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THANK YOU glad some one agrees with my feeling on a lack of Bond novel output.
Fair enough, although even unexpectedly poor box office hasn't exactly been the reason for some of our Bond's departures (Lazenby and Dalton's final films both grossed the lowest up to their time).
I think it's fairly clear.
It's well documented that EON had every intention of continuing with George and went as far as to send him the cheque for the next film only for him to send it back as proof he was serious about quitting.
@TheWizardOfIce, that is the first time I heard of that. Any reliable sources? :-)
(Wow, Lazzers was an idiot is this is true!)
I also found LTK (and Dalton's performance in it) to be better than TLD.
There are quite a lot of people who think that. It doesn't really have as much replay value as FRWL or GF. But it is still a good one.
And I watch GE waaay too often for someone on this site.
I've watched it more times than I can even count. :D
Right, but the fact that they never (at least openly) considered dropping Dalton until 1994 suggests that they were willing to let him run again. As for Lazenby, I highly doubt it. Why would they offer a seven-movie contract to somebody who they were willing to drop at will? Lazenby was the one who walked out on them.
I have to say I don't remember that from that documentary - they definitely had issues with their 'star' that is true. Lazenby's agent persuaded him Bond's time was up - he was disappointed that he might not get laid with short hair!!! Maybe also his pride wouldn't let him go back, from that documentary it's clear he pissed a number of people off. And it's clear from Rigg more recently that there was some tension between the two of them.
Well, I'd have to see that, but newspapers at the time almost universally said that he opted to quit, and even Cubby Broccoli and Diana Rigg seemed to agree on that in interviews. Speaking of interviews, its happened more than once - in interviews, Lazenby blames only himself for leaving the role. So it's hardly my authority, and I never insinuated that it was.
@stun_harvesting I've had that documentary since October 2000 on the Special Edition DVD, it doesn't claim at all that Lazenby was sacked. It does reveal
- the press had a story that Rigg ate garlic before a love scene and teased Lazenby about it - refuted at the time, and in the documentary claimed it was a joke, Rigg has subsequently stated it wasn't just a joke and was getting at him
- in the documentary Lazenby admits Saltzman wasn't happy with him for running after Bernard Lee whilst riding a horse
- in the documentary Lazenby admits that Broccoli wasn't happy with him skiing without insurance.
- Dana Broccoli relates a story about how Cubby got annoyed with his arrogance when Lazenby got all pissed off when he wasn't invited to a party, despite it being noticed in all the call-sheets for everyone - him complaining that 'he's the star and should get an invitation'
- It also reveals that Cubby told Lazenby he would have made a good Bond if he'd stuck at it.
@stun_harvesting that's the one - the documentary on the Blu Ray is the same one that's been on previous DVDs.
What's interesting is your last comments could be referring to Dalton and not Lazenby. I am under the impression that post-LTK, MGM wanted Dalton out (they apparently weren't fond of him at all from the start) and wanted Brosnan in. I believe Cubby stood by Dalton, but given the delays in getting B17 off the ground, Dalton resigned (much to MGM's delight I'm sure).
My point being the studios seem to have more say in things (historically) than we give them credit for. That may in fact be the case now, as we transition from Sony (possibly).
No one in that documentary suggests in the slightest that Lazenby was forced out by the studio.