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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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Documentary | Biography

Cinema's forgotten man takes us on a journey down from the heady highs of the 1960's to a deep realisation of the self. Maligned and often misunderstood, George Lazenby finally sets the record straight.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Himself - James Bond
... Doctor
... Young George
... Teacher
... Chook Warner
... Girl in Class
... Teenage George
... June Green
... George
... Young Man Not Buying
... Johnny Horton
... Customer Buying Car
... Richard Bloque
... Belinda
... Belinda's Ex-Boyfriend (as Nick Popov)


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 seven Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down...

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20 May 2017 (USA)  »

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The film is split into 13 chapters, each with a title that is a James Bond reference or pun. The titles are: You Only Live Once, The Road to Pussy Galore, Try Another Day, For Her Eyes Only, From Australia with Love, The Guy Who Loved Me, Single Oh Seven, The Man with the Golden Tongue, Unlicensed to Kill, Tomorrow Sometimes Dies, Shaken Not Deterred, The World is Never Enough, and Decisions are Forever. See more »


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 »


[last lines]
Himself - James Bond: I'd like them to know that you can defy what is expected of you, and write your own story.
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He Makes Me Holier
Performed by Ike Turner (as Ike) & Tina Turner
Written by Ike Turner
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A raconteur in full swing
15 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

Well worth a look, perhaps best described as a slapstick documentary of GL's life. I am around the same age as George and remember the Bond films and On Her Majesty's Secret Service was the only one I ever liked enough to watch again. I was always curious as to whether the stories of the making of that film were true as there was a lot of talk about it at the time. The "Australian" settings bear no resemblance at all to the Australia of the time, and it was a bit bizarre to see it dressed it as some sort of Antipodean California. I liked the intentionally corny acting as it fitted well with the overall tone of the film, and the cinematography was excellent. Jason Maybaum playing the young Lazenby was perfect.

Very enjoyable and a lot of fun to watch a charming man continuing the tradition of the Great Australian Yarn.

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