BE­COM­ING BOND (M)

ITUNES, DVD

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This is the in­cred­i­ble life story of Ge­orge Lazenby, the lar­rikin Aus­tralian chancer who im­prob­a­bly took over the role of iconic movie spy James Bond from Sean Con­nery in the late 1960s. Lazenby only held the gig for one pro­duc­tion — 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Se­cret Ser­vice — and did a slash­ing job for a bloke with no prior act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence what­so­ever. Just as im­prob­a­bly, Lazenby elected to walk away from the 007 job at the same time big money was be­ing thrown at him to stick around for a while. This highly en­joy­able movie is framed around a series of frank in­ter­views with the man him­self. Lazenby is a charm­ing racon­teur, un­afraid to say what was on his mind (sex, mostly) as his star blazed briefly across the sky. There are also colour­ful re-stag­ings of key mo­ments in the rapid rise and fall of Lazenby, where the for­mer Can­berra used-car sales­man is played with aptly reck­less suavity by Josh Law­son (in much bet­ter form than when we last saw him on TV as Paul Ho­gan).

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