Asked on Life Stories about whether he ever got tired of the "Bond, James Bond" line, he responded: "It's not a terrible joke, but I did have one man say to me, 'My name is Bond, James Bond.' And he really was called James Bond."
As an actor, he was much more than one role. He starred or appeared in more than 80 films and television shows throughout his life, including The Persuaders, The Dream Team, and The Saint.
He told BBC News in 2014 he had wanted to call his autobiography One Lucky Bastard because it "is what I consider I am". (The book ended up being called Last Man Standing.)