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

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  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    I wish his autobiography would be released, This Never Happened To The Other Fella. Maybe next year, for his 80th birthday.

    Also, maybe a revamped version of the book The Making Of On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Charles Helfenstein. It makes sense considering it's the 50th anniversary.
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    I wish his autobiography would be released, This Never Happened To The Other Fella. Maybe next year, for his 80th birthday.

    Also, maybe a revamped version of the book The Making Of On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Charles Helfenstein. It makes sense considering it's the 50th anniversary.

    That's a great book!
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »
    I wish his autobiography would be released, This Never Happened To The Other Fella. Maybe next year, for his 80th birthday.

    Also, maybe a revamped version of the book The Making Of On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Charles Helfenstein. It makes sense considering it's the 50th anniversary.

    That's a great book!

    It sounds like it. Maybe some new interviews and information from George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, and the other girls and crew members who are still alive. Maybe even Daniel Craig himself!
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    It sounds like it. Maybe some new interviews and information from George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, and the other girls and crew members who are still alive.

    Diana Rigg pretty much never gives interviews on OHMSS. And Lazenby has been interviewed so many times that I doubt he has anything new to say. As for the crew, the major players--Peter Hunt, Richard Maibaum, Simon Raven, and the producers--are no longer with us. John Glen is, but he's already discussed his editing in his memoirs.

    So unless someone can corral Dame Diana for a Bond-chat, I don't think there's a need for further interviews. That leaves archival research. Charles Helfenstein has already done a fantastic job going through the film's scripts and treatments, so what's left to examine are EON's corporate records. And I don't think those will be opened to researchers anytime soon. So I don't think much new information will be divulged this year, despite the 50th anniversary.
  • edited February 2019 Posts: 17,398
    Could be interesting to read interviews with cast members, like Blofeld's Angels of Death; how they got cast, how the experience shooting the film was, etc.

    On that topic, here's an interview with Sylvana Henriques and Terry Mountain:

  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
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    George Lazenby is not the most reliable interviewee. I’m sure he has answered the same questions so many times that he varies his answers just for the hell of it.
  • RoadphillRoadphill United Kingdom
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    Had he gained a bit more seasoning and experience, George probably would have been a terrific Bond.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Question for OHMSS fans: considering the extreme closeness of the movie to the book, do we know if Mary Goodnight was considered for a appearance? Would the Making of book have an answer?
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    Question for OHMSS fans: considering the extreme closeness of the movie to the book, do we know if Mary Goodnight was considered for a appearance? Would the Making of book have an answer?

    I guess she almost did according to the making of book!
  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
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    Honestly, George is full of such bull sometimes, bless him.

    In this article he says he hasn't seen any Bond films, other than his own. Does that mean when we saw him enter and leave the Royal Premier of DAD (for example) he sat there with his eyes shut?

    https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=22&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi24PbBlujgAhXhUBUIHV68AaEQFjAVegQIDhAB&url=https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/george-lazenby-only-watched-james-14069013&usg=AOvVaw1MlOnG26jpILu2QqbB-TVu
  • edited March 2019 Posts: 11,189
    Yeah. Don’t believe everything he says.

    He was at the comic con over the weekend. Typical bragging self but it was a fun experience.

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    Nice. You saw him on the Sunday? I got my photo with him on the Saturday. Very pleasant and patient man. Really enjoyed meeting him!
  • edited March 2019 Posts: 11,189
    Yes I went on Sunday. All quite quick and I was one of many so didn’t get many meaningful words out, but really enjoyed the photo.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    https://mobile.twitter.com/JamesBondRadio/status/1103839678158000128?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^tweet

    He mentions Goldfinger and On Her Majesty's Secret Service, for their film milestone anniversaries. His next books perhaps? I hope so!
  • edited March 2019 Posts: 1,658
    So hes like Burt Ward , making things up :p

    BW : "Bla , bla , bla"

    Newmar : "Burt , you know thats not true !"

    (heard at con)
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    Lazenby smoked Marlboro in OHMSS?
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Lazenby smoked Marlboro in OHMSS?

    I believe he was just the face of Marlboro European advertising for a while.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Yes, Laz was the Marlboro Man.
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    Just when I stopped smoking them and picked up on Dunhill Fine Cut.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Lazenby wanted Blood, Sweat and Tears for the theme song. Cannot say I agre with him.
    Armstrong and Barry were perfect for that film.
  • edited May 2019 Posts: 3,333
    What George actually said in 1970 was: "They had a set formula which was a winner. And you can't blame them for not agreeing with me, because I was a learner. I felt quite confident that if they did change it, like putting pop music behind it, rather than the light music they have. Things like that, it would've lifted the whole thing up again into another decade." Blood, Sweat, and Tears was just an example he gave for a modern and current sound.

    It's easy to dismiss what George was saying because the end results are great, no question. In my opinion it's the very best Bond score that's ever been put to film. It's also grown immensely in its popularity since 1969. Whereas Blood, Sweat and Tears have all but disappeared from the musical landscape. Clearly George was talking about then and not now. He wasn't thinking about what would be seen as popular fifty years hence. George had also gotten into all that counterculture, hippy movement that was all the rage back then, so his musical tastes would be seen as rather antiquated by modern tastes. Easy Rider would've been a huge influence on his thinking. One of George's other rejected suggestions was to have his 007 parachuting into Piz Gloria with a large Union Jack emblazoned upon it. Everybody laughed at his suggestion back then, but in '77 it was considered an inspired artistic decision.

    Going back to his "putting pop music behind it"— it's now something that modern cinema does an awful lot of — to the point where it's now considered a common, everyday practice. Though it wasn't right for Bond, it's proven to be very successful for other movies.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    The Bond series also did just that later.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Still waiting for his autobiography. This never happened to the other fella.
  • As has been pointed out elsewhere, Lazenby’s performance was also disadvantaged by the producers’ bet-hedging overemphasis on continuity with the previous Bond films. The ‘other fella’ line was sufficent by itself to acknowledge the transition. Bond's collection of mementos from previous adventures not only seemed a bit out of character, but it inevitably summoned up the ghost of Connery and invited comparisons.
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    It's funny how they did all that for Lazo, yet when Moore took over they did the opposite. No pre-credit appearance, no M office briefing, no Q scene.
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    shamanimal wrote: »
    It's funny how they did all that for Lazo, yet when Moore took over they did the opposite. No pre-credit appearance, no M office briefing, no Q scene.

    No tux either, or asking for a vodka martini!
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    They had more confidence in Moore,he was a very big TV star at the time so was a lot more bankable.

    He didn't need all the intros etc.
  • edited June 2019 Posts: 2,901
    And Moore already had a public personality that much different from Connery's, whereas Lazenby was a new face groomed to be Connery's replacement.
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