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5 SEPTEMBER 2017
JAMES BOND 007 ACTOR GEORGE LAZENBY

The world famous James Bond actor George Lazenby turns 77. George played 007 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) which by many James Bond aficionados, fans and scholars alike is considered to be the best film in the entire series.

With this page, FSWL (From Sweden with Love) would like to extend our personal wishes to the man who took on the HUGE challenge of taking over the role of 007 from Sean Connery in 1968 and played it so well.

"Happy birthday George, never forget that Sweden loves you very much."

About George Lazenby:
George Lazenby was born in Goulburn, New South Wales, at Ovada Private Hospital, to railway worker George Edward Lazenby and Sheila Joan Lazenby (née Bodel), who worked at Fosseys. He went to Bourke Street School in his primary years, and Goulburn High until either 1953 or 1954. The young Lazenby was fond of guns, knives, and riding bikes, and is described by those who went to school with him as "a bit of a larrikin." His sister, Barbara, was an accomplished dancer. When he was about 14 or 15 he moved with his family from Goulburn to Queanbeyan, where he worked as a car salesman, mechanic and model before moving to England.

Lazenby's started out in acting by appearing in commercials for British Petroluem, Cadbury Fry Chocolates, Malboro, Slumberland and a few notable commercial brands in the 60s. It was said that his first film appearance was in a bit part in a 1965 Italian-made Bond spoof, Espionage in Tangiers but reviews of the movies indicates that there was no scene of Lazenby's appearance at all. There were reports that mentioned the earlier longer version of the film had Lazenby appearing, but was since removed from the actual film.

In 1968, after Sean Connery quit the role of James Bond, and 24-year-old actor Timothy Dalton declined the role, believing he was too young for it, producer Albert R. Broccoli chose Lazenby after seeing him in a commercial. Lazenby dressed the part by sporting several sartorial Bond elements such as a Rolex Submariner wristwatch and a Savile Row suit (ordered, but uncollected, by Connery). Broccoli offered him an audition. The position was consolidated when Lazenby accidentally punched a professional wrestler, who was acting as stunt coordinator, in the face, impressing Broccoli with his ability to display aggression. Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene, the strength of his interviews, fight skills and audition footage.

During the production of the film, Lazenby's voice was dubbed over with George Baker's in scenes in which Bond impersonated Sir Hilary Bray (Baker's character), something not traditionally done with a leading actor whose original language is English. According to an interview, Lazenby experienced difficulties on the set stemming from director Peter R. Hunt's refusal to speak directly with him, and Hunt's brusqueness in asking Lazenby's friends to clear the set before filming.

At the time of the release of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Lazenby's performance received mixed reviews. Some felt that whilst he was physically convincing, some of his costumes were inappropriate ("too loud" according to some) and that he delivered his lines poorly. Others, however, have developed differing views in the decades since the film. In the 1998 book The Essential James Bond, Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall write: "Although OHMSS was routinely dismissed by critics who cited Lazenby as a brave but disappointing successor to Connery, the intervening years have been notably kinder to both the film and its star. Indeed, due in no small part to Peter Hunt's inspired direction, OHMSS generally ranks among the top films with fans. Likewise, Lazenby has emerged as a very popular contributor to the series and has enjoyed large enthusiastic audiences during his appearances at Bond related events. In summary, OHMSS is a brilliant thriller in its own right and justifiably ranks amongst the best Bond films ever made".

In Roger Moore's commentary for a 2007 DVD release of The Man with the Golden Gun, he referenced George Lazenby as follows : "I have a great deal of e-mail contact with George Lazenby; he's sort of on the joke circuit ... that we simply send jokes to each other. OHMSS – very well made film – Peter Hunt – excellent, excellent, excellent fight stuff, excellent snow effects ... but I think the end result for George was that it was one of the better Bonds".

In the pre-title sequence of OHMSS, Lazenby comments: "This never happened to the other fellow", an in-joke referring to his predecessor Sean Connery, which has been interpreted by some film critics as breaking the fourth wall.

Although Lazenby had been offered a contract for seven movies, his agent, Ronan O'Rahilly, convinced him that the secret agent would be archaic in the liberated 1970s, and as a result he left the series after the release of On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969. After this role Lazenby began to study drama at Durham University's College of the Venerable Bede. Lazenby has portrayed James Bond several times over the years in numerous parodies and unofficial 007 roles, most notably the 1983 TV movie The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (opposite Patrick MacNee) and an episode of The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents, entitled Diamonds Aren't Forever.

Lazenby has portrayed The Marlboro Man in cigarette advertising.

Despite starring in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and 1977's The Kentucky Fried Movie (the combined gross earnings of which exceeded 100 USD million worldwide in the 1970s, then the standard establishing an actor as a box office success), Lazenby's acting career did not flourish. One notable TV role came in the BBC's Play For Today series in 1973, with Lazenby starring in Roger Smith's The Operation.

In 1973, Lazenby was set to work in Hong Kong with Bruce Lee. A planned meeting with Lee and Raymond Chow to discuss a movie project for the Golden Harvest film Game of Death collapsed after Lee's sudden death, although Lazenby would still go on to make three of the four films he signed to do with Lee in Hong Kong, The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss (1974), The Man from Hong Kong (1975) (also known as The Dragon Flies), and A Queen's Ransom (1976). Lazenby was only featured with archive footage when Game of Death was finally released in 1978, after a five-year delay caused by Lee's death while it was still in production.

Lazenby also made a guest appearance on the popular TV series Superboy, playing Jor-El, Superboy's biological father, opposite Britt Ekland during the show's second season in 1990. He appeared with Sylvia Kristel in several new Emmanuelle films in the 1990s, many of which appeared on cable TV.

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

Photo above:
George Lazenby at the VIP opening of 007 Walk of Fame at Schilthorn in Switzerland, July 2015. Photo by Sascha Braun. © From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

For more information about George Lazenby's film career, check out his profile on IMDB:
www.imdb.com/name/nm0493872/
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SPYfest 2016 - the epicentre of espionage held in Goulburn, Australia. Attended by George Lazenby.

The second annual SPYfest festival was held between 16-18 September 2016 in Goulburn, NSW, Australia, the hometown of former 007 George Lazenby, who attended as the Patron of the event.

The first SPYfest festival, held in September 2015, far exceeded expectations, with thousands attending to watch the return of George Lazenby, the second actor to ever play James Bond, to his hometown. So much so that it was awarded Goulburns' 2015 Event of the Year, and the decision was made to hold it annually, with a new program of events added for 2016.

Inspired by George's life story, the festival celebrates everything spy related, from music to cars and the latest technology. First attending in 2015 as a special guest, he returned again in 2016 as Patron of SPYfest.

Shortly after the first SPYfest the twenty-fourth James Bond film was released, and the spectre of this could be seen in this years' festival, with various performers painted in Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead style artwork, taking inspiration from the now famous pre-credit sequence that was filmed in the heart of Mexico City.

George Lazenby SPYfest 2016
Also returning for a second year in a row was the same Aston Martin DBS George drove on Guincho Beach in Portugal at the start of 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Since filming ended on the movie he has only been reunited with the car a handful of times, the first being during an event in Melbourne back in 2012, at the time of the 50th anniversary of the 007 series, during which he autographed the inside of the glove box for owner Sigi Zidziunas.


One of the highlights of SPYfest 2016 was the street parade, which was appropriately led by (00)7 Aston Martins, with George Lazenby riding in the passenger seat of a gold DB9 convertible, followed by five classic 1960's DB models. FSWL contributor Stuart Kortekaas directly took part in the parade, driving the seventh Aston Martin, a more modern V8 Vantage, pictured below with model Sophie Welch, who walked alongside it during the parade. The car's owner, Melbourne-based Aston Martin enthusiast Sigi Zidziunas, drove his classic 1969 James Bond Aston Martin DBS in the parade.


Over the years the James Bond films have become synoymous with the world's most beautiful women, and reflecting this a number of lovely models took part in SPYfest 2016. In addition to walking alongside the classic cars during the parade, they were also present at the Gala Dinner on the Saturday night, adding a glamorous touch to the evening, by escorting dinner guests to their table in style. Shown below are some of the beautiful ladies that were present at SPYfest 2016: (From left to right: India Tysoe, Serena Greaves, Monique Dheurle, Emily Walda, Sophie Welch)


The Gala Dinner was billed as being a first class evening of glamour, elegance, fine food, premium local wines and world class entertainment. Guests were treated to a three course meal, with each dish given a suitably bond-esque name, including Cheeks Royale (slow braised beef cheeks in a red wine & port jus) and Miss Honey Penny Supreme (Supreme of chicken with a merlot, honey & rosemary glaze). As people arrived at the venue, Veolia Arena, they had the option of picking up a martini - pictured below is model Serena Greaves shouting George one!


Throughout the evening entertainment was provided by various performers, including MC Chris De Havilland (shown below with George Lazenby), singers Miss Moneypenny and Cincinatti Cool, and the beautiful award-winning Di Heaton Dancers.




For the first time ever, a SPYfest Motor Show was held on the Sunday, with cartoonist & television presenter Warren Brown awarding prizes to various best in show categories. There was a wide variety of cars on show, including the James Bond Aston Martin DBS and various muscle cars & sports cars.

Just like the James Bond movies themselves, SPYfest will return!

To stay informed on future events, please visit spyfestgoulburn.com.au

Photos © 2016 Stuart Kortekaas, All rights reserved.

By Stuart Kortekaas © 2016 From Sweden with Love

Editor's note:
FSWL contributor Stuart Kortekaas is an Australian industrial designer & photographer. A life-long James Bond fan, his passion for design was inspired by watching 'Goldfinger' as a child. Since completing a masters degree in Sweden he has travelled the world, photographing glamorous locations, exotic wildlife, and some of the world's most beautiful models.
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16-18 SEPTEMBER 2016
GEORGE LAZENBY RETURN TO SPYFEST GOULBURN

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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25-26 SEPTEMBER 2015
GEORGE LAZENBY ATTEND SPYFEST IN GOULBURN

The organisers are very excited that George Lazenby has accepted their invitation to come all the way to Goulburn for the inaugural SPYfest Festival. George will be attending the opening of the festival as well as attending the Secret Agents Gala Dinner as the Special Guest.

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 the VIP opening of 007 Walk of Fame at Schilthorn in Switzerland, July 2015. Photo by Sascha Braun. © From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

For more information on SPYfest Goulburn, visit the official website:
www.spyfestgoulburn.com.au
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1 AUGUST 2015
007 WALK OF FAME OPENS AT SCHILTHORN

FSWL is happy to confirm that the previously announced 007 Walk of Fame at Schilthorn - Piz Gloria opens for public on Saturday 1 August 2015. FSWL can also confirm there will be a special VIP opening the day before with several James Bond cast & crew in attendance. Visit the official event page on Facebook.
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Confirmed VIP guests include George Lazenby, John Glen, Vic Armstrong, Terry Mountain, Catherine Schell, Jenny Hanley, Stefan Zürcher and Wendy Leech (daughter of George Leech).
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Media coverage of the VIP opening on August 31:
1-8-2015: >20 Minuten
1-8-2015: >20 Minuten (VIDEO)
3-8-2015: >Berner Zeitung
1-8-2015: >Jungfrau Zeitung
1-8-2015: >SBT Magazin
2-8-2015: >SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (VIDEO)
1-8-2015: >TeleBärn (VIDEO)
4-8-2015: >Telegraph

A selection of photos from the event courtsey of FSWL contributor Sascha Braun:
>Photo selection A All photos © 2015 Sascha Braun/From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.
>Photo selection B All photos © 2015 Sascha Braun/From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.
>Photo selection C All photos © 2015 Sascha Braun/From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.
>Photo selection D All photos © 2015 Sascha Braun/From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

Video from the VIP opening of 007 Walkf of Fame on 31 July 2015:


ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE (Schilthorn, Switzerland, October 8, 2014)

“007 Walk of Fame” on the Schilthorn – on the trail of James Bond
Secret Agent James Bond 007 is about to leave new traces on the Schilthorn in 2015, when Schilthorn Cableway will pay homage to the cult icon and the movies with the launch of the first ever “007 Walk of Fame”.

"James Bond 007 fascinates and inspires people worldwide,” says Schilthorn Cableway chief executive Christoph Egger. BOND WORLD 007, the virtual exhibition dedicated to the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) filmed on the Schilthorn in 1968, has become a huge favourite with the public and attracts scores of Bond aficionados to the Piz Gloria every year.

“On the one hand, people are fascinated by the Bond actors and the classic characters such as the Bond Girls and Miss Moneypenny,” says Egger. “On the other hand, we shouldn’t forget the many other contributors to the movie, who often have exciting background stories to tell.” Next spring, work will begin on the “Walk of Fame” at the Schilthorn terrace in order to record and show these traces to the public.

Bond “007 Walk of Fame” – a story of many chapters
The “007 Walk of Fame“ on the Schilthorn will be based primarily on the location’s own movie, featuring the actors, directors and other protagonists from home and abroad. The organisers are specifically working to secure the participation of George Lazenby (James Bond), Diana Rigg (Tracy), Yuri Borienko (Grunther), Terence Mountain (Raphael), Gabriele Ferzetti (Draco), Willy Bogner (cameraman), Bernhard Russi (stunts), Stefan Zürcher and many others, who will be invited to leave their hand and footprints on the Schilthorn summit.

It goes without saying that this occasion will be celebrated in some style! “First and foremost we are creating the “007 Walk of Fame” for our guests and all Bond fans, but also for the protagonists who were involved in the making of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and supported us when we opened BOND WORLD 007,” Egger says.

There are plans to tie special collaborations – for instance with Bond clubs – into the project, as well as the on - site presence of actors and others who were there when filming took place.

This gives fans of Secret Agent 007 plenty to look forward to: planning is already well underway and the first events that will write new chapters of the Bond tale on the Schilthorn are to be launched in spring 2015.

The “007 Walk of Fame“ will join a number of features commemorating the movie on the Schilthorn. BOND WORLD 007 is the key attraction, followed by the Bond figures and information points providing Bond lore and anecdotes, background stories and popular photo opportunities.

Photo above:
Montage of George Lazenby in front of Piz Gloria. © Schilthorn Cableway Ltd. All rights reserved.

Visit the official website of 007 Walk of Fame for more information:
schilthorn.ch/en/Angebot/Schilthorn/1_VIEW%3Cbr%3EPiz_Gloria_2970_m_._9744_ft/007_Walk_of_fame
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2015
THIS NEVER HAPPENED TO THE OTHER FELLA

James Bond actor George Lazenby is working on his memoirs, first announced to be published in 2012 and then on May 23th 2013, doesn't have an official publication date as of today according to new info from the publisher. No more information available at the moment.

The book will be titled This Never Happened to the Other Fella, after the fourth-wall breaking line Lazenby's Bond utters in the opening sequence of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - his sole outing as Ian Fleming's spy in 1969.

The book is touted as "a brilliantly frank tale of how he bluffed his way into the role of James Bond, and what he did afterwards."

Synopsis:
Cinema's forgotten man takes us on a journey down from the heady highs of the 1960's to a deep realisation of the self. Maligned and often misunderstood, George Lazenby finally sets the record straight.

About George Lazenby:
George Lazenby was born in 1939, in a small Australian town called Goulburn. He moved to London into the swinging late sixties and worked as a car salesman and model before wangling his way in to see the casting director of the new James Bond film. The audition process consisted of George swimming, fighting, riding horseback and kissing Diana Rigg.

From nowhere, he was then catapulted into international fame as the new James Bond, where but for the advice of his agent, he would have remained for a further seven films. It is an epic story of rags to riches, extreme hedonism, and some very questionable decisions.

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

Photo above:
Promotional still of George Lazenby as James Bond for On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Photo by George Whitear. © 1969 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Check out the page for the documentary This Never Happened to the Other Fella on IMDB:
www.imdb.com/title/tt3728210/
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13-22 JUNE 2014
GEORGE LAZENBY & RICHARD KIEL IN AUSTRALIA

Calling all Bond fans in Australia: Here's your chance to meet James Bond and Jaws in person. George Lazenby and Richard Kiel will attend Supanova's Sydney and Perth expos in June 2014.

The James Bond film series has truly stood the test of time. Comprising of 23 feature films and earning over 6 billion dollars, it has been the star vehicle for 6 different actors and is one of the most beloved action adventure franchises in the world. Its blend of exotic locations, intrigue, action, romance and high-tech gadgets has captivated viewers since Dr. No in 1962 right up until last year's Skyfall (2012). The Actors who played James Bond have all been representatives of their time and somehow James Bond is as relevant now as he was in 1962.

Supanova is proud to welcome two fantastic guests from the classic Bond films; one much loved returning villain and one man who has held the Walther PPK himself!

George Lazenby: the only Australian to play the famous super-spy, starred in 1969’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The handsome Lazenby, previously a fashion model, was spotted by producer Albert R. Broccoli at their barber. Lazenby won the Bond role after accidentally but convincingly punching the stunt coordinator in the face during a screen test.

Richard Kiel: Struck fear into viewers’ hearts as the steel-toothed Bond villain ‘Jaws’ in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) (1979), but is popular with younger audiences as ‘Mr Larson’ in Adam Sandler’s comedy Happy Gilmore (1996) and even more recently as the voice of ‘Vlad’ in Tangled (2010).

Nobody does it better than Supanova and we promise that these guests are not just “For your eyes only!”

Both guests will be appearing at all 3 days of the Sydney expo and both days of the Perth Expo.

George and Richard look forward to meeting all fans at both the Sydney and Perth expos in 2014. There are signing* and photo* sessions throughout each Friday (1:00pm – 6:00pm in Sydney) Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm both shows) and Sunday (11am to 5pm both shows) excluding breaks and there’s a general admission Q&A on the Saturday of each weekend.

• Autograph (30 AUD each) and photograph (40 AUD each) fees apply.

• Both George and Richard is happy to pose at their table 70 AUD (George is 40; Richard is 30) for fans using their own camera.

(Guest confirmed health and other commitments pending.)

Editor's note:
George is currently working on the production Justice in a Smoking Gun, an Australian Western due for release in 2016.

For other posts George Lazenby featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.
For other posts Richard Kiel featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Visit the official website of Supanova for the latest news and announcements:
www.supanova.com.au
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MAY 2013
THE OTHER FELLA: GEORGE LAZENBY (BIOGRAPHY)

James Bond actor George Lazenby is working on his memoirs, first announced to be published in 2012 and then on May 23th 2013, doesn't have an official publication date as of May 2013 according to new info from the publisher. No more information available at the moment.

The book will be titled The Other Fella, after the fourth-wall breaking line Lazenby's Bond utters in the opening sequence of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - his sole outing as Ian Fleming's spy in 1969.

His literary agent AP Watt (the world's longest-established literary agency) sold the title's world rights to publisher Charter at the industry's big annual trade event held in Frankfurt in early October 2010.

The book is touted as "a brilliantly frank tale of how he bluffed his way into the role of James Bond, and what he did afterwards."

Synopsis:
George Lazenby was born in 1939, in a small Australian town called Goulburn. He moved to London into the swinging late sixties and worked as a car salesman and model before wangling his way in to see the casting director of the new James Bond film. The audition process consisted of George swimming, fighting, riding horseback and kissing Diana Rigg.

From nowhere, he was then catapulted into international fame as the new James Bond, where but for the advice of his agent, he would have remained for a further seven films. It is an epic story of rags to riches, extreme hedonism, and some very questionable decisions.

Book details:
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Century
ISBN-10: 184605902X
ISBN-13: 978-1846059025

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

Other interesting biographies featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Alan Hume (official)
>Albert R. Broccoli (official)
>Bert Luxford (official)
>Christopher Lee (official)
>Christopher Wood (official)
>Daniel Craig (unofficial)
>Derek Meddings (unofficial)
>Desmond Llewelyn (official)
>Dolph Lundgren (official)
>Eunice Gayson (official)
>George Lazenby (official)
>Gloria Hendry (official)
>Ian Fleming (official)
>James Bond (official)
>Jane Seymour (official)
>Joanna Lumley (official)
>John Barry (unofficial)
>John Glen (official)
>Judi Dench (official)
>Ken Adam (official)
>Ken Wallis (official)
>Kingsley Amis (official)
>Leslie Bricusse (official)
>Lewis Gilbert (official)
>Nikki van der Zyl (official)
>Pierce Brosnan (unofficial)
>Richard Kiel (official)
>Robert Dix (official)
>Roger Moore (official)
>Sean Connery (official)
>Shane Rimmer (official)
>Shirley Eaton (official)
>Syd Cain (official)
>Tom Mankiewicz (official)
>Vic Armstrong (official)
>Vic Flick (official)

Photo above:
Cardboard standee of George Lazenby as James Bond/Sir Hilary Bray at Schilthorn (Piz Gloria), Switzerland, in June 2013. Photo by Anders Frejdh. © From Sweden with Love.

Read more about George Lazenby on Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lazenby
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1-2 DECEMBER 2012
GEORGE LAZENBY IN STOCKHOLM FOR SCI-FI SHOW

The 35th edition of The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention takes place at Stockholmsmässan in Stockholm, Sweden.

A very well-known James Bond related celebrity will be in attendance, James Bond himself aka George Lazenby. (This is George's second public signing in Sweden.)

George Lazenby portrayed Ian Fleming's fictional agent in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), by many considered to be the best film in the entire series.

Editor's note:
David Faustino, "Bud Bundy" in the famed tv-series Married with Children (1987–1997) (a FSWL favourite) will also be in attendance along with Jake Busey, Jane Badler, Kane Hodder, Lorenzo Lamas, and Temuera Morrison.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT:
Tickets: 120 SEK (children 3-7 years can enter for 80 SEK)
Opening times: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Venue: Stockholm Fair
Organizer: Isberg Entertainment

Theatrical trailer for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969):


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

Previous Scandinavian Sci-Fi conventions promoted on From Sweden with Love:
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 1 (May 1-2, 1999)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 2 (April 29-30, 2000)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 5 (October 26-27, 2002)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 7 (October 25-26, 2003)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 8 (March 13-14, 2004)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 11 (March 12-13, 2005)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 12 (May 7-8, 2005)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 13 (October 29-30, 2005)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 14 (March 4-5, 2006)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 17 (March 10-11, 2007)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 19 (November 3-4, 2007)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 21 (April 5-6, 2008)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 23 (March 7-8, 2009)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 25 (October 3-4, 2009)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 26 (March 6-7, 2010)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 30 (April 2-3, 2011)
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 33 (March 31- April 1, 2012)

For the latest information, visit SciFi World's official website:
www.scifiworld.se
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31 MARCH-1 APRIL 2012
GEORGE LAZENBY IN SWEDEN FOR SCI-FI SHOW

The 33rd edition of The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention takes place at The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A very well-known James Bond related celebrity will be in attendance, James Bond himself aka George Lazenby. (This is George's first public signing in Sweden.)

George Lazenby famously portrayed Ian Fleming's secret agent in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), by many considered to be the best film in the entire series.

Editor's note:
David Faustino, "Bud Bundy" in the famed tv-series Married with Children (1987–1997) (a FSWL favourite) will also be in attendance along with Joe Flanagan, Lance Henriksen, Simon Williamson, and Tommy Lee Wallace.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT:
Tickets: 120 SEK (children 3-7 years can enter for 80 SEK)
Opening times: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Venue: Swedish Fair, Gothenburg
Organizer: Isberg Entertainment

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

Previous Scandinavian Sci-Fi conventions promoted on From Sweden With Love:
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 1: May 1-2, 1999
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 2: April 29-30, 2000
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 5: October 26-27, 2002
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 7: October 25-26, 2003
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 8: March 13-14, 2004
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 11: March 12-13, 2005
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 12: May 7-8, 2005
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 13: October 29-30, 2005
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 14: March 4-5, 2006
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 17: March 10-11, 2007
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 19: November 3-4, 2007
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 21: April 5-6, 2008
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 23: March 7-8, 2009
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 25: October 3-4, 2009
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 26: March 6-7, 2010
>Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention 30: April 2-3, 2011


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APRIL 2010
PRIVATE SIGNING WITH GEORGE LAZENBY

George Lazenby ("James Bond" in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE 1969) will do a private signing with Bondstars on April 24th 2010.

Essential information before ordering
-The cost per signed item is £26.00, this includes worldwide postage and packing.
-George will happily dedicate a still if required but please keep the dedication short.
-Unfortunately they cannot accept your own items to be signed.
-Your item(s) will be shipped week beginning 26th April.
-All stills below are 10" x 8"
-If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Bondstars on georgelazenby@bondstars.com

All orders must be received by April 9th.

To order your signed photo of George Lazenby, click below:
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14-16 NOVEMBER 2008
BIG APPLE CON WITH GEORGE LAZENBY

The next edition of BIG APPLE CON in New York City. Usually a very successful and fun event, this time James Bond related guests include:

- George Lazenby (James Bond) in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE 1969
- Gloria Hendry (Rosie Carver) in LIVE AND LET DIE 1973
- Lynn-Holly Johnson (Bibi Dahl) in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY 1981

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

Do not miss it! For more info, click below:
www.bigapplecon.com
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APRIL 2007
SIDESHOW FIGURE: GEORGE LAZENBY AS 007

George Lazenby as James Bond - Legacy Collection, James Bond 12-inch Figures, Item No. 7734. The price will be 44.99 USD. Limited edition of 1000.

"George Lazenby was an unknown model turned actor who stepped into the biggest shoes in Hollywood and proceeded to pull it off superbly. A good performance by anyone's standards."
- Doug Redenius, Vice President of the Ian Fleming Foundation

George Lazenby as James Bond - Legacy Collection Sixth Scale Figure:
• Authentic George Lazenby portrait
• Fully articulated body with 30+ points of articulation
• Expertly tailored fabric costume
• Poker Chip w/ George Lazenby print
• Martini Glass
• Walther PPK
• Walther P5
• Interchangeable hands
• Watch
• 12" figure display stand featuring the 007 logo print

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

Other Sideshow Collectibles on From Sweden With Love:
>Sean Connery as James Bond
>Roger Moore as James Bond (scale 1:6)
>Roger Moore as James Bond
>Timothy Dalton as James Bond
>Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

Order the George Lazenby Legacy Collection Sixth Scale Figure from Sideshow Collectibles:
www.sideshowtoy.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?item=7734
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19 OCTOBER 2016
THE MAN FROM HONG KONG WITH GEORGE LAZENBY ON BLU-RAY

For the First Time EVER, The Man from Hong Kong (1975) co-starring George Lazenby is released on Blu-Ray (and DVD) newly remastered 1080p HD release from an exclusive 4K transfer with loads of Special Features.

Synopsis:
The Far East picks a fight Down Under in The Man from Hong Kong, a cult martial arts action extravaganza from Ozploitation legend Brian Trenchard-Smith.

When Hong Kong Inspector Fang Sing Leng (Jimmy Wang Yu) travels to Sydney to interview drug trafficker Win Chan (martial arts star and director Sammo Hung) he is flung into an international investigation destined to test his mettle and might.

Teaming up with Aussie Detectives Gross (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and Taylor (Roger Ward), Fang soon discovers a cunning connection between Win Chan's drug imports and larger-than-life local gangster Jack Wilton (George Lazenby, James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service).

Determined to get his man, Fang will stop at nothing – bringing all manner of mayhem to the streets in a full-on fist fighting spectacle of explosive proportions.

A true Ozploitation classic, featuring extraordinary car chases, dangerous stunts and incredible set pieces from Grant Page, The Man from Hong Kong (AKA Dragon Flies) also stars Bill Hunter, Frank Thring, Rebecca Gilling and Rosalind Spiers.



Blu-ray details:
No. discs: 1
Running time: 106 min
Audio format: 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Region: ALL
Format: 1080p
Language: English
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Subtitles: English

Extra Features:
• Audio commentary featuring Director Brian Trenchard-Smith, Hugh Keay-Byrne and Grant Page
• The Making of The Man From Hong Kong
• Newsreel Footage
• Uncut NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD interviews with cast members George Lazenby, Rebecca Gilling and Roger Ward, writer/director Brian Trenchard-Smith, executive producer David Hannay and second-unit cameraman John Seale
• Trailers From Hell - Brian Trenchard-Smith discusses The Man From Hong Kong
• HD Theatrical Trailer
• Alternative Trailer
• Brian Trenchard-Smith’s ‘The Headsman’s Daughter’ book trailer

PLUS:
• DEATHCHEATERS (feature) plus Audio Commentary featuring Brian Trenchard-Smith, Richard Brennan & Margaret Gerard
• STUNT ROCK (feature) plus Audio Commentary featuring Brian Trenchard-Smith, Grant Page & Margaret Gerard
• Promo Reel & Theatrical Trailer
• KUNG FU KILLERS (feature)
• DANGERFREAKS (feature) plus Theatrical Trailer
• THE STUNTMEN (feature)

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

Order The Man From Hong Kong on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment
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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

US one sheet poster for On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)
The Swedish poster for On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld plans to blackmail the Western World with the threat of bacteriological sabotage of the world food supply. His ransom? Recognition of his claim to the title of Count de Bleuchamp, and amnesty for all his past crimes.
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The Man From Hong Kong (1975) Blu-ray review

While George Lazenby is best known for being the first person to take on the role of James Bond after Sean Connery, appearing in 1969’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service, he has in fact starred in over 60 film and television roles, including 1975’s The Man From Hong Kong, which has recently been newly-remastered as a 1080P HD release on Blu-Ray from an exclusive 4K transfer by Umbrella Entertainment (and can be purchased online from www.umbrellaent.com.au).

To put The Man From Hong Kong in context for Bond fans, it was released the year after The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and two years before The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The Man From Hong Kong contains a number of exciting action sequences and martial arts fight scenes featuring Lazenby, including one at the climax of the film during which the former 007 is set on fire! Note this was filmed with real fire, with Lazenby himself performing the stunt. That definitely never happened to the other fella.

George Lazenby in The Man from Hong Kong
Reflecting that it was co-produced by Raymond Chow, the famous martial arts film producer, visually The Man From Hong Kong is much closer in style to the movies he made a few years earlier starring Bruce Lee. While watching The Man From Hong Kong I couldn’t help but wonder what this movie would have been like had Bruce Lee starred in the title role instead. As it turns out this is exactly what was originally intended to happen. Included in the Blu-Ray special features are interviews with various cast and crew members, beginning with Brian Trenchard-Smith, the writer & director of The Man From Hong Kong, who mentions he wrote the movie with Bruce Lee specifically in mind. In fact Trenchard-Smith was on a flight to Hong Kong to meet Bruce Lee when the martial arts superstar unexpected died at the young age of 32 (Lazenby was already in Hong Kong at the time, and was one of the last people to see Lee alive).

The Man From Hong Kong was produced for 550,000 AUD. To put this in perspective The Man with the Golden Gun had a budget around 14 times larger, while The Spy who Loved Me cost twice as much to make than The Man with the Golden Gun. Despite this The Man From Hong Kong is well-filmed, with Russell Boyd responsible for the cinematography. He was also the Director of Photography for Picnic at Hanging Rock (released the same year as The Man From Hong Kong), and would later win an Oscar® for his work on 2003’s Master and Commander. During The Man From Hong Kong the production team would often try out unique approaches for the special effects and actions sequences. Behind-the-scenes footage showing how various scenes were created is included in the special features of the Blu-Ray, in the featurette “The Making of THE MAN FROM HONG KONG”.

As an Bond fan growing up in Melbourne I had read various books and articles over the years that mentioned The Man From Hong Kong, yet had never seen it prior to this Blu-Ray release, so I was very curious to see what it was like. The biggest surprise was the locations used within the film. To my mind the title had suggested exotic settings in Hong Kong and Asia, so it was a surprise to see virtually the entire film was shot in Australia!

In many respects The Man From Hong Kong is a movie that couldn’t be filmed again today. The film’s opening sequence includes a chase sequence on the top of one of Australia’s most distinctive natural landmarks, the famous red rock formation Uluru in the Northern Territory (which was still called Ayers Rock at the time The Man From Hong Kong was made). Visitors to the Northern Territory are now requested not to climb the rock, out of respect for the significance it has in the local Aboriginal culture.

The title character in The Man From Hong Kong is Inspector Fang Sing Leng, played by Jimmy Wang Yu, who is sent to Sydney to extradite a Hong Kong drug courier (played by a future star in the martial arts world, Sammo Hung). In the process he discovers the courier has been working for Sydney’s biggest crime boss, Jack Wilton (George Lazenby), who he decides to wage a personal war on.

George Lazenby in The Man from Hong Kong
To sum up the entire movie in a single sentence, The Man From Hong Kong is a Chinese Dirty Harry who travels to Sydney to take on the city’s Mr Big. Often I found the movie hilarious, featuring dry Australian humour throughout. Interestingly this was no accident, as the director intended the film to work as both an action film as well as a tongue-in-cheek parody of the Dirty Harry movies/genre, with the title character committing ever-increasing acts of destruction and violence while remaining unaffected by the consequences of his actions.

Several stand-out scenes include one in which Inspector climbs up ten stories in order to infiltrate a martial arts school controlled by Wilton, and a genuinely suspenseful scene at the end of the film when he travels down the outside of a skyscraper in order to reach the villain, who has barricaded himself inside his apartment behind a door blocked by a thick sheet metal barrier.

George Lazenby in The Man from Hong Kong
Fans of muscle cars should also enjoy the very realistic car chase, which involves the title character chasing after the bad guys in a Chrysler Charger. While the film did not have had a massive budget, one benefit of this is that the special effects were essentially all captured in-camera, and the action sequences are quite believable as a result, more Bourne than Bond.

The most successful aspect of the film was the main title theme, ‘Sky High’, which reached the top of the music charts around the world at the time. Despite not particularly being a fan of 1970’s music in general I immediately recognised the catchy song, which was written especially for the movie, and performed by British band Jigsaw.

Perhaps the biggest weakness of The Man From Hong Kong involves the casting of the title role, as suggested earlier. Within the interviews included in the Blu-Ray special features, several cast and crew members (including both George Lazenby and writer/director Brian Trenchard-Smith) mention that Jimmy Wang Yu was difficult to get along with during filming, treating other crew members, particularly the director, with little respect. I felt this was reflected on screen, with the title role character displaying little likeability throughout the film, coming across as taking himself far too seriously. This lack of charisma is particularly evident during the love scenes, where there is no chemistry between “the man from Hong Kong” and the girl he’s supposedly fallen in love with. Despite this I found the movie entertaining, bearing in mind what it is intended to be, first and foremost an action film & parody of the Dirty Harry movie genre.

Worth mentioning for anyone keen to see more of director Trenchard-Smith’s work after watching The Man From Hong Kong, the Blu-Ray special features contain not one but five more of his films, complete with commentary from the director & cast members! Like The Man From Hong Kong they were filmed on limited budgets, however have a keen sense of adventure and fun that makes them worth checking out.

Keeping in mind that the movie was filmed in the mid 1970’s and on quite a tight budget, the quality of the remastered footage on the Blu-Ray is excellent. The film transfer looks very clear, and the audio is equally impressive. I think fans of George Lazenby and action movies in general will definitely enjoy Umbrella Entertainment’s exclusive newly-remastered Blu-Ray release of The Man From Hong Kong!

The Man From Hong Kong can be purchased online at www.umbrellaent.com.au.

Review by Stuart Kortekaas. Copyright © 2016 From Sweden with Love
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