The Men Who Would Be Bond

The Men Who Would Be Bond

Back in 1969, after it was certain that Sean Connery would not be returning to the role he made famous, LIFE magazine ran a photo story about the various actors auditioning to take his place as the cinematic James Bond. Obviously, the magazine did not print every picture photographer Loomis Dean took, focusing instead on the eventual winner, George Lazenby.

Now, LIFE’s website is running the previously unpublished photographs documenting the tryouts of actors John Richardson, Anthony Rogers, Robert Campbell, and Hans de Fries, as they vie for cinematic history. (There’s also some choice shots of Lazenby that we haven’t seen before.)

So, stop wasting your time reading this, and get yourself over to the LIFE magazine website for the answer to that vexing question: Who Would Be James Bond?