September 29, 2010 / 8:27 PM / 8 years ago

Michael Caine says "might retire" at 80

Actor Michael Caine arrives for the world premiere of the film ''Inception'' at the Odeon in London July 8, 2010. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

LONDON (Reuters) - British actor Michael Caine said on Wednesday he was booked solid with work for the next three years, but after that he may consider calling it quits.

In an interview with BBC radio to publicize his upcoming autobiography “The Elephant to Hollywood,” published in Britain by Hodder & Stoughton, Caine also said he planned to try his hand as a novelist.

“I’m completely booked up for three years so I’m okay,” the 77-year-old was quoted as saying on the BBC’s website. “I’ll be 80 when it’s finished and I might retire.”

The two-time Oscar winner and star of movies including “Alfie,” “Get Carter” and “Educating Rita,” said he hoped to complete a novel before his 80th birthday.

The book, he said, would be “a thriller about terrorism — the sort of thing I read all the time. It’ll be for guys. It won’t be a great literary effort.”

Caine revealed how he had abandoned an earlier attempt to write fiction when he unwittingly predicted the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

“I had this plot where terrorists fly a plane into a London skyscraper,” he told the BBC. “Then they did it in real life. I was stunned by that, so I stopped writing.”

Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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