While George Lazenby has acted in a variety of movies and TV shows over the years, he’s still best know for his sole contribution to the James Bond movies canon, having played 007 in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Recently, the actor appeared in The Music of James Bond event while it was in Melbourne, Australia. However, Lazenby has been axed from the show after allegedly making comments about “sexual conquests” and more, for which the actor has issued an apology.
The Music of James Bond has been playing at the Perth Concert Hall, and George Lazenby appeared as a guest during the event this past Saturday. Someone who called into The Catch-Up with Mark Gibson (via 6PR 882) the following day described Lazenby’s appearance as being “creepy,” “horrific” and “disgusting, there’s no two ways about it.” Starting off, this caller mentioned that rather than discussing his James Bond history, Lazenby instead dedicated his speaking time on the following topics:
Even though he only starred in one James Bond movie, George Lazenby occupies a notable position in this franchise’s history, so for him to take part in The Music of James Bond served as an extra treat for audiences already seated to hear tunes from this 60-year-old film series performed by an orchestra. Alas, instead of talking about his experience as a James Bond actor, Lazenby instead went through the digressions, and the aforementioned caller also brought up a more specific example of what came out of his mouth:
Following this showing of The Music of James Bond, Concertworks, the company behind the musical event, announced on Facebook that it was “extremely saddened and disappointed by George Lazenby’s language, comments and recollections,” denounced his “conduct” and said that the actor would not appear in the show’s final Melbourne concert. Lazenby himself has since gone on Twitter to apologize for what happened, saying:
George Lazenby was the second actor to play James Bond in the official film series, following after Sean Connery’s appearance in 1967’s You Only Live Twice, and Connery returned to the role after Lazenby’s outing with 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. This incident at The Music of James Bond follows six months after Lazenby was left out of the Oscars’ James Bond tribute. On the subject of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, No Time to Die director Cary Funkunaga said he was “blown away” by it while he was doing research for his James Bond entry, and the 1969 movie actually pairs quite nicely with No Time to Die, particularly when it comes to music.
Following No Time to Die’s release almost a year ago, the next James Bond movie isn’t expected to begin filming until 2024 at the earliest, so it will be a while until we learn who the next actor will be to don the tuxedo. For now, you can keep track of movies coming out sooner than that with our 2022 release schedule and 2023 release schedule.