Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Geoffrey Rush: Sir Francis Walsingham
Sir Francis Walsingham : Forgive me, Your Majesty, I have failed you.
Queen Elizabeth I : How have you failed me? What am I to forgive you for?
Sir Francis Walsingham : Phillip of Spain is a God-fearing man who cannot declare war without a just cause. I intercepted every letter Mary Stuart secretly dispatched, but failed to see Spain knew I was reading them. They waited for her to write the words that in my eyes would confirm her treason.
Sir Francis Walsingham : [ashamed] Forgive me. I am trapped in my own web.
Queen Elizabeth I : And I ordered Mary's execution. I murdered God's anointed Queen. And now God's most dutiful son makes Holy War to punish me.
Queen Elizabeth I : [during a briefing with Walsingham and Bess] We shall have to look out a husband for you soon, Bess.
Elizabeth Throckmorton : Not too soon, my lady.
Sir Francis Walsingham : There are husbands to be had.
Queen Elizabeth I : [to Bess] Don't you want to be married?
Elizabeth Throckmorton : I'll want the marriage if I want the man.
Sir Francis Walsingham : Austria. France.
Queen Elizabeth I : Turkey. Turkey has a Sultan and China has an Emperor.
Sir Francis Walsingham : I confine myself to the possible.
Queen Elizabeth I : That's where you and I differ, Walsingham. I find the impossible *far* more interesting.
Sir Francis Walsingham : Your bishops preaching God is showing his displeasure, because the Queen is still unmarried. Some, rudely suggesting, infertile.
Queen Elizabeth I : Ha! What nonsense.
Sir Francis Walsingham : Dangerous nonsense. Mary Stuart has a son.
Queen Elizabeth I : Why does everyone torment me with Mary Stuart? It's not her fault she's next in line to the throne.
Sir Francis Walsingham : You can't learn the secrets of the universe on an empty stomach.