Fleming: Again to go back to villains. Of course, the difficulty is to set in oneself – and to be able to persuade the reader – that the man is not to be pitied for being a sick man. It’s difficult to depict somebody who really is tough without being a psychopath.
Chandler: Well, it’s almost impossible to imagine an absolutely bad man who is not a psychopath.
Fleming: True. And then you create pity for him at once. It’s difficult … and that’s what I mean about villains. They’re very difficult people to build up.
Chandler: Well, he’ll have this very human side. He may be very kind to his family, but in his business – illegitimate – he may be quite ruthless.
Fleming: Well, you’ve got to know these people, you can’t invent them.
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