After the release of On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969, George Lazenby was offered to come back as James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever as part of a seven-picture deal he signed with EON Productions before he decided not to reprise the role.
The film would have been a direct sequel to On Her Majesty's Secret Service with Bond seeking revenge for the death of his wife Tracy Bond. Tracy's death would have been part of the pre-titles sequence.
Why It Was Cancelled
- George Lazenby refused to return as James Bond after telling his agent he was reluctant to reprise the role even before On Her Majesty's Secret Service was released.
- The script was heavily re-written after Lazenby's departure in order to remove the references to Tracy Bond and her demise.
- The George Lazenby version was permanently cancelled.
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service became the only film in the James Bond franchise starring George Lazenby as 007.
- After Lazenby stepped down as Bond, Sean Connery took on the role again in the 1971 film.