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Birthday: September 5, 1939
Place: Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 6' 2"
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| Poor George Lazenby achieved a negative fame for most of his career as The Man Who Would Be James Bond. The son of an Australian railway worker, Lazenby's first paying job was as an auto mechanic. He worked his way up to car salesman before exploiting his good looks as a male model in England. When Sean Connery briefly left the James Bond film series in 1967, producers Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli decided to invent a "new" Connery, and Lazenby was selected to portray 007 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Although his performance was by no means as bad as some critics have claimed — in fact, time has been kind to his no-nonsense interpretation of the character — Lazenby invited reams of bad press when he spoke ill of his highly respected leading lady Diana Rigg. While Secret Service earned nine million dollars (less than its predecessors, but still a success), Lazenby's future career as James Bond was scuttled when Sean Connery agreed to return to the fold in Diamonds Are Forever in 1970. Lazenby has continued to appear in films ever since, albeit often in a campy manner alluding to his failure to capitalize on his brief Bond fame. From 1984 to 1985, Lazenby was a regular on the American syndicated TV soap opera Rituals.
- Was the highest paid male model in Europe prior to playing James Bond.
- Except for TV commercials, he had no previous acting experience when he was cast as James Bond.
- Zachary, his son with Christina Gannett, died of brain cancer when he was 20 years old in 1994.
- Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli, remarked that Lazenby could have been the best Bond had he not quit after just one film.
- He 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.
- He 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.)
- Broke a stuntman's nose during a Bond fight screen test, and it was this physical strength that finalized his selection as Bond.
- Was 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.
- He 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 60s and early 70s.
- Was the number one male fashion model in the world from 1964 to 1968. By 1968, he had become the highest paid male model in European modeling history.
- His agent, Maggie Smith, told him that he should apply for Bond, since in her opinion, his arrogance would surely win him the role.
- His 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.
- Was a car salesman in Canberra, Australia after leaving school.
- Is an accomplished skier and in fact had won two skiing contests in Australia before becoming James Bond.
- Competes 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.
- Lazenby has ridden his various motorcycles across the United States, on three different occasions.
- Lazenby's favorite hobbie is playing golf. He plays it at least 5 or 6 times a week.
- Lived 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.
- Has a daughter named Melanie Andrea from his first marriage to Christina Gannett. She was born on September 13, 1973. Melanie is currently one of Manhattan's top real estate agents.
- He was the youngest actor to play James Bond, being 30 when On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) was released.
- John 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.
- Son: George Samuel Lazenby (b. 12 July 2004) with Pam Shriver Twins: Samuel Robert and Kaitlin Elizabeth (b. 1 October 2005) with Pam Shriver
- He says that his favorite Bond film is Goldfinger (1964).
- Lakers star Kobe Bryant is George's neighbor at one of George's Southern California homes.
- He owns mansions in Hawaii, Brentwood, California, Australia, and a 600 acre estate/ranch in Southern Caifornia.
- He is a big fan of Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt.
- Served as a sergeant in the Australian Special Forces.
- He 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.
- He was the headlining star of the prime time soap opera _Rituals (1984)_ . This was during the time when soap operas were airing in prime time on the major US networks and receiving huge ratings. Rituals was a _Desperate Housewives (2004)_ type of show. Lazenby winning the major network prime time show's lead role was a major breakthrough in his Hollywwod career and was considered to be his "comeback gig". Many industry experts expected this would bring him to A status in Hollywood, after he had been majorly popular on _General Hospital (1963)_ in 1982 when it was airing in prime time and receiving huge ratings. However, Rituals received poor ratings and was cancelled after just one season by ABC. Although the show did run in syndication and in several other countries after that, it was cancelled shortly after ABC pulled it.
- Lazenby signed a 4 film contract with Raymond Chow's famed Hong Kong-based Golden Harvest Production studio 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 when 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 3 Golden Harvest films that were originally set to feature himself and Lee. Tie jin gang da po zi yang guan (1974) AKA "The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss," The Man from Hong Kong (1975), and E tan qun hing ying hui (1976) AKA "A Queen's Ransom." In Tie jin gang da po zi yang guan (1974), Lazenby took on Lee's role and actress Angela Mao took on the role Lazenby was first intended to play. While in the next two films, The Man from Hong Kong (1975) and E tan qun hing ying hui (1976), actor Jimmy Wang Yu replaced Lee and Lazenby returned to his original role. The first film that Lazenby was signed to make with 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 bad press surrounding Lee's death, and because Lazenby was to have dinner with Lee the night he died, Golden Harvest studios 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.
- He 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," Tie jin gang da po zi yang guan (1974). After that film Jimmy Wang Yu 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.
- He was supposed to have dinner with Bruce Lee the night that Lee died. He attended Lee's funeral service.
- He 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.
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