From the Archive
At ‘Cubby’ Broccoli’s tribute in November 1996 you gave a very
eloquent eulogy of the man. What are your personal memories of ‘Cubby’
What are your memories of Harry and Jacqueline
The Spy Who Loved Me
firmly established Roger Moore as James Bond. It‘s well known that
Roger was very much a practical joker on the set.
was the first Bond film not to be solely based at Pinewood?
Before For Your Eyes Only went into production
you lost one of your co-stars, Bernard Lee.
introduced the audience to Q’s assistant Smithers (Jeremy Bulloch).
Was his character supposed to feature in succeeding Bond films?
marked your largest role as Q up to that point in the series. Did you have
the opportunity to visit India for this shoot, or were your scenes shot
entirely at Pinewood?
What was the filming
of the hot air balloon sequence like with Roger, and all the beauties that
surround Q in the Octopussy?
During the production of Octopussy you were also faced with a
rival Bond film, Never Say Never Again. Were you ever asked
to appear in the film, and what did you think of Alec McCowen’s
portrayal of Q in this movie?
With the fresh
approach that was taken with Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights,
regular Lois Maxwell was dropped from the cast in favour of a younger Miss
Moneypenny. At this time did you feel your future in the Bond series was
under any threat?
What kind of
relationship did you have with Timothy Dalton, how did you find him to
Your role in
Licence To Kill was greeted tremendously by James Bond fans. Whose
idea was it to give Q such as a major role in this film?
How long were you
hired for on Licence To Kill, and what was it like shooting in
Did your wife go with
you to Mexico?
Licence To Kill
marked the beginning of a six year gap, due to yet another legal wrangle.
Did you still have regular contact with Barbara Broccoli, Michael Wilson
and EON during this period?
When James Bond eventually returned in GoldenEye,
things had changed dramatically. Bond, M, Moneypenny, and the
director had changed. Were you expecting to be asked to reprise your
role as Q, and at what stage of the pre-production did you sign to
the last three films with Pierce Brosnan, each was directed by a different
director. Do they have any input into how you should play Q, or do they
leave it up to you, as you know the character best?
It's been reported that Tomorrow Never Dies had a troubled
Tomorrow Never Dies must rate as one of your best performances as
And now we come to Bond Number 19, The World Is Not Enough. Can we
expect to see you in a scene similar to GoldenEye and Tomorrow