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"[James Bond] has no mother. He has no father. He doesn't come from anywhere and he hasn't been anywhere before he became 007. So he was born- kerplump- thirty-three-years old. So I had to breathe life into an idol. I saw him as a complete sensualist, his senses highly tuned and awake to everything. He liked his wine, his food, his women. He's quite amoral. I particularly liked him because he thrives on conflict. But more than that, I think I gave him a sense of humor."
"People sometimes ask me why I act. Well, it's not just for money. You can make money in football [soccer] too. It's for the fantasy, the way you have to get inside someone else's skin, imagine them, understand them, re-create them."
"I have a great respect for money. I know how hard it is to earn and keep, especially with our diabolical taxes in Britain. I never get over the fact that sometimes I see more money being paid for a meal than my father earned in a week."
"No film you could do, no matter how good it was, could compete with the new James Bond."
"I've always chosen the projects on my own. My wife reads the script, and I've listened to what she has to say. But the final decision, whatever I do, rightly or wrongly, is always mine... I think it's the only way you can do it, personally. Otherwise, I don't think there can be a developed body of work, where you can see where it's going- or where it should have gone."
"My strength as an actor, I think, is that I've stayed close to the core of myself, which has something to do with a voice, a music, a tune that's very much tied up with my background experience."
"There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man"

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