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James Bond actor George Lazenby, 81, swaps fast cars for a push bike as he goes for a cycle in LA

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 2021-03-02

Former Bond star George Lazenby has swapped fast cars for a push bike as he was pictured going for a cycle in in LA on Monday.

The acting legend, 81, was pictured out on a bike ride in Santa Monica, using a very different mode of transport than Bond's famous Aston Martin.

George wore a casual look in a graffiti-style baseball hat, jeans and a beige jacket and prioritized safety as he covered his face with a blue face mask.

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Bond on a bike: Former Bond star George Lazenby, 81, swapped fast cars for a push bike as he was pictured going for a cycle in in LA on Monday

The veteran actor went for comfortable footwear on the ride, wearing a pair of Sneakers, with no socks, as he stopped to post some mail.

George famously played Ian Fleming's fictional British secret agent James Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, which was the sixth in the series.

The Australian actor took over the role from Sean Connery who stepped down from the franchise after he starred in You Only Live Twice.

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Errands: The acting legend, 81, wore a casual look in a graffiti-style baseball hat, jeans and a beige jacket for the ride and was seen stopping to post some mail

He was the second actor to portray to portray Agent 007 and at age 29, he was the youngest actor to portray Bond.

In this story, Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Ernst Stavro Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps involving beautiful women from around the world.

During the making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, George announced he would play Bond only once and declined to reprise his portrayal of Bond in later films.

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Fast cars: George famously played Ian Fleming's fictional British secret agent James Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service - pictured in the Aston Martin

Lazenby had said that he would only take on the role as Bond once - he was paid $50k for the role and had no other work lined up when he quit.

He had been offered a contract for six more Bond movies, but had been advised by his agent, Ronan O'Rahilly, to turn the deal down.

George has since said he has no regrets.

He told the New York Post in 2017: 'It made me famous, and I had to deal with that for a while, which is a pain in the butt. You know, it's just part of me. I don't know why it happened.

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Bond girl: He was the second actor to portray to portray Agent 007 and at age 29, he was the youngest actor to portray Bond. Pictured: Diana Rigg is shown with George in a still from On Her Majesty's Secret Service

He said that before starring in Bond, he had only starred in a soap opera six years earlier but lied about his experience.

After he won the role, he confessed all to movie director Peter Hunt, and offered to walk away.

He said: 'I had a meeting with Peter Hunt and told him I didn't tell the truth. I had never acted before in my life.

'And Peter just burst out laughing and ran around the room holding his belly.'

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Fake it till you make it: He said that before starring in Bond, he had only starred in a soap opera six years earlier but lied about his experience 

The Australian-born star was a car salesman and a model before he landed the iconic role.

George was married from 1971 to 1995 to Christina Gannett and they had children Melania and Zachary, who died at age 19 after being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor when he was age 11.

The actor later married American tennis star Pam Shriver, 58, in 2002 and she filed for divorce in 2008 after they had three children together, including twins born in 2005.

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Former couple: Pam Shriver and George, shown in December 2006 in Los Angeles, were married from 2002 to 2008 and have three children together

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