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George Robert Lazenby was born on the 5th September 1939, in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, and is an actor and former model, best known to the world for portraying the British Secret Service agent James Bond in the film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969), then as Franco Serpieri in the film “Who Saw Her Die?” (1972), and in the film “Gettysburg” (1993), as Brig. Gen. J. Johnston Pettigrew, among other differing roles.

Have you ever wondered how rich George Lazenby is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Lazenby’s net worth is as high as $100 million. Only a part of this has been earned through his career as an actor, since he has ventured into real estate and other investments, acquiring property in Hawaii, Australia, a ranch estate in Valyermo, California, and also in Maryland and Hong Kong.

George Lazenby Net Worth $100 Million

George is the son of railway worker George Edward Lazenby and Sheila Joan Lazenby, who was a worker at Fosseys. George attended Goulburn Public School and then Goulburn High, but only until he was 14 years old, since he and his family moved to Queanbeyan, where he continued his education. He started working as a car salesman and mechanic, and then joined the Australian Army.

Once he was back, he fell in love with a woman who then moved to London. George made the same move and found a job as a used car salesman in Finchley, but was soon selling new cars in Park Lane, where he was spotted by a talent scout, who gave him the chance of becoming a model which George accepted, and was soon earning $25,000 per year. Some of his most notable commercials included for Big Fry Chocolate. For three years in London, George was voted as Top Model of the Year.

George was sought for the role of James Bond by none other than Albert R. Broccoli, who met him while both were at the hairdresser’s. George agreed to audition, and soon he was the next James Bond, after Sean Connery decided to leave the Bond franchise. This collaboration resulted in the film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, which earned George a Golden Globe Award- nomination in the category Most Promising Newcomer. He wanted to stay for another Bond film, however he left because his ideas on the set and for the whole film were ignored by producer and director.

George then received numerous offers, and in 1972 starred in the films “Universal Soldier” and “Who Saw Her Die?”, then moved to Hong Kong, and appeared in three films for the Golden Harvest film production company. He was also scheduled to appeared next to Bruce Lee in the film “Game of Death”, however, Lee passed away and the project was left incomplete.

His next career move was return to Australia, where he tried to influence the Australian film industry but with no luck, only featuring in a couple of television films, “Is There Anybody There?” (1975), and “The Newman Shame” (1978). Struggling to make his way as an actor, George returned to commercials, and shot the advertisement for Benson and Hedges cigarettes.

George then left for Hollywood, and in 1978 made an appearance in the film “Evening in Byzantium” next to Glenn Ford, Eddie Albert and Vince Edwards. The following year he featured in the BAFTA- nominated film “Saint Jack”, which also increased his net worth. The ‘80s weren’t too good for George since he only had brief roles in such TV series as “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” (1983), “Rituals” (1984), and “Freddy’s Nightmares” (1989), while also appearing in the film “The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair” in 1983, as J.B, a spoof character of the famous fiction secret agent he once portrayed.

In the ‘90s George was back on track, with the role of Mario in the television film series about Emmanuelle, which consists of seven installments all in 1993 starring Marcela Walerstein. The same year he had a role in the war drama “Gettysburg”, with Tom Berenger in the lead role, and in 1996 featured in “Fox Hunt”. Before the ‘90s ended he starred in the film “Star of Jaipur” (1998).

He has stayed active as an actor until the present day, however, his roles are few and unworthy of mentioning, except in the film “A Winter Rose” (2016), and he is currently filming “The Order”, which is scheduled for release late in 2017.

Regarding his personal life, George has been married twice, firstly to Christina Garnett from 1971 until divorcing in 1995; they had two children, however, one of them died at 19 years old. In 2002 he married former tennis player Pam Shriver, and they had three children, before Pam filed for divorce in 2008.

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cover Up1985TV SeriesSimon Locke
Rituals1984TV SeriesLogan Williams (1984-1985)
The Master1984TV SeriesMallory
Hotel1984TV SeriesEmmett Saunders
The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair1983TV MovieJ.B.
Bring 'Em Back Alive1983TV SeriesCaptain Hayward
L'ultimo harem1981Prince Almalarik
B.J. and the Bear1979TV SeriesBurglar / Paul Desmond
Saint Jack1979Senator
Hawaii Five-O1979TV SeriesJohn Cossett
Evening in Byzantium1978TV MovieRoger Tory
Death Dimension1978Capt. Gallagher
The Newman Shame1978TV MovieJohn Brandy
The Kentucky Fried Movie1977The Architect (segment "That's Armageddon")
Cover Girls1977TV MovieMichael
The Quest1976TV SeriesSydney
International Assassin1976George
Is There Anybody There?1975TV MovieJohn Hersey
Dragon Flies1975Jack Wilton
Matlock Police1974TV SeriesDavid Parkes
Stoner1974Joseph Stoner
Play for Today1973TV SeriesDavid Adler
Chi l'ha vista morire?1972Franco Serpieri
Universal Soldier1972Ryker
On Her Majesty's Secret Service1969James Bond
General Hospital1963TV SeriesReginald Durban (1982)
A Winter Rose2016Henry
Dance Angels2016Captain Hugo
Hunter2015/IIGeneral Bullmount
Legit2014TV SeriesJack Jefferies
Winter Break2003Campbell Grady
Spider's Web2002Leland De Winter
Batman Beyond1999-2000TV SeriesMr. Walker King
Four Dogs Playing Poker2000Carlo
The Pretender1999-2000TV SeriesMajor Charles
Gut Feeling1999
Baywatch1999TV SeriesCommander McCabe
Batman Beyond: The Movie1999TV MovieMr. Walker The King (voice)
Star of Jaipur1998John Steele
Diagnosis Murder1998TV SeriesVince Thatcher
Team Knight Rider1998TV SeriesNigel Davies
Fox Hunt1996Chauncey
Twin Sitters1994Leland Stromm
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues1994TV Series
Fox Hunt1993Video GameChauncey
Gettysburg1993Brig. Gen. J. Johnston Pettigrew
Le secret d'Emmanuelle1993TV MovieMario
Le parfum d'Emmanuelle1993TV MovieMario
Magique Emmanuelle1993TV MovieMario
L'amour d'Emmanuelle1993TV MovieMario
Emmanuelle à Venise1993TV MovieMario
La revanche d'Emmanuelle1993TV MovieMario
Éternelle Emmanuelle1993TV MovieMario
The Evil Inside Me1993Grandinetti
Eyes of the Beholder1992Jack Wyman
Superboy1990TV SeriesJor-El
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1989TV SeriesJames ...
Freddy's Nightmares1989TV SeriesDr. Clark
Hell Hunters1986Heinrich
Never Too Young to Die1986Drew Stargrove

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Universal Soldier1972

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Universal Soldier1972executive producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Universal Soldier1972additional dialogue

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Becoming Bond2017post-productionHimself
This Never Happened to the Other Fella2016DocumentaryHimself / Narrator
Everything or Nothing2012DocumentaryHimself
Whatever Happened To?2009TV SeriesHimself
Mother Goose Parade2008TV Movie documentary
Bond. Classic Bond.2008TV MovieHimself
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!2008DocumentaryHimself
Where Are They Now2007TV SeriesHimself
Casting on 'Her Majesty's Secret Service'2006Video documentary shortHimself
George Lazenby: In His Own Words2006Video documentary shortHimself
Press Day in Portugal2006Video documentary shortHimself
Inside Edition2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Through the Keyhole2004TV SeriesHimself
Brits Go to Hollywood2003TV SeriesHimself
James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Best Ever Bond2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Andere Tijden2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Harry Saltzman: Showman2000Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Clarkson1999TV SeriesHimself
The James Bond Story1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee / James Bond
The Path of the Dragon1998Video documentary shortHimself
The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross1995TV Movie documentaryHimself / James Bond
Behind the Scenes with 'Goldfinger'1995Video documentary shortHimself
Death by Misadventure: The Mysterious Life of Bruce Lee1993DocumentaryHimself
30 Years of James Bond1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Grand Knockout Tournament1987TV SpecialHimself
Heisse Ware aus Hongkong1974TV Movie documentaryHimself
Kung Fu Killers1974TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Last Days of Bruce Lee1973Documentary shortHimself
Bruce Lee: The Man and the Legend1973DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Simon Dee Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus1970TV Series documentaryHimself
Neues aus der Welt des Films1969TV SeriesHimself
Treffpunkt Airport1969TV Series documentaryHimself
Above It All1969Documentary shortHimself
Shot on Ice1969Documentary shortHimself
Swiss Movement1969Documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
HARDtalk2016TV SeriesJames Bond
Premium Bond with Mark Gatiss and Matthew Sweet2015TV Movie documentaryJames Bond
Timeshift2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Speaking in 1997
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011-2012TV SeriesJames Bond / The Architect (segment "That's Armageddon")
Top Gear2012TV SeriesJames Bond
Being Bond: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond 0072012Video documentary shortJames Bond / Himself
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights2006Video documentary shortHimself
Happy Anniversary Mr. Bond2002TV Movie documentaryHimself / James Bond
007: 40 Years of Humour in the James Bond Films2002Video shortJames Bond
Bond Girls Are Forever2002TV Movie documentaryJames Bond (uncredited)
Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond2000TV Short documentaryJames Bond (uncredited)
Double-O Stunts2000Video documentary shortJames Bond (uncredited)
Inside 'Diamonds Are Forever'2000Video documentary shortJames Bond (uncredited)
Inside 'The Man with the Golden Gun'2000Video documentary shortJames Bond
Inside 'You Only Live Twice'2000Video documentary shortJames Bond (uncredited)
Inside Q's Lab2000Video documentary shortJames Bond (uncredited)
Silhouettes: The James Bond Titles2000Video documentary shortJames Bond (uncredited)
The Bond Sound: The Music of 0072000Video documentary shortJames Bond (uncredited)
Bruce Lee in G.O.D.: Shibôteki yûgi2000Fighter
Omnibus2000TV Series documentaryJames Bond
Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey2000Video documentaryFighter
Now Pay Attention 007: A Tribute to Actor Desmond Llewelyn2000TV Movie documentaryJames Bond (uncredited)
And the Word Was Bond1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentaryJames Bond
Nobody Does It Better: The Music of James Bond1997TV Movie documentaryJames Bond
James Bond 007: Yesterday and Today1996Video documentary shortHimself
Three Decades of James Bond 0071995Video documentary shortHimself
The World of James Bond1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do1995DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Many Faces of Bond1989Video documentaryHimself
Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
James Bond 007: Coming Attractions1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bruce Lee, the Legend1984DocumentaryHimself
James Bond: The First 21 Years1983TV Movie documentaryJames Bond
Bonds Are Forever1983Video documentaryJames Bond / Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1970Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - MaleOn Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

TitleSalary
Le secret d'Emmanuelle (1993)$50,000
Le parfum d'Emmanuelle (1993)$50,000
Magique Emmanuelle (1993)$50,000
L'amour d'Emmanuelle (1993)$50,000
Emmanuelle à Venise (1993)$50,000
La revanche d'Emmanuelle (1993)$50,000
Éternelle Emmanuelle (1993)$50,000
The Man from Hong Kong (1975)$U10,000
The Man from Hong Kong (1975)$10,000
Universal Soldier (1972)£100,000
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)$400,000

#Fact
1Admits to not seeing any of the 007 movies to be released after his own, On Her Majesty's Secret Service(1969).
2His autobiography, The Other Fella, was scheduled to be released in hardcover by Century in 2013, and in paperback by Arrow in 2013, but as of 2015 the book has not been released.
3Splits his time between his homes in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, Australia, his 600 acre ranch estate in Valyermo, California, and traveling with his wife, ESPN's Pam Shriver, to all of the major pro tennis tournaments around the world. [February 2005]
4Lives on his large Southern California Ranch with his wife, ESPN Sports tennis analyst Pam Shriver. [June 2003]
5Later regretted leaving the Bond series after just one film. He claimed he listened to bad advice.
6The first film that Lazenby was signed to make with Bruce Lee, Game of Death (1978), which was already in production at the time of Lee's death in 1973, was not released until 1978. Because of the press coverage surrounding Lee's death, and because Lazenby was to have dinner with Lee the night before he died, Golden Harvest Productions decided to delay the film and remove Lazenby from it. Because Lazenby had an agreement to be in the film he was paid for it, and also was edited into the film with archive fighting footage from one of his other Golden Harvest films.
7Competitor in the senior off-road dirt-bike and stock car racing circuits.
8Worked as an auto mechanic in the 1960s.
9Worked as a prestige car salesman in London's Park Lane district in the 1960s.
10Lives in Los Angeles, California.
11Earlier in life, Lazenby donated a kidney to a family member.
12Semi-retired from acting in 1993, and retired completely in 2003.
13He has a black belt in karate.
14He is estimated to be the wealthiest actor to have played James Bond.
15During the 1970s and 1980s he raced motorcycles and in the 1990s he backed a restaurant chain, the Spy House.
16He was a close personal friend of Bruce Lee. He met Lee in 1972 and the two became fast friends. Lazenby studied Lee's personal martial arts and philosophical teaching of "Jeet Kune Do" under Lee until the time of Lee's death in 1973. Lazenby was actually going to have dinner with Bruce the night he died. Lazenby would later say that it was Lee's teachings that allowed him to go on to have such a successful business career and personal life.
17He was supposed to have dinner with Bruce Lee the night that Lee died. He attended Lee's funeral service.
18He was Golden Harvest studios original replacement for Bruce Lee after Lee died. Lazenby had already signed a contract with the studio to co-star with Lee in Game of Death (1978), but Lee died during filming. Lazenby then replaced Lee in what was to be Lee's next film, "The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss", Stoner (1974). After that film, Yu Wang was signed to replace Lee and Lazenby moved back to his original co-starring role as the "Western Adversary".This makes Lazenby the actor that first replaced Sean Connery as James Bond and also the actor that first replaced Bruce Lee as Golden Harvest's martial arts action hero after Lee's death. Many subsequent actors would then follow Lazenby playing Bond as well as imitating Bruce Lee.
19Lazenby signed a four-film contract with Raymond Chow's famed Hong Kong- based Golden Harvest Productions in 1973. He was first to co-star with Bruce Lee in Lee's upcoming film Game of Death (1978), as Lee's Western adversary. However, Lee died just four days after Lazenby signed the contract. At the time Lazenby signed the contract, it was considered the most coveted available contract in the international movie industry. But Lazenby's soon-to-be huge comeback after having earlier quit the role of James Bond ended when Lee suddenly died. Lazenby would go on to star in the next three Golden Harvest films that were originally set to feature himself and Lee. Stoner (1974) ("The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss"), Dragon Flies (1975) and International Assassin (1976) ("A Queen's Ransom"). In "Tie jin gang da po zi yang guan" Lazenby took on Lee's role and Angela Mao took on the role Lazenby was first intended to play. While in the next two films, "The Man from Hong Kong" and "E tan qun hing ying hui", Yu Wang replaced Lee and Lazenby returned to his original role.
20His lead role in the prime time soap opera Rituals (1984) was considered to be his "comeback gig". Many industry experts expected this would bring him to "A" status in Hollywood. However, "Rituals" received poor ratings and was canceled after just one season by ABC.
21He holds the unique distinction of having been both The Marlboro Man and James Bond, as he played 007 in one film and was also the European Marlboro Man.
22Served as a sergeant in the Australian Special Forces.
23He is a big fan of Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt.
24He owns mansions in Hawaii, Brentwood, California, Australia, and a 600 acre estate/ranch in Southern Caifornia.
25Lakers star Kobe Bryant is George's neighbor at one of George's Southern California homes.
26He says that his favorite Bond film is Goldfinger (1964).
27Son: George Samuel Lazenby (b. 12 July 2004) with Pam Shriver Twins: Samuel Robert and Kaitlin Elizabeth (b. 1 October 2005) with Pam Shriver
28John Cleese wanted him to play the part of Jesus in the Monty Python movie, Life of Brian (1979). Cleese said in his opinion it would be absolutely hilarious to have Lazenby portray Christ, and he wanted the tag line of the film to be "George Lazenby IS Jesus Christ." But when the film's producers contacted his agent they were informed that he was overseas working on another film project and was unavailable. Kenneth Colley was then cast as Jesus.
29He was the youngest actor to play James Bond, being 30 when On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) was released.
30His daughter Melanie Andrea, from his first marriage to Christina Gannett, was born on September 13, 1973. Melanie is one of Manhattan's top real estate agents, and in May 2013 was the broker for the sale of a unique, block-long, $10 million condominium apartment to Chelsea Clinton and husband.
31Lived in Keith Moon's famous London Waterhouse complete with Hydro Hovercraft that came right into the living room through the front door, for a period of 6 months in the late '60s.
32Lazenby's favorite hobby is playing golf. He plays it at least 5 or 6 times a week.
33Lazenby has ridden his various motorcycles across the United States, on three different occasions.
34Competes on the senior circuit in off-road dirt bike racing, and in stock car racing. George has won several celebrity stock car races and dirt-bike races, as well as amateur and professional races in both.
35Is an accomplished skier and in fact had won two skiing contests in Australia before becoming James Bond.
36Was a car salesman in Canberra, Australia after leaving school.
37His publicist, Ronan O'Rahilly, announced that Lazenby would not make a second Bond film. After this he was released out of his Bond contract. Lazenby himself, stated afterward that he never told his publicist he was quitting Bond.
38His agent, Maggie Smith, told him that he should apply for Bond, since in her opinion, his arrogance would surely win him the role.
39Was the #1 male fashion model in the world from 1964 to 1968.
40He was offered a seven-movie deal by the Bond producers, but quit the role because he felt that the tuxedo-clad Bond would die out in the new hippie culture that had permeated society in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
41Was considered by producer Kevin McClory to play James Bond 007 in Never Say Never Again (1983) but was dropped from consideration when Sean Connery confirmed he wanted the role.
42Broke a stuntman's nose during a Bond fight screen test, and it was this physical strength that finalized his selection as Bond.
43He was set to co-star in the biggest budgeted action/martial arts film of all time in 1973, along with Bruce Lee. However, Lee died two weeks before the film was to begin shooting. (The film, originally titled "Shrine of Ultimate Bliss," was eventually made, but on a considerably smaller budget, and was given a limited theatrical release, excluding the U.S.)
44He was a martial arts instructor in the Australian army, and holds more than one black belt in the martial arts. He studied martial arts under Bruce Lee himself.
45Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli, remarked that Lazenby could have been the best Bond had he not quit after just one film.
46Zachary, his son with Christina Gannett, died of brain cancer when he was 20 years old in 1994.
47Except for TV commercials, he had no previous acting experience when he was cast as James Bond.
48Was the highest paid male model in Europe prior to playing James Bond.

#Quote
1(On Stoner (1974)) I have worked out every day for two hours and have run three miles every morning to get fit for the role. It is the most taxing form of film fighting activity in the world. You can't be slow and hope to look as if you're standing up to these experts. But you learn from the fight masters employed on the film, learn a bit of karate and a bit of ballet and hope to keep on your feet. What I mostly want to do is earn us enough money to live the way we want to. Nothing on earth could buy me into the degradation of another Bond film, with all that entails.
2(On the unmade The Golden Needles of Ecstasy) I'm excited to be able to concentrate on just acting in this film. On Universal Soldier (1972) I was involved in the production, the writing and even a bit in direction. I don't think I'm a good enough actor to get fragmented like that on a job. Now I can give my full concentration to acting. I hope it will be good and lead to other roles.
3(In 1978) I enjoy the States, to be quite honest about it. I've got an American wife and green card so I have the best of both worlds.
4(In 1978) Being James Bond was like being a cola bottle. People came along and drank you dry. James Bond was so big that I myself didn't really exist.
5(In 1978) I hung around Australia for a long time a couple of years ago. I got a few roles but nothing spectacular, yet I was ready, willing and able to work. I just don't think I'm going to make it here. If something good came along, I'd stay, though.
6(In 1978) I thought I was as important as any sheik. Whatever I wanted I got. Looking back, the one thing I missed out on was reality.
7After the Bond fiasco nobody would touch me. Harry Saltzman had always said, 'If you don't do another Bond you'll wind up doing spaghetti Westerns in Italy. But I couldn't even get one of those. My agent couldn't believe it. But the word was out - I was 'difficult'.
8(On roles he's been offered) But it's all commercial rubbish, such as the guy getting the girl at the end of Battle of Britain (1969). I'll just have to wait and see.
9Bond is a brute. I've already put him behind me. I will never play him again. Peace - that's the message now.
10(On the Bond producers) They made me feel like I was mindless. They disregarded everything I suggested simply because I hadn't been in the film business like them for about a thousand years.
11I think James Bond is great, but some of his little idiosyncracies I don't like, such as champagne and caviar, which I can't stand.
12(On Peter R. Hunt He never spoke to me. Whatever Peter told me went through the assistant. This situation has existed throughout the film. He told everyone that they had to stay away from me. Peter believed that the more I was alone, the better I'd be like James Bond. That was his theory.
13Sean Connery was James Bond for me. He did very well and I was intimidated because he was a real actor. He had James Bond created around his personality and that weakened my position. It was difficult to follow him.
14One time, we were on location at an ice rink and Diana [Rigg] and Peter [Hunt] were drinking champagne inside. Of course I wasn't invited as Peter was there. I could see them through the window, but the crew were all outside stomping around on the ice trying to keep warm. So, when she got in the car, I went for her. She couldn't drive the car properly and I got in to her about her drinking and things like that. Then she jumped out and started shouting 'he's attacking me in the car!' I called her a so-and-so for not considering the crew who were freezing their butts off outside. And it wasn't that at all in the end, as she was sick that night, and I was at fault for getting in to her about it. I think everyone gets upset at one time.
15Well, I think Australians are... there is a shortage of women... put it that way. So you've got all this testosterone floating around so at 10 o'clock at night and what else is there to do but punch your mate! There's always something you did wrong.
16(On Harry Saltzman who offered Lazenby a leading role in a proposed science fiction film The Micronauts) When I tossed Bond in after one movie he said he'd make sure I never got another job. Now he's offering me one. It seems that the 10-year sentence is up. Harry saw me in a TV show I'd recently made for NBC. He rang me up out of the blue and said, "Now that was a damn lousy show, but one thought that you were ger-reat".
17It hasn't been easy, trying to climb back... I admit I acted stupidly. It went to my head, everything that was happening to me. But remember, it was my first film... Now what I've got to do is live down my past; convince people I'm not the same person who made a fool of himself all those years ago. I know I can do it. All I need is the chance.
18If I could get a TV series or a good movie, I swear I'd do it for nothing. People ask me if the Bond movie wasn't worth it if it got me into acting. It's true that it got me in, but it wasn't worth the ten years it cost me.
19(On Sean Connery The interesting thing about that is - I've never met Sean. I don't know him at all. Once, years ago, he came to pick up someone who was staying at my house and I saw him through the door. That's all. But I always admired him. I tried to copy him when I played Bond because, after all, I wasn't an actor so I thought my best chance would be to try and be as close to Connery as I could.
20Fantasy doesn't interest me. Reality does. Anyone who's in touch with the kids knows what's happening, knows the mood. Watch pop music and learn what's going to happen. Most film-makers don't watch and aren't in touch. People aren't going to films because film-makers are putting out films people don't want to see. As for the so-called "Tomorrow movies" they are only tomorrow movies with yesterday directors ... Actors aren't all that important. Directors are. I'm terribly impressed with Dennis Hopper. I'd like to work for him. I also like Arthur Penn, John Schlesinger and Peter Yates ... What I'm going to do is look for a great director first, a good screenplay second. Meanwhile, no more Bond. I make better money doing commercials.
21(Interview with an Australian magazine) I got a few roles but nothing spectacular, yet I was ready, willing and able to work. I just don't think I'm going to make it here. If something good came along I'd stay, though.
22I much prefer being a car salesman to a stereotyped James Bond. My parents think I'm insane, everybody thinks I'm insane passing up maybe millions of pounds. Nobody believed me. They thought it was a publicity stunt. But it's just me doing my own thing.
23(On his astrologer) Even before I made the Bond picture she said I would become famous, and that there would be big problems for a couple of years", he said. "Then she assured me that I would be back at the top of my profession by the end of 1973. It's absolutely fantastic, because everything she has told me has happened.
24I was socking the bottle like crazy. I had maybe two bottles of vodka a day. I'd saturate myself and pass out. It was to insulate me from the madness around Bond.
25[on Diana Rigg] Diana and I would have been good friends except she wanted a deal where I don't muck around with any of the other girls. And I couldn't keep it. And it was funny, I'll tell you this story 'cause it was true. I had a good time you know and I was quite fascinated with the receptionist at the front desk at the hotel. And that was my league you know, I was used to that. I was into these fancy actresses at the time. I hadn't got up to that level yet. This stunt man had this tent outside of the hotel where they had all their gear and all the mattresses, full on and full of dolls and everything. And I took the receptionist in there...and I told Diana 'I'm not mucking around with anybody else', you know... And the stunt man saw me go in there and Diana's walking up the path and I'm right in the middle of it and he lifted up the side of the tent!
26One guy in Australia dropped friggin' spaghetti on my head, and I said 'What did ya do that for?' He said 'oh my girlfriend said to'. So, anyway I figured he'd have a whole plate in front of him, so I could push it in his lap. I said, I didn't think I be gin to do that. And he jumped up and swung at me and I broke his jaw. That was after Bond, I think I had done three Kung Fu movies so I was pretty accurate, you know. If you miss those bloody Chinese buggers they'll belt you for good.
27[asked about his martial arts proficiency] Well, if you call brawling in Australian country pubs martial arts.
28[on Diana Rigg] You know, the funny part was, she thought I was a complete idiot. It was like, you know, we had the love scene and, honest to god, they had to pull me off her! Oh, and then I beat her boyfriend at chess - that really made her take matters. My old man was completely sick in bed for a couple of years and he used to play chess in bed with the doctor who taught me how to play. I beat him and the doctor, lord knows how. And then he [Rigg's boyfriend] and I was playing chess and he smashed the chess board and walked out of the room. I think I upset him and made her like me.
29[on being cast as James Bond] At first I was very humble about it and naive. And then I kinda got on the bandwagon and sort of said, 'I must be who they say I am' and demanded limousines and the whole bit.
30I don't know where my life would have gone if I hadn't have done it. Had I been so-called 'successful' and continued on I would probably have had three or four Hollywood wives and a drug addition. That was me at the time. I just went where the flavor was at the time. I didn't have a mind of my own, which was sad. I would liked to have had the mind I have now at twenty nine.
31[In 2002, speaking in retrospect about his decision to resign from the role of James Bond after only one film] Without any doubt I should have gone back to do at least one more, just to dispel any rumours that they fired me. Anybody that knows me and has been around me knows that I walked away from it, which wasn't a smart thing to do from a career stand-point.
32I'm still waiting for that one right, perfect role, to set things right. I'd really love that chance.
33[on GoldenEye (1995)] If Pierce Brosnan walked into a room, I doubt anyone would look up. But this is the '90s and women want a different man, a man who shows his feminine side. Pierce definitely has that.
34[describing the James Bond character] He was a ruthless bastard, really.
35Fame is short-lived and you're the last to know when you are no longer hot. I used to be able to stroll into London clubs like Tramp. But one day I turned up and the doorman blocked my way. Suddenly I was no longer Bond, I was just plain old George Lazenby, and that didn't even give me license to get into a club.
36I look back and think, "How did that happen?" I had no idea where I was going when I got into the Bond film. When I became famous I didn't know how to handle it, so it almost drove me crazy. In retrospect you can only blame yourself. I'd loved to have had that time over again and done another one or two [Bond films], it would have worked out great for me.
37[when asked why he wanted to be James Bond] I'm looking forward to the broads and the bread.
38[the result of his decision not to continue playing James Bond] I didn't have a job, I had two kids, I was married, and I was broke.
39[Albert R. Broccoli] will tell you that I was a failure and difficult to work with. Unfortunately, he told a lot of people that and it meant that it was impossible to get employment.


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