Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Aug 11th 2009 1:00PM by Linda Laban
"I'm a big Bond fan," Lerche tells Spinner. "I re-watched the film, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service,' because I saw an interview with [Lazenby]. He was asked about how it felt being the Bond with only one movie. In the interview, he was probably 65 years old. He was very graceful, but there was a certain sadness, a feeling of missed opportunity. I like to write songs about the grown-up man, in the twilight of his life, looking back."
Because of this fondness, Lerche is quite defensive of Lazenby. "People give him a hard time, he wasn't really an actor," he says. "He was a very popular male model from Australia, living in London in 1967, '68. But from what I understand, he didn't get along with some of the actors. There was a cockiness; somehow, it didn't gel. He says he quit, they say they fired him."
Still, as hooked as he is on Lazenby's story, the song didn't come easily. "I thought there had to be a song here. It took a long time to find it, though," he sighs, adding a cheery note: "My song is about a speech from his 70th birthday. He's making a toast from beyond the grave." Clarification -- he means the narrator of the song. Mr. Lazenby is still with us.