Former James Bond star doesn't care about 007 woes

Thu Sep 9, 2010 3:55am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The James Bond franchise may be in grave danger thanks to its studio's financial woes, but a former 007 actor is not too shaken up about it.

George Lazenby, a plain-spoken Australian who played Bond a single time in the 1969 movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," happily detailed his sexual conquests and disdain for his leading lady and director on Wednesday.

But when he was asked during a Q&A for his thoughts on the future of the Bond franchise, he was decidedly blunt.

"Y'know, I couldn't give a s***," he said, to much laughter during an exchange that following a screening of the film.

The producers of the next Bond feature, known as "Bond 23," announced in April that development had been suspended "indefinitely," while debt-ridden studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc seeks a lifeline.

It could be several years before fans get a follow-up to 2008's "Quantum of Solace." Daniel Craig, who revived the almost 50-year-old franchise with 2006's "Casino Royale," has moved on to other projects in the meantime.

Lazenby, now 71, has moved on as well. But he gamely answered fans' questions about his experience in one of the more unusual films in the Bond franchise.

The melodrama saw his character escape from a mountaintop aerie to marry the daughter of a villain only to see her die in his arms as they were leaving the wedding.

"Too bad I couldn't act, but it was fun," Lazenby said, explaining that his arrogance and sure way with women helped get him the coveted role previously held by Sean Connery.   Continued...

<p>George Lazenby, who once played James Bond, arrives for the World Premiere of the Bond film "Die Another Day" at London's Royal Albert Hall November 18, 2002. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty</p>