Bond 007 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
James Bond : A Celebration + An Evening
With George Lazenby
Pinewood Studios, June 11th 2005
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of Queanbeyan City, Australia, George landed the most prized role in
filmdom in 1968 when he was cast as James Bond 007.
to the UK in the early ‘60s and from being a high
class car salesman in Park Lane, was offered a modelling contract – one
assignment earning him more than he earned in a year selling cars!
one of the UK’s hottest models, and often travelled
into Europe for assignments too. He was the highest paid male model in
European modelling history. Perhaps his biggest break then came when
he landed the role of the “Big Fry Man” for a series of chocolate
Connery hung up his Walther PPK after You Only Live Twice, the canny
secured himself a meeting with the film’s
producers. Urged on by his agent Maggie Smith who believed his arrogance
would surely win him the role, the producers were said indeed to admire
his charm and his cheek.
George bought a suit that had been made for Sean Connery, and wore it
with a Rolex watch. He also drove an Aston Martin.
audition, a fight sequence was arranged … George was
so eager and enthusiastic that he broke a stuntman’s nose! He beat
413 other contenders for the role, during 4 months of auditions, to become
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, is hailed by fans as
being the best in the series. However, changing attitudes in the late
1960s (when Easy Rider was the type of film topping the box office and
the hippie culture was permeating society) and bad advice from his ‘publicist’ Roland
O’Reilly, saw George quit the role. He believed Bond to be Sean
Connery’s gig, and the character’s cinematic adventures over.
George has since admitted to regretting his decision and listening to
the advice that was offered.
He turned down Diamonds
Are Forever and the seven-film contract offered
A series of martial arts films in Hong Kong followed (George holds black
belts in more than one of the martial arts, and trained under Bruce Lee).
There was a rumour that producer Kevin McClory was considering casting
George in Never Say Never Again, but then Sean Connery agreed to return.
appeared in a number of spy-type films playing Bond like characters.
He also appeared in top soap General Hospital for six months
in 1982, and won critical acclaim for roles in Gettysburg and
a more recent film Four Dogs Playing Poker. His most recent
tv series was The
George Lazenby Filmography @ IMDB