What don’t you like about yourself
My appetite and my waistline. I can’t do
as much exercise as I used to and I still like to eat so I have
to go through periodic days of not eating too much. It’s
a huge bore.
Do you feel your age ?
I try not to think about it too much, otherwise it may stop
me doing what I want to do. I’ll stop stretching to reach
things or I won’t run down the stairs because I may trip.
You’re the oldest ex-Bond. Do you think about kicking
the bucket ?
Yes, I am the oldest out of all of them so I imagine I will
go first. I should have had someone else answer the phone and
say you were five minutes too late.
You had your prostate removed more than 20 years ago.
Were you scared ?
There is a wonderful poem by Jorge Luis Borges that says: ‘If
I could live my life again I would eat more ice cream and watch
more sunsets.’ I do remember evaluating my life a little
at that point and thinking perhaps I haven’t got that long.
What’s the secret to a good relationship ?
If I knew, I wouldn’t have been married four times. I
don’t know if my marriages taught me how to be a particularly
good husband. I imagine I can be a pretty rotten one sometimes
but I am very happy now.
You were once quoted as saying: ‘I enjoy being
a highly overpaid actor.’
Of course I do, I would be a bloody fool if I didn’t.
What do you think of today’s celebrity obsession
There used to be a mystique in theatre, long before the days
of television. Actors were remote and didn’t come into contact
with the audience. The same could be said of cinema and the major
stars of old Hollywood. It all went wrong when people started
to wear aprons and do home layouts in glossy magazines. It started
a big intrusion into people’s lives. I never do them. I
like shutting my door and enjoying my private life. Those ones
in Hello! are terrible.
What has your work with Unicef taught you ?
That many people have absolutely nothing and they have no hope.
I remember my first field trip in the early 1990s; we were on
our way back from Central America and we had a three-hour wait
at Dallas Airport. Unicef had arranged a press conference so I
could speak about what I had seen in Guatemala. A man in the audience
spoke up and said [puts on Texan twang]: ‘Mr Moore, you
talk about the poor, well, we have got poor in our country right
here.’ And I said to him: ‘Quite frankly, you can
kiss my a***. The poorest man in America is a multimillionaire
compared to a poor man in the developing world.’
What do you think of Daniel Craig ?
He is a terrific actor and a terrific Bond. I couldn’t
believe the amount of grief he was getting before he even took
the role. He’s a bloody good actor and a good-looking guy.
He’s pretty tough.
Could your Bond beat his Bond in a fight ?
God, no. I am even cowardly in real life.
What annoys you about Bond ?
He’s not the most believable spy, is he? I still struggle
to understand how James Bond can be a spy when he is recognised
by everyone everywhere in the world. I mean, everybody knows he
wants a Martini shaken not stirred. And that invisible car Pierce
Brosnan had was a bit far-fetched.
Who is your favourite Bond girl ?
I have her now.
One of my friends told me you were the boyfriend she
always wanted, the dad she always wanted and now you’re
the grandad she always wanted.
Well, I am still available for the next couple of years.