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Becoming Bond (2017)

The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's ... See full summary »

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Josh Greenbaum

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Lazenby ... Himself / James Bond
Josh Lawson ... George
Kassandra Clementi ... Belinda
Jane Seymour ... Maggie
Jeff Garlin ... Harry
Jake Johnson ... Peregrine Carruthers
Dana Carvey ... Johnny Carson
Landon Ashworth ... Ken
Matthew Josten ... Teenage George
Jason Maybaum ... Young George
Roslyn Gentle ... Belinda's Mother (as Ros Gentle)
John A. McKenna ... Belinda's Father
Charlie Hopkins ... Belinda's Brother
Nicholas Popov Nicholas Popov ... Belinda's Ex-Boyfriend (as Nick Popov)
Nathan Lovejoy ... Chook Warner
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Storyline

The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next six Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down...

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Becoming Bond See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

George Lazenby became the movie star who never was. With him not returning as James Bond after 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' (1969), his career didn't gain much momentum after its filming. See more »

Goofs

It has been pointed out that the car driven to Bristol is left hand drive, but it is never clear which side of the road it is being driven on except that he parks at the kerb to pick up his girl, he may just be polite. It is common to drive imported LHD cars on the left hand side. See more »

Quotes

Himself - James Bond: I didn't get upset, I was just dodging baby piss.
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Connections

References Becoming Bond (2006) See more »

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Mr. Lucky
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Written by Rudy Guess
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Warm retelling from Lazenby himself, marred by terrible re-enactments
13 May 2017 | by CuriousCase007See all my reviews

With the myriad of stories floating around about Lazenby's decision to quit Bond, this appears to be the truthful version - reinforced because of Lazenby's truthful and genuine telling of his story. His reflection on the Bond days in both rare interview footage from the time, coupled with the reflection of his love for Belinda, rings true.

The only downside? Aside from Jane Seymour's casting, the rest of the ensemble during the re- enactments are woeful. Lawson proves he isn't cut out for biopics (again, mind) and Clementi extends her soap opera acting here, disallowing the audience to buy into their relationship. The actor playing Saltzman created a cartoonish depiction of the producer; the portrayal of Hunt was less intrusive, but not necessarily good.

Negativity aside, it was excellent to see clips of the Bond films and interviews interwoven, as well an excellent score underpinning the visual content (with a welcome appearance of the Bond theme).

Informative and honest, funny and warm. But a little disappointed by some of the acting.


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