At the same time movie posters across the globe boldly claimed "Sean Connery IS James Bond" the unthinkable happened - the once unknown Scotsman was out. Despite the fact that Connery had sipped his last martini and bedded his last femme fatale as Bond, Hollywood was far from finished.
The buzz surrounding the 1968 search for the next 007 was enough that Life Magazine dispatched photographer Loomis Dean to document the final casting session, or screen test, for On Her Majesty's Secret Service. George Lazenby, an Australian model, was eventually selected despite lacking any discernible acting experience outside of a few chocolate ads and was offered a staggering seven film contract. As it turned out Lazenby was more Wonka than Bond and on the advice of his agent, who believed the Bond series had already peaked, never did another film. Connery eventually returned for one last encore, paving the way for Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, but for a short period of time in 1968 these were the men who would be Bond.