I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that the music delivers.
'The Impossible Dream' is, in my opinion, one of the greatest songs ever written. Here is a man, an old man, a very old man full of daring, bravery, courage, determination, romanticism and dreams.
What's really important for me is, as an old man, I'm known by my own generation and the next generation know me, too.
To be a legend, you've either got to be dead or excessively old!
One of the first things a British visitor to Southern California discovers is that he must have a car. Freeways. Bad public transport. I took driving lessons.
I've worked with Tim Burton five times, and it's just like being part of a family; life doesn't get much better than that.
I don't really like long flights any more - I find them too tiring. Flying always involves the same things these days - huge crowds at airports, waiting around, late take-offs, weather problems, and so on. I don't really enjoy travelling. I don't imagine anyone does except young children.
I turn to the 'Telegraph's' obituaries page with trepidation.
When I was very young - around the age of nine - my family used to go to a house in Somerset that my stepfather rented every summer. There was fishing, lakes and riding.
Ian Fleming was my cousin, you know. He was in naval intelligence.
As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know. Single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences.
Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.
I'm much softer than people think. I don't present to the world an emotional face. I'm pretty good at self-control, but I am easily moved.
I haven't spent my entire career playing the guy in the bad hat, although I have to say that the bad guy is frequently much more interesting than the good guy.
The saddest country I went to was Romania, years ago, during Ceausescu's rule.
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