The James Bond who cause most havoc was George Lazenby.
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From The Lobster Issue 58, pages 20-1: |
On 28 February 1970 Simon Dee hosted an episode in which he interviewed George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, the stars of the then current James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Lazenby, who was managed by Ronan O’Rahilly, used his appearance on the show to speak at some length about the assassination of JFK. He named a number of living US public figures as having played a role in the killing. This was an extraordinary direction for a piece of TV to take in 1970 but ‘The Simon Dee Show’ was broadcast live and not prerecorded and/or edited as would be the case today. London Weekend TV told Dee immediately after the programme that his show would not be continued and that his contract was being terminated. The curtailment of ‘The Simon Dee Show’ ended Dee’s television career.
Various accounts say that Lazenby was either drunk, stoned or tripping while making these statements. Dee himself was known to be a regular cannabis user at this time, something that may have accounted for the freewheeling and slightly disorganised nature of some of his shows. This was not the first time Dee had been
associated with the murder of JFK. In 1969 he had tried to get a copy of the Zapruder film for broadcasting on Dee Time.
A discussion of the little that is known about this episode is at
Anecdotal evidence suggests that LWT was not unhappy to have a reason to fire Dee. His audience was falling. Further, one of LWT’s shareholders, David Frost, also had a chat show (in a similar format) on the station and was trying to break into the American market. He may have surmised that this would be less likely to occur if he could not demonstrate that action had been taken about the antics of Dee and Lazenby.
The media in 1970 had not yet left behind the era of Reithian deference and was quite capable casting into oblivion individuals who committed minor infractions or told inappropriate jokes. Kenny Everett was sacked by the BBC in 1970 for speculating about whether or not the wife of the Minister of Transport (John Peyton MP) had bribed a
driving instructor £5 so that she could pass her driving test.