The GEORGE LAZENBY Appreciation thread - Discuss His Life, His Career, His Bond Films

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  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
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    There is actually a appreciate thread for Lazenby? Shocking, he was horrendous he almost ruined the movie by himself, it's no wonder nobody has heard of him since 1969...OHMSS was a decent bond i'll give him that, but not in spite of him!

    Glad to see you understand the meaning of the thread...

    Do you always speak gibberish like that? 22k posts, eek someone needs a hobby.

    As a veteran member, I take it as a personal obligation to weed out those who fail to grasp forum rules.

    rules? could you clarify what i have done wrong here?

    Do you understand the definition of the word appreciation? Allow me to provide a visual aid (pay special attention to entry number 1):

    gm0UZ4R.png

    You go into threads meant to celebrate and person or thing, and comment with the equivalent of, "This sucks" in a juvenile and unsubstantial fashion in every one. Each post of yours I've read has done this and nothing else. It's fine that you don't enjoy Lazenby or Craig, or Star Wars, as I just read, but to come into appreciation threads and post something negative just to impress yourself and annoy everyone else is very misguided, I must say. You're obviously self-aware about what you're doing, so this is my attempt at pointing out why it's not advisable behavior on a discussion forum.
  • Wow you can use google good for you! Get off my case this is getting pathetic! You're so easily riled up anyway i Just did 6 reps with 315 pounds on the bench, not bad.

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    Wow you can use google good for you! Get off my case this is getting pathetic! You're so easily riled up anyway i Just did 6 reps with 315 pounds on the bench, not bad.

    Chill out some good people on here, I train have done for twenty years and have trained many people in various disciplines. One thing training should teach anyone is self control, respect other people then they will respect you.

  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
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    Wow you can use google good for you! Get off my case this is getting pathetic! You're so easily riled up anyway i Just did 6 reps with 315 pounds on the bench, not bad.

    Nice work replying to something from two days ago; it's lost relevance. Good luck with the lifting, and whatever you're compensating for by doing it. You also have the slang for steroids (misspelled) in your name, so I'd watch the shrinkage it'll cause you (has caused you) as you pump away.
  • MurdockMurdock The minus world
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    Be careful @0BradyM0Bondfanatic7, He may try to invite you to chicken dinner!
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    You luuurrrve chickens
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    This never happened with the other forum.
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    Maybe he should have been gift-wrapped !!...

    Personally ,back on topic,IMO i dont think OHMSS would have suited Connery,it was a 1 of a kind Bond film and needed a 1 of a kind Bond,and Lazenby was the right Bond at the right time,which is why it is still hanging on to #1 on my Bond film list ATM.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Despite what people say, Lazenby is one of many things that make OHMSS great.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
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    Yes, Lazenby should be defended for what I view as a more than adequate job. He brought a great physicality to it that I'm ashamed to say Sean could've at that stage, and his performance in the final scene is truly remarkable for an untrained actor. George really took to Bond's story and Fleming's book in a big way, and the emotion he felt in the moment was just his own gut reaction to reading Tracy's death.
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    I ,personally,only think Craigbond could have pulled off OHMSS as well as Lazenbybond...for me Connerybond would have ruined it...(standing by in a defensive stance for the Connery fan assault on barryt Towers )
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
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    @barryt007, I hold Connery to high heaven, but I have to agree. No matter how much I wish Sean got to call out Lee's M as a "monument" and throw a hat to Moneypenny, I think he'd tired of the role by that point and wouldn't have given it his all. Lazenby's fish out of water presence helped the movie immensely, giving it a freshness and vitality. The way he moved in the action scenes are part of what makes the film unforgettable, and he could reach emotional levels too. Even when he's acting with Diana he never feels outclassed or "carried" to me. He played Bond's shock and curiosity at Tracy's suicidal and reckless nature beautifully. His eyes tell us he's both concerned and enchanted by her, from the casino scene on.

    One of my favorite lines of the series comes when Tracy explains to Bond that people only play it safe when they want to live, and he replies, "Please, stay alive!" Perfect.

    And as I said, his final scene is immaculate. He perfectly recreates on screen a human moment of catatonic shock brought on by the fast and tragic moment. He makes Bond look like he's having a delirious, out of body experience where he's lost any sense of reality as Tracy's corpse goes limp in his arms.
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    That said, Connery did say in an interview while promoting Never Say Never Again that it was a film like OHMSS that he wanted to do, and instead they gave him YOLT and DAF.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
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    That said, Connery did say in an interview while promoting Never Say Never Again that it was a film like OHMSS that he wanted to do, and instead they gave him YOLT and DAF.

    Of course, it was more down to earth and back to what the series began with, which Sean was excited by more. OHMSS is the best Young Bond film not directed by Young, as it has all the elements a classic needs, but played up with even more themes and motifs that make it a Greek tragedy Bond film, with a lot of mythological imagery and connections to it, from Blofeld comparing Tracy to Helen of Troy, the evocation of goddesses and Olympus by the Angels of Death and Piz Gloria, and even some of the character names like Olympe that recall the old myths.

    It's jam-packed with very artful and enriching material. During a recent review and analysis I did, I wrote nearly 50 single-spaced pages on it because there's so much there to absorb, ponder and appreciate.
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    That said, Connery did say in an interview while promoting Never Say Never Again that it was a film like OHMSS that he wanted to do, and instead they gave him YOLT and DAF.

    Of course, it was more down to earth and back to what the series began with, which Sean was excited by more. OHMSS is the best Young Bond film not directed by Young, as it has all the elements a classic needs, but played up with even more themes and motifs that make it a Greek tragedy Bond film, with a lot of mythological imagery and connections to it, from Blofeld comparing Tracy to Helen of Troy, the evocation of goddesses and Olympus by the Angels of Death and Piz Gloria, and even some of the character names like Olympe that recall the old myths.

    It's jam-packed with very artful and enriching material. During a recent review and analysis I did, I wrote nearly 50 single-spaced pages on it because there's so much there to absorb, ponder and appreciate.

    As this is my #1 Bond film (but always battling for that spot with FRWL & CR,no other film comes close to these 3) i would love to ready that ,Brady,me olde pal !

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    Lazenby is largely very convincing alongside Diana Rigg in their more romantic scenes.

    I love the exchange in the barn:
    "sorry about the accommodation Contessa"
    "We should have rung ahead and booked"

    Also, their big scene when Bond proposes is lovely and genuinely moving.

    However, I do think that Laz sometimes felt "carried". Some of his early scenes with Rigg for example like at the bullfight (probably one of his worst). He comes off as a bit amateurish in the early part of the film.
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    True,which is bound to happen though,he had a lot of big actors to bounce off
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    As this is an appreciate thread for George, I'll simply say: George Lazenby is my hero.
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    Making mud pies 007..?

  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
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    I think it helped Lazenby immensely that he was playing off of one of the greatest actresses of her generation. Diana is the shining light of that film, and it's impossible not to love her right along with Bond. Tracy was the one girl that they had to cast correctly, or everything the movie stood for, and the later tragedy that makes it unforgettable, would fall flat. Diana was an absolutely brilliant and inspired choice. Every single moment she's on screen she never sings a false note. She reaches all levels, from sorrow to melancholia, fury, contempt, frivolity, love, sophistication, grace and more. A beautiful mind, a natural beauty. Seeing her dressed in all white with that shawl wrapped around her face is to witness one of the loveliest images committed to the screen. It makes sense that this woman was the one Bond chose to give it all up for.
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    "and it's impossible not to love her right along with Bond"

    You say that but I know of someone in another online fan group who can't stand her.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
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    BAIN123 wrote: »
    "and it's impossible not to love her right along with Bond"

    You say that but I know of someone in another online fan group who can't stand her.

    Like Blofeld, they can go to Hell.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    They must have a psychological problem.
  • Wow you can use google good for you! Get off my case this is getting pathetic! You're so easily riled
    up anyway i Just did 6 reps with 315 pounds on the bench, not bad.

    Nice work replying to something from two days ago; it's lost relevance. Good luck with the lifting, and whatever you're compensating for by doing it. You also have the slang for steroids (misspelled) in your name, so I'd watch the shrinkage it'll cause you (has caused you) as you pump away.

    I wasn't there for 2 days, so what? slanging my name now? it's a 10 years old alias man...chillout. My balls are fine thanks for asking! I don't think time on the internet can affect relevancy but whatever, cheerio.


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    We are talking about Lazenbybond here....can we move on ?

  • There is actually a appreciate thread for Lazenby? Shocking, he was horrendous he almost ruined the movie by himself, it's no wonder nobody has heard of him since 1969...OHMSS was a decent bond i'll give him that, but not in spite of him!

    Totally disagree. George was a great Bond, did not embarrass the franchise like the guy in the 1970's did.
  • MooseWithFleasMooseWithFleas Philadelphia
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    I found George to be very believable in the romance scenes and at feeling vulnerable. For having no acting experience coming into it, he did a fantastic job. I thought it was a puzzling decision to dub him through the Hilly scenes. Did Blofeld and company really memorize exactly what his voice sounded like? Plenty of people I've heard on the phone that sound different face to face.

    Also a cool guy, hearing him on the EON documentary and reading/listening to interviews shows he had some Bond qualities that came naturally to him. I met him two years ago and he was very friendly and a riot. Told me and my buddy a story of when Kevin McClory asked him to dinner to pitch a TB remake. It ended on bad terms when McClory accused George of hitting on his girlfriend. I asked him if it was true and he said no she was coming onto him. Hilarious. We salute you George!
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    I think it helped Lazenby immensely that he was playing off of one of the greatest actresses of her generation. Diana is the shining light of that film, and it's impossible not to love her right along with Bond. Tracy was the one girl that they had to cast correctly, or everything the movie stood for, and the later tragedy that makes it unforgettable, would fall flat. Diana was an absolutely brilliant and inspired choice. Every single moment she's on screen she never sings a false note. She reaches all levels, from sorrow to melancholia, fury, contempt, frivolity, love, sophistication, grace and more. A beautiful mind, a natural beauty. Seeing her dressed in all white with that shawl wrapped around her face is to witness one of the loveliest images committed to the screen. It makes sense that this woman was the one Bond chose to give it all up for.

    Very very true.

    I bet they just cast her because she was in the Avengers though
  • NSGWNSGW London
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    I found George to be very believable in the romance scenes and at feeling vulnerable. For having no acting experience coming into it, he did a fantastic job. I thought it was a puzzling decision to dub him through the Hilly scenes. Did Blofeld and company really memorize exactly what his voice sounded like? Plenty of people I've heard on the phone that sound different face to face.

    Also a cool guy, hearing him on the EON documentary and reading/listening to interviews shows he had some Bond qualities that came naturally to him. I met him two years ago and he was very friendly and a riot. Told me and my buddy a story of when Kevin McClory asked him to dinner to pitch a TB remake. It ended on bad terms when McClory accused George of hitting on his girlfriend. I asked him if it was true and he said no she was coming onto him. Hilarious. We salute you George!

    Great story.
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