The Melbourne Gin Company has always been about turning dreams into reality. The idea of approaching George Lazenby to represent MGC was as audacious as setting out to make gin in the first place. The man shot to fame as Australia's first James Bond 007 before walking away after just one film.
George is much more than the 'Australian James Bond'. He is an iconoclast, a free character who, when fame and fortune were bestowed upon him, had the sense of self to look it squarely in the eye and say I choose my own way.
Perhaps more than a glimmer of the larrikin, but it is harder to think of a better example of someone who has been true to themselves along the journey.
That's the Spirit.
Born in Goulburn, Australia when the Second World War broke out in 1939, George Lazenby's peripatetic life led him to London and international stardom as Ian Fleming's James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Services (1969) taking over from Sean Connery. Although a worldwide critical and financial success, George forsook the role of 007 to carve out his own spiritual adventure in life in the Far East and the United States working with filmmakers as varied as Peter Bogdanovich, Cy Endfield, John Landis and Raymond Chow. George was also supposed to work with Bruce Lee but sadly that never happened due to Lee?s sudden death.
Still much in demand on TV and film, Lazenby starred as Civil War General J Johnson Pettigrew in Gettysburg (1993) and in Superboy (2000) as Superman's father, Jor-El, a role initially essayed by Marlon Brando.
Recent work includes a voice role the in DC Batman animated series, Jim Jefferies' father in Legit (2014) and in critically acclaimed independent films such as A Winter Rose (2016) directed by Riz Story and Death Game (2017) directed by Gregory Hatanaka.
In 2019, Lazenby returned to serve MI6 as Australian agent, Dr Jason Love in the audio adaptation of James Leasor's Passport to Oblivion. Directed by Barnaby Eaton-Jones for award-winning company Spiteful Puppet, the production also starred Terence Stamp.
George was the 2019 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival in Hungary. He shared this honour with director Bille August.
George is based in Los Angeles.