I had absolutely no idea of the scale of its following and the globalness of 'Bond'.
If you put people up on pedestals, there's only one way for them to go and that is down.
I think one of the most important things I can give my children is the right to be themselves.
Inside my heart, there's a 12-year-old girl who has always wanted to be Ginger Rogers.
The bravest thing I've ever done is fly to New York. I'm simply terrified of aeroplanes - I am the woman you see weeping at the airport.
I adore acting; it's in my blood - quite literally - but I can honestly say the most creative thing in the world for me is being a mother.
My best friend is my husband.
When I got on stage, I would have a rush of adrenaline; everybody gets it. Normally after the first night it becomes more controllable, and as long as I could ride the wave, I was still in charge.
When women's parts are being written, they are more and more for under 30s who are nubile and beautiful. Actresses over 40 are finding very little happening.
I grew up without the rose-tinted look at the profession many of my friends had, but I've been very lucky playing major roles in 'An Ideal Husband', 'Arcadia' and 'The Memory of Water'.
As a child, I always remember our home, which was a flat just on the Barnes side of Hammersmith Bridge in London, buzzing with actors such as Patrick McGee and Peter Bowles. We were a family who were always on the go.
My nickname is Bondy. But not because of the Bond films - it was my surname a long time before I did those.
I have to be careful what I eat before going onstage, to avoid an upset stomach.
If I pop off and do something drastic, everyone's going to realise because they know I'm 50. Anyway, middle-aged women are sensational.
I think that as you get older, you become aware of everything that could go wrong.
The big thing that Moneypenny changed was the amount of charity work that I was able to be involved with.
I'm very shocked when I look at television and I see such an aggressive youth and image obsession in the representation of women on our screens.
Agatha Christie holds special personal memories for me because my mum, a television producer called Pat Sandys, had been the first person to persaude the Agatha Christie estate to put one of her stories on TV.
Sometimes I'll work through the crossword sections of three separate papers.
Something like 'Sex And The City' was insulting - women all clawing on to their youth when there's such ripe territory in honestly exploring women's lives as they get older.
The middle-aged woman is the ground bed of the audience that watches television and yet they are absolutely invisible.
I tend to opt for relaxed family holidays when I can.
I get so nervous before I go on stage that I can never eat very much, so I'm always completely starving afterwards and dying for a bowl of pasta.
I've always had this sneaking suspicion that I get a kick out of the insecurity.
It's one of the oldest theatrical adages: never work with children or animals.
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