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Born: 1915-06-20
Profession: Director
Nation: British
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Bond was how Fleming saw himself; the sardonic, cruel mouth, the hard, tight skinned face.

Tags: Face, Hard, Himself

I don't think anything you've written is immortal as yet.

Tags: Immortal, Written

There was no actual person who was James Bond, despite all the books.

Tags: Actual, Bond, Books

Transforming a line like that makes it into a belly laugh instead of a laugh against us.

Tags: Against, Laugh, Makes

America thinks of itself as a meritocracy, so people have more respect for success and more contempt for failure.

Tags: Failure, Respect, Success

I expect that in 40 years' time I'll be writing political tomes and working for an organisation like Oxfam.

Tags: Political, Time, Writing

I miss being fawned over by restaurateurs and chefs.

Tags: Chefs, Miss

I tried being a mechanic and I tried catering, but I realized I had even less aptitude for semi-skilled labour than for academic work.

Tags: Less, Tried, Work

I wouldn't describe myself as a master of anything.

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If anything bad happens, the media will leap on it. We're under a huge obligation to be successful.

Tags: Bad, Happens, Successful

People in London think of London as the center of the world, whereas New Yorkers think the world ends three miles outside of Manhattan.

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The moment I'm perceived to be even a tiny bit successful, my career will go down the pan.

Tags: Career, Moment, Successful

There's no reason why you can't deliver a grammar-school curriculum to an all-ability intake.

Tags: Curriculum, Reason, Why

'Top Chef' is a very smooth-running machine. All the people working there are incredibly professional and absolutely at the top of their game.

Tags: Chef, Game, Working

I really like the Observer. I think I'd love to have a column with a broad reach that would enable me to do some proper reporting, but keep it on sort of a humorous level. I've always had a very happy experience writing for them.

Tags: Experience, Happy, Love

I swear, I didn't really go in thinking, 'I'll be the Simon Cowell' of 'Top Chef.' I was just used to being a judge on British food shows where people are much more outspoken and rather rude. That's the culture over here.

Tags: Food, Judge, Thinking

I think I've been wishing for celebrity for so long that I've got used to being someone who's petitioning the establishment for acceptance... my whole schtick, my whole identity, is so wrapped up in being a petitioner that I don't really know how to react now that petition has been granted.

Tags: Acceptance, Someone, Whole

I was once hired to write a column for 'The Guardian' and then got fired before I'd submitted my first one. That was unusual. Most newspapers wait until I've written at least one piece for them before firing me.

Tags: Once, Wait, Write

I've become a professional failure - in order to pay the mortgage I have to remain unemployed. Luckily, a disaster always seems to befall me at exactly the right moment.

Tags: Become, Failure, Moment

I've never been to a shrink. But my parents were very psychologically literate - my father had undergone Freudian analysis - and we often talked about other people in psychological terms, so I picked up a lot of that.

Tags: Father, Often, Parents

In Britain, by contrast, we still think that class plays a part in determining a person's life chances, so we're less inclined to celebrate success and less inclined to condemn failure. The upshot is that it's much easier to be a failure in Britain than it is in America.

Tags: Failure, Life, Success

It's very different doing a food show in America and doing one in Britain. I did a 20-part series for the BBC series called 'Eating With the Enemy.' The budget for all 20 episodes was probably the budget for a single episode of 'Top Chef.' It's the difference between making a home movie in your backyard and going to Hollywood.

Tags: Enemy, Food, Home

My life's ambition is to play a James Bond villain. I have the cat and the eye-patch, so I'm just waiting for the call. For some reason, though, the phone hasn't rung.

Tags: Life, Reason, Waiting

Oddly, I do have a problem with authority. I find it very difficult to knuckle down and follow rules. Which are the classic symptoms of someone who has a troubled relationship with their father. And yet, I never had a problem with my father.

Tags: Father, Problem, Someone

When I was writing my column, I would almost always be recognized when I was in a restaurant, even if I was reviewing it and had booked under a fake name, so free stuff would start coming out of the kitchen on a conveyer belt, fantastic wines would be opened at my table. Now I can't even get a reservation on the pizza joint on the corner.

Tags: Fake, Free, Writing

You know when you tell a self-deprecating story at a dinner party, everyone's laughing along with you? But then when someone else repeats that same story at another dinner party you feel they're all laughing at you?

Tags: Another, Else, Someone
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Any experience can be transformed into something of value.

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A truth discovered always seems so plain and simple that we wonder why the discovery was so long delayed.

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All my life I had feared to-morrow, until I decided to have faith and to live to-day in courage.

Tags: Courage, Faith, Life

I have always noticed that a man who gives the most for the money, gets the most business.

Tags: Business, Money, Noticed

No man can add one dollar to his bank account by worrying.

Tags: Bank, Dollar, Worrying

I know the joy of skating on a clear cold day. I know the joy of getting off a perfect drive in golf. I know the delight of a fine meal after a long walk. These are real and wholesome, but all of them put together can not approach the thrill of ridding yourself of fear!

Tags: Fear, Real, Yourself

It often happens that the man who pursues the dollar too diligently finds it hard to catch, but if he will pursue some other and better goal, dollars come around to see what sort of fellow he is.

Tags: Goal, Hard, Often

My first job, which I had to take when not more than fifteen, was assistant to a fruit peddler. It seemed all right to me until a little girl told me snootily, 'We never deal with peddler!' Thereupon I resigned, ashamed of what I was doing.

Tags: Girl, Job, Until

Pressure selling is firmly rooted in American economic life, and I'm sorry it is, for it should not be necessary. Some people think part of the panic following 1929 was due to too much pressure in selling.

Tags: American, Life, Sorry

There have been many occasions when I found it helpful to talk out loud to my own thoughts, ordering the unwholesome ones to go off somewhere and jump into the river.

Tags: Off, Talk, Thoughts

There is no finer sensations in life that which comes with victory over one's self. Go forward to a goal of inward achievement, brushing aside all your old internal enemies as you advance.

Tags: Forward, Life, Self

Time and time again, as a boy, I was humiliated. I celebrated my first day in long pants by going to a dance where I fell sprawling on the floor, and was so ashamed that I jumped up, ran away and left my girl to get home the best way she could.

Tags: Best, Home, Time

Very few persons go through life without at least one big chance. The fact that so many do not grasp it is due more often to fear than to any other one thing.

Tags: Big, Fear, Life
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