Coming to Hulu tomorrow, Saturday, May 20:
Hot Docs, Cinedelphia
The unlikely story behind George Lazenby’s single turn at portraying Agent 007.
Greenbaum blends extensive semi-fictionalized re-enactments with interviews in this fun look back at the remarkably quick rise and fall of Lazenby’s James Bond. He bluffed his way into the starring role in 1969’s ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE, but even after his ruse was discovered, his charm – and later positive notices – would have kept him Bond for several other pictures. Against expectations, Lazenby bristled at the idea of losing his life to the celebrity spotlight and instead walked away. The debonair Australian model-turned-actor, now in his late 70s, confessionally spins his yarn directly to the camera, with actors recreating key developments in his freewheeling career. Greenbaum embraces the camp and tell-all nature of the project, making the usual clunky technique of re-enactments actually work much better than expected.