Cornwall's beautiful, more beautiful than Britanny, because it's a mixture of Britanny, south of France, and Greece: there are all those coloured houses, the blues and reds and yellows. Because he has cavorted with fast cars and faster women (Princess Stephanie of Monaco amongst them), Delon has been a staple fixture in the gossip-columns of Paris-Match for years. They were all like dolls; I just wanted to ask them nasty and dirty questions." His time behind the wheel has been a far more pleasant experience.He was even once, alongside Ivana Trump, Joan Collins and Richard Branson, one of the Miss World judges. "I haven't been driving this year, though I was in a touring car for Alfa Romeo last year," he says.People always make the connection." He seemed pleased to be in Britain, where - but for a little journalistic intrusion - he is unmolested.
"In English, you now use little sentences, but for this, we had to be all very formal. When I was much younger and all this interest started, I found it very boring and annoying." Delon has said before that he isn't particularly close to his father, so are they still in touch? Listen, I know in the States the acting dynasties - the Sutherlands, Sheens or Bridges - are seen as a good thing, like why not?
They had to work on my accent, to make it more neutral, more believable. They have no problem with that, but they do in France.
He was, along with Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of the pillars of the French post-war film industry.
But the French like their role models a little more roguish and risque than us, and Delon pere certainly fitted the mould.
It's taken me an hour to build up to the crunch question about his family's murky past, and Anthony Delon, otherwise supremely confident, is suddenly bashful.
"I was a nasty kid," he says in a French-American accent, "and then I was a nasty young man who wanted to f*** around and do some nasty things."Luc Besson is a friend, and he suggested I train with Pascal Luneau.It was Pascal who worked with Anne Parillaud for her leading role in Nikita."I love the speed, the adrenaline, the competition of racing with the others; and then there's the technical part, just fixing the car, sorting out the aerodynamics. For you, one second is nothing, but on the track it's very important, you have a different relationship with time." Delon now has a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter."My girlfriend doesn't do anything, she looks after me. If she wants to go into acting, I will help her, whatever she wants to do."When I was young, I just didn't care, I was thinking 'I'm going to do what I want to do, I'll steal a car, whatever'.