Life lessons: Sa­man­tha Bond

Ac­tress Sa­man­tha Bond, one of the star voices in a new au­dio drama of Black Beauty, chats to Yours about early theatre days, films and her love for books

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Books give us so much

I grew up in a house where our mother read to me and my si­b­lings ev­ery night and then once we were old enough, we read to each other. We read things such as The Wind in the Wil­lows, The Se­cret Gar­den and prob­a­bly ev­ery Noel Streat­field book ever printed. It in­stilled in me a love of the writ­ten word and to this day the rea­son I take par­tic­u­lar jobs is al­ways be­cause of the script. It gave me a very vivid imag­i­na­tion which stood me in good stead for act­ing. And when I be­came a mother, I made sure it was al­ways bath, then a book be­fore bed­time for my chil­dren, who later be­came actors them­selves.

pa­tience is a virtue!

When I started out I went into reper­tory theatre which meant I worked a lot – in fact I think I did about 27 plays in three years. Then I hit my first quiet mo­ment where peo­ple say you’re rest­ing but ac­tu­ally you’re fret­ting anx­iously and that’s when you have to learn about pa­tience. You have to know that the right thing will come up. My chil­dren are learn­ing this at the mo­ment and in fact my daugh­ter is cur­rently read­ing books for the blind for free which I’m thrilled about as that’s what I did when I left drama school, too.

theatre greats in­spired me

All of my favourite roles have been in the theatre but two of the best were Three Tall Women, which I did with Mag­gie Smith, and Amy’s View, where I played Judi Dench’s daugh­ter. Work­ing with these greats, they don’t give you ad­vice as such, but they lead by ex­am­ple. From them, I learnt fo­cus, con­cen­tra­tion, com­mit­ment, vul­ner­a­bil­ity and about striv­ing to be your best at all times.

Be­ing in James Bond was a thrill

Play­ing Moneypenny in the James Bond films was great and it re­ally was like join­ing a fam­ily. We all still stay in touch. I don’t think I could ever go back to work­ing on Bond again as I al­ways said I’d only be Moneypenny as long as Pierce Bros­nan was Bond as we worked so well to­gether on set.

i love ra­dio 4

Ra­dio is one of my great­est plea­sures. I’m afraid I’m a bit of a Ra­dio 4 ad­dict. I’ll start with the news and then if I’m at home, it’ll play all day through to The Archers. I also love crossword puz­zles – only the cryptic ones, though, I don’t feel the quick ones are a chal­lenge.

Left, sa­man­tha in the Bond film Gold­en­eye and above with Dame Judi in Amy’s View Ac­tress and pas­sion­ate book-lover sa­man­tha Bond

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