Thursday, October 04, 2012

James Bond screen tests reveal what might have been

The good folks at Retronaut have once again unearthed some rarely seen behind-the-scenes photos from the set of an iconic movie. Retronaut previously brought us some entertaining pictures of Frankenstein in repose. This time, they found a series of photos from the auditions to replace Sean Connery as James Bond in 1967. There's at least one familiar face in the bunch: George Lazenby, who played James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, is featured in the top five.

The best part is seeing what scenes they used to test each actor. Of course they have the requisite dramatic poses (see right), but it's telling that most of those scenes involve him smoking, fighting, or sharing a moment with a female companion in various states of undress.

Media Services has a small selection of James Bond movies. While George Lazenby isn't part of it, you still catch some of the original Sean Connery movies:

Dr. No - HU DVD 4994
From Russia with Love - HU DVD 5018
Goldfinger - HU DVD 4995
Thunderball - HU DVD 4996

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