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George Robert Lazenby was born in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, on 5 September 1939. He is the second official actor to portray 007, following Sean Connery, and the youngest actor in the role to this day (he was 29 at the time of the filming).
It was Lazenby's first serious acting role (he was a model before). He aproached the producer at a hairdresser.The producer, perhaps mistrusting Lazenby's ability to carry the picture, took the unusual step of overdubbing Lazenby's voice with that of George Baker in major scenes in which Bond impersonated Baker's character. The technique had never been used in a Bond film for a leading actor before. It was rumoured that Lazenby had been "difficult to work with". Lazenby subsequently admitted that he had neither the maturity nor the experience to completely understand the studio system. According to an interview with Lazenby, the difficulties were due to director Peter R. Hunt refusing to talk directly to Lazenby after Lazenby was too brusque in passing on a request that Hunt's friends clear a set before filming.
Certainly, Lazenby's Bond is a man less amused by life than was Connery's, less accessible, more a man who lives from ruse to ruse, more stoic and resigned. Until he falls in love, he is a hedonist without pleasure. This treatment was the deliberate approach of the film's director Peter Hunt, who has stated in an interview that "I was very insistent that we stay with the story of the book". Hunt reshot scenes where he was unhappy with Lazenby's portrayal of emotion.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service follows the plot of the novel more closely than did the other film adaptations of the eponymous source novels, including serious dramatic subject matter pivotal to the development of Bond's character: Bond's contemplated resignation from MI6; his comically botched impersonation of a sexually ascetic genealogist at a mountaintop allergies clinic for beautiful young women; and his brief, tragic marriage to the daughter of a Corsican crime syndicate leader.
Lazenby quit the role of Bond right before the premiere, citing he would get other acting roles, and that his Bond contract, which was one and a half pages thick, was too demanding on him.
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