BECOMING BOND (M)
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).