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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  • ★★★½ review by Josh on Letterboxd

    Becoming Bond—the self-told (tall?) tale of Single O Seven—is compelling in all the right ways, and Greenbaum’s docudrama approach lends Lazenby’s narrative a blanket of naivety befitting his unlikely ascent to stardom.

    Read more about George Lazenby on Martinis, Girls and Guns.

  • ★★★½ review by Jack Paterson on Letterboxd

    I for one think George Lazenby looked great with that beard. And he was in fact NOT my least favorite Bond.

    The film itself is entertaining in its reenactments and humor but overall how much is fact versus fiction is left to debate. But hey, this guy got one of the biggest roles in film history just by making up a story, and that part is true. So who cares and who knows, maybe Lazenby could've been a hell of a screenwriter?

  • ★★★★ review by mylovelycinema on Letterboxd

    Обаятельный монолог Джорджа Лазенби, где история автомеханика-недоучки, которому повезло получить самую желанную роль на планете, неожиданно меркнет на фоне горько-сладкой истории любви. К ее финалу слезы наворачиваются не только у погрузившегося в воспоминания героя – спасибо авторам, решившимся на смешной, но спорный прием эксцентричной иллюстрации.

    ★★★★ – really liked it

  • ★★★½ review by vhs_vampire on Letterboxd

    surprisingly not a bunch of talking heads, but fun recreations, even a non-bond fan would enjoy this.

  • ★★★★ review by Abdul Moeed Qurishi on Letterboxd

    “Becoming Bond might not tell you how to become James Bond, but still it’s a story described by George Lazenby himself, The One Time Bond, a story that is informative and honest, funny and warm. But the casting and acting are a little disappointment.”



    For many Roger Moore was second James Bond, however that is not the case there was one actor, who was really a model performed role of Bond right after Sean Connery, his name is George Lazenby and Becoming Bond is his story of how he landed and the most famous role in Hollywood, while he never really acted in his life. Becoming Bond is a comedy biopic that is narrated by George Lazenby himself in the comical and emotional way. Becoming Bond goes back in time and at first makes you look like that you are watching some romance drama, however quickly everything is changed once George is sent to London where he starts modelling and soon is told by his agent to go for the role of James Bond, being nothing but car salesman, George creates lies after lies to land the infamous role, and when everything is gone rightly for Lazenby and when he offered contract of six Bond films and $1 million and turns down. Quite unbelievable, yes. What you probably don't know is who this George Lazenby was and why he turned his back on what could have been a career of a lifetime. Watching Becoming Bond and George himself will tell you. Accompanying and illustrating his tale are mostly-comedic reenactments that all in all make the story work. Becoming Bond tells a stranger than fiction story of why would he do that. Though film uses reenactment to tell the biopic, where George Lazenby is played by Josh Lawson and her love interest Belinda is played by Kassandra Clementi. Both characters are fun and engaging, however, it’s the acting that lacked by both the actors. Jeff Garlin, Jane Seymour, Dana Carvey are some known names that come and go in the story. Make no mistake the biopic itself is okay but it’s the man, George Lazenby who narrated with honesty and amusingly to tell his story. Told in chapters where the names of chapters give nods to many James Bond titles and characters, while the years he recounts are interesting and its way the Lazenby tells us his life, I bet he is very good at telling these stories and presenting them in both a fascinating and very humorous manner. The overall great informative biopic, that tells the story of forgotten James Bond in a comical fashion, that should be missed for any James Bond fan. Mind you, Lazenby was in the James Bond film, On Her Majestys Secret Service (as Lazenby jokes that is a big title for a movie) that film is one of best Bond films and one of my top five favorite James Bond film.

    Bonus

    George Lazenby lively, polished narration. Funny and enlightening.

    Drawbacks

    Josh Lawson ain't Lazenby.

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