James Bond star George Lazenby apologises for disgusting and creepy remarks

Former James Bond star George Lazenby has apologised after he was accused of making "creepy" and "disgusting" comments in an on-stage interview over the weekend in Australia.

The actor, who took on the coveted role of 007 in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, was part of a performance titled The Music of James Bond at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday evening.

Audience members in Perth took offence at the 83-year-old Australian actor’s comments after attenders took offence over references to sexual conquests, poor language and “homophobic” comments about the LGBTQ+ community at the family friendly event.

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Lazenby said he was "saddened to hear" that his stories had offended fans.

“I am sorry and saddened to hear that my stories in Perth on Saturday might have offended some people,” he said in a statement.

“It was never my intention to make hurtful or homophobic comments and I am truly sorry if my stories that I have shared many times were taken that way.”

The actor has since been removed from all future performances on the tour.

Theatre producer Concertworks said it was "extremely saddened and disappointed" by Lazenby's "language, comments and recollections" throughout Saturday's show in Perth.

"These were his personal views and there is no excuse for this in today's society. They do not reflect the views of Concertworks," said the company's lawyer, Aaron Kernaghan.

“Concertworks has been in touch with people who have raised concern and it has issued an apology.

“Concertworks has chosen to discontinue its relationship with Mr Lazenby [and] commenced a thorough review of the matter.”

According to one audience member, Lazenby spent Saturday's interview "talking about basically his sexual conquests".

"He was homophobic, he swore, he certainly wasn't talking about his Bond movies," she told Perth radio station 6PR.

"He downplayed the Queen a day after she died," she added.

"It was absolutely unbelievable… At one point he named an Australian cricketer whose daughter he was chasing, and he said he dragged the daughter out of a pub and put her in a car in London, which again is of course horrific.

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"It wasn't even charming, it wasn't even funny. It was creepy, it was offensive… He was disgusting, there's no two ways about it."

Another attendee described the interview as the "self-interested misogynistic stories of George Lazenby's sexual prowess, intimate details of diarrhoea and objectification of women."

"It wasn't until a brave member of the public shouted, 'Excuse me, this is offensive', that the tension was released and George was jeered off stage and music saved the day," they told The West Australian newspaper.

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