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16-18 SEPTEMBER 2016
GEORGE LAZENBY RETURN TO SPYFEST GOULBURN

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2016-07-16
The organisers of SPYfest 2016 are happy to announce that George Lazenby has confirmed to return to his former hometown in Australia, Goulburn. George, who is a patron of the festival, will be attending the opening of the festival as well as attending the Secret Agents Gala Dinner as one of the honorary guests.

At this year's festival, George will be joined by world famous British author Frederick Forsyth who has sold over 70 million books and frequently appear on best-sellers lists (more than a dozen of his titles have also been adapted to films).

During the Opening Ceremony of SPYfest 2015, the inaugural year, George received a commemorative plaque and attracted a large crowd of locals and visitors across a range of great events including the Secret Agents Gala Dinner, SPYfest Street Parade, Authors Forum, and Spy Central.

About George Lazenby:
Born on September 5th, 1939, in Goulburn, Australia. He moved to London, England in 1964, after serving in the Australian Army. Before becoming an actor, he worked as an auto mechanic, used car salesman, prestige car salesman, and as a male model, in London, England.

In 1968, Lazenby was cast as "James Bond", despite his only previous acting experience being in commercials, and his only film appearance being a bit-part in a 1965 Italian-made Bond spoof. Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene, the strength of his interviews, fight skills and audition footage. A chance encounter with Bond series producer Albert R. Broccoli in a hair salon in 1966, in London, had given Lazenby his first shot at getting the role. Broccoli had made a mental note to remember Lazenby as a possible candidate at the time when he thought Lazenby looked like a Bond. The lengths Lazenby went to to get the role included spending his last pounds on acquiring a tailor-made suit from Sean Connery's tailor, which was originally made for Connery, along with purchasing a very Bondish-looking Rolex watch.

Lazenby quit the role of Bond right before the premiere of his only film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), citing he would get other acting roles, and that his Bond contract, which was fourteen pages thick, was too demanding on him.

In his post-Bond career, Lazenby has acted in TV movies, commercials, various recurring roles in TV series, the film series "Emmanuelle", several Bond movie spoofs, TV guest appearances, provided voice for several animated movies and series, and several Hong Kong action films, using his martial arts expertise."

Editor's note:
For other posts covering George Lazenby featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
George Lazenby at SPYfest Goulburn in September 2015. Photo by Adam Burke. Copyright © SPYfest Inc. All rights reserved.

For more information on SPYfest Goulbourn, visit the official website:
www.spyfestgoulburn.com.au
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