Vintage: Behind the Scenes at James Bond Auditions (1967)

Vintage: Behind the Scenes at James Bond Auditions (1967)


In 1967 LIFE sent photographer Loomis Dean to casting sessions for the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The photographer took some of interesting photos from the 1967 James Bond auditions, featuring the five top candidates – including George Lazenby, who would eventually win the coveted role.

A composite image of the five top candidates (including ultimate choice George Lazenby, bottom right). Published in the October 11, 1968, issue of LIFE.

A composite image of the five top candidates (including ultimate choice George Lazenby, bottom right). Published in the October 11, 1968, issue of LIFE.

Anthony Rogers and an actress during a screen test, 1967.

Anthony Rogers and an actress during a screen test, 1967.

Anthony Rogers during his James Bond audition, 1967.

Anthony Rogers during his James Bond audition, 1967.

Robert Campbell checks a page of lines during a James Bond audition, 1967.

Robert Campbell checks a page of lines during a James Bond audition, 1967.

Robert Campbell looks in the mirror between filming scenes for his James Bond audition, 1967.

Robert Campbell looks in the mirror between filming scenes for his James Bond audition, 1967.

Robert Campbell during a kissing test, opposite actress France Anglade, 1967.

Robert Campbell during a kissing test, opposite actress France Anglade, 1967.

Hans De Vries and France Anglade, James Bond audition, 1967.

Hans De Vries and France Anglade, James Bond audition, 1967.

George Lazenby twirls a gun beside potential Bond Girl Marie-France Boyer, 1967.

George Lazenby twirls a gun beside potential Bond Girl Marie-France Boyer, 1967.

George Lazenby and Bond Girl hopeful Agneta Eckemyr, 1967.

George Lazenby and Bond Girl hopeful Agneta Eckemyr, 1967.

George Lazenby leans against a bar during a moment away from James Bond auditions, 1967.

George Lazenby leans against a bar during a moment away from James Bond auditions, 1967.

George Lazenby, 1967.

George Lazenby, 1967.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service director Peter R. Hunt oversees a test love scene between John Richardson and an actress, moving her leg just so.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service director Peter R. Hunt oversees a test love scene between John Richardson and an actress, moving her leg just so.

John Richardson during James Bond auditions, 1967.

John Richardson during James Bond auditions, 1967.

John Richardson reacts as his screen-test costar pulls out a gun, 1967.

John Richardson reacts as his screen-test costar pulls out a gun, 1967.

John Richardson continued to act after he lost out on the Bond role, appearing in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) and a string of Italian movies.

John Richardson continued to act after he lost out on the Bond role, appearing in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970) and a string of Italian movies.


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