You`re not a star till they can spell your name in Vladivostok.
You could say he has a `License to Grill`. - About his son who owns the London restaurant, `Hush`
Over the last year I`ve rather enjoyed making documentaries for a company called Associated Television, run by a man called David Mackenzie. And we shot a couple in Russia, one in Moscow and one in St. Petersburg ... they are called `The KGB Files`. (1998)
On finally deciding to leave the role of James Bond after seven 007 movies: I think it was the interminable farewell tour of the variety artists, you know? You can`t keep on saying that you`re not doing any more and then doing another one. So I just had to say that was it. I had done enough. I mean, for the last three I was getting a little restless. But I had an absolute splendid time doing the Bond films. I played a lot of backgammon, managed to steal a lot of wardrobe, and got well paid. Nothing could beat it! -- Interview with author David Giammarco, "For Your Eyes Only: Behind The Scenes of the James Bond Films"
My acting range? Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.
I enjoy being a highly overpaid actor.
If I kept all my bad notices, I`d need two houses.
I must tell you the truth - I have not seen them, and for a very good reason. Knowing that I would get asked questions like that, I`m always desperately honest. If I didn`t like the performance, I don`t know how I would answer. I do know Timothy, and he is a very, very pleasant chap and a good actor. - When asked for his opinion about the James Bond movies featuring his successor Timothy Dalton
I have no idea. I had never met Ian Fleming, but I remember when the search for Bond was going on. I really wasn`t aware of Bond until then. I was doing The Saint and The Daily Express was conducting a search for Bond. However, since I was involved with The Saint I would not have been available, although Cubby told me later that I had been on `the short list.` (when asked if Ian Fleming had originally considered him for the role of James Bond)
Sean and I never discussed our experiences ... not even with the leading ladies! Actors don`t really sit around discussing the parts they`ve played -- just in case someone says, `That was crap!`
I`ve never received a nomination for an Academy Award - and that after I went to the trouble of learning two more facial expressions.
People don`t realize how physically demanding the role is. I`m still amazed how many people ask me to this day if I did my own stunts. I tell them if I did or Sean did or Pierce did then we would have been physically dead by the end of the first reel of every film!
I suppose I was just window-dressing at MGM. You might call me Taylor`s dummy. I wore Walter Plunkett`s costumes beautifully though. I was the last of the Englishmen, after Edmund Purdom and Stewart Granger, both of whom had been giving them trouble in Hollywood. I very quickly learned that I had to be highly humble and obsequious and grovel a lot.
I was pretty - so pretty that actresses didn`t want to work with me.
I was starting to feel I was a bit long in the tooth even then. - On For Your Eyes Only (1981)
To me, the Bond situations are so ridiculous, so outrageous. I mean, this man is supposed to be a spy and yet, everybody knows he`s a spy. Every bartender in the world offers him martinis that are shaken, not stirred. What kind of serious spy is recognized everywhere he goes? It`s outrageous. So you have to treat the humor outrageously as well. My personality is entirely different than previous Bonds. I`m not that cold-blooded killer type. Which is why I play it mostly for laughs.
I have seen Daniel Craig in a number of films. He is a thundering good actor. The movie Casino Royale (2006) showed me that he is one hell of an athlete.
I was horrified on the last Bond I did. Whole slews of sequences where Christopher Walken was machine-gunning hundreds of people. I said `That wasn`t Bond, those weren`t Bond films.` It stopped being what they were all about. You didn`t dwell on the blood and the brains spewing all over the place.
Sadly, I had to retire from the Bond films. The girls were getting younger, or I was just getting too old.
I was only about four hundred years too old for the part. - On A View to a Kill (1985)
I like Bond. But it`s silly to take it seriously. It`s just a great big comic strip.
But if asked which of my co-stars had the biggest effect and impact on me, I say - without hesitation - Eleanor Parker.
It used to take them hours and hours in make-up to give me character. Now I`ve got the character, they take it all out.
Bond was escapism, but not meant to be imitated in real life.
Today I am completely opposed to small arms and what they can do to children. I played every role tongue-in-cheek because I don`t really believe in that sort of hero. I don`t like guns.
I`m delighted to hear that Daniel Craig has been appointed the new 007. It`s a very exciting time and I would like to wish everyone at Eon much success, and welcome Daniel to the family.
(Comparing his interpretation of "James Bond" to Sean Connery`s) Sean`s jokes come from left field and I let people know a joke was coming. I basically said "I`m have a good time doing this, and I hope you`re having a good time watching me have a good time".
Both Sean and I will be forgotten after everybody sees Pierce. After seeing Pierce Brosnan playing James Bond on the set of the film GoldenEye (1995)
(Talking about saving Elstree Studios): "Hertsmere Council extended it a lifeline when it needed it most, and invested heavily. Now that they are seeking to pass on the ownership, I hope that an equally passionate and caring owner can be found; and help take the studio into one of the most exciting periods of film and new media production."
A lot of actors didn`t make their start until in their prime - I remember Buster Merryfield - who played Uncle Albert in "Only Fools and Horses" (1981) - saying that it wasn`t until he retired as a bank clerk that he got involved with amateur dramatics, and then acting on TV.
Of course I do my own stunts. And I also do my own lying.
A lot of my reading over the next few months will be the works of Hans Christian Andersen - I have been appointed an ambassador for the bicentenary celebrations of his birth next year.
I don`t believe in Bond as a hero. It`s a load of nonsense. How can you be a spy when any bar you walk into, the bartender says, `Ah, Mr Bond. Shaken, not stirred?` - His explanation for his comical approach to the Bond character.
My personality is entirely different than his. I can`t play the cold-blooded killer that Sean can do so well, which is why I play it for laughs. - Comparing his portrayal of James Bond with Sean Connery`s