November 6, 2016

Ian Fleming Quotes

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, it’s enemy action.”

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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