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Watching No Time To Die in Hollywood with George Lazenby

By: Mark Cerulli
George Lazenby No Time To Die screening
As a good friend of From Sweden with Love, actress Zhaleh Vossough (Jason Bourne) got to live a 00 dream and accompany James Bond actor George Lazenby to a VIP Hollywood screening – of No Time To Die, Daniel Craig's last film as Ian Fleming's 007.

On 28th September 2021 - EON Productions, MGM and noted actress/producer Colleen Camp (Apocalypse Now, Knock Knock and many other films) threw a VIP screening for members of the Bond talent universe and other distinguished entertainment industry guests.

We asked the Persian-American actress (and lawyer) Zhaleh Vossough about seeing the long-awaited film WITH one of the six actors to portray the iconic role. “It was incredible”, she said. “I’ve loved those (Bond) films since I was a child – I love the franchise and I wasn’t even expecting it, but the Bond films are like a family. George Lazenby would point people out and say, ‘Oh, there’s so and so from this movie or that movie...” In fact, a slew of Bond alumni turned out for the special preview including Vijay Armitraj (Octopussy), FSWL supporters Lynn-Holly Johnson (For Your Eyes Only) and Gloria Hendry (Live and Let Die) among others.

Lynn-Holly Johnson, Zhaleh Vossough and Gloria Hendry at No Time To Die screening in Hollywood
Lynn-Holly Johnson, Zhaleh Vossough and Gloria Hendry at the No Time To Die VIP screening in Hollywood on 28th September 2021.

The event was held at Hollywood Post 43 The American Legion, an Egyptian-Revival Style building built in 1929, which recently underwent a $6M renovation – including adding a state-of-the-art movie theater.

Post 43’s past members included Mickey Rooney, Ronald Reagan, Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart. The screening’s guests were treated to a breakfast served on the patio as well as a catered lunch in the elegant dining area. There were also lounges set up outside. “You had the old- fashioned feel inside and a very modern, stylized look outside...” Zhaleh describes, adding “and the food was incredible!”

The film screening – scheduled to start at noon to mirror the 8PM London Royal world premiere time - was preceded by a taped introduction by Daniel Craig.

“The movie was rather epic,” Zhaleh gushed. She said that George felt it was a very “modern” take on Bond. “And seeing so many women on screen was great,” Zhaleh notes, adding, “my personal favorite was Ana de Armas, her fight scene and her dress. I loved her ‘take no prisoners’ approach. Her role was my kind of character, just like Lashana Lynch’s was.” (This writer loved how she took on that martini!) Zhaleh hinted at her own Bond ambitions with “I can’t wait to see a Persian actress rocking the Bond universe.”

Even Bond #2 was impressed with No Time To Die, noting that the stunts were “spectacular” and joking that the audience got “two bullets for every buck!”

Zhaleh noted that George appreciated how much went into creating the storyline that reached back into Bond history to tie up loose ends. Speaking of Bond history, we had to ask what George felt about hearing the timeless song from HIS Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Louis Armstrong’s “We Have All The Time In The World”?

“I think he was really touched when that song came on at the end,” Zhaleh said. “He wants to be part of that universe. Once you’re in it, you’re in it forever, so it was a very nice tribute...”

Original text by Mark Cerulli. Copyright © 2021 From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.



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