A model from Australia who is known for her chocolate commercial might seem odd to be the one taking over as British spy. But Sean Connery, a former bodybuilder and boxer from Scotland (and part-time male nanny), was already a successful actor. Lazenby abruptly resigned the role, causing a flurry of reactions from critics and the public. Rigg Connery, Cubby Broccoli, and the actor have offered their thoughts (and accusations) on what transpired.
Connery, who had just told producers that he would be quitting You Only Live Twice after this experience, was immediately spotted by Broccoli. The model was appearing in the Fry’s Big Fry TV commercial. It’s available to view below.
Lazenby auditioned and bought a Rolex watch, a Saville Row outfit and all of his money for Connery.
Peter R Hunt, director of the film, said that he wanted a role with sexual confidence. Wait until the women watch him onscreen. He is not an actor, but I do believe he could be. An actor is not the same as a movie star.
Lazenby received seven film contracts, but the impossible happened.
Lazenby’s resignation was revealed a month before the movie was released. Lazenby himself stated that he believes his parents are insane and everyone thinks he is insane.
Rigg, unimpressed, added that “I don’t really know what George is thinking so I can only describe my reaction.” It’s an extremely foolish decision. If he is able to bear an apprenticeship (which everyone in the business must do) then I believe he should be quiet and humble. Everyone has to do this. “
Lazenby however, loudly stated his reasons, and has, in general, stuck with them every since, although with some regrets.
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He said that he felt like a mindless producer at the time. Because I had not been involved in filmmaking like them for over a thousand years, they ignored everything that I proposed.
Lazenby’s personal beliefs and advice from Ronan O’Rahilly his agent made it clear that he considered the role of 007 outdated. This would make him unfashionable. His goal was to create films about modern drug culture and hippy culture like Peter Fonda’s Spiritual Easy Rider.
He stated, “Fantasy does not interest me. Reality does. Everyone who is in touch with children knows what’s going on, and the mood. Learn from pop music what is going to happen. Film-makers aren’t typically in touch with the world and don’t have time to watch it.
The actor later stated that Ronan had convinced him Bond was over. I would be at risk of being part of the Establishment. He rebelled against it. __S.36__
Easy Rider was meant to show the way and I would be able to do at least three of these types of films for each Bond. My goal was to be free, love and not fight. Ronan refused to let me sign Bond, and kept returning it.
Ronan got my brain and who knows what might have happened? However, I have no regrets about the decisions made.
Lazenby had difficulty finding work due to the fact that Broccoli, a highly respected figure, was against him.
Producer said that he was his biggest mistake for 16 years. He couldn’t handle success. His arrogance was a hallmark of his personality. Although he had the looks and stature of Bond, Lazenby was not able to get along with other actors and technicians.”
Interestingly, Connery, who had also had issues with Broccoli, defended his fellow star: “I have known George for many years and arrogance is not in his character. Unfortunately, I can’t say the exact same thing for Cubby Broccoli.”
Lazenby made a public statement in 1978 when he was struggling to find employment.
Lazenby stated that “It wasn’t easy trying to climb back… It was a stupid mistake. I lost track of everything happening around me. It was only my first movie. Now, I have to live in the present and convince others that I am not the same man who made fools of myself all those years back. It’s possible, I am sure. Only I have to give it a chance.”
He was not given many opportunities on the big screen. However, he did get small roles in various shows such as Baywatch, Hawaii Five-0, and General Hospital.
Lazenby, who promoted the 2017 drama Making Bond, said that he had no regrets. It was only when I was broken that… It was only when I was broke that I began to think about what my life might look like if this continued. My life would have been different if I had not married three women in Beverly Hills.
“I thought I was doing the right thing,”
Publiated at Sun, 12 Sep 2021 1:41:00 PM +0000