“I decided to try and become commercial for a change. The trouble with staying with a classical company is that you become known as ‘a lady actress.’ No one ever thinks of you, except for parts in long skirts and blank verse.” — Diana Rigg
“It’s true, I loved the excitement that went with playing Emma Peel, and I must say it was great fun at first being recognized on the street as a result. But, you know, I’m really not equipped to be a celebrity.” — Diana Rigg
“She exuded the same style, confidence and beauty that were central to the abiding appeal of James Bond.” — Toby Miller, former New York University film professor in 1998.
“I’m not what you might call the fluffy type. I’m as direct as Emma. I think I’m as emancipated. I’m certainly not as accomplished.” — Diana Rigg in 1967.
“I loathe intrusions on my privacy, for example. I hate premieres – being put on show. And the autograph syndrome is simply beyond my comprehension. I remember once when a stranger came up to me in London and asked me for my autograph. I froze! And I’m afraid I was terribly rude. I should have been flattered, of course, but I do remember mumbling something awful about it being illegal to sign autographs in the street, and fleeing in the opposite direction.” — Diana Rigg
“I could have grown old and very rich in the part of Mrs. Peel. But TV acting did teach me a certain economy of style and gave me the chance to improvise.” — Diana Rigg
Source: Ed Rohrbach (1968)