On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Despite only choosing to play the role once, model-turned-actor George Lazenby made an indelible mark on the James Bond franchise in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, now largely considered one of the best of the ever-enduring blockbuster spy series. The Aussie used car salesman turned model was director Peter Hunt’s ultimate choice to succeed Bond originator Sean Connery – a risky proposition as Lazenby had not, until that point, acted in a film. The risk paid off handsomely – Lazenby brings a rugged physicality to the role, giving his all to some of the series’ most visceral action scenes, and handily holding his own against heavyweight co-stars Diana Rigg (as Bond’s only onscreen wife Tracy) and Telly Savalas (taking over the nemesis role of Blofeld).

Dir. Peter R. Hunt, 1969, DCP, 142 min.