Becoming Bond

The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond despite having never acted a day in his life.

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  • ★★★★ review by Aaron King on Letterboxd

    I watched Everything or Nothing about five years ago and it had George Lazenby in it talking about some crazy stuff. He was talking about about the studio hiring hookers to prove he wasn't gay since he was a model, taking lsd and not liking the role. I have always been intriguied about him and why he quit. This movie offers some of it but more it seems of him telling this off the wall insane stories that are humorous  and probably have some truths in it. He talks about trying to seduce a woman but having a bit of diarrhea that stopped him from seducing her. It turns out to be his long lost love that he still regrets. He talks about thinking his penis possibly blowing up after his first orgasim inside a woman but it turns out it was still there. This is some of the wonderfully weird stories he tells and they capture him pretty well for the odd fellow he is. I quite liked On Her Majesties Secret Service and I liked the weirdo George is.

  • ★★★★ review by kmarus on Letterboxd

    Watching this uproariously entertaining, self-mythologizing Drunk History of how he got the role of Bond made me believe that George Lazenby is the horniest man on the face of the Earth; watching him shamelessly hit on a co-star fifty years his junior whom he only just met for the first time during the Q&A afterwards confirmed.

  • ★★★½ review by Dan Scully on Letterboxd

    Funny and engaging documentary about the one-time Bond who willingly threw away the chance to become the definitive version of the beloved character. Told in his own words over a series of comical reenactments, this lighthearted documentary is a must for Bond fans, and a should for everyone else. 

    Screened in preparation for the Cinedelphia Film Festival

    Full review available at Cinedelphia.

  • ★★★½ review by izmebenji on Letterboxd

    Cute but a lil cringe

  • ★★★½ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd

    This telling of the bonkers rise of “the forgotten James Bond” — George Lazenby, the Australian mechanic-turned-male-model who landed the plum gig of taking over for Sean Connery, then walked away from the franchise after his first and only outing — crosses the bio-doc with the bio-pic, but without the reverence customary of either. Lazenby, 76 but eyes still twinkling like a twenty-something, tells his own story (and he’s a very good storyteller, spicing it up with juicy details and funny flourishes). Director Josh Greenbaum dramatizes his memories, which are often bawdy and broad, in high style. It’s a funny little movie, and the supporting performances are a real treat (Jeff Garlin owns in the role he was born to play: a loud-mouth, blowhard, big-time Hollywood producer). And it might even be true; with a winking, self-aware narrator like Lazenby, it’s anybody’s guess.

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