George Lazenby to the RescueWith Sean Connery needing a break, the producers of the James Bond series at EON looked around for somebody to fill his James Bond shoes in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969). With no obvious candidates at hand, they settled on a dark horse choice: Australian model George Lazenby.
There was a lot to be said for Lazenby, such as that he looked the part, affected the air of James Bond even in real life, dressed the part (he apparently found out who Sean Connery's London tailor was and went there for his own clothes), and was representative of swinging London. All in all, the project turned out better than it had any right to, and many consider Lazenby to have done quite a fine job for his very first acting role. He was viewed as a bit of a prima dona, though, perhaps even a full-blown flake, and several others on the set (cough cough Diana Rigg cough cough) hated him. The producers recast the role with great relief after "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," but George Lazenby built his entire subsequent film career on this one role.
Incidentally, the "Her Majesty" referenced in the title of this 1969 film is exactly the same majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, reigning at the time of this writing in 2017. In fact, QE II has been the monarch throughout the entire life of the James Bond series, from the moment Ian Fleming wrote the first word of the first James Bond novel in the early 1950s, to the current day in the 21st century.