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
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.
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.
Of course I do my own stunts. And I also do my own lying.
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.
(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."
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)
(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".
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.
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.
Bond was escapism, but not meant to be imitated in real life.
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.
But if asked which of my co-stars had the biggest effect and impact on me, I say - without hesitation - Eleanor Parker.
I like Bond. But it`s silly to take it seriously. It`s just a great big comic strip.
I was only about four hundred years too old for the part. - On A View to a Kill (1985)
Sadly, I had to retire from the Bond films. The girls were getting younger, or I was just getting too old.
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.
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.
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 was starting to feel I was a bit long in the tooth even then. - On For Your Eyes Only (1981)
I was pretty - so pretty that actresses didn`t want to work with me.
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.
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`ve never received a nomination for an Academy Award - and that after I went to the trouble of learning two more facial expressions.
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 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)
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
If I kept all my bad notices, I`d need two houses.
I enjoy being a highly overpaid actor.
My acting range? Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.
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"
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)
You could say he has a `License to Grill`. - About his son who owns the London restaurant, `Hush`
You`re not a star till they can spell your name in Vladivostok.