The strange story of single-shot James Bond, George Lazenby.
George Lazenby? Was he in a Bond film? Frankly, my eyes were on Diana Rigg the whole movie. I agree that Daniel Craig is the best Bond, Connery second. The cartoonist aspect was part of Connery's charm. It was a wink and a nod to the audience.
I've been a fan of Average White Band since they started. I was a college DJ and as far as I know, I was the first to play "Pick up the Pieces" in the New York area. Yeah, it sounds like James Brown. I saw them play at the Shaeffer Festival in New York. Diana Ross was in the crowd. I first became aware of them as the Dundee Horns on an album called "Rock On" by the Bunch. The Bunch were Fairport Convention folk rockers making an album of cover songs from the pre Beatle era to test a new recording studio built by Richard Branson. I have a 50 year old copy on vinyl. Same for AWB.
After seeing From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Dr. No, and Thunderball in theaters in the 60s and 70s, I read a bunch of the books. I will always favor Sean Connery in the movie role, but as I read the books I actually pictured Richard Burton as 007.
Daniel Craig. Good article. I forgot about the marriage and her dying closing scene. Thanks John.
Interesting about the Lazenby story. I read the books as a kid, so my take on them might be different these days, but I remember On Her Majesty's Secret Service being more true to the original story, style and tone of the books than the other movies. The story arc of the books is pretty dark. I think they recaptured that with the Daniel Craig films to an extent.
Fascinating stuff John. I’ve always wondered why Lazenby was only cast once. Sean Connery had already moved on from 007, but got paid a gob sum of money to come back as Bond one more time in Diamonds are Forever(my personal favorite Bond film). Then Connery leaves for good and Roger Moore replaces him.
I think I view Connery and Moore as Bond more favorably than you do. Connery is my fav, personally. But I think Lazenby was better suited for Bond than Roger Moore. I wonder how the films that the latter did would’ve turned out had Lazenby stuck around.