George Lazenby
George Lazenby
George Robert Lazenby is an Australian actor and former model, best known for portraying James Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
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4 Controversial Movie Castings That Ultimately Resulted in Triumph
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Next year, Ben Affleck will become the sixth man to play Batman in a movie. For the first time ever, The Dark Knight will be on the big screen with the Man Of Steel in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. According to the Internet Movie Database, it will be out in late March 2016. Two years ago when the casting of Affleck was first announced, there was so much widespread anger and disappointment that a petition was launched to get the Academy Award-winning producer & screenwriter kicked off the project. Why were people so upset about the idea of Affleck playing Batman? One word: Daredevil. While I'm of the belief that you shouldn't judge a casting until you see the performance, I can understand why fans would rather see someone else play The Dark Knight. Daredevil did suck, after all. And Christian Bale, who played Batman in Christopher Nolan's superb trilogy, is a tough act to follow. Somewhat smothered by all the excitement generated by the recent release of the second ...
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Australia's only 007 suits up again
Byron Shire News - over 3 years
Australia's one and only James Bond - George Lazenby - could be heading home to shoot his first movie here in 35 years.     
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007′s License To Drink: Court Overturns George Lazenby’s Booze Ban In Divorce Against Ex-Pam Shriver
Radar Online - over 3 years
It was one of the most bitter divorce battles to hit Hollywood in recent years, but peace has finally broken out between James Bond star George Lazenby and his five-time Wimbledon doubles champion ex-wife, Pam Shriver. The pair have gone to a Los Angeles court in January, can reveal, to have a judge overturn a booze ban that Shriver, 50, had insisted a judge impose on 73-year-old Lazenby, who she previously claimed was an alcoholic. And Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Willett agreed to sign off on 007′s license to drink! “Respondent is restrained and enjoined from consuming alcohol 12 hours prior to his custodial time with the minor children and during his custodial time with the children… is herby vacated,” a stipulation and order document, signed off by the pair on Jan. 10, states. PHOTOS: Celebs Who Have Battled Drinking Problems During the couple’s contention court battle, Shriver had ripped the lid of the Queanbeyan-raised Lazenby’s battle with th ...
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Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Barry Nelson, American Actor, Was the Very First 007
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Slated for this year's Academy Awards is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 007 movie franchise which will include guest appearances by all six film actors who essayed the role of James Bond on the silver screen: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. They reportedly will all step onstage to the accompaniment of songstress Adele's rendition of the Bond theme tune, "Skyfall." However, it must be stressed that American actor Barry Nelson was the very first to play the 007 role in 1954 (some nine years in before the first movie debuted) in the TV version of Casino Royale on the hour-long Climax anthology series. Interestingly, he was referred to as "Jimmy" throughout the production. Nelson had a long career in television (such as roles in The Twlight Zone, Thriller, and Murder, She Wrote) as well as films (such as The Shining, Pete 'n' Tillie and Airport). Sadly, he passed away in 2007 at the age of 90. Bu ...
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James Bond Franchise To Get An Oscar Tribute
MTV News - about 4 years
It's been a very special year for the James Bond franchise. 007 turned 50 years old, "Skyfall" made over $1 billion and now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed it's honoring our favorite British secret agent with a special tribute at the 85th Academy Awards. The Academy has announced the news in a press release. Thus far no details have been revealed about what the tribute will be beyond the fact it will involve "a special sequence." "We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. "Starting with ‘Dr. No’ back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon." Is it too much to hope that the tribute will include the six men who have played James Bond? Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig are all alive ...
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Mark Juddery: The Fifth Beatle? Here's a Top 10!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Currently a movie is in pre-production called The Fifth Beatle, based on a graphic novel published by Dark Horse Comics. It's a familiar phrase, which is generally used to describe... well, just about anyone. Even football (or soccer) player George Best was called "the fifth Beatle", because in the days of Beatlemania, he was apparently the only man in Britain with a celebrity status to rival their own. I didn't see him perform at any of their concerts, however. But you don't have to be anyone special to receive that lofty description. When I did an interview on U.S. radio a couple of years ago, the announcers mentioned I sounded like the fifth Beatle. I'm not sure which one they meant. Presumably, they thought that an urban Australian accent sounded like one from the Beatles' home city of Liverpool, England. Or maybe, to the untrained ear, I sound like Yoko Ono. The movie is in fact about Brian Epstein, their manager, with whom they were inseparable (unless they were on ...
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Bond-a-Thond: The Great, Big Wrap-Up Post
MTV News - over 4 years
Well, we did it. After 23 weeks of spies, gadgets, and alarmingly unhealthy sexual behavior, MTV Movies Blog crossed the finish-line of the first ever Bond-a-Thond. Along the way, we kept an eye on some totals, chronicled the most memorable moments, and simply basked in the glory of 007 and the world of Ian Flemming. It was a rip-roaring adventure that got a little dark somewhere around 1979, but just like Bond, we persevered and made it through. Click past the jump to check out some of our more unusual superlatives, as well as, the totals from our "by the numbers" counts and my closing thoughts on the series. Best Unused Songs Tie: Shirley Bassey's "No Good About Goodbye" from "Quantum of Solace" & Johnny Cash's "Thunderball" Best Villain Death Without a doubt, this award has to go to Yaphet Kotto as Dr. Kananga, who inflates after getting shot with a shark gun capsule. Best Gun Barrel Turn George Lazenby for his pizazz. (He's second from the right.) Best ...
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William Bradley: Bond at 50: Skyfall's Notable Premiere Harkens Back to Bond's Late Imperial Beginnings
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Tuesday night's world premiere of Skyfall in London was a major touchstone of the James Bond film series' beginnings 50 years ago. Held at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, it marked the continuum in Britain's ongoing quest for identity from its late imperial stage of the early 1960s to its emphatically post-imperial present. Skyfall, which doesn't open in North America for nearly two more weeks though it goes wide across the UK on Friday, is getting mostly rapturous reviews so far from the British press and Hollywood trades. And it's doing so by updating its own past. Some spoilers follow, though a full-on review of Skyfall won't come till the film is released in the US. It's all very English, and of course decidedly global, in this year of the London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Skyfall's uber-villain Raoul Silva (Oscar-winner Javier Bardem) taunts Bond (the excellent Daniel Craig): "England, the Empire, MI6 ...
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James Bond Infographic Averages Girls, Guns, And Martinis
MTV News - over 4 years
By Colin Greten The highly anticipated 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise, "Skyfall," does not premiere until November 9th; however, dedicated Bond fans have been rewarded with a new chart from The Economist providing statistics on who is the most Bond of the six actors who have played the iconic role. What are Bond's three favorite things? Bond is driven by sexy women, alcohol and killing as many helpless henchmen as possible. The handy chart gives the average kills, martinis, and conquest per film for each Bond actor. When looking at the chart it would appear that Pierce Brosnan would be the most violent of all the Bonds, with a lot more kills than any of the others. Daniel Craig (currently Bond) has averaged an incredible amount of martinis in his two films, perhaps a result of the slightly darker nature of the newest films. The biggest surprise is George Lazenby, who despite only playing Bond once, has the most conquests of all. He may not have been a popula ...
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James Bond: Booze, bonks and bodies
The Economist - over 4 years
James Bond films are almost always the same: Bond is sent to an exotic location, meets and seduces a woman, gets caught by the villain, escapes, kills the villain and gets the girl. Known for martinis, Bond girls, apocalyptic antagonists and heavy innuendo, Bond has schmoozed, boozed and bruised his way through women and villains alike. Or not alike. Data compiled by The Economist show that of the six Bonds, Pierce Brosnan was the most bloodthirsty, bumping off an average of 19 baddies per film. The short-lived George Lazenby, it turns out, was the Bond for the babes, whereas Daniel Craig, the latest, is notably less successful. Maybe that’s because he drinks the most martinis. Still, all that risks being shortlived. In the new Bond film, “Skyfall” (reviewed here), Heineken has paid to ensure the hero only drinks beer. Neither shaken nor stirred, presumably.
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Strong Bonds – 007 from DR. NO to SKYFALL
Boom Tron - over 4 years
British singer Adele has yet again proven herself to be a family friendly version of Amy Winehouse by recording a theme to a James Bond film, by (unlike the late Ms. Winehouse) actually getting the song recorded. And yeah, the song Skyfall (from the new James Bond film, the name of which I’m drawing a blank on…) sounds like the same kind of bland crap that normally gets made for these films. Just when I thought they’d maybe turned a corner with the Jack White-performed theme song from Quantum of Solace (perhaps the theme songs are inversely correlated with the quality of the films), which was so catchy that I could actually slap the meat curtains to it, as the common phrase goes. Although, as everyone knows, no song will ever topple A-ha’s theme from The Living Daylights – not just as a Bond theme, but as a song. Having been crowned the “King of Songs” by the music wizards, A-ha’s ditty is now technically classified a sovereign nation (I’m not surprised if readers in the USA ha ...
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JAMES BOND: 'Roger Moore Was Never Sexually Threatening'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Britt Ekland is 20 years, minus a day, older than James Bond, it turns out. The Swedish star, still a dazzler on the eve of her 50th birthday, remembers very fondly her time as a Bond Girl in Man With The Golden Gun (1974), and especially her clinches with Bond of that era, Roger Moore. Britt Ekland with her James Bond of choice, Roger Moore Moore, as the joker Bond, sometimes gets sandwiched these days between the memorable charisma of Sean Connery and the suaveness of Pierce Brosnan (George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton have trouble being mentioned at all these days, by many, and the era of Daniel Craig gets attention all by itself), but Ekland is in no doubt as to what Roger Moore brought to the part... "He was gorgeous, he was tall, handsome, cheeky, sophisticated," she tells me at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, (the location for Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies), where she is helping celebrate the superspy's 50th anniversary. "He was never threatening. Y ...
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Daniel Craig Double Whammy: Special Bond Covers For Vanity Fair And GQ
Best Week Ever - over 4 years
Taylor Swift and Emma Watson aren’t the only celebrities getting double covers in the same month around these parts. Now that the twenty third installment of the James Bond series, Skyfall, is due to release later this month, the martini-swillin’, lady-lovin’ spy is everywhere. And by that we mean, the actor who plays “Bond, James Bond,” Daniel Craig, is everywhere. Hallelujah, right? This month, he covers both British GQ and Vanity Fair‘s November issues, who both have special Bond covers adorning their faces. The magazines have come a little late to the party — Esquire released their Bond October cover with Craig on it back in August! Still, we’re not complaining. The more the merrier! And with Craig hosting Saturday Night Live this week, we’re basically in heaven. GQ’s really done it in style, though. To mark the 50th anniversary of Bond and the movie’s release, they’ve got special covers for previous James Bonds, before Craig took on the role. Sir Sean Connery, George Lazenby, ...
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'The Kentucky Fried Movie': How The Cult Classic Spawned Modern Film Comedy
Moviefone Blog - over 4 years
It's rare that you can trace an entire genre of movies to a single source, but you can with modern film comedy. Most of the landmark comedy films and filmmakers of the past 35 years can track their lineage back to one picture: "The Kentucky Fried Movie," which opened exactly 35 years ago this week (on August 10, 1977). The film may not be as well remembered today as other hits from the same family, like "Airplane!", "Animal House," "Trading Places," or the "Naked Gun" and "Scary Movie" films, but "Kentucky" was enormously influential in terms of its source material (the vast array of movies and TV fare absorbed by the first generation to grow up in front of the tube), its envelope-pushing raunchiness, and even the way its gags were staged and paced (if you didn't like one joke, another would come along in just a few seconds). Seen today, "Kentucky Fried Movie" may look dated, but in 1977, its structure and content were still novelties. The movie was a collection of parodic sketche ...
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Bond-a-Thond #6: 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969)
MTV News - over 4 years
For the next 22 weeks, MTV Movies Blog will be running what we call the Bond-a-Thond. Every Wednesday we're taking a look back at a single (official) Bond film, giving you the vitals and seeing how it holds up, right up until the release of "Skyfall" on November 9. Feel free to watch along with us and share your thoughts or just kick back and enjoy the Bond. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Plot: After his first face-to-face run-in with Blofeld, Bond tracks the SPECTRE mastermind to the Swiss alps, where he plots to once again hold the world at randsom. Title Meaning: Bond briefly takes a leave from MI6, but returns by the end of the film. Bond: Australian model George Lazenby, making his only appearance as 007 Villain: Telly Savalas, TV's Kojak, replaces Donald Pleasance, as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Bond Girl: Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo, daughter of Marc-Ange Draco, head of the Unione Corse crime syndicate "Bond, James Bond" Occurrences: 0 Martinis: ...
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The spy who styled me: New London exhibition looks at design behind James Bond
Fox News - over 4 years
If there's one thing James Bond has taught us it's that behind every great spy is a great tailor. A new exhibition at London's Barbican Centre explores the style of the suave secret agent, displaying costumes, props, set pieces and design drawings from half a century of 007 films. Assembled with help from the films' producer, EON Productions — which has a new Bond movie to promote in the fall — the exhibition includes the spy's tuxedos, Bond girl ball gowns and villains' vestments, as well as a selection of props and gadgets. There are also sketches by the films' influential set designer, Ken Adam, whose cavernous lairs and sleek space stations did much to create the movies' modernist luster. The show is both a reflection of the remarkable staying power of Ian Fleming's fictional secret agent and a tribute to the British, European and American craftspeople and designers who have created the look of the quintessentially British icon. ...
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Summer of London: Idris Elba Reveals His Favorite James Bond
BBC Blogs- America - over 4 years
Idris Elba at the 2012 GQ Man of the Year awards. (Rex Features via AP Images) With his GQ style and good looks, Luther star Idris Elba has been a much-bandied-about candidate to play Bond. But, as the 007 franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, who’s his favorite actor to take on the iconic role? He answers the question as part of our Brit List: Summer of London series. brightcove.createExperiences(); Do you agree with Idris’ choices? Will NO ONE pick George Lazenby? Tell us below:
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Peter Sheldrick: Why James Bond remains the world’s favourite secret agent
Natiobak Post - almost 5 years
After surviving 23 films (including Skyfall, set for release this fall), six actors and thousands of bullets with his name on them, British Secret agent James Bond is celebrating his 50th birthday this year. What makes the 007 character so durable on the silver screen? The answer begins with the original producers of the first James Bond film, and ends with present-day 007, Daniel Craig. Half a century ago, Canadian Harry Saltzman and American Albert R. Broccoli teamed up to produce the first James Bond movie, 1962’s Dr. No. They wanted to introduce a new hero to the screen: A hard-boiled, classy secret agent with a licence to kill. They knew if the movie made a dollar back, there would be a sequel. But they also knew that before they could be rewarded with a franchise, they’d have to capture the public’s imagination. So, an underwater set was built; a handsome and suave Scottish actor named Sean Connery was cast as the hero; and a beautiful woman was filmed rising from the ocean in ...
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RANKING: Here Is The Most Popular 'James Bond' Actor
Business Insider - almost 5 years
The James Bond franchise turns 50 this year. To celebrate, the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California is holding a Bond marathon featuring eight of 007's best films this weekend. Ahead of the upcoming film, "Skyfall," this November, PeekYou has figured out the Web's favorite James Bond. The site, which launched in 2006, aggregates scores—called PeekScores—defining everyone's popularity on the Web from Obama to, well, yourself.  According to Michael Hussey, CEO of PeekYou, the score does not reflect influence, like Klout. Rather the algorithm used calculates each Bond's digital footprint across the Web delivering a score from 1 to 10. Hussey says the site assesses 20 factors across the Web including popularity on social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and numbers of news articles and blog posts. While few people attain a perfect score of ten, all the Bond men fair above eight. See if your favorite Bond actor is the most popular on the Web. 6. GEORGE ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Lazenby
  • 2013
    Age 73
    On 19 September 2013, comedian Jim Jefferies announced on Twitter that Lazenby would be playing his father in the upcoming second season of his FX network sitcom Legit.
    More Details Hide Details Lazenby's single portrayal of the iconic Bond character, and his lack of standing as a favourite in the series has resulted in his name being used as a metaphor for forgettable, non-iconic acting efforts in other entertainment franchises, and for entities that are largely ignored. In his review of Batman & Robin, widely regarded as the weakest and least successful film in the Batman film franchise, Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said that George Clooney "should go down in history as the George Lazenby of the series." Actor Paul McGann has described himself with good humour as "the George Lazenby of Doctor Who" because, although he has continued in the role of the Eighth Doctor in other media, he made only two appearances on TV as the Time Lord. In a September 2006 episode of The Daily Show, comedian John Oliver suggested that Pope Benedict XVI is the George Lazenby of the papacy, in comparison to "John Paul II's Sean Connery".
  • 2012
    Age 72
    In 2012 Lazenby made a guest appearance on the Canadian sketch comedy series This Hour Has 22 Minutes, spoofing the 007 series in a skit called "Help, I've Skyfallen and I Can't Get Up".
    More Details Hide Details Although Eon Productions attempted on several occasions to cast Americans as Bond, most notably signing John Gavin for Diamonds Are Forever before the services of Sean Connery were obtained, Lazenby remains the only actor from outside the British Isles to have portrayed Bond in a Bond feature film. For a time there was some talk Lazenby would appear in a western, Deakin. He talked to the press about his use of LSD and marijuana and was involved in a well publicised incident helping a friend of his who was arrested in Germany. He grew his hair and a moustache and talked about rejecting the "trappings of materialism". Lazenby eventually made another film a year after On Her Majesty's Secret Service – Universal Soldier (1971), which he helped write. He said the movie was "anti-guns and anti-Bond... a comedy with no plot. It is really just a series of happenings which keep the audience entertained. This is the kind of film which is coming out in Europe now." It starred Chrissie Townsend, his 18-year-old girlfriend. The film was a financial disaster which was barely released.
  • 2010
    Age 70
    In 2010 Roger Moore, who also played James Bond, provided the voice of a talking cat character named Tab Lazenby in the film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, which contained several references to, and parodies of, Bond films.
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  • 2008
    Age 68
    In August 2008, it was reported that Shriver had filed for divorce from Lazenby.
    More Details Hide Details Documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court cite "irreconcilable differences" for the end of the couple's six-year marriage. The couple have three children, including twins born in 2005.
  • 2002
    Age 62
    In 2002 Lazenby married former tennis player Pam Shriver.
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    Lazenby has been married twice, first to Christina Gannett (1971–1995) (heiress to the Gannett News Service publishing empire) and then from 2002 to 2008 to tennis player Pam Shriver.
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  • 1993
    Age 53
    In 1993, Lazenby had a part in the film Gettysburg as Confederate General Johnston Pettigrew.
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  • 1990
    Age 50
    Lazenby made a guest appearance on the television series Superboy, as an alien disguised as Jor-El, in a two-part episode during the series' second season in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared with Sylvia Kristel in several new Emmanuelle films in the 1990s, many of which appeared on cable television.
  • 1978
    Age 38
    In 1978, he took out an advertisement in Variety, offering himself for acting work. "If I could get a TV series or a good movie, I swear I'd do it for nothing", he told a journalist. "People ask me if the Bond movie wasn't worth it if it got me into acting.
    More Details Hide Details It's true that it got me in, but it wasn't worth the ten years it cost me." He was particularly keen to do The Thorn Birds. but that project was not made until a number of years later and without Lazenby. He did manage to secure roles in Hawaii 5-0 and Evening in Byzantium. The latter was seen by Harry Saltzman who offered Lazenby a leading role in a proposed science fiction film The Micronauts. "When I tossed Bond in after one movie he said he'd make sure I never got another job", said Lazenby." Now he's offering me one. It seems that the 10-year sentence is up. Harry saw me in a TV show I'd recently made for NBC. He rang me up out of the blue and said, "Now that was a damn lousy show, but one thought that you were ger-reat." However the movie was never made.
    In 1978 Broccoli described casting Lazenby as "my biggest mistake in 16 years.
    More Details Hide Details He just couldn't deal with success. He was so arrogant. There was the stature and looks of a Bond but Lazenby couldn't get along with the other performers and technicians." Sean Connery came to Lazenby's defence saying "I have known George for many years and arrogance is not in his character. Alas I cannot say the same for Cubby Broccoli". "The interesting thing about that is – I've never met Sean", said Lazenby. "I don't know him at all. Once, years ago, he came to pick up someone who was staying at my house and I saw him through the door. That's all. But I always admired him. I tried to copy him when I played Bond because, after all, I wasn't an actor so I thought my best chance would be to try and be as close to Connery as I could."
  • 1973
    Age 33
    In 1973, Lazenby married his girlfriend of three years, Chrissie Townsend, a member of the Gannett family.
    More Details Hide Details They subsequently had two children, Zachary and Melanie. Zachary was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour when he was eleven and died when he was 19 years old. Melanie became a real estate broker in New York.
    He revealed he had been consulting an astrologer for four years. "Even before I made the Bond picture she said I would become famous, and that there would be big problems for a couple of years", he said. "Then she assured me that I would be back at the top of my profession by the end of 1973.
    More Details Hide Details It's absolutely fantastic, because everything she has told me has happened". In the end, Lazenby did not make Golden Needles but shot three other films for Golden Harvest, The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss (1974) (aka Stoner), The Man from Hong Kong (1975) (also known as The Dragon Flies), and A Queen's Ransom (1976). In the mid-1970s, he appeared in a number of television movies shot in Australia, and an episode of the local police drama series Matlock Police. He also returned to modelling, appearing in a number of advertisements for Benson and Hedges cigarettes. A few years later he told an Australian magazine, "I got a few roles but nothing spectacular, yet I was ready, willing and able to work. I just don't think I'm going to make it here. If something good came along I'd stay, though."
    In 1973, Lazenby said he was "flat broke" when he went to Hong Kong to meet Bruce Lee and producer Raymond Chow.
    More Details Hide Details They ended up offering him $10,000 to appear in a film with Lee, which was going to be the Golden Harvest film Game of Death. However this collapsed after Lee's sudden death - Lazenby was actually meant to meet up with Lee for lunch on the day that Lee died. Instead it was announced Lazenby would make The Golden Needles of Ecstasy for Golden Harvest. "I'm excited to be able to concentrate on just acting in this film", he said. "On Universal Soldier I was involved in the production, the writing and even a bit in direction. I don't think I'm a good enough actor to get fragmented like that on a job. Now I can give my full concentration to acting. I hope it will be good and lead to other roles."
    Lazenby played a role in the BBC's Play For Today series in 1973, starring in Roger Smith's The Operation.
    More Details Hide Details Broccoli claims that Lazenby asked for another chance to play James Bond in 1971 but the producer refused.
  • 1972
    Age 32
    Lazenby next appeared in the 1972 Italian film, Who Saw Her Die?
    More Details Hide Details He spent the next 15 months sailing around the world with Chrissie Townsend which ended when she became pregnant with their first child, prompting Lazenby to settle down and try to re-activate his career as an actor.
  • 1969
    Age 29
    Although Lazenby had been offered a contract for seven movies, his agent, Ronan O'Rahilly, convinced him that the secret agent would be archaic in the liberated 1970s, and as a result he left the series after the release of On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details After this role Lazenby began to study drama at Durham University's College of the Venerable Bede. Lazenby has portrayed James Bond several times over the years in numerous parodies and unofficial 007 roles, most notably the 1983 television film The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (in which his character is identified only by the initials J.B.), 1996 video game Fox Hunt (parts of which were reedited into a feature film.) and an episode of The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents, entitled "Diamonds Aren't Forever".
    In November 1969, prior to the release of the film, Lazenby announced that he no longer wished to play the role of James Bond due to his conflict with the film's producers, about whom he said, "They made me feel like I was mindless.
    More Details Hide Details They disregarded everything I suggested simply because I hadn't been in the film business like them for about a thousand years." His co-star Diana Rigg was among many who commented on this decision: The role made Sean Connery a millionaire. It made Sean Connery... I truly don't know what's happening in George's mind so I can only speak of my reaction. I think it's a pretty foolish move. I think if he can bear to do an apprenticeship, which everybody in this business has to do – has to do – then he should do it quietly and with humility. Everybody has to do it. There are few instant successes in the film business. And the instant successes one usually associates with somebody who is willing to learn anyway. Rigg was also quoted as saying, "I can no longer cater for his obsession with himself. He is utterly, unbelievably... bloody impossible".
    In July 1969 Lazenby returned home to Queanbeyan to see his parents.
    More Details Hide Details He said he had 18 films to consider. "But it's all commercial rubbish, such as the guy getting the girl at the end of the Battle of Britain", he said. "I'll just have to wait and see". At this stage Lazenby said he intended to make the next Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun.
  • 1968
    Age 28
    In 1968, after Sean Connery quit the role of James Bond, producer Albert R. Broccoli first met Lazenby when they were getting their hair cut at the same barber.
    More Details Hide Details He later saw him in the Big Fry commercial and felt he could be a possible Bond, calling him in for a screen test. Lazenby dressed for the part by sporting several sartorial Bond elements such as a Rolex Submariner wristwatch and a Savile Row suit, which had been ordered, but not collected, by Connery. Broccoli offered him an audition. The position was consolidated when Lazenby accidentally punched a professional wrestler, who was acting as stunt coordinator, in the face, impressing Broccoli with his ability to display aggression. Director Peter R. Hunt later claimed: We wanted someone who oozed sexual assurance, and we think this fellow has that. Just wait til the women see him on screen... I am not saying he is an actor. There is a great deal of difference between an actor and a film star. Didn't they find Gary Cooper when he was an electrician?
  • 1966
    Age 26
    In 1966 he was voted Top Model of the Year.
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  • 1963
    Age 23
    Lazenby moved to London in 1963 to pursue a woman he'd fallen in love with.
    More Details Hide Details He became a used car salesman in Finchley, then sold new cars in Park Lane. He was spotted by a talent scout who persuaded him to become a model, and he was soon earning £25,000 a year. He was best known for an advertisement for Big Fry Chocolate.
  • 1953
    Age 13
    He went to Goulburn Public School in his primary years, and Goulburn High until either 1953 or 1954.
    More Details Hide Details His sister, Barbara, was an accomplished dancer. When he was young he spent 18 months in hospital after having an operation which left him with only half a kidney. When Lazenby was about 14 he moved with his family from Goulburn to Queanbeyan, where his father ran a store. He worked as a car salesman and mechanic, before serving in the Australian Army.
  • 1939
    Lazenby was born in 1939 in Goulburn, New South Wales, at Ovada Private Hospital, to railway worker George Edward Lazenby and Sheila Joan Lazenby (née Bodel), who worked at Fosseys.
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