• Short Summary

    AUSTRALIAN-BORN GEORGE LAZENBY, THE NEW JAMES BOND, IS SAID TO BE SLIPPING INTO HIS ROLE IN "ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE" WITH MUCH THE SAME EASE AS HE DONS HIS SAVILLE ROW EVENING SUIT.

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    STUDIO ENTRANCE; LAZENBY FITS SHOULDER-HOLSTER; STUDIO SET; FIGHT SCENE; LAZENBY INTERVIEWED. (NATURAL SOF THROUGHOUT)



    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "GEORGE LAZENBY, THE NEW JAMES BOND - HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT STEPPING INTO THE READYMADE IMAGE OF A TOUGH GUY AND AN INTERNATIONAL SEX SYMBOL?"



    LAZENBY: "WELL, I MUST ADMIT IT HASN'T BEEN BAD SO FAR, BUT I GATHER IT HAS IT'S PROBLEMS, AS I'M STARTING TO FIND OUT."



    INTERVIEWER: "GEORGE, OBVIOUSLY THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME COMPARISON BETWEEN YOURSELF AND SEAN CONNERY. HOW DO YOU THINK THIS COMPARISON WILL EFFECT YOUR IMAGE?"



    LAZENBY: "MY IMAGE. NO. I MEAN, I WASN'T COMPARED WITH SEAN CONNERY BEFORE. NOW IT CAN ONLY LEAD TO BETTER THINGS, I HOPE."



    INTERVIEWER: "BEFORE YOU GOT THIS ROLE YOU WERE DOING COMMERCIALS FOR A CHOCOLATE MANUFACTURER. HOW DIFFICULT WAS THE TRANSITION?"



    LAZENBY: "WELL, IT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS. YOU'VE GOT TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT YOU'VE NOW HAD QUITE A LUCKY BREAK AND DO IT THE BEST YOU CAN, AND JUST TAKE IT AS ANOTHER JOB. THAT'S WHAT I'M DOING REALLY, JUST GOING ALONG AS IF O.K. ... NOW I'M AN ACTOR.



    INTERVIEWER: "HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT LOVE SCENES - DO YOU HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY WITH THOSE?



    LAZENBY: "NO, I DON'T. IT REALLY DEPENDS ON THE GIRL, I FIND, IF THE GIRL'S RELAXED I'M RELAXED. IF SHE GETS UP TIGHT AND FINDS IT A BIT HARD AND SHE'S NOT MOVING WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU WANT TO GO, SORT OF THING, AND MAKES A THING OF IT, THAT'S DIFFICULT. BUT IF YOU'VE GOT A GOOD ACTRESS THAT MAKES IT VERY EASY BECAUSE MOST OF THE GIRLS ARE ATTRACTIVE AND YOU DON'T MIND JUMPING INTO BED WITH THEM ANYWAY. SO YOU JUST PRETEND NO ONE'S THERE AND GO FOR YOUR LIFE."



    INTERVIEWER: "WHAT ABOUT YOUR AUSTRALIAN ACCENT - DO YOU THINK THERE'LL BE ANY PROBLEMS AS FAR AS INTERNATIONAL FILMGOERS ARE CONCERNED?"



    LAZENBY: "NO, I DON'T THINK SO. I SAW A FILM RECENTLY WITH ERROL FLYNN AND HE STILL HAD TRACES OF AN AUSTRALIAN ACCENT, AND HE WAS ACCEPTED. NOT THAT I'LL BE ... I THINK IF YOU DO WHAT YOU FEEL AND BE NATURAL PEOPLE ACCEPT YOU AS A PERSON. IF YOU TRY AND BE AN ACTOR, WHICH I'M NOT TRYING TO BE, THEY MAY NOT ACCEPT WE BECAUSE I'M NOT AN ACTOR. IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. BUT I HOPE THEY WILL ACCEPT ME BECAUSE I'VE GOT A GREAT TEAM AROUND ME.



    INTERVIEWER: "ENGLAND'S BEEN PRETTY GOOD TO YOU IN THE PAST NEW YEARS. DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS TO RETURN TO AUSTRALIA?"



    LAZENBY: "CERTAINLY. YES. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT STRAIGHT AFTER THIS FILM."



    INTERVIEWER: "THANKS VERY MUCH, GEORGE LAZENBY."



    LAZENBY: "THANKS, GEOFF."




    Initials CS/BH/V/SC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AUSTRALIAN-BORN GEORGE LAZENBY, THE NEW JAMES BOND, IS SAID TO BE SLIPPING INTO HIS ROLE IN "ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE" WITH MUCH THE SAME EASE AS HE DONS HIS SAVILLE ROW EVENING SUIT. AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS IN THE ENGLISH COUNTY OF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, THE NEW 007 IS WORKING UP TO 10 HOURS A DAY ON HIS FIRST BIG SCREEN JOB.

    LAZENBY, WHO IS 29, WAS ONE OF THE BUSIEST AND HIGHEST PAID MALE MODELS IN THE U.K. BEFORE HE WAS OFFERED THE BOND ROLE BY PRODUCERS ALBERT BROCCOLI AND HARRY SALTZMAN. HE SAYS HE HAS FOUND THE TRANSITION FROM MODEL TO ACTOR NOT TOO DIFFICULT, BUT AS THE NEW 007 HIS PRIVATE LIFE HAS BEEN WIDELY AFFECTED.

    BOND NUMBER TWO - SEAN CONNERY WAS THE FIRST - ADMITS HE HAS LITTLE DIFFICULTY WITH LOVE SCENES. IN THIS LATEST FILM HE WOOS AND WINS DIANA RIGG, AND EVENTUALLY MARRIES HER. AND APART FROM REDUCING BOND'S APPEAL TO FEMALE FILMGOERS, THE PRODUCERS SAY THE SCREEN MARRIAGE WILL ENHANCE IT.

    AT PINEWOOD BEFORE A WORKING DAY IN WHICH HE DEALT WITH A NUMBER OF VILLAINS, WON A SMALL FORTUNE AT CARDS, AND ROMANCED HIS LEADING LADY, GEORGE LAZENBY HAD THIS DISCUSSION WITH A NEWSMAN ...

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2YG1B9U7PIJPF78Z15S1TWQ44
    Media URN:
    VLVA2YG1B9U7PIJPF78Z15S1TWQ44
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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