Sir David Attenborough ‘Sees No Reason’ Why He Can’t Live Past 100 Years Old

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Sir David Attenborough ‘Sees No Reason’ Why He Can’t Live Past 100 Years Old

If fans could have it their way, Sir David Attenborough would be kept alive forever so he can entertain and interest us. But despite the 91-year-old revealing how his age is starting to affect his work, he insists that he wants to stick around for years to come.

Speaking to the Sun, the renowned documentary filmmaker said: "I see no reason whatsoever why I can't live past 100. Earth has enough wonders to make more than three Planet Earth series.

"The beauty of natural history programmes is they can appeal across all ages and all conditions and people can take out of it their own particular interests."

We'll get another taste of his brilliance this weekend when Blue Planet II is released - diving under the surface of the ocean once again to show us some of the species that lurk below.


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If that doesn't give you chills then I don't know what will.

The legend has been on our screens for a whopping 65 years, and while the technology continues to get more sophisticated, Attenborough's storytelling and wisdom has never been short of amazing.


He has admitted in the past the impact that his lengthy career has had on his personal life. Sir David spoke to fellow documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux in the Radio Times, saying: "If you have a child of six or eight and you miss three months of his or her life, it's irreplaceable. You miss something."

"Perhaps you can't have your cake and eat it."

David Attenborough
David Attenborough

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Attenborough also hasn't been shy on how his health has been, following the completion of Planet Earth II.

He told the Telegraph that he's 'coming to terms' with the fact that his memory isn't what it used to be, saying: "There were these searing yellow fields and I can't think of the damn name. I wanted to say something about it but I couldn't and it wasn't until we got quite close to Geneva that I thought, 'Of course, oil seed rape.'"

Despite that, it's comforting to know that he wants to soldier on and keep giving us the goods for a little while longer. Even though many of us will be stuck to the telly watching Blue Planet II, there will be more Attenborough to soak up with Jumbo: The Life Of An Elephant Superstar.

The one-off special is set to follow Sir David as he looks into the life and death of Jumbo - dubbed the world's most famous elephant and the inspiration behind Disney's Dumbo. According to the BBC, Attenborough was given unique access to Jumbo's skeleton, which is held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.


Working alongside a team of scientists, elephant experts and conservationists, our man, David, will 'unravel the complex and dramatic history of what many thought was the largest elephant in the world'.

The elephant reportedly died under tragic and mysterious circumstances and was known to be difficult to handle.

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Topics: Film and TV, Celebrity, BBC, Blue Planet II, david attenborough, Wildlife, Memory, UK Entertainment, Documentary, US Entertainment, UK, world entertainment, Health, Nature

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