George Lazenby, 007 actor, recovering after hitting his head


Former James Bond actor George Lazenby returned house over the weekend after spending weeks in a nursing facility after a fall.

In November, the 84-year-old Australian actor fell at his Los Angeles house and injured his head. He has been recovering at Beverly West Healthcare, in accordance with his agent Anders Frejdh.

“From LA with Love Three weeks after my arrival I’m very joyful to report our shopper George Lazenby has safely returned house,” Frejdh wrote in an Instagram put up, sharing a photograph of himself alongside Lazenby because the actor sat up in mattress. “After an unintended fall at house in November resulting in a head damage he’s rehabilitated properly due to the good crew at Beverly West Healthcare for which I, his household and mates are grateful for.”

“Not straightforward getting previous however at 84, George has actually demonstrated what a fighter he’s. Love and solely love,” he added.

Regardless of earlier studies of a mind damage, a consultant for Lazenby advised Individuals that the actor “doesn’t have, or have gotten, a mind damage of any sort,” including that his fall led to a scar and a few stitches.

Lazenby was the second actor to play British MI6 agent 007 within the James Bond film franchise, changing Sean Connery. He had the shortest tenure as Bond, solely appearing in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”

Lazenby, a former automotive salesman, was an inexperienced actor when he was employed for the function; he had solely been a industrial mannequin. By means of an opportunity assembly with a expertise agent, he ultimately auditioned for the Bond function, throughout which he lied to Eon Productions executives about his appearing résumé, saying that he had acted internationally in China and Russia, “all international locations I might consider they wouldn’t be capable to examine on,” Lazenby recalled within the 2017 Hulu documentary, “Turning into Bond.”

“I mentioned, ‘Oh my God, I simply advised him a bunch of lies,’” he added. “I used to be s— myself beneath all of it — I’m getting in over my head.”

Lazenby mentioned that he went by a four-month course of that included bodily health exams, filming struggle scenes with stunt actors and having intercourse beneath the supervision of the film studio.

The film went on to realize industrial success, prompting the studio to supply Lazenby a million-dollar contract for seven extra Bond movies. “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” which additionally stars Diana Rigg, has since aged as some of the acclaimed installments of the franchise.

However there was battle between Lazenby and the studio. After he grew a beard and lengthy hair, Eon refused to pay for a U.S. press tour as a result of he now not appeared the a part of Bond, Lazenby mentioned within the documentary.

Albert R. Broccoli, producer of the primary a number of Bond movies, advised The Instances in a 1978 interview that “selecting [Lazenby] to play Bond was by far my largest mistake in 16 years.”

“He simply couldn’t cope with success,” he mentioned. “He was so conceited. There was the stature and appears of a Bond however Lazenby couldn’t get together with different performers and technicians.”

Lazenby ultimately turned down the studio’s long-term provide. In 2013, he advised The Instances {that a} good friend had suggested him to say no the function out of concern of being typecast. However the transfer appeared to have gotten him blacklisted in Hollywood so he booked roles in unbiased movies and shot in Italy and Hong Kong. He turned the punchline of jokes as a “one-time Bond.”

“I simply didn’t really feel in my coronary heart it was the correct factor,” Lazenby mentioned within the documentary, referring to the contract. “It’s an instinctive factor, a voice inside you, and also you don’t consider the implications.”

Even so, he embraced transferring again to Australia, marrying and changing into a father and eventual grandfather. “I can’t consider something I’d change,” he mentioned.

Lazenby continues to behave and is starring in a number of upcoming small-budget unbiased motion movies.


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