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

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  • M16_CartM16_Cart Craig fanboy?
    edited October 2021 Posts: 541
    I can definitely believe he was a top-tier car salesman. "I knew little about cars, but I'd tell people, this is the best car you've ever seen!"

    Lazenby is the definition of fake it till you make it.
  • edited October 2021 Posts: 3,333
    M16_Cart wrote: »
    I can definitely believe he was a top-tier car salesman. "I knew little about cars, but I'd tell people, this is the best car you've ever seen!"

    Lazenby is the definition of fake it till you make it.
    Not only did he become a top car salesman in Park Lane, when he took to modeling, he was voted Top Model of the Year in 1966. The guy was earning £25,000 a year (roughly £488,000 in today's money) and really didn't need the role of Bond. However, he did pursue the role as a personal challenge and took it seriously until he got the part. It's strange to think, despite him walking away from the role and being at rock bottom, he still managed to bounce back and become a property millionaire in the US, even amassing a bigger fortune than some of the other Bond actors. Lazenby has certainly lived a charmed life.

    I will add that the Lazenby of today is quite self-deprecating. I'm sure if you'd have encountered Lazenby in the mid-60's you'd have met a totally different man to the one you see and hear now.
  • M16_CartM16_Cart Craig fanboy?
    edited October 2021 Posts: 541
    He is the quintessential baby boomer. An Australian living the American Dream.

    Started as a mechanic with no education or certifications. But became very successful with dedication, charm and a big vision. Bought into real-estate at the most profitable era to buy property in human history.
  • M16_CartM16_Cart Craig fanboy?
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    I can understand his decision to walk away from the contract.

    He already had money and women. And he enjoyed the simple things in life. Spending the next 10-15 years of his life on a film set on the same role feels restrictive.

    In all fairness, OHMSS was probably one of the worst filming conditions. Being stuck on top of a cold mountain for 9 months. That was his first impression of acting. Other films had less remote locations.
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    Yes, I think Lazenby's personal fortune has been slowly whittled down by his divorces over the years. Still, he can still sleep at night in total comfort.
  • SeveSeve The island of Lemoy
    edited October 2021 Posts: 357
    "Universal Soldier" (1971) was the movie George Lazenby made after "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", anyone seen it?

    I found it on You Tube the other day and watched it

    The film was a lot better than I thought it was going to be, and a lot better than its given credit for in my opinion. After leaving the Bond franchise George Lazenby was looking for a project that had personal meaning for him, rather than just a paycheque. It was the late 60s early ‘70s and he was sincerely inspired by the “make love not war” sentiment which defined those times for many. Enough to put his career on the line in order to try and get this message across. His comments at the time indicate that he put his heart and soul into it, but, for whatever reason, the movie critics and the ticket buying public remained unmoved. Looking back, a disheartened and disillusioned Lazenby has been dismissive and disparaging about the project, but I see it as, if not actually a great movie, at least a very worthy attempt to make one.

    Black listed Cy Enfield does a good job of directing, in the less stage-bound, semi documentary style of the 60s and 70s, when outdoor shooting became much more common, finding plenty of interesting and imaginative camera angles. I didn’t find the plot at all hard to follow, the dialogue is spare, containing little in the way of exposition, and the story is often advanced via musical montage sequences, which I’m not always a fan of, but in this case worked well enough. I particularly enjoyed the music, by a fellow called Phillip Goodhand-Tait, a talented songwriter in his own right who released a number of albums and has been covered by several well-known artists, which I found was nicely representative of the “Hippy folk rock” sound of those times. Lazenby’s own performance is very good, understated and natural, as are those of the other performers involved (including the infamous Germaine Greer and also Lazenby’s future wife in real life, who plays his girlfriend in the movie).

    The Story is about a former mercenary who has tried to retire, but is reluctantly drawn back into “the life” as he is running out of money. His heart is not in it and, part way through, an unfortunate incident triggers him to abruptly abandon his involvement without completing his contract. He finds comfort among the more bohemian elements of London and hopes to live quietly among them, learning yoga and searching for spiritual peace. However his former associates and employers have other ideas and he is forced into taking counter measures. I won’t say any more in order not to spoil it for anyone planning to watch the film.

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  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    This is the best Bond film in the world:

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  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
    edited December 2021 Posts: 2,973
    Outstanding! George was basically a classic example of an Outback larrikin that didn't take anything seriously, including himself. (‘Larrikin: a boisterous and often badly behaved young man…a person with apparent disregard for convention; a maverick’ - Modern Australian Dictionary). Everything was a lark to him and he ended up paying the price for it. I know he eventually made money elsewhere, but he must've had some really dark nights in the '70s wondering what might have been. Especially as his interviews show that he's got a brilliant sense of humour and he'd've been great in the lighter, more humorous Bond films that were being made in that period. I'd've loved Lazenby to have made DAF!
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    This is the best Bond film in the world:

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    You spelt "You Only Live Twice" wrong!

    Kidding of course, but I would have loved a proper adaption of YOLT with Lazenby, Savalas, and Ferzetti, instead of any iteration of DAF following OHMSS.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    This is the best Bond film in the world:

    ja2iu9ycvyxa.png

    You spelt "You Only Live Twice" wrong!

    Kidding of course, but I would have loved a proper adaption of YOLT with Lazenby, Savalas, and Ferzetti, instead of any iteration of DAF following OHMSS.

    I would also replace Guy Hamilton with Peter Hunt as well. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful what if!
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    Stoner might not been made if Lee didnt die , also why would Lee abandon Game , a movie he had thought of making for yrs ?
  • brinkeguthriebrinkeguthrie Piz Gloria
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    OHMSS is my favorite; watch it every Dec 22, the date he headed off in the book, to PG.
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    MaxCasino wrote: »
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    This is the best Bond film in the world:

    ja2iu9ycvyxa.png

    You spelt "You Only Live Twice" wrong!

    Kidding of course, but I would have loved a proper adaption of YOLT with Lazenby, Savalas, and Ferzetti, instead of any iteration of DAF following OHMSS.

    I would also replace Guy Hamilton with Peter Hunt as well. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful what if!

    Yes, its always the same question "What would DAF have been like with Lazenby?" But I do wonder what Peter Hunt would have been like in the Directors chair, even with Connery?
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    OHMSS is my favorite; watch it every Dec 22, the date he headed off in the book, to PG.

    Cool tradition, I like the link to the book!
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    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Filming the Thrills, Chills and Spills of 007.

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    Here is a little something for all Lazenby and OHMSS fans out there from American Cinematographer magazine. Here is an on-line reprint of its coverage of OHMSS taken from the March 1970 publication, which has long been impossible to view... until now.
    So here it is. Feast your eyes on the making of OHMSS from American Cinematographer. Enjoy.
    https://ascmag.com/articles/on-her-majestys-secret-service
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    bondsum wrote: »
    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Filming the Thrills, Chills and Spills of 007.

    OHMSS-AC0370.jpg?mtime=20210827152323

    Here is a little something for all Lazenby and OHMSS fans out there from American Cinematographer magazine. Here is an on-line reprint of its coverage of OHMSS taken from the March 1970 publication, which has long been impossible to view... until now.
    So here it is. Feast your eyes on the making of OHMSS from American Cinematographer. Enjoy.
    https://ascmag.com/articles/on-her-majestys-secret-service

    That was a great read, and reminded me of what fabulous contributions we got from Glen.
  • edited May 2022 Posts: 784
    I think Lazenby might have been more appreciated if it weren’t for the terrible voice over. It’s as if they ruined the quality of his voice on purpose. It's not even on par with the other actors in OHMSS. Shouldn’t be too hard to remaster with today’s technology.
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
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  • BennyBenny In the shadowsAdministrator, Moderator
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    I'll certainly be going to the Perth one. Be nice to see George again.
  • stagstag In the thick of it!
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    After watching OHMSS at the weekend, I too was wondering about the reason for the dubbing. I'd always attributed it to a lack of confidence in GLs acting ability from the eon powers that were.

    Upon reading above posts on this topic I must agree with the sentiment that PH made a mistake with his idea to dub 'Sir Hilary'.
  • stagstag In the thick of it!
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    Personally, and although I've always liked Sir Rog, I would have loved to see GL continue in the role. I imagine DAF, LALD, etc would have been far better had they followed the pattern set in OHMSS.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
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    George is utterly irrepressible. Cracks me up, every time.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
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    True legend.
  • stagstag In the thick of it!
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    I know he get's a lot of stick but, for me GL starred in the most authentic Bond movie. It's never been equalled before or since.

    I thought he was perfectly cast in the role and such a shame that he didn't stick with it.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    https://twitter.com/lazenbyofficial

    Happy birthday to our man George! Many happy returns!
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    edited September 2022 Posts: 3,401
    Happy Birthday, wishing him he all the time in the world!
  • stagstag In the thick of it!
    edited September 2022 Posts: 1,053
    Yes. Happy Birthday, George. I loved your portrayal of Bond and I loved OHMSS. Such a shame that you didn't carry on.

    Just imagine DAF and the films thereafter having the same gritty 'Flemingesque' feel about them? Wow!

    BTW this is no sleight on Sir Rog, who is another favourite of mine.
  • Happy Birthday George!!!
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