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Entertainment The Biggest Winner in 'No Time To Die'? George Lazenby

12:15  13 october  2021
12:15  13 october  2021 Source:   esquire.co.uk

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Diana Rigg and George Lazenby at the film’s premiere. Leonard Burt Getty Images. Instead he became a forlorn, lonely figure, remembered laughingly as the man who screwed up the biggest chance any actor could ever get. He was someone to whom Bond had happened, a forgotten evolutionary cul-de-sac between Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Gradually, the tide began to turn. Head over to Reddit’s r/JamesBond subreddit and you’ll see no end of posts by new fans discovering Lazenby ’s story, and others proselytising about it to newcomers. By the time No Time to Die arrived

George Lazenby , Actor: On Her Majesty's Secret Service. George Robert Lazenby was born September 5, 1939 in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, to Sheila Joan (Bodel) and George Edward Lazenby . He moved to London, England in 1964, after serving in the Australian Army. No Time to Die is now in theaters!

The nods and winks to 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' feel like a welcoming back into the Bond tent © Matt Green - Getty Images The nods and winks to 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' feel like a welcoming back into the Bond tent

There’s a very big, shadowy figure looming over much of No Time To Die.

It’s not Rami Malek’s Safin and his nanobots, or Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld trundling very slowly towards Daniel Craig in his little prison trolley. It’s George Lazenby, swinging the keys to his Aston Martin DBS around a finger and whistling as he hops in for a spin.

He’s there from the very beginning. If you’re a Bond fan, there’s only one thing that comes to mind on seeing yer man driving an Aston along some sun-bleached Mediterranean clifftop roads with his beau: impending doom. Lazenby’s newlywed Bond and his wife Tracy headed out for a drive at the end of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and it’s the clearest pointer that not everybody was going to get out of No Time To Die alive.

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No Time to Die is rife with references to the George Lazenby Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This is smart because it reminds us of the precedent-setting continuity hurdles in this beloved franchise. When Lazenby broke the fourth wall and muttered, “This never happened to the other fellow,” it opened an escape hatch that forever comes in handy. Hans Zimmer quotes from John Barry’s score in a few places, and there’s the recurring “All the time in the world” line. Finally, at the end, after Bond is dead, Dr Swann is on the road (like Bond was when Diana Rigg’s Tracy met her doom) and we hear

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Then, as Bond and Léa Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann drive, Hans Zimmer’s score forgoes his usual bwaaAAAAMP for quotations from both John Barry’s score for OHMSS and Louis Armstrong’s theme song, ‘We Have All the Time in the World’.

The title sequence leans heavily on the one from OHMSS too. Titles designer Daniel Kleinman pinches the martini glass which turns into an hourglass and the statue of Britannia straight from Maurice Binder’s titles. And, most obviously, Bond announces that he has all the time in the world. Talk about tempting fate.

George Lazenby as James Bond © Silver Screen Collection - Getty Images George Lazenby as James Bond

As it’s the 25th Bond film there are loads of nods to other Bond films too, of course. Even Die Another Day gets a slice of the action, in a mention of Felix Leiter’s preferred brand of cigars. But it’s the references to OHMSS which are deployed the most pointedly.

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George Lazenby only played James Bond once in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, but he certainly left his impact. While earlier this week Lazenby attended Daniel Craig’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, as the No Time To Die actor received his star. A post shared by George Lazenby (@georgelazenbyofficial). Attending with a glamorous companion, Lazenby captioned this Instagram post: “Enjoyed my surprise visit to Daniel Craig’s Walk of Fame ceremony with my friend Zhaleh last night.

No Time To Die has poignant homages to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Daniel Craig’s 007 reverses George Lazenby ’s Bond tragedy into one of hope. Bond and Madeleine rode off together at the end of Spectre, which echoed George Lazenby ’s only film as 007. Longtime Bond fans suspected a similar fate for Madeleine that befell Tracy Bond (Diana Rigg), James bride in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, but No Time To Die cleverly and poignantly subverted expectations.

It wasn’t just Lazenby’s first Bond film; it was his first film of any kind. You can occasionally tell that he was a bodybuilder turned car salesman turned chocolate advert hunk. His Aussie accent slips out every time he says ‘Blofeld’, somehow chewing it into ‘Blahfult’.

Lazenby took a lot of flak at the time OHMSS came out too. He was flippant, lightweight, gauche. “He looks uncomfortably in the part like a size four foot in a size ten gumboot,” wrote Donald Zec in the Daily Mirror. Gene Siskel complained that he couldn’t even order his food with the requisite pizzazz.

As the Sixties curdled, Lazenby took stock. On the advice of his agent, he grew a beard, ditched Bond, and essentially tried to become Dennis Hopper. “Fantasy doesn't interest me,” he said on leaving Bond. “Reality does. Anyone who's in touch with the kids knows what's happening, knows the mood.”

Diana Rigg and George Lazenby at the film’s premiere © Leonard Burt - Getty Images Diana Rigg and George Lazenby at the film’s premiere

Instead he became a forlorn, lonely figure, remembered laughingly as the man who screwed up the biggest chance any actor could ever get. He was someone to whom Bond had happened, a forgotten evolutionary cul-de-sac between Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

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No Time To Die . There isn’t a better James Bond film than On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Aesthetically, it’s the most vivid looking of them all with some of the franchise’s most visually exciting action setpieces, while simultaneously giving us Bond’s most human quest yet. During his mission, love takes the better of him as he decides to marry the first woman he ever truly adored, only for their marriage to end mere minutes later as Bond’s wife gets killed in a drive-by from Ernst Stavro Blofeld. This was the only time George Lazenby played Bond, but his impact on the series can’t be overstated.

Gradually, the tide began to turn. Head over to Reddit’s r/JamesBond subreddit and you’ll see no end of posts by new fans discovering Lazenby’s story, and others proselytising about it to newcomers. By the time No Time to Die arrived, Daniel Craig was singing its praises.

“It’s one of the best movies, because it had a love story,” Craig told the Guardian recently. “And what is life without love?”

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When Craig started out as Bond, he looked like the heir to Timothy Dalton’s Bond in License to Kill, cynical to the point of nihilism and deeply bruised by MI6, by personal betrayals, by life in general.

But Lazenby’s muscular scrapping style – he impressed Cubby Broccoli by accidentally belting a stuntman on the jaw in auditions – plus his the emotional openness and miserable ending of OHMSS were perhaps just as formative for Craig’s Bond.

So nods and winks to Lazenby’s single story feel like something serious, especially when they top and tail the finale of the saga which made Bond a cool, vital event again. It’s a welcoming of Lazenby back inside the tent, and an acknowledgment that the Craig-Bond saga was formed in part by his attitude.

Yet, for all warmth directed toward Lazenby, there was a sense that he yearned for some validation. “I'm still waiting for that one right, perfect role, to set things right,” Lazenby said later. “I'd really love that chance.”

Fifty-two years after OHMSS, he’s finally been granted it.

James Bond stars George Lazenby and Daniel Craig discuss On Her Majesty's Secret Service .
JAMES BOND stars George Lazenby and Daniel Craig have discussed 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service and its parallels to No Time To Die.No Time To Die features a slowed-down version of the instrumental theme for On Her Majesty's Secret Service, but also Louis Armstrong's We Have All The Time In World.

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