Arrogant or insane?


A model who landed the role of Bond, and was so good, he was offered a six picture deal and a million dollars on signing..... but turned it down and put fans off by not wanting to even look like bond, growing a beard and long hair.

So did he think there were bigger movies if he said no? Or did he just self sabotage? A loser can never win and when they do, they get in their own way.

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Maybe he was afraid of being typecast.

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He didn't turn it down. They got Sean Connery back and bought out his contract. By the time Connery gave it up again, Lazenby had moved on to other projects and they went with Roger Moore.

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https://www.datalounge.com/thread/21631960-anyone-follow-james-bond-films-

Lazenby was a severe nutcase at the time. The biggest reason he didn't want to do another Bond? He wanted to go back to modeling. Everyone thinks he was fired and that his one Bond film was flop. Neither are true. They offered him something like a five Bond film deal. He's the one that turned them down. Plus he was one of those actors that liked to give notes. Diana Rigg hated him for it. It was his first film for fucks sake. Rigg just despised him. She made that clear in interviews even while they were still filming.

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Lazenby informed Brocolli and Slatzman at appr. half of the filming of OHMSS that he will quit. He already was wearing a beard when the movies music was still on recording. So Connery wasnt part of the problem. Lazenby simply didnt wanted to play Bond anymore.

And yes, that was a incredible stupid decision and later Lazenby stated that it was his own fault and a major mistake.

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Maybe both, but who cares? He played Bond on his terms, and quit on his terms. Lazenby was James Bond. He's not even really acting in OHMSS. He's just being himself, and it works.

There are different reasons proposed for why he left the role. But when you think about the 70s which is the decade he would have played Bond in multiple films, it's a pretty weak decade for Bond. Maybe he saw the writing on the wall and didn't want to be in a bunch of mediocre movies.

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Except the movie he stared in isn't considered mediocre. His acting, however, is (they needed to dub his voice when pretending to be Sir Bray.)

To me, he just sounds Australian because I'm Australian and have heard the 'fake british' voice Australians used to do to read the news back in the olden day.

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The guy you're replying to mentioned his future films which would've been set in the 70s, his only 1 film was in 1969.

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He thought Bond was over because the character represented traditional values and the establishment and was out of touch with the changing ideals of the 60s. People were wearing their hair long, dropping acid, tuning in and dropping out.

They had been making Bond movies throughout the sixties though, and they remained popular, despite all the social changes at the time. There were a lot of people who didn't go along with those hippy values, and people still wanted to see escapist action and adventure movies.

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