added: Thu, Mar 9th '17
So, how did a car salesman from Australia ended up getting the most coveted role in Hollywood?
In Hulu's new original documentary "Becoming Bond," Australian actor George Lazenby recounts his extraordinary journey from a struggling commercial salesman working as a car mechanic in Queanbeyan, Australia to landing the role of James Bond after Sean Connery quit the spy film franchise.
Although not a household name like his predecessor or even his successors, Lazenby did have a chance to play the iconic British super-spy for seven films, but decided, rather stupidly, to leave the franchise after only doing one Bond film: "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."
Currently slated to make its world premiere this weekend at the SXSW Film Festival, "Becoming Bond" features an extensive sit-down interview with Lazenby, but interspersed with comedic reenactments of his wild Hollywood stories, in which Australian actor Josh Lawson (from Showtime's "House of Lies") portrays a young Lazenby while comedian Jeff Garlin plays James Bond producer Harry Saltzman.
Directed by Josh Greenbaum, the director of the SXSW-winning doc "The Short Game" and the creator of Hulu's mascot docu-series "Behind the Mask," "Becoming Bond" will be released exclusively on Hulu beginning May 20th. Watch the newly-released trailer, above.
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 (1969), 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...
directed by Josh Greenbaum
starring George Lazenby, Josh Lawson, Jeff Garlin, Jane Seymour, Jake Johnson
release date SXSW 2017 (world premiere), May 20, 2017 (on Hulu)