Skip to comments.George Lazenby celebrates his 70th Birthday today
Posted on 09/05/2009 8:15:37 PM PDT by Perdogg
George Lazenby, the one-time 007 actor who played James Bond in "On Her Majesties Secret Services" celebrates his 70th birthday today.
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Happy birthday to Mr. Lazenby.
I was reading that he has three kids under 6. He was married to Pam Shriver the tennis player. They had three kids together.
Interesting site at that link.
Alas, according to IMDb, they are currently filing for divorce (and it has gotten very ugly). It says of the kids that the oldest is 5 and the younger twins turn 4 next month.
Highly under-rated. One of the best Bond films IMO.
I still think Daniel Craig is the best Bond. But yes, OHMSS is the best story. Second best is “For Your Eyes Only” (Bond battles a crook for Cold War technology.) Realistic, no gadgets except for Roger Moore’s humor.
For Your Eyes Only has that creepiness factor with Moore’s romantic dalliance with a skater who could have been his granddaughter.
Which girl? Bibi or Melina?
Happy B-day. Anybody who got to share the screen with Diana Rigg is a lucky fellow. She’s still the best Bond girl, IMHO, and is, in fact, the only one he ever married. BTT.
>>>Realistic, no gadgets except for Roger Moores humor.
As Fleming wrote the character, Bond was not a superman, and not a clown. Just a man of ordinary pleasantly homely appearance, well educated and trained, but mainly a man who just refuses to give up. Musician/actor Hogey Carmichael was the model for Bond’s looks. In one of the early novels Bond expresses annoyance at people mistaking him for the celebrity as anonymity is essential to his work.
Up until Daniel Craig I always argued that Lazenby’s Bond wasn’t perfect, but still caught the character much more closely then anybody before or after. I enjoyed Connery but that was Robospy, not Bond.
As to Moore, in one novel Fleming has an aside that Bond on his own time is writing a book he hopes the department would adopt as a training guide. I can’t imagine Roger Moore’s Bond even being able to read a textbook, much less write one.
But she started it. He responded by offering to buy her ice cream.
He means Lynn-Holly Johnson’s Bibi, except he never made a play for her, she was always hitting on him... and when she tried to get him in bed, his response was for her to put on her clothes and he’d buy her an ice cream. But the age of his granddaughter ? She was 31 years younger, so daughter is more in order.
Up until Daniel Craig I always argued that Lazenbys Bond wasnt perfect, but still caught the character much more closely then anybody before or after.
agree...He's the best / Sean...
...Moore, the worst.
This was one of my favorite British secret agents. His name is Harry Palmer.
I was leaning towards Brosnan as the worst, too smarmy, embodying the worst aspects of Moore, but Craig may be the worst on one single ground... he’s simply miscast and is the extreme opposite of Brosnan, like a cold-blooded henchman. He’s like a less charming Red Grant playing Bond.
But Lynn sure was hot though.
Micheal Caine, The 2nd Best British Secret Agent, Is Good.
maybeso...I just got sick / tired, of the
"strained" attempt(s) @ Humor of R.M.
I found Lazenby to be the weakest link in the film, however. He appeared to sleepwalk through his lines, although he wasn't the caricature that Roger Moore was.
Connery in "From Russia With Love" and "Goldfinger" was the best Bond, followed by Craig in "Casino Royale."
Happy Birthday, Mr. Lazenby!
Many of my friends dismiss ‘O.H.M.S.S.’ without a second thought, and that’s a shame! The franchise was in serious trouble after Sean Connery left and George Lazenby delivered a very servieable Bond revealing depth and emotions never explored before. Without all of the trade-mark gimmicks and gizmos that started to define the character instead of aid him.
The story stayed very true to what Ian Fleming had written in his novel and it did not hurt to have Diana Rigg, every male teen’s (at the time) first ever across-the-pond television crush, myself included, as the future Mrs. Bond!
Not as well executed as ‘From Russian With Love’ or ‘Goldfinger’, but certainly better than many of the franchise’s later fare.
Ironically, Roger Moore who was first slated to be Bond and was busy doing ‘The Saint’, was too pretty and smooth to be a believeable Bond when his turn came around.
Pierce Brosnan came off as too glib and slick for his own good. Timothy Dalton, to a slightly lesser degree.
Sean Connery is still the best Bond!
The man is a paid assassin, how hot-blooded do you expect him to be.
It wasn’t until I hit my later 20s that I started to really appreciate this movie. OHMSS is in my top 3 of all Bond films, that is to say tied for first. I actually got to meet him at a DragonCon a few years back, it was great. The only Bond I’ve ever gotten to meet. Happy Birthday George.
Lynn Holly Johnson’s name in that movie was Bibi Dahl.
The movie came out when I was living in London. The British entertainment press destroyed Lazenby. They accused him of “Acting With His ‘L’ Plates On.” I thought he was horrible as well.
An L Plate was a British license plate that signified a student driver, or “Learner” behind the wheel. Don’t know if they still use them.
Yes, she was. FYEO was the first Bond film my father took me to see in the theater (when I was 7). When RM kept rebuffing Bibi, I wanted to jump out of my seat and yell, "C'mon, Rog ! Hit that like the fist of an angry God !" ;-) Of course, with those firm and muscular skater's legs, she probably could've crushed Rog (but what a way to go !).
Do I wish Rog had played it straighter ? Of course. I felt bad about him to a degree because he was saddled with a lot of bad/silly/caricatured ‘70s scripts and had to make the most of it. I think he was far better in FYEO, as they got rid of all the prior silliness (”Moonraker” being about the worst), and brought JB back down to earth. But as bad as Rog could be, Pirs Bonbons was a helluva lot worse. That George Clooneyesque smugness was insufferable.
As an actor he was a lillar of stone. I have nothing against the guy personally, but he was a better model than actor. Let me say it another way. He made Roger Morre look like an oscar winner.
I liked Craig as the uinexperienced Bond in Casino Royale. I don’t think he’ll be around much longer. 1 more or 2 for money. Let’s get it out of the way: there is Coinnery and everyone else. Clive Owen would be my pick for Bond.
I liked Telly Savalas, but he was simply too American to be playing Blofeld. I preferred Donald Pleasance. Pleasance simply exuded evil without really having to act. Of course, the earliest Blofeld (when you never saw him, only heard the voice, in FRWL) was also quite effective and scary (having the psychotic Lotte Lenya and Vladek Sheybal react to him was great stuff).
I liked Dalton’s two outings, with his first being the one I consider to be the last genuine-feeling Bond (John Glen directed/John Barry score). LTK was good, even if it was really an overextended “Miami Vice” episode without Crockett & Tubbs (and I loved MV, but despised that execrable film made a few years ago which had zilch to do with the series - what the hell was Michael Mann thinking ?).
My point is that I believe he is simply miscast. Physically, he doesn’t have the right look, and he plays JB like a stone-cold villain. It could be argued he’d become that way after Vesper’s death, but he was hardly acting any different beforehand, nevermind after. Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, even Brosnan had some level of humanity and appeal that kept you on their side, but Craig is completely absent of that. After seeing his second outing, that just compounded my opinion of him. He ought to be working for SPECTRE. I stated my belief that Clive Owen should be playing JB, he has the right look and could play it closer to the style of Dalton/Connery.
I don’t think anyone was going to be acceptable in the press or public’s eye following Connery (I do feel it unfortunate Connery passed up doing arguably the best script in the franchise). Lazenby did about as well as could be expected in my opinion, given the shoes he had to fill. It would’ve been interesting to see how he would’ve grown into the part over time. My opinion, too, was that when Connery came back to do DAF, it was a serious letdown. He looked too tired, too old (even though he was just 40 when he filmed it, he seemed a decade older), and too out of shape. Contrast that with Rog Moore when he was 46 when he took over the part in ‘73, three years older than Connery (and 5-6 years older when he filmed it), but looked like he was in his mid 30s.
Speaking of Bibi...
The knock against Brosnan in his recent Bond movies was that he became a bit too programatic. However, he was excellent in GoldenEye.
He was OK in GE, but I just basically didn’t care for him. Too much an amplification of Roger Moore’s most grating qualities.
“... Hit that like the fist of an angry God !”...”
Now THAT”S funny. I suspect that that will be used in threads that warrant the use of that line.
31 could be great grand daughter in this day and age
You wanted to say that at 7...
Agreed...one of the best musical scores; as well.
Well... I was precocious.