FHM: Being cast as James Bond, what kind of impact does that have on your emotional psyche?
George Lazenby: “Well, I look back on it and I used to live pretty much moment to moment. I didn't sit and wonder what's going to happen. That wasn't part of my character. They [the producers] kept me busy for four months during the testing. I mean, even night times I'd have to go out with them socially. I'd go out with Cubby Broccoli and his family one night, and then Harry Saltzman and his family another night, because their wives didn't get along. So, we couldn't all go out together. And that was a test to see what I was like socially, I guess. I met famous people, because they'd always go to the best restaurants. Sammy Davis, Jr. came up to me in a restaurant once and sat on my lap, and I said, "What's this?" He said, "I know something you don't know." I hadn't been announced yet, but he knew that I was top pick for being James Bond.”
“I kept meeting different people who were wishing me luck, and then I ran into Diane Cilento, Sean Connery’s wife at the time. She was coming into this party and said, ‘I feel sorry for you,’ and walked past me. So, I thought, ‘Jesus. What am I getting into?’ I didn't know what to think. I didn't say very much, because I didn't have much to say. I mean, who cared that I was a motor mechanic or car salesman? These people were famous actors and what not. I hadn't gotten famous yet. That's prior to Bond when I was testing, and I never went to the studio until the last test I did. They always tested me at Harry Saltzman's house in case they'd be the laughing stock of the industry testing a male model for James Bond. In those days, that was a no no. But meanwhile, they drew up this contract and I never signed it.”
FHM: How they shot a movie without you ever signing a contract is beyond me.
George Lazenby: “Well, what they got me to do is sign a letter of intent. Then after the movie when I wouldn't sign the contract, they did a privy council, which is when they have a fake court hearing and see who'd win. And, I would win, because I'd never been an actor before. And signing a document that I'd never seen, which was the contract, was meaningless. So, I had them over a barrel. That's why they offered me the million dollar signing bonus and offered me any movie I wanted to do in between Bond movies. But they made the mistake of not letting me read the contract before I signed the letter of intent. If I'd have been an actor before and had signed a contract like that before, I would have lost.”