1You’ve been acting for more than 50 years and still going strong at 81. Any plans to retire?
I’m not going to retire as long as I can work and as long as I’m asked to. If you can still climb the ladder, then do it.
2 Is there any climbing left?
Well, I’m always looking for this extraordinary play that isn’t like anything out there, maybe about an Afghan woman who walks the tightrope and turns into a dragon in the last act. I’ve looked for it for ten years or more.
3 Surely you can do what you want given your success?
I get frightened. I’m frightened that I won’t get asked to do another job and I have had that fear throughout my entire career – all 58 years.
4 Even though you were not in the last Bond movie, did you enjoy it?
Of course. I’ve always been a tremendous Bond fan. I did seven films over 17 years and I loved it.
5 Do people stop you in the street to say how much they love you?
They do. Although sometimes they just say my name in a rather challenging way. It’s usually as M. In India I was recognised as Mall the time.