This country-right-or-wrong business is getting a little out-of-date.. History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.
A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.
Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes', otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.
Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time.
As for sex, well, I mean sex is a perfectly respectable subject as far as Shakespeare is concerned. I mean, all history is love and violence.
Hope makes a good breakfast. Eat plenty of it.
Smoking I find the most ridiculous of all the varieties of human behavior and practically the only one that is entirely against nature. Can you imagine a cow or any animal taking a mouthful of smoldering straw then breathing in the smoke and blowing it out through its nostrils?
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.
A medium Vodka dry Martini - with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred.
Never job backwards. What might have been was a waste of time.
Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.
It's no good protecting people or even looking after them past a certain point. One can't grasp more than a piece of anyone. Most of the rest can only be protected by themselves and the remainder by hired specialists and doctors and dentists and professional protectors.
Bond didn't defend the practice. He simply maintained that the more effort and ingenuity you put into gambling, the more you took out.
Today we are fighting Communism. Okay. If I'd been alive fifty years ago, the brand of Conservatism we have today would have been damn near called Communism and we should have been told to go and fight that. History is moving pretty quickly these days and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.
History is moving pretty quickly these days, and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.
Loneliness becomes a lover, solitude a darling sin.
All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania which drives them forward towards thier goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders - all maniacs. What else but a blind singlenee of purpose could have given focus to thier genius, would have kept them in the groove of purpose. Mania ... is as priceless as genius.
As a result of 50 years of emancipation, feminine qualities were dying out or being transferred to the males. Pansies of both sexes were everywhere, not yet completely homosexual, but confused not knowing what they were. The result was a herd of unhappy sexual misfits... the women wanting to dominate and the men to be nannied.
I always make it a rule never to look back. Otherwise, I'd ask myself how I could write such piffle and live with myself, day after day.
Worry is a dividend paid to disaster before it is due
Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it.
Unfortunately most ways of making big money take a long time. By the time one has made the money one is too old to enjoy it.
When I wrote the first [Bond novel] in 1953, I wanted Bond to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened... when I was casting around for a name for my protagonist I thought by God, [James Bond] is the dullest name I ever heard.
I think it's the same with all the relationships between a man and a woman. They can survive anything so long as some kind of basic humanity exists between the two people. When all kindness has gone, when one person obviously and sincerely doesn't care if the other is alive or dead, then it's just no good. - from Quantum of Solace
Everyone has the revolver of resignation in his pocket.
You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
Writing about 2,000 words in three hours every morning, 'Casino Royale' dutifully produced itself. I wrote nothing and made no corrections until the book was finished. If I had looked back at what I had written the day before I might have despaired.
And then one day when you're playing your little game you'll suddenly find yourself pinned down like a butterfly.
A gentleman's choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit.
I'm not in the Shakespeare stakes. I have no ambition.
These blithering women who thought they could do a man's work. Why the hell couldn't they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men's work to the men.
I take a ridiculous pleasure in what I eat and drink. It comes partly from being a bachelor, but mostly from a habit of taking a lot of trouble over details. It's very persnickety and old-maidish really, but then when I'm working I generally have to eat my meals alone and it makes them more interesting when one takes trouble.
All women love semi-rape. They love to be taken.It was his sweet brutality against my bruised body that made his act of love so piercingly wonderful.
He could not just wear a watch. It had to be a Rolex.
Most marriages don't add two people together. They subtract one from the other.
Luck in all its moods had to be loved and not feared. Bond saw luck as a woman, to be softly wooed or brutally ravaged, never pandered to or pursued.
Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch.
At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.