As reported earlier, our friends at Culture Shock Events succeeded in luring a few 007 stars out to Australia in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the franchise. George Lazenby, 007 himself in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was out to greet the fans, and he was accompanied by Rachel Grant, whom was “Peaceful Fountains of Desire” (not THAT type of masseuse in Brosnan flick Die Another Day.
Both stars appeared at the Hayden Orpheum theatre, starting the evening by signing autographs and posing for professional photos with guests. Unfortunately my own photo did not turn out to well, but I am very pleased with the autograph in my James Bond Blu-ray box set.
These meet the star moments were followed by a Q & A, which was directed by a representative from the Sydney Morning Herald. Some quite amusing anecdotes were shared, Lazenby proving that in his youth he was just as successful with the ladies as his alter ego was. Grant was a lovely guest, very pleasant and open with her fans. Her story of her audition for Bond was quite interesting. As it was though, Lazenby stole the show, often digressing on his own tangent to share amusing stories. Questions were opened to the guests on the floor, and this did lead to a few cringe moments. Questions like “What car were you driving in the film” really do not need to be asked!!
It was a great night, therefore, followed by the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service itself. This has long been amongst my most favorite films in the franchise, if not my favorite Bond film of all. To see it on the big screen was glorious. Any opportunity I get to see Classic Bond again on the big screen will be jumped on no questions asked.
Given it is the 50th anniversary of the franchise, this event has inspired me to begin a project over the next few weeks. With my new Blu-ray set, I will rewatch every Bond film and give a modern review. I shall also link each review back to a cocktail I recommend be enjoyed while watching the film. So Bond fans keep posted.