After the success of the first set of James Bond films, it would be hard for anyone to film in for Sean Connery. But one man thought he could, George Lazenby. Often regarded as the worst Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Lazenby only played the role of James Bond one time. But why? Well, it’s because he’s a bit of a dick from what I can work out.
Bond was Lazenby’s first real acting job at the age of 29. To this date, he is still the youngest actor to play the part. Lazenby ended up bagging himself the role of James Bond after meeting producer Albert Broccoli, real name, at the barbers. Mr. Broccoli late say Lazenby in an advert for Fish or something and thought to himself, yes that fish man is James Bond. Later Mr. Broccoli went on to say…
We wanted someone who oozed sexual assurance, and we think this fellow has that. Just wait till 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?
Maybe they did Mr. Brocolie maybe they did. But this is James bloody bond we are talking about here not a 1920’s film start working as an extra in Dick Turpin. JAMES BOND!
After the film was realised Lazenby went back home to 18 films to consider being a part of but claimed it was “all commercial rubbish” and he would not be a part of such rubbish. He said he would stay on to the next James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun.
4 months later in November 1969, Lazenby announced that he no longer wished to play the role of James Bond, saying, “The producers made me feel like I was mindless” which I guess they would if you went from an advert about fish to a growing film franchise making millions and millions each year.
His co-star Dinan Rigg said she could not understand why Lazenby dropped out of the role after it could make him a millionaire like Connery. She also claimed that Lazenby was unwilling to learn how to become a better actor and that we wanted instant success.
Other actors in the film such as the bloke who played Q said: “How can you expect someone who’s never acted before … to take on a leading role?”
Lazenby claimed he would rather play a car salesman than another fantasy role which is why he later started in BJ and the Bear. A TV show that ran for Three seasons and featured Bj and his, monkey? A trucker and his pet chimpanzee travel the highways of America, getting into various adventures and misadventures along the way.
Let me know in the comments what you think of Lazenby and who is your bond!