James Bond Star George Lazenby Reveals Why He Only Played The Role Once

05/18/2017

George Lazenby has revealed the real reason why he only ever had one outing as James Bond.

 

Lazenby was the second actor to play superspy James Bond in his two-dozen onscreen adventures, and the only one to play the part once, in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Lazenby is also the only Australian to play 007 and the only actor to have landed the role with no prior acting experience. On Her Majesty's Secret Service remains Lazenby's most notable role, with him claiming that he was blacklisted in the movie industry after refusing a contract to sign on for six more Bond films. No one could understand why he gave up what seemed like the chance of a lifetime, word got around he was hard to handle and in a new documentary “Becoming Bond”, he tries to set the record straight.

"I had advice that James Bond was over anyway," he told The Guardian. "It was Sean Connery's gig and, being in the '60s, it was love, not war. You know, hippy time. And I bought into that.

"They also said there's a guy called Clint Eastwood doing movies in Italy, getting 500 grand a month, for doing a western. They said, you could do that. So I didn't feel like I was losing the million dollars."

Lazenby is speaking for the first time in a while about his brief time as 007 for the new documentary in order to tell us the truth.

"I haven't talked about it much lately, in the last, say, 20 years, but I did want the truth to be out there," he explained. "Word got around that I was difficult to handle. They said that was the reason I didn't do another Bond, but that wasn't the truth."

Speaking in connection to a new documentary the 77-year-old estimates he has slept with “maybe a thousand” women.

He said: “In the 60s alone there was sometimes three, four, five a day. For years. They had the pill. It was on script. I was a handsome guy from Australia ...

“It was ridiculous. It really was. If you were handsome, and you had the balls to ask them, I mean, how many times you could get it up was how many times you could do it.”