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In 'Becoming Bond,' A Look At The Man Who Was Only 007 Once

The new Hulu documentary Becoming Bond is all about the man who was only James Bond once: George Lazenby.
George Lazenby, right, and his fiancee, Christina Gannett, shortly before their marriage in 1971. Source: Courtesy: Everett Collection

When Roger Moore died last week at the age of 89, many tributes hailed him as the actor who'd played James Bond the longest. That isn't quite wrong, but it isn't exactly right.

The span between his first 007, Live and Let Die, and his last, A View to a Kill, was 12 years, during which he played the famous spy in seven movies. But Sean Connery, who'd quit the role with one film remaining on his contract only to be lured back twice, eventually got to seven, too. That is, if you count the non-canonical Never Say Never Again, released in 1983

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