These opportunities don`t come along very often so I thought, `Why not?`
They hate me. They don`t think I`m right for the role. It`s as simple as that. They`re passionate about it, which I understand, but I do wish they`d reserve judgment. - interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine.
It`s something else. I`m speechless. I`ve just got to step up to the plate and deal with it. I had a confidence about it but then that`s because of the people around me who made me feel good about it. I knew positively on Monday. I was in Baltimore when I took the call. My first reaction was I needed a drink.
But I do know people that have stalkers and it`s not nice.
I just wanted to see him make a few mistakes. I want to make the audience believe that it`s all going to go wrong and then when it goes right it`s much more exciting. Every day you pick up an injury and you`re battered and bruised. If you`re not physically fit then it`s difficult to get through. I`m a Bond fan. If I go and see a Bond movie there are certain things I think should be in it. And they`re there. We`ve got them in spades. Nobody knows more than I do how important this is, and it`s my job to get it right.
Any voices or fantasies, he lives with. Those are his everyday life things.
I was affected by it - of course I was. What bothered me was that I was being criticized before I had done the work. I wasn`t going to get into an argument with these people, so my only response was, `See the movie and then you have the right to criticize, but first see what I am trying to do.` It strengthened my resolve. I was hurt by it, but it just made me try harder. The pressure was there. I know a lot of people feel very passionate about the Bond movies, but so do I, so I just got on with it. What I tried to achieve was just making a movie people will want to go and see, and I think we have made a great movie. One of the things I was criticized for was that I looked like a bad guy, but I was happy with that because I think true good guys have to step into the dark side to do their job. I wanted people to question Bond`s morals and his judgment.
I didn`t want to do a zoo show. I didn`t want to do a study of someone with mental illness. I just wanted to show someone who was trying to live their life.
What we`ve done is set in process the idea that there`s an organization out there and Bond is now after them. That`s where we will pick up the next film. There`s going to be a real element of revenge. - interview with David Giammarco, on the plotline for "Bond 22". Hello! Magazine, November 27, 2006.
The subject matter is very tricky. It`s about the Munich massacre and what Mossad did afterwards with the assassination squads. I think it`s a turning point in history, especially for the Palestinians.
I hope it`s going to be liberating. I`m not putting any negative spin on this because to be typecast as James Bond is a very high-class problem for an actor, and I`m certainly going to try to get as much out of it as I can. Of course I am always going to think about whether it is going to limit what I do. I plan for it not to, but if it does, I`ll approach that problem when it comes.
People always say, `That stuff you did in Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998) must have been difficult....but I say, `No, it wasn`t really: that was some of the easier stuff to do,` because it was always clear and made a lot of sense. It`s when things are unclear and when you don`t know what you`re doing- that`s when things are difficult.
There`s no real side to be on because I think it was a mess.
It`s a Tim sandwich. The meat is fresh, but the bread is moldy.
I wanted to do as much of the action work as I could, so that the audience can see it`s me and it`s real. I feel like I became a sportsman of sorts, and that meant acquiring injuries and carrying on and bashing through to the next level of pain. Although the stunt team did fantastic work to make sure that everything was as safe as possible, if you don`t get bruised playing Bond, you`re not doing it properly. I had black eyes, I had cuts, I was bruised, I had muscle strains, and I took a lot of painkillers. But it was part of the job. As much as I was hurt, the stuntmen were in much more pain.
He knows that you have ability and what he does is he manipulates it and sort of empowers you.
As far as I`m concerned, I want to be nowhere else. It`s difficult in film because everybody wants to make a safe bet with roles. But if you are going to do stuff then you should be getting strong reactions. I don`t want audiences to be going, `Yeah, that`s all right.`
(On the backlash from Bond fans): "I didn`t expect this backlash. You take it in, you can`t help it. I`ve been trying to give 110 per cent since the beginning but after all the fuss, maybe I started giving 115 per cent."
We agreed to do it when I was drunk at his house one night, then on the day I had to have four large brandies - they didn`t touch the sides at all. People just got on with it though. It didn`t gather a crowd!
I kind of feel that if you look at the track record of most Bonds - I mean Sean Connery obviously defined the part, and even he struggled for a while to get rid of the mantle. That`s the pitfall and it could happen to me. I`ve been working so hard, for however long it is I`ve been doing this, to try and stick to doing stuff I totally believe in and that would be wiped out. I thought, God, this is all right: I`m doing what I want to do. And that was a huge weight off my shoulders.
I think there's a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel. It's not about being afraid to be public with your emotions or about who you are and what you stand for. But if you sell it off it's gone. You can't buy it back - you can't buy your privacy back. Ooh, I want to be alone. Fuck you. We've been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta and now you want some privacy? Look at the Kardashians, they're worth millions. I don't think they were that badly off to begin with but now look at them. You see that and you think, 'What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a fucking idiot on television and then you'll pay me millions.' I'm not judging it - well, I am obviously.
I'm not about to do a romcom. That would be a disaster.