GEORGE LAZENBY Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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George Lazenby (born September 5, 1939) is an Australian actor. He was born in Queanbeyan City (or Goulbourn ), New South Wales, and served in the Australian Army Special forces and as a military unarmed combat instructor. He moved to London in 1964, working as a car salesman and as a model, then as an actor in advertising. By 1968, he was the highest paid model in the world (it is said that in 1967, he made £40,000 directly from modelling, and £60,000 from commercials and product endorsements—equivalent to over a million pounds in 2004). His first serious acting role was as James Bond in the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). It was later rumoured that he had been “difficult to work with” in this project. According to Lazenby however, the difficulties were caused by director Peter R. Hunt refusing to talk directly to him—and this in turn was caused by Lazenby (unaware of studio politics or Hunt’s sensibilities) simply being too brusque in passing on a request for Hunt’s friends to clear a set before filming. The movie is not rated highly by fans of the Bond movie series, but is one of the best regarded by fans of Ian Fleming’s novels. After the movie, Lazenby’s agent talked him into refusing a seven movie contract on the grounds that the Bond character was passé; unsurprisingly, he describes this as the biggest mistake of his life.


In the 1970s he worked in Hong Kong with Bruce Lee, and had a lunch appointment with Lee and Raymond Chow to discuss a major movie project when Lee suddenly died.


In 2002 he married his second wife, the former tennis player Pam Shriver . The couple had their first baby on 12 July 2004. Today Lazenby enjoys motorcycle racing and playing golf. As a former commando, expert skier, expert martial artist with multiple black belts, accomplished horseman, motorcycle racer, and having the ability to act many still consider him the quintessential James Bond.