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.— Samantha Bond
The most helpful Samantha Bond quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
I always have bananas with me for energy.
If you put people up on pedestals, there's only one way for them to go and that is down.
Not a lot of people know this, but I'm very good at mathematics.
When I was an angry teenager, I used to sit in my room and do quadratic equations to calm myself down.
Inside my heart, there's a 12-year-old girl who has always wanted to be Ginger Rogers.
Nobody can prepare you for the loss of a parent.
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.
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.
The big thing that Moneypenny changed was the amount of charity work that I was able to be involved with.
I think that as you get older, you become aware of everything that could go wrong.
My nickname is Bondy. But not because of the Bond films - it was my surname a long time before I did those.
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.
It's one of the oldest theatrical adages: never work with children or animals.
I'm an appalling flyer. I get very tense, although I no longer weep uncontrollably for no reason - I just sob if there's turbulence.
Filming is quite exciting because every day is different, but it can involve long hours standing around in chilly locations. Theatre is a very different challenge because every night you're striving to keep it fresh, even though you might have been performing the same play for months.
I tend to opt for relaxed family holidays when I can.
I think one of the most important things I can give my children is the right to be themselves.
I've been married to the same man - even after the separation - longer than most people in this business. I'm sick to death of people mentioning it.
I've always had this sneaking suspicion that I get a kick out of the insecurity.
One of my earliest memories is of being about three and a half, climbing through the legs of a man who I didn't know was the famous actor, Patrick Magee.
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.
My father Philip was an actor and appeared in everything from 'The Onedin Line' to 'Hedda Gabler' with Dame Diana Rigg.
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.
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.
I had absolutely no idea of the scale of its following and the globalness of 'Bond'.
The middle-aged woman is the ground bed of the audience that watches television and yet they are absolutely invisible.
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'.
My best friend is my husband.
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 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 managed to slip two children out in the middle of my career and have been lucky with all the work.