Hulu’s Becoming Bond Doc Charts George Lazenby’s Time as 007

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Over James Bond’s 60 years of life on the large and small screens, nearly a dozen men have played the dapper British spy with the license to kill…but only a few of them have been one-offs. Barry Nelson played 007 in a 1954 episode of CBS’ Climax! Mystery Theater. David Niven gave us an older, retired Bond in the 1967 comedic version of Casino Royale. But by far the most famous one-time Bond is George Lazenby, and his time as Bond…James Bond is the subject of a new documentary hitting Hulu this May.

George Lazenby played James Bond in a single 007 film, 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Tucked in between Sean Connery’s defining work and the hit-or-miss Roger Moore years, Lazenby’s single outing is often forgotten by all but the most die-hard Bond fans. But the story of how he became Bond may actually be a better yarn than the movie he appeared in. At least, that’s what Hulu is counting on with their new documentary, Becoming Bond, which premieres on the streaming service May 20. Check out the trailer.

Becoming Bond just premiered at SXSW this past week. The documentary was written and directed by Josh Greenbaum, whose credits include helming episodes of the Fox sitcom New Girl and creating the Hulu mascot docuseries Behind the Mask. Becoming Bond looks to be a fascinating look at Lazenby, a guy most casual Bond fans probably don’t know much about. The film also looks to be using a mix of interview footage and dramatic recreations, which should be fun. Here’s the official Hulu synopsis for the flick:

Follow George Lazenby on his journey from a car salesman to securing the role as James Bond. 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…

There’s probably an alternate reality out there where Lazenby took that deal, and who knows, maybe he would have been one of the all-time great 007s if given more time to shine. In this universe, however, Becoming Bond looks like a pretty entertaining look at one man’s intersection with a legend.

David Wharton

David Wharton

David Wharton has been a freelance writer and editor for over 12 years, contributing to publications such a The Daily Dot, CinemaBlend, GiantFreakinRobot, Cinescape, and Creative Screenwriting. He lives in Texas with three children, four dogs, and his wife. Email him at davidwharton@streamingobserver.com.
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