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  • 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.

  • Being on your own would be sad, sick and weird. I don't trust myself. I need that balance.

  • I stopped worrying about being desired a long time ago.

  • You know, I think the film business is its own worst enemy because it sells movies on DVD footage and 'behind the scenes,' and now it's a real struggle trying to keep storylines and plotlines a secret.

  • Look, I'm in love. I'm very happy.

  • I was sick and tired of being an English actor who did a lot of American movies because I was cheap and good.

  • The truth is, I don't have any problem with journalists - I count some of them as friends - also some of my heroes are journalists, I'm a big fan of Robert Fisk - great people or crazy people who are prepared to stand up for what's right.

  • I find it very easy playing Bond. I think he's hilarious. He gets himself into some extraordinarily funny situations.

  • The worst situation you can have in a thriller is a lead who looks like he can handle himself.

  • Intimate scenes on a movie set are just dry, bizarre things; people standing around.

  • Action movies live and die by the story that you're trying to tell. It's hard. It's very difficult to do an action movie that stays engaging.

  • The bad reviews get to me, believe me.

  • In all good westerns, the good guy is always a little bit questionable because he kind-of has to make moral judgments.

  • Now, product placement, whichever way you look at it, whether you like it or you think it's disgusting, or whatever, it's what it is.

  • I've got to be high class... Which is sad, because I like bars.

  • When you read a novel, your own imagery is the most important. It's what makes reading such a wonderful thing.

  • I have never played a role in which someone's dark side shouldn't be explored.

  • I know it's surprising, but there is a generation of people who haven't seen a Bond movie. They have no idea what it is. I want to entertain them as much as anyone else.

  • The idea of regretting not doing this seemed insane to me. Sitting in the corner at a bar at age 60, saying: 'I could've been Bond. Buy me a drink.' That's the saddest place I could be. At least now at 60 I can say: 'I was Bond. Now buy me a drink.'

  • 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!

  • A secret is a secret in my mind.

  • I've always reverted to a sense of childhood, just in everyday life.

  • I don't care what other people are doing.

  • I think there's a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel.

  • My family and friends treat me as they always have.

  • In many films, as many different characters, I've killed many different people.

  • 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.

  • You're creating new things in movies and people are going to steal them.

  • I can't go to war with paparazzi.

  • I'm a really bad liar.

  • Philip is being very vocal about it. For me, I don't think the story isn't at all anti-religious in any way. I think what's it more against is the control and the misuse of power that any organised religion, or any political organisation exercises over the people they're supposed to represent. I think that, for me, is what's important in the movie.

  • At some point, life starts to pass you by and becomes about avoidance. I want to stay clear from that situation, because I don't like that.

  • I watched every single Bond movie three or four times, taking in everything I could about how the character had been portrayed in the past, then threw all that away once I started doing the role.

  • The last thing on earth I wanted was to make a Bond movie.

  • Even the worst Bond movies, there's something to love about them.

  • Any voices or fantasies, he lives with. Those are his everyday life things.

  • Sexiness, particularly in movies, is the chess game in the 'Thomas Crown Affair'. It's, it's, I don't know, but Faye Dunaway comes up a lot in that thinking. It's the subtlety of sexiness. The moment you try to be sexy, then it's not.

  • It's not my cause in life to be filthy rich. Being comfortable is enough.

  • I think finding the right person and being with the right person is probably the answer to most things.

  • I'm obsessive enough about getting fit, it's ridiculous. I'm 40 now, and I've got to stop doing it soon. I have to start getting fat and old!

  • Having a sense of humour is really key. You have to have a sense of humour with these things and I've just tried to remain who I am. My life has changed. It's changed in the fact that I don't have the freedoms I did before, but I've also got a huge amount of other freedoms that came along with it.

  • There's a passion about this because people take it very close to their hearts and they have grown up with James Bond - and so have I. But I was being criticized before I had presented anything, so it was name calling.

  • I like going to the gym every day because I'm in physiotherapy every day.

  • There's always going to be someone with a bigger toy than yours.

  • You get used to the rejection and you don't take it personally.

  • I just think that the collective experience of going to see a film is something you can't recreate.

  • I'm potentially worth a lot of money, but I've got to go and make something that's worth a lot of money.

  • As a kid, I kind of spent my life being amazed by being tricked. I love being tricked. I still love it today.

  • It's not like I was trying to be sexy but I had to get fit because I had to be able to do stunts. Also I wanted that, if Bond took his clothes off, he looked like a man who did what he did, which was kill people for a living. I thought the only way to do that was to work out and get fit and buff and get physically into shape.

  • As soon as someone tells me: 'You're rather sexy,' I wish I could disappear. If somebody says: 'You were voted the world's sexiest man,' I have no idea what that means. How do I respond? 'Thank you' is the best you can do. George Clooney is the world's sexiest man, anyway.

  • I just felt that you can't have a character fall in love so madly as they did in the last movie and not finish it off, understand it, get some closure. That's why the movie is called 'Quantum of Solace' - that's exactly what he's looking for.

  • You need to impress me, outwit me, compete with me? Go ahead, knock yourself out, I have no problem with that at all.

  • I used to think the press was a necessary evil and now I don't think it is. I think it's something you choose.

  • There's a conscious decision to everything I do.

  • He knows that you have ability and what he does is he manipulates it and sort of empowers you.

  • Good scripts are hard to find.

  • 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?'

  • I have to be myself.

  • You've got to live your life, you've got to enjoy it.

  • My mother gave me a real kick toward cooking, which was that if I wanted to eat, I'd better know how to do it myself.

  • I love that my friends are all freaks.

  • I genuinely believe that if you want to get in the film business, get in the film business.

  • Well the thing is, once you have a snow leopard it's difficult to go back. Everything is going to be slightly disappointing. It's very telling what your choice would be. Because that's probably how you see yourself. We used to play that game as kids and you'd say if you were animal what would you be and it'd usually be the opposite of what it should be. But all animals have got their virtues. You know, cockroaches got virtues.

  • Every movie I get involved with I get involved in as big a level as I possibly can, but this has been a very much more personal journey for me, so bringing it here tonight there's a sense of relief, there's a sense of just amazement that got here... because it's been a struggle. But this is a good way to launch it and there couldn't be a better way of celebrating this movie than bringing it to the West End.

  • I'd hate to feel in a comfort zone while I am working. That's not the way I like to do things. I want to be pressurized and challenged every day.

  • I don't say: 'can't do that', 'won't do that'. I've never thought in that way about work. The genuine truth, and I do think about this a lot, is that I'm one of the least competitive people you'll ever meet. Except with myself.

  • Revenge doesn't stop.

  • I don't want to be a celebrity because that sucks. It's just madness.

  • I genuinely was just such a fan of the books. When I heard that this was on the cards, I've got to do this; I've got to get involved with this. I'm such a Philip Pullman fan and actually his philosophies, morals and the way he looks at the world. He does what he does brilliantly as a writer. He writes children's stories with major adult themes and major ideas about making the right choices.

  • I've seen a lot in my life, and everybody goes down the dark, winding staircase eventually. It's a bad place to be and that's why having good friends is always essential. Those are the people who pull you out.

  • Nothing is stopping me from doing anything. I haven't got a golden handcuff.

  • I've never really had a desire to do Shakespeare. For me, it's just too many lines.

  • The character I play has all these revolutionary ideas. I think the classic thing is that majority people who are criticising it probably have never read the books, and need to. And I'm sure that the Catholic Church, which is being directed as you know, can handle it.

  • I try not the count chickens, and I really do because there's no point because you go crazy. I'm very happy with the way this is working out. If they do another movie I'd love to do, and we'll fit in it.

  • Literally, the piece at the end is where the universe is cracked apart, it's a big moment. Basically, they, the filmmakers, have directed the story earlier in the book. It happens, it's called adapting a book, you have to make decisions about things. It's not unusual having to cut out scenes.

  • Suits are looked at more now as a business thing which is kind of a shame. If you're not wearing it just for work, you should try and trick it up a bit.

  • It doesn't matter if you look a million dollars but everybody has their flaws. So that's why it had to be that way. He was living the life, he would stay out for three days probably, get drunk and do whatever he was doing and then hit the gym for two days. But that's the craziness of that lifestyle - you're damaging yourselves in more ways than one.

  • Some stalkers are quite benign, but finding someone in your garden at three o‚??clock in the morning with a meat cleaver and a hard-on can‚??t be much fun.

  • Obviously, when I came to do the movie I knew that I was going to have to take my clothes off so I might have worked a little bit harder to keep myself fit. But I think that's the irony of it - you see all these fit and healthy people, and I'm not making any comments on it, but everybody deep down is a f**k up somewhere.

  • I'm definitely not satisfied about my career. I don't know how you can be, it's the very nature of things.

  • There is, come to think of it, a kind of Judi Dench quality to McCain.

  • I never had any boyhood ambitions.

  • I don't see the world in sexual divisions.

  • If I wanted to make spy movies for the rest of my life, that would be one thing, but I don't want to just make spy movies.

  • I can't really dress rock 'n' roll any more because I'm the wrong side of 40, but I want that to be the fashion.

  • It didn't even really matter how good the band was - if someone could keep a beat, then you were prepared to jump up and down and smash around.

  • A man is still likely to earn more money than a woman, even one doing the same job. You have a far better chance of entering political office or becoming a company director... Women are responsible for two thirds of the work done worldwide, yet earn only 10% of the total income and own 1% of the property... So, are we equals? Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.

  • I guess you could say I've been in my share of violent movies.

  • I'd like to see (the films) go back to the books. I think (the films) need to be dirtier. I think that you should feel the man playing Bond could die at any moment. You don't feel that any more.

  • There is also a distinct possibility that there are other actors ? whose names have not leaked to the press ? who may stand just as good a chance of landing the part.

  • What I like about Layer Cake is its intelligent through-line. First of all, I think it's very close to the truth; I think this is what successful drug dealers are like. They don't drive around in flashy cars, they don't show off, they behave very quietly, they get on with their job and they earn lots of money. And it goes up and up and up and up the scale. Secondly - and selfishly - I like the moral aspect of the movie, which is that violence has consequences, and you feel emotionally involved with the violence.

  • I know what I like in other actors: truth. That's the best. It makes you say, 'OK, I'll go with you on this.'

  • When you're making movies you've got to get obsessive.

  • The movie business is based on criminals. Some of them are in movies and some of them make movies.

  • Shakespeare has way too many lines. My ideal theatre piece is about 40 minutes long with no interval.

  • I'm quite good at leaning against a bar.

  • I always wanted to be an actor. I had the arrogance to believe I couldn't be anything else.

  • We are kidding ourselves if we don't think of the drug business as a legitimate business. It's what funds governments. It's too much money to ignore.

  • I'm not James Bond. There's your headline! It's very clear to me that he's the furthest from my character that it's possible to be. It's somebody I play.

  • I'm not averse to earning someone; in fact I'd love to earn some money. But also my choices of movies don't tend to make money but I get to make interesting films. But it doesn't mean I don't want to earn shitloads of cash.

  • I always wanted to make movies.

  • Anybody can leap off a building.

  • If money comes along I will take it. I just want good scripts that try to make you think. I've been offered lots of money in the past but I just know that I would abuse it and get drunk.

  • It's not like I go out there to be a sex symbol. I mean, it's nice of course - but embarrassing.

  • I've always loved to dress up a bit and show off.

  • It doesn't matter whether you have the happiest upbringing... the young Joe Scot had the most dysfunctional family there could be but it's still a family and it's a really good, strong family. But in spite of that he runs away from home. I relate to all of those things very directly. I hit 40 this year but I still think about being a teenager and hopefully I will for the rest of my life. They are important years.

  • I don't say: 'can't do that', 'won't do that'. I've never thought in that way about work.

  • If I was being perfectly honest, which I'm not going to be, I think the movie touches on a lot of things that we all went through... the first kiss, which was more than a first kiss for Harry [Eden], and those electrifying moments when you're a teenager that form who you are as a human being. I think those, for me, are what Baillie captured so well.

  • hen Baillie [Walsh, writer and director] wrote the movie for me I wasn't doing what I'm doing today, so when we actually came to make the movie it seemed silly to change it. But who knows? That's the way things go. What was interesting for me - and what was always interesting in the script - was that you've got someone who appears to have everything, or at least has the opportunity to have everything, and he's f**ked it up, or lost it.

  • Although I'm not from London originally: I moved down here when I was 16, so it's played a part in my life. It's where I've lived for all that time.

  • Throw the computer away and don't look on the internet. That's the best thing to do.

  • So, are we equals? Until he answer is yes, we must never stop asking.

  • Things need shaking up politically, culturally.

  • It's a Tim sandwich. The meat is fresh, but the bread is moldy.

  • As far as I'm concerned, the sexiness, the sex symbol, it's not a consideration.

  • I've always retained my privacy, but now I protect it even more.

  • I want people to treat me as normally as they can. Anybody who doesn't, I feel awkward with.

  • I never really had a strong accent.

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