I didn’t mean to be homophobic

James Bond star George Lazenby in 2019 and 1969

James Bond star George Lazenby said he didn’t want to make homophobic remarks. (Getty Images)

James Bond star George Lazenby has apologized for making “hurting” and “homophobic comments” during a live show featuring music from the 007 franchise.

The 83-year-old actor was barred from further performances The music of James Bond with George Lazenby in Australia after offensive remarks he made at the Perth Concert Hall on the evening of September 10.

Lazenby – who played the secret agent in the 1969s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – said in a statement Twitter: “I’m sorry and sad to hear that my stories in Perth on Saturday may have offended some people. It was never my intention to make hurtful or homophobic comments and I’m truly sorry if my stories, which I’ve shared many times, have been taken the way I always just want to share.”

The Australian actor has been accused of being homophobic, disrespectful towards women with offensive stories about his sexual conquests, using profanity and not showing due respect for the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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A viewer told Australian radio station 6PR: “He spent the whole interview basically just talking about his sexual conquests, he was homophobic, he swore he certainly wasn’t talking about his Bond films, he played the Queen one day died down after her.

“It was absolutely incredible…once he named an Australian cricketer whose daughter he was stalking and he said he dragged the daughter out of the pub and put her in the car in London, which of course is again horrible.

George Lazenby as James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.  (Image credit: MGM-UA)

George Lazenby as James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. (Image credit: MGM-UA)

“He named women he had slept with and there were children in the audience.

“There were many families who probably brought their children to their very first classical music concert.

“It wasn’t even charming, it wasn’t even funny. It was creepy, it was offensive… it was absolutely horrible behavior.”

The show’s organizers have now banned him from the next performance in Melbourne.

The WA Symphony Orchestra, which also performed at the event, said in a statement: “Mr Lazenby’s reminiscences were personal views and they are totally unacceptable.

“His views are not shared or endorsed by WASO or the Perth Concert Hall.

“We thank the artists Bonnie Anderson and Luke Kennedy, the conductor Nicholas Buc and the WASO musicians for their professionalism.”

George Lazenby in 2018. (Getty Images)

George Lazenby in 2018. (Getty Images)

Concertworks, who organized the event, said: “These were his personal views and there is no excuse for them in today’s society.

“They do not reflect the views of Concertworks. On behalf of Concertworks, we offer our sincere apologies to the audience, the artists, the conductor, the WASO and the Perth Concert Hall.

“Concertworks is denouncing the conduct of Mr Lazenby and the final concert of Music of James Bond in Melbourne is being held without Mr Lazenby present.”

Lazenby only played James Bond once, in the 1969s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, starring Dame Diana Rigg.

George Lazenby with Dame Diana Rigg at the premiere of On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969. (Getty Images)

George Lazenby with Dame Diana Rigg at the premiere of On Her Majesty’s Secret Servicein 1969. (Getty Images)

He was cast for the role after the late Sir Sean Connery resigned as successor You only Live Twicebut was quickly replaced by the late Sir Roger Moore Diamonds are forever.

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Lazenby told Yahoo in 2021 he wasn’t surprised his film topped a poll to nominate the best Bond film of all time.

He said: “Over the years it has aged like a fine wine, a bit like me.”

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