However, I suppose something about the test I had done, and this is a picture
CUBBY BROCCOLI had picked out from the Photo Shoot that stayed in his mind.
Eventually, Cubby picked up the phone and asked me to do something in THE SPY
WHO LOVED ME. I found out later that Harry Saltzman had gone and Cubby was on his
own. It seems they had been doing alternate pictures up till then. What was on offer
wasn’t BOND but a small role SERGEI. I knew that if I did it, it might prevent me from
doing BOND in the long run; but I thought “Why not?” A couple of weeks in SAN MORITZ
skiing and BOND was only a picture or two from demise anyway, or so I thought,
“What did I care?” My choice was should I try and play it like Bond? I decided to go the
‘Anti Hero’ route, ‘Darker’ inside.
I teamed up with second unit director JOHN GLENN to shoot the skiing shots but apart
from evenings at dinner I didn’t see much of him. Most work was done by WILLIE
BOGNER skiing backwards with a MOVIE CAMERA between his legs pointing behind
him. Not a bad stunt in itself. We shot the opening sequence in record time and half
a day in PINEWOOD completed the task. Not a big pay-check but never mind; I liked
LEWIS GILBERT, who had directed YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. Time went by; ‘Spy’ was a
hit. I couldn’t think why. A man called JAWS who could bite sharks? It was what we called
‘abstract art’ in film study.
I’d just finished filming COOGAN in the British TV Series THE PROFESSIONALS when
I got the call to go to Paris for another series of tests. MOONRAKER was being
‘Prepped’ and they were looking at Bond Girls. I didn’t feel much like playing Bond
having just played a crazed underworld criminal but I took the job. I did some scenes with
imported beauties like Shelly Hack and Susan Reed. Also local talent such as the
beautiful Sylvia Krystel and a lovely girl called Cyrielle Besnard.
The word got out that they wanted LOIS CHILDS. Lois came over to shoot some tests
but I think she already had the role so the rest was strictly cosmetic. Lewis told me that
he thought I should do the next one, but it was up to Cubby. My final obstacle, according
to Lewis, would be if Cubby invited me out to dinner on the last night of the tests. He did
and we had a pleasant dinner with Cubby, Mrs Broccoli, Lois, John Glenn, myself and
Barbara, Cubby’s daughter. Barbara and I spent a night ‘on the town’ in Paris, with
John Glenn as chaperone. The next day I was on a plane back to London; and that was
that, or so I thought.
Some months later, I found myself in Hollywood on a job unrelated to Bond. I was alone
in a downtown Los Angeles hotel, so I called the Bond Office in Culver City to see if
anyone from the unit was in town. Barbara, who was doing film studies at Loyola
Marymont called me and we went to a Hollywood Party. I enjoyed the time Barbara
and I spent together and we became close.
Time passed and FOR YOUR EYES ONLY was on the horizon. By this time the ‘usual
suspects’ were gone. Lewis, I was told had asked $1,000,000 to do the picture so he
was shown the door, and JOHN GLENN was at the helm; script by Richard Maibaum,
close to retirement and Michael G. Wilson, a lawyer by profession. The sharp and witty
Christopher Woods dialogue was, sadly no more. The troops were gathering to go to
CORFU to begin filming but ROGER was being “Coy”. I think the money was an issue.
Cubby had me fitted out with Wardrobe and flew me to Corfu. We had a picture shoot
and here are a few of the results.