From The Telegraph:
“I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery],” he says, “It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn’t have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.” Has he ever re-watched the movies? He mock-shudders. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. ‘Cause it’s just never good enough.” He laughs mirthlessly. “It’s a horrible feeling.”
Maybe it's because we've recently gained such appreciation for Pierce Brosnan's unsung western films, but we think he's being pretty tough on himself. Still, it's a great article, which includes his considerations on Steele as well as Bond, on ageism in America and the “marketplace of youth,” and lots of other interesting tidbits from an actor who's earned his pedigree among crime fans.