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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 »

Director:

Josh Greenbaum

Writer:

Josh Greenbaum
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Lawson ... George
Kassandra Clementi ... Belinda
George Lazenby ... Himself - James Bond
Diana Rigg ... Herself
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 ... Belinda's Ex-Boyfriend (as Nick Popov)
Nathan Lovejoy ... Chook Warner
Teressa Liane ... June Green
Kelly Lester ... Teacher
Ben Seton Ben Seton ... Australian Friend
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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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The name's Lazenby, George Lazenby. See more »


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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Hulu

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Becoming Bond See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Delirio Films See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When George first enters the car dealership in London, a US flag flying on a pole is reflected in the door glass (and the door is noticeably American in design). Later, from inside the dealership, three US flags can be seen flying on poles outside. See more »

Quotes

George: So, what are you doing after work? Yeah? Well, Ken and I were just thinking about having a little get together at our place. A little truth or dare. Here's how it works: we truthfully tell you that we want to make love with you and then we dare you to do it.
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Connections

Features From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

There'll Be Changes Made
Performed by Steve Lawrence
Written by W. Benton Overstreet, Billy Higgins
Published by Edward B. Marks Music Co. C/O Carlin America
Courtesy Ford Music Services
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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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