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George Robert Lazenby was born in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, on 5 September 1939. He is the second official actor to portray 007, following Sean Connery, and the youngest actor in the role to this day, at age 29.
It was Lazenby's first serious acting role (he was a model before). He aproached the producer at a hairdresser.The producer, perhaps mistrusting Lazenby's ability to carry the picture, took the unusual step of overdubbing Lazenby's voice with that of George Baker in major scenes in which Bond impersonated Baker's character. The technique had never been used in a Bond film for a leading actor before. It was rumoured that Lazenby had been "difficult to work with". Lazenby subsequently admitted that he had neither the maturity nor the experience to completely understand the studio system. According to an interview with Lazenby, the difficulties were due to director Peter R. Hunt refusing to talk directly to Lazenby after Lazenby was too brusque in passing on a request that Hunt's friends clear a set before filming.
Certainly, Lazenby's Bond is a man less amused by life than was Connery's, less accessible, more a man who lives from ruse to ruse, more stoic and resigned. Until he falls in love, he is a hedonist without pleasure. This treatment was the deliberate approach of the film's director Peter Hunt, who has stated in an interview that "I was very insistent that we stay with the story of the book". Hunt reshot scenes where he was unhappy with Lazenby's portrayal of emotion. Critical response to On Her Majesty's Secret Service remains sharply divided as well, affecting estimates of George Lazenby's potential as James Bond. It follows the plot of the novel more closely than did the other film adaptations of the eponymous source novels, including serious dramatic subject matter pivotal to the development of Bond's character: Bond's contemplated resignation from MI6; his comically botched impersonation of a sexually ascetic genealogist at a mountaintop allergies clinic for beautiful young women; and his brief, tragic marriage to the daughter of a Corsican crime syndicate leader.
Lazenby quit the role of Bond right before the premiere, citing he would get other acting roles, and that his Bond contract, which was one and a half pages thick, was too demanding on him.
Although the film was not as successful as previous Bond films at the box office, some aficionados consider it as one of the best films of the James Bond series, with many critics feeling George Lazenby "nailed" the character of James Bond as described in the novels. Commercially, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is widely believed to have paled in comparison to the previous Bond film You Only Live Twice and to the following, Diamonds Are Forever (both featured Sean Connery as James Bond); this has been partly attributed to a poor publicity campaign. In fact, the film was not much less successful than You Only Live Twice, taking about 80% the box office gross with 74% of the budget, and was the second highest grossing film of 1969. (It has also been suggested that it was partly arresting a slide in what was at the time a declining franchise; receipts for You Only Live Twice already reflected a substantial decline from the previous hit Thunderball, yet, in comparison, the receipts for On Her Majesty's Secret Service declined at a lesser rate than did those of You Only Live Twice). When adjusted for inflation, On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the median performer of the entire James Bond franchise
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|Anonymous||Complex and Rewarding||0||Mar 8 2012, 8:57 PM EST by Anonymous|
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OHMSS/Lazenby is one of my top favorites in the series. Lazenby was three dimensional and complex in his portrayal of Bond. It would have been great to see how he would have presented Bond had he continued in the role. His one turn was very rewarding but has always left me wanting more than the one movie.
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|Anonymous||My 3rd Favourite Bond||0||Dec 23 2011, 6:48 AM EST by Anonymous|
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I think that George Lazenby was a downright AWESOME Bond! I mean, he was ( though technically Australian) very good at British accents, he was VERY fit, and he was a good gunner/fighter! I would have liked it if George had made more Bond films. Although Sean Connery is still top for me (Daniel Craig being second) George Lazenby is a rock solid 3rd in my books! Roger Moore was extremely good at being British and he was a good fighter, but there was something a little bit gay about him. At times he was anything but gay, but in other times he did seem to be more of a pretty boy than a tough guy double O agent. Great job George!!! :D
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|Anonymous||My Favourite Bond||0||Oct 11 2011, 3:38 AM EDT by Anonymous|
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To me George Lazenby will always be my favourite Bond, he was a good up-and-coming Anglo-Australian model and actor who should've had a great career in movies that's a pity it never took off he was brilliant in the role of James Bond in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service well done I like to see him doing more number of movies in the future, I found him friendly to me.
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