After George Lazenby was cast as James Bond in the 1969 film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, his life changed drastically. After battling hundreds of applicants, he was cast in the most beloved 007 movie of all times. He had lots of fun and received cash during filming.
Lazenby spoke to The Daily Express 2010 and stated that he had been gifted thousands of dollars in spending money, which was all beginning to pile up in his suitcase.
According to reports, the star received PS1,000 per day and was also gifted with plane tickets, motorbikes, and an Aston Martin.
The actor spent most of his time at the set carrying a suitcase filled with cash. This allowed him to purchase whatever he desired whenever he chose.
It didn’t take him long to be noticed by the public.
Telly Savalas was the actor who played Bond’s arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. He thought that he would have fun with Lazenby.
Lazenby recalls: “Telly observed [the suitcase] on one of her trips and inquired: ‘Wanna poker?
“Well, I had never played poker before and began losing.”
Lazenby was experiencing a losing streak and one of Bond’s bosses had to intervene.
He continued, “Harry] Saltzman stopped it and said to Telly: “Leave my son alone.”
Lazenby was not content with this, though.
Becoming Bond was a 2017 documentary. Lazenby recalls drinking “a bottle vodka per day” on set between scenes and “bedding” several of the women film crew members.
It was also fun for the 30-year-old to get to know all the other people involved in the production of the film.
Lazenby stated that he enjoyed talking to his crew. My previous jobs were as a mechanic, and as a salesman for cars. Because I was a worker, I felt most at home with them.”
He also enjoyed the challenge of giving a great performance in the film.
He said, “I did my stunts and fight scenes. Which the other fella [Sean Connery] definitely didn’t.”
He said that his greatest acting moments were in the last seconds of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
This scene shows James Bond holding the head of his wife just moments after it was shot.
Lazenby stated that he cried during the first act, but Peter Hunt wouldn’t approve and would not use it.
He said, “James Bond does not cry.”
Publiated at Sun, 12 Sep 2021 13.48:30 +0000