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George Lazenby: In His Own Words (2006)

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Mr. Lazenby finally realizes that the joke was on him . . .
21 April 2014 | by (Vault Heaven) – See all my reviews

. . . by the end of this patched-together sound bite piecework constituting a time line of finding himself in the middle of the most notorious piece of miscasting in Hollywood history. Hubris marks the snippets shot during filming and initial release. By the time of their U.S. promotional tour for the misbegotten "Bond wedding episode," the Eon producers of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE realized that they had been "penny wise, and pound foolish" in selecting the cheapest untested advertising bozo imaginable to step into the shoes of film icon Sean Connery (which they rectified by firing Lazenby, giving Connery about half the profits of the 6th Eon Bond flick to reprise his role from the first five installments, and then moving on to the Next Generation Bond with an actual, bona fide actor, namely Roger Moore). A bearded, quintessential hippie Lazenby forlornly claims to the camera here that he was forced to finance his own U.S. promotional tour for SERVICE (in order to beat the dead horse of his career) when Eon made his co-star Diana Rigg the face of SERVICE in America. This still-young, sadder-but-not-wiser George contends (with a seemingly straight face) that his milquetoast version of 007 was more environmental friendly and better tasting, what with all the feminine emotions being worn on the sleeve of his frilly white formal blouses. An elderly, decrepit Lazenby then admits a few years into the new century that all the Bond foolishness back in the 1900s was a big mistake, and he would have been in a better place if his on-screen career had been limited to shilling for fast food. By this point, the Eon Production Co. makers of this short had unwittingly accomplished the impossible, by making me feel sorry for the ill-used Mr. Lazenby--and even angrier at Eon for their own ridiculous, penny-pinching ways which ruined ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE.


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