Aussie actor George Lazenby’s shock admission about how he scored the role of James Bond


George Lazenby was Australia’s first and only actor to play James Bond, joining an elite list that includes Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery and Daniel Craig.

Now he’s touring the country, revealing secret 007 stories on stage, along with a concert performance featuring all the famous songs from the James Bond movies.

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Appearing on Sunrise to talk about the tour, Lazenby made a shock admission about nabbing the role of Bond to Natalie Barr and David Koch.

“I started off with a friend of mine who wanted to be an actor and he had a date with a casting director, and he said ‘you’ve got to help me out, my girlfriend has come back into town’,” Lazenby said.

“I went to meet the casting director, Maggie Abbott, who was the biggest agent in London at the time.

“Then we went home, I won’t tell you what we did, but you can guess, and she was quite impressed.”

George Lazenby speaking with Natalie Barr and David Koch. Credit: Sunrise

“She had a casting couch?” Koch asked, stunned.

“Uh, yes,” Lazenby replied.

George Lazenby is pictured with British actress Diana Rigg on the set of the Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969. Credit: BOB DEAR/AP/File

Working as a model at the time, Lazenby said he had no intention of becoming an actor until Abbott tracked him down again.

Lazenby also admitted to turning down big money to continue on as Bond after his manager convinced him to follow Clint Eastwood’s path into westerns.

The Music of James Bond with George Lazenby

Lazenby is set to tour Australia performing songs made famous by the Bond franchise throughout September.

He’ll be joined by SAS Australia contestant and Australia’s Got Talent winner Bonnie Anderson, and The Voice Australia’s Luke Kennedy.

Bonnie Anderson, George Lazenby and Luke Kennedy. Credit: Supplied
  • September 3, 2022: Sydney – Darling Harbour Theatre (feat. Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
  • September 7, 2022: Adelaide – Festival Theatre (feat. Adelaide Symphony Orchestra)
  • September 10, 2022: Perth – Concert Hall (feat. West Australian Symphony Orchestra)
  • September 17, 2022: Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall (feat. John Foreman’s Aussie Pops Orchestra)

More info and tickets here.

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