Model George Lazenby was hired to take Sean Connery’s place after You Only Live Twice, and he got the job despite starring in a limited number of commercials. So how did an almost untrained actor from Australia land one of the most coveted movie roles? “I thought of nothing day and night other than getting this job,” Lazenby said during an interview filmed for the documentary. “All or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007”.
Unfortunately, Lazenby has one of the worst hands imaginable. First, Lazenby replaced Bond Connery, who was the face of the franchise, but the script for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service also did the unthinkable: James got married! However, the lucky Bond girl, Tracey (Diana Rigg), was shot to death after their wedding to end the film.
The filmmakers’ desperate attempt to straighten the ship didn’t work, and Lazenby ended up portraying 007 after just one appearance in the film. However, Lazenby was not fired. Rather, the producers offered him $1 million to return in the next Bond film, but Lazenby turned it down on the advice of his manager Ronan O’Rahilly, according to an interview Lazenby gave. Studio 10.