Becoming Bond (2017)

Directed by Josh Greenbaum, who also made Behind the Mask for Hulu, this documentary is all about the left and times of the man who played Bond just one time, George Lazenby.

I love the set-up that they wrote for the film: “The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next seven Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down.”

An interview with Lazenby is intercut with Drunk History-style recreations, as the movie star recalls being a failure in high school who finally used what he learned in a “How To Win Friends and Influence People” class to improve his car selling job, got his heart broken by a girl and ended up becoming James Bond despite having no real acting experience outside of some commercials.

Lazenby discussed that becoming James Bond meant giving up too much and how walked away from fame and fortune. He went back to Australia, became a realtor and then married and raised a family. He neglects to mention all the movies that he appeared in after that, but when someone is so good at telling their story, why get in the way of it?

The actor also appears in another documentary, This Never Happened to the Other Fella, which is in post-production.

You can watch this on Hulu.

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