Q: Now that you're 70, what goals do you have left?
A: To be 80 is the first one that springs to mind.
Q: Do you still smoke cigars?
A: No, I haven't smoked anything at all for nearly five years. I think, God's been kind long enough, I'd better give a helping hand here.
Q: In your new film, The Statement, you did some of your own stunts. Are you too old for that?
A: I guess for a 70-year-old I'm pretty fit. I hope so. I'm touching wood here. I knew there was a rooftop chase in the film, and they could have shot it inside a studio with a green backcloth and had me run along the floor. But they didn't. It was 104 degrees in Marseilles the day we shot that scene. There were nets around the side of the roof, but it was still quite a drop.
Q: Did your father get to see any of your success while he was alive?
A: That's one of the great regrets of my life. I was completely down and out, unemployed, and destitute when my father died. It's a funny thing, because my father was a great horse-race gambler. And I eventually bought a house which was right next door to Windsor racetrack. And I shared a small fence with the racetrack, and in it was a gate. The deed to the house said that I had the right to take people through that gate into the racetrack for free. It would have been my father's idea of paradise.
Q: In 1965's The Ipcress File, you played a secret agent who wears glasses. Is it true that the studio was afraid you looked too gay?
A: To wear glasses wasn't really butch, you know. And the other thing was that I cooked a meal for a woman. And they go, "Jesus Christ, they're gonna think he's a fag." And there was all this hullabaloo where in actual fact it turned out to be just the opposite. Women were fascinated by a man who would cook a meal for a woman.
Q: Would you have made a good James Bond?
A: Me? No, no, I don't think so. I don't like all that driving cars and running around and jumping about all over the place. I'm quite lazy.
Q: You're six feet two. When you got to Hollywood, were you surprised by how short everyone was?
A: The first bloke I met was Rock Hudson. He was six feet four. And my other great friend was John Wayne. We were all about the same size. John Wayne became my sort of foster father in Hollywood, always giving me advice. He'd say, "Talk low and talk slow, and don't say too much if you want to be a big movie star." I then made four pictures in a high voice talking at great speed.