1969: The Bond between

Dec. 17, 1969:

GOOD MORNING: The new “James Bond,” George Lazenby, hadda come to Hollywood to see himself as “007.” But no one in the local audience recognized the long-haired, bearded one as the star of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” — least of all the University of Texas basketballers, UA’s guests, who were looking to see “movie stars.” … “I’ve never seen myself in a movie before,” claimed Lazenby, “and I wanted to see how my acting’s going — I practiced a year before I did it.” And he was very critical of his performance. Practice makes perfect, George … He is still insistent this is the first and last “Bond” film for him. “I’m just an actor, not Bond. It took Sean (Connery) three films before he started to complain — I made one and half way through I started complaining” … He’s here to meet directors for future films and had hoped to meet Dennis Hopper, talk pix a la “Easy Rider.” “That’s what it’s all about,” says the London visitor who bounces back to England for Thursday’s preem. “I should face my punishment,” he laughs, referring to reviews of his performance. “It was a learning tree,” he added … (2006 update: Lazenby, 67, continues to act in action films as well as voicing several animated movies. He and wife, former tennis champ Pam Shriver, welcomed twins last year. As for other Bonds: Connery, 76, enjoying life in his Bahamas home, was honored this year at the first Rome film festival. Roger Moore, 79, continues globe-circling as an ambassador for UNICEF. He turns down roles regularly — but is now considering one. Timothy Dalton, 60, costars in “Hot Fuzz.” Rogue releases the Working Title action comedy in the spring. Pierce Brosnan, 53, has three films readying for release: “Seraphim Falls,” “Butterfly on a Wheel,” and “Marriage.” And is talking a sequel to “The Thomas Crown Affair.”)

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