James Bond's Sexual History Revealed

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I saw a great deal of the EPIX special Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story Of 007 at a MoMA screening last night before having to run home and catch the debate, and found it deeply informative and enjoyable.

The movie, that is, not the debate.

It turns out that along with all the decades of joy and success for the Bond film series, there were lawsuits, deaths, bankruptcy, and some bad feelings.

Author Ian Fleming was an introverted guy with a taste for booze, cigs, and women.

("I hope you're not a lesbian," he'd say as he dove on a lady to kiss her.)

Not adding to his good times, the first filming of a Bond book was an Americanized TV adaptation of Casino Royale with Barry Nelson as "Jimmy Bond"!

Fortunately, the feature films went back to the source material and cast more accurately.

One of the doc's most interesting segments has George Lazenby (below) describing how, with no real acting credits behind him, he landed the starring role in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service after he pushed himself on the producers, lied about his experience, and passed several screen tests.

But because Lazenby had been a male model, the producers were afraid he was gay. (Horrors! "I hope you're not a lesbian," they probably said, lol.)

Lazenby describes how they sent a woman up to his room one night to test him, "and after that, they realized I was straight."

And he had tons more women after that.

Once famous, Lazenby became rather drunk and unruly and refused to adopt the conservative off-screen look the producers wanted, so he got canned.

Later, he remembers, Roman Polanski said at a party, "This is George, the redundant actor."

"I had to look up 'redundant'," admits Lazenby, but he realized he'd blown it.

I guess he was shaken, not stirred.

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11 comments
dsar9012
dsar9012

Roman Polanski molested inocent young women which is worse than gay sex.

ladybug9
ladybug9

Rachel Weisz left Darren Aronofsky to be with Daniel Craig, didn't she?

nammer
nammer

I'd like to know Daniel Craig's sexual history...I'm sure that is more interesting...what's up with him and Andy Cohen?

nostradavid
nostradavid

I read all the Bond books by Fleming when I was a kid. 

He was a very good writer, and paperbacks were cheap.

Only a model would admit he had to look up redundant.

George really looked great. 

RC61Austin
RC61Austin

He was also married for a while to tennis player Pam Shriver.   Go figure.

 

jackson30
jackson30

But he and Diana Rigg did not get along.

RippedMittens
RippedMittens

Two things in Lazenby's (as Bond, James Bond) defense:  He rocked that kilt, and he got to marry Mrs Peel.

jackson30
jackson30

What a creep Polanski was to say that. Lazenby should have responded, "And here's the creepy pedophile, Roman Polanski."

blissbaby
blissbaby

Let me look up redundant too, lol.

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