Quotes by Ian Fleming

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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. more...

I'm getting very sorry for the Devil and his disciples such as the good Le Chiffre. The devil has a rotten time and I always like to be on the side of the underdog. We don't give the poor chap a chance...the Devil had no prophets to write his Ten Commandments and no team of authors to write his biography. more...

History is moving pretty quickly these days, and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts. more...

Never job backwards. What might have been was a waste of time. more...

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 more...

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. more...

She explained to me later that she must have been possessed by a subconscious desire to be raped. Well she found me in the mountains and she was raped - by me. more...

I would stay away from him and leave him to go his own road where there would be other women, countless other women, who would probably give him as much physical pleasure as he had had with me. I wouldn't care, or at least I told myself that I wouldn't care, because none of them would ever own him-own any larger piece of him than I now did. more...

I'm looking for Commander James Bond, not an overgrown stunt man. [on meeting Sean Connery] more...

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. more...

Shaken and not stirred. more...

At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck. more...

It's just that I'd rather die of drink than of thirst. more...

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. more...

Loneliness becomes a lover, solitude a darling sin. more...

And then one day when you're playing your little game you'll suddenly find yourself pinned down like a butterfly. more...

Mine's Bond - James Bond. more...

It's just that I"d rather die of drink than of thirst. more...

I would stay away from him and leave him to go his own road where there would be other women, countless other women, who would probably give him as much physical pleasure as he had had with me. I would' care, or at least I told myself that I would' care, because none of them would ever own him-own any larger piece of him than I now did. more...

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. more...

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. more...

A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle. more...

You only live twice. Once when you are born and once when you look death in the face. more...

Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes', otherwise you'll lead a very dull life. more...

One of the bibles of my youth was 'Birds of the West Indies,' by James Bond, a well-known ornithologist, and when I was casting about for a name for my protagonist I thought, 'My God, that's the dullest name I've ever heard,' so I appropriated it. Now the dullest name in the world has become an exciting one. more...

Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas. more...

Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time. more...

I was just on the edge of getting married, and I was frenzied at the prospect of this great step in my life after having been a bachelor for so long. And I really wanted to take my mind off of the agony, and so I decided to sit down and write a book. more...

A woman should be an illusion. more...

Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch. more...

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. more...

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. more...

Most marriages don't add two people together. They subtract one from the other. more...

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. more...

I don't regard James Bond precisely as a hero, but at least he does get on and do his duty, in an extremely corny way. more...

I'm not in the Shakespeare stakes. I have no ambition. more...

If I wait for the genius to come, it just doesn't arrive. more...

It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world. more...

People do connect me with James Bond simply because I happen to like scrambled eggs and short-sleeved shirts and some of the things that James Bond does, but I certainly haven't got his guts nor his very lively appetites. more...

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. more...

...Goldfinger could not have known that high tension was Bond's natural way of life and that pressure and danger relaxed him. more...

Bond always mistrusted short men. They grew up from childhood with an inferiority complex. All their lives they would strive to be big - bigger than the others who had teased them as a child. Napoleon had been short, and Hitler. It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world. more...

Just as, at least in one religion, accidia is the first of the cardinal sins, so bordom, and particularly the incredible circumstance of waking up bored, was the only vice Bond utterly condemned. more...

Mine's Bond - James Bond. more...

And don't get hurt,' [Dexter] added. 'There's no one to help you up there. And don't go stirring up a lot of trouble for us. This case isn't ripe yet. Until it is, our policy with Mr Big is 'live and let live'.' Bond looked quizzically at Captain Dexter In my job,' he said, 'when I come up against a man like this one, I have another motto. It's 'live and let die'. more...

And people with obsessions, reflected Bond, were blind to danger. more...

They want us dead,' said Bond calmly. 'So we have to stay alive. more...

He shrugged his shoulders to shift the pain of failure-the pain that is so much greater than the pleasure of success. more...

The gain to the winner is always less than the loss to the loser. more...

A dry martini,' he said. 'One. In a deep champagne goblet.' ... Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it? more...

The World Is Not Enough more...

But I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time. Suddenly one day my heart will fail. The Iron Crab will get me as it got my father. But I am not afraid of The Crab. At least I shall have died from an honourable disease. Perhaps they will put on my tombstone. 'This Man Died from Living Too Much'. more...

It reads better than it lives more...

A woman can put up with almost anything; anything but indifference. more...

He was a secret agent, and still alive thanks to his exact attention to the detail of his profession. more...

Everyone has the revolver of resignation in his pocket. more...

Like all harsh, cold men, he was easily tipped over into sentiment. more...

The conventional parabola-sentiment, the touch of the hand, the kiss, the passionate kiss, the feel of the body, the climax in the bed, then more bed, then less bed, then the boredom, the tears and the final bitterness-was to him shameful and hypocritical. more...

People are islands,' she said. 'They don't really touch. However close they are, they're really quite separate. Even if they've been married for fifty years. more...

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? more...

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. more...

I am a poet in deeds-not often in words. more...

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. more...

Above all, he liked it that everything was one's own fault. There was only oneself to praise or blame. Luck was a servant and not a master. Luck had to be accepted with a shrug or taken advantage of up to the hilt. But it had to be understood and recognized for what it was and not confused with a faulty appreciation of the odds, for, at gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck. And luck in all its moods had to be loved and not feared more...

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. But he was honest enough to admit that he had never yet been made to suffer by cards or by women. One day, and he accepted the fact he would be brought to his knees by love or by luck. more...

A medium Vodka dry Martini - with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred. more...

My mental hands were empty, and I felt I must do something as a counterirritant or antibody to my hysterical alarm at getting married at the age of 43. more...

A woman should be an illusion more...

Older women are best because they always think they may be doing it for the last time. more...

The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. more...

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. more...

Against the background of this luminous and sparkling stage Bond stood in the sunshine and felt his mission to be incongruous and remote and his dark profession an affront to his fellow actors. more...

It was the same with the whole Russian machine. Fear was the impulse. For them it was always safer to advance than retreat. Advance against the enemy and the bullet might miss you. Retreat, evade, betray and the bullet would never miss. more...

Everything I write has a precedent in truth. more...

If you interrupt the writing of fast narrative with too much introspection and self-criticism, you will be lucky if you write 500 words a day and you will be disgusted with them into the bargain. By following my formula, you write 2,000 words a day and you aren't disgusted with them until the book is finished, which will be in about six weeks. more...

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. more...

Le Chiffre was serving a wonderful purpose, a really vital purpose, perhaps the best and highest purpose of all. By his evil existence, which I foolishly helped to destroy, he was creating a normal of badness by which, and by which alone, an oppostie norm of goodness could exist. We were privileged, in our short knowledge of him, to see and estimate his wickedness and we emerge from the acquaintanceship better and more virtuous men. more...

Englishmen are so odd. They are like a nest of Chinese boxes. It takes a very long time to get to the centre of them. When one gets there the result is unrewarding, but the process is instructive and entertaining. more...

Worry is a dividend paid to disaster before it is due more...

He could not just wear a watch. It had to be a Rolex. more...

A gentleman's choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit. more...

Hope makes a good breakfast. Eat plenty of it. more...

You can get far in North America with laconic grunts. "Huh," "hun," and "hi!" in their various modulations, together with "sure," "guess so," "that so?" and "nuts!" will meet almost any contingency. more...

Never say 'no' to adventures. more...

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. more...

Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles. more...

Diamonds are forever. more...

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. more...

Our prisons are full of people who think they're Napoleon..or God. more...

Love of life is born of the awareness of death, of the dread of it. more...

Before a man's forty, girls cost nothing. After that you have to pay money, or tell a story. Of the two, it's the story that hurts most. Anyway I'm not forty yet. more...

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. more...

I have always smoked and drunk and loved too much. In fact I have lived not too long but too much. One day the Iron Crab will get me. Then I shall have died of living too much. more...

There is only one recipe for a best seller and it is a very simple one. You have to get the reader to turn over the page. more...

If you interrupt the writing of fast narrative with too much introspection and self-criticism, you will be lucky if you write 500 words a day and you will be disgusted with them into the bargain. By following my formula, you write 2,000 words a day and you are' disgusted with them until the book is finished, which will be in about six weeks. more...

Bond didn't defend the practice. He simply maintained that the more effort and ingenuity you put into gambling, the more you took out. more...

But I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time. Suddenly one day my heart will fail. The Iron Crab will get me as it got my father. But I am not afraid of The Crab. At least I shall have died from an honourable disease. Perhaps they will put on my tombstone This Man Died from Living Too Much. more...

Horses are uncomfortable in the middle and dangerous at both ends. more...

You have a double-o number, I believe-007, if I remember right. The significance of that double-o number, they tell me, is that you have had to kill a man in the course of some assignment. more...

The licence to kill for the Secret Service, the double-o prefix, was a great honor. more...

They have a saying in Chicago: 'Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time is enemy action. more...

Surround yourself with Human Beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles. He laughed. But don't let me down and become human yourself. We would lose a wonderful machine. more...

He sat down next door in the seat she had left and watched the grim suburbs of Philadelphia showing their sores, like beggars, to the rich train. more...

And I would like a medium Vodka dry Martini - with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred, please. I would prefer Russian or Polish vodka. more...

You are right, Mr. Bond. That is just what I am, a maniac. All the greatest men are maniacs. They are possessed by a mania that drives them towards their goal. The great scientists, the philosophers, the religious leaders - all maniacs. more...

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it's enemy action. more...

He provides a vision. He often reminds countries of their responsibilities in a way that makes it seem not only like a legal obligation but a moral responsibility. more...


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