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

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  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
    edited September 2022 Posts: 2,973
    Just had another look at that DAF poster that Darth Dimi knocked up earlier in this thread.
    God, I want to see that film!
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    Ooft.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
    edited September 2022 Posts: 4,200


    There’s more to his side of the story.
  • BennyBenny In the shadowsAdministrator, Moderator
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    I was at the Perth concert on Saturday night.
    Sadly George was highly offensive in his interview. All his answers revolved around sexual conquests and often very inappropriate.
    I’ve met George, he’s not a bad person. But his stories need to remain in the 60’s and 70’s .
    His story about becoming Bond is truly fascinating.
    His escapades after are not.
    George’s film is brilliant, but George is not an actor, and clearly doesn’t know how to conduct himself correctly.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    MaxCasino wrote: »

    'Sorry if I upset anyone but I say this stuff all the time!' :))
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    Poor George never did know to read a room correctly.
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    Fahrenheit 007
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    Does this mean everyone is going to go back and place OHMSS at the bottom of their rankings?

    Apologies.......that joke was even worse than some of George's.
    :D
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    edited September 2022 Posts: 3,401
    MaxCasino wrote: »

    He made an apology, that's fine, and based on some of his interviews, it looks like he's just having fun, nothing personal nor to be taken seriously.
    Sure, while some of his views or perspectives are dated just understand the era that this man lived the most of his life, just like Connery and his opinions about slapping women, despite of that, many people still liked him as Bond, does it tainted him? Not, while I'm not a fan of him in actual life (or as a person), I still appreciated his works as an actor, that's the same for George.
    Well, there are some worst actors out there who doesn't care about their words if it can be offending or not.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    ToTheRight wrote: »
    Does this mean everyone is going to go back and place OHMSS at the bottom of their rankings?

    Apologies.......that joke was even worse than some of George's.
    :D

    Across the internet, as in not Bond fans, probably. It's the outrage culture we now live in.

    I don't know why this is so surprising, George has always bragged about women and, I mean... he is a product of his day (doesn't mean I agree with his views). He was a young guy in the swinging 60's. Again, doesn't mean I agree with him.
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    edited September 2022 Posts: 3,401
    @MajorDSmythe just think of Connery's views about slapping women, it's not different to that.

    But does anyone ranted about that, no one even cares, but when it comes to George? It became controversial here.

    Thankfully George made an apology, does Connery did the same when he'd told that statement? But still no one else's cares.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    MI6HQ wrote: »
    @MajorDSmythe just think of Connery's views about slapping women, it's not different to that.

    I'm not a fan of Connery, Bond or otherwise, so I am not about to defend Connery for his infamous Barbara Walters interview.

    There are actors I like, that have gotten in trouble with the law, and yet I still like and respect them for their work. Connery just ins't one of them.
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    I think the key difference is that this was a family event with a lot of kids present, apparently. So yeah, it is very different.
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    No idea what he actually said. Does just sound like a stupid old man saying stupid old man things though.
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
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    007HallY wrote: »
    No idea what he actually said. Does just sound like a stupid old man saying stupid old man things though.

    Simple, there's nothing to be taken seriously.
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
    edited September 2022 Posts: 2,973
    I dunno, they were ok hiring George despite his first wife claiming that he broke her nose by punching her while she was pregnant, they were fine with the claims that he beat his daughter and they were happy to hire him despite his second wife's claims of years of physical and emotional abuse. But they faint clean away with dropsy if he recounts his escapades as a, er, 'swordsman' in the Swinging 60s? Strange priorities they've got...
  • BennyBenny In the shadowsAdministrator, Moderator
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    As I said, I was at said concert @MI6HQ
    Does it make a difference that he made homophonic slurs. Or told a story where he practically raped a girl?
    Is it fine because he apologised?
    Yes it was accepted at the time, but people don’t care or pat one another on the back for such things nowadays. It’s not acceptable behaviour nor should it be. Sadly all of George’s stories are solely about how many women he’s bedded.
    Surely there are other interesting stories to tell.
    When I watch interviews from Connery, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan or Craig do I see such sexist comments.
  • edited September 2022 Posts: 3,208
    MI6HQ wrote: »
    007HallY wrote: »
    No idea what he actually said. Does just sound like a stupid old man saying stupid old man things though.

    Simple, there's nothing to be taken seriously.

    Well, again I would stress I don't actually know what he said.

    EDIT. Offt. Yeah, doesn't sound great. Lazenby's never struck me as particularly graceful or intelligent anyway, but still... Again, stupid old man.
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    I think they hired him with the idea that he would talk about Bond, rather than anything to do with his personal life. It was a Bond event, after all.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    edited September 2022 Posts: 15,353
    ToTheRight wrote: »
    Does this mean everyone is going to go back and place OHMSS at the bottom of their rankings?

    Apologies.......that joke was even worse than some of George's.
    :D

    Across the internet, as in not Bond fans, probably. It's the outrage culture we now live in.

    I don't want to speak for him, but I've never got the impression that Benny is the sort of person to indulge in "outrage culture". Sometimes people do say things that aren't appropriate, you can't just write off every case of someone being offended with the thought that 'everyone gets too upset about things nowadays'.

    I'm not going to hate the guy forever or anything, but he's been a bit of a tit in interviews for a few years now and he's just keeping that up.
  • BennyBenny In the shadowsAdministrator, Moderator
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    Thank you @mtm I appreciate that.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    MI6HQ wrote: »
    MaxCasino wrote: »

    He made an apology, that's fine, and based on some of his interviews, it looks like he's just having fun, nothing personal nor to be taken seriously.
    Sure, while some of his views or perspectives are dated just understand the era that this man lived the most of his life, just like Connery and his opinions about slapping women, despite of that, many people still liked him as Bond, does it tainted him? Not, while I'm not a fan of him in actual life (or as a person), I still appreciated his works as an actor, that's the same for George.
    Well, there are some worst actors out there who doesn't care about their words if it can be offending or not.

    Cough Scarlett Johansson loves Woody Allen Cough.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe "I tolerate this century, but I don't enjoy it."Moderator
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    mtm wrote: »
    ToTheRight wrote: »
    Does this mean everyone is going to go back and place OHMSS at the bottom of their rankings?

    Apologies.......that joke was even worse than some of George's.
    :D

    Across the internet, as in not Bond fans, probably. It's the outrage culture we now live in.

    I don't want to speak for him, but I've never got the impression that Benny is the sort of person to indulge in "outrage culture". Sometimes people do say things that aren't appropriate, you can't just write off every case of someone being offended with the thought that 'everyone gets too upset about things nowadays'.

    I'm not going to hate the guy forever or anything, but he's been a bit of a tit in interviews for a few years now and he's just keeping that up.

    I don't mean @Benny, I'm talking elsewhere. Apologies to Benny if that was how it seemed. Sorry. I'm talking about people who get off on this sort of headline, for their twitter following or wherever.

    I did go look for a clip of it, to see what was said. If what he said was so bad, I wouldn't expect anyone to repeat it here. I'm surprised that it wasn't captured and upload it to YouTube.
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
    edited September 2022 Posts: 2,973
    George basically has an unreconstructed Outback larrikin just below the surface and he plays that up as a bit of a schtick in interviews. It usually works really well, people lap up the yarns and have a damn good laugh. Wot a character, etc. Looks like he did his usual unfiltered George routine but, like CraigMoore said, didn't read the room. But then, he's 83 and he's been telling the same yarns for decades so what're the odds that he'd self-edit at this point? Surely the organisers had an idea of what they were getting? And it's a bit rich of them to be perfectly fine with all of the stuff that Lazenby supposedly did to his wives and daughter, only for them to quake like maiden aunts at a few inappropriate anecdotes, no?
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
    edited September 2022 Posts: 3,401
    007HallY wrote: »
    MI6HQ wrote: »
    007HallY wrote: »
    No idea what he actually said. Does just sound like a stupid old man saying stupid old man things though.

    Simple, there's nothing to be taken seriously.

    Well, again I would stress I don't actually know what he said.

    EDIT. Offt. Yeah, doesn't sound great. Lazenby's never struck me as particularly graceful or intelligent anyway, but still... Again, stupid old man.

    Well, both Lazenby and Connery, they never struck me as either intelligent or graceful, both are men of the bygone era.

    But at least Lazenby based on some of his other interviews is at least fun to hang out with in his interviews, you're really going to laugh, with Connery on the other hand, I mean the man's kind of boring, he's not the man I would like to hang out with, and also a bit of a snob unlike the rest of the Bond actors.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    edited September 2022 Posts: 15,353
    Something I wasn't aware of previously but just found when looking at this, apparently when he was promoting OHMSS on Simon Dee's show on ITV, he "used the programme to make claims about American senators he believed to have been involved in the assassination of President John F Kennedy"!! :-O

    Maybe it's for the best he didn't do any more Bonds, it's hard to think what other trouble he'd have got into!

    Venutius wrote: »
    And it's a bit rich of them to be perfectly fine with all of the stuff that Lazenby supposedly did to his wives and daughter, only for them to quake like maiden aunts at a few inappropriate anecdotes, no?

    I don't think booking someone in a professional capacity is a tacit approval of everything they've done in their life, nor is it a request for them to repeat it.
  • SIS_HQSIS_HQ At the Vauxhall Headquarters
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    Reminds me a bit of Oliver Reed 😆.
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    MI6HQ wrote: »
    007HallY wrote: »
    MI6HQ wrote: »
    007HallY wrote: »
    No idea what he actually said. Does just sound like a stupid old man saying stupid old man things though.

    Simple, there's nothing to be taken seriously.

    Well, again I would stress I don't actually know what he said.

    EDIT. Offt. Yeah, doesn't sound great. Lazenby's never struck me as particularly graceful or intelligent anyway, but still... Again, stupid old man.

    Well, both Lazenby and Connery, they never struck me as either intelligent or graceful, both are men of the bygone era.

    But at least Lazenby based on some of his other interviews is at least fun to hang out with in his interviews, you're really going to laugh, with Connery on the other hand, I mean the man's kind of boring, he's not the man I would like to hang out with, and also a bit of a snob unlike the rest of the Bond actors.

    Well, Connery of course had his infamous 'when and how it's ok to slap your wife' interview that's been mentioned.

    I suppose one thing I'd say about this Lazenby situation is that while what he said was highly inappropriate (if I had young kids and took them to such an event I'd be angry about them hearing these stories) they are likely anecdotes and views that many other famous and respected older actors have. And yes, even the thing about him 'practically raping a girl' unfortunately. It's simply jarring to hear them being said aloud and in such a manner. Again, you've got Connery's views on women. Even lovable old Roger Moore had his share of infidelity and likely had views which may charitably be viewed as 'outdated'.

    In that sense it's difficult to judge actors or give assessments of how fun they are based solely on interviews. It's not me defending any of these people either, especially Lazenby.
  • cwl007cwl007 England
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    I think it's very embarrassing and pretty tragic for an 80 odd year old man to be constantly bragging about his former sexual conquests. Yeah, we get it, you were a bit of a lad, you were an Australian 'larakin' blah, blah, blah. He needs to give his head a wobble and realise he wasn't really Bond and people don't give a s*&t who he's slept with, let alone be impressed by it. Image if you spoke to an elderly man down the street who couldn't stop sharing stories like that. He'd be given a wide berth I imagine!
    The grabbing of the woman story, if true, is a very different matter in my opinion. Really quite sinister. In fact if I was Lazenby I'd be taking the batteries out of my doorbell before the police ring it.
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