As part of our regular new series revisiting topics from the early years, here’s a fresh look at this post that originally ran in June 2009.
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Take a look at the guy above: Mild-mannered schoolteacher, or James Bond, license to kill?
Providing Ivy Infotainment comes with constant pressure to dig up fresh material. We thought we were scraping the bottom of the barrel with this one until we scoured the dusty archives of Wikipedia and found a curious tidbit of pop-culture trivia.
Pictured here are screenshots from the 1961 saccharine-fest “Tammy Tell Me True,” a sequel to the equally tooth-rotting “Tammy,” whose title song was a hit for Pat Boone, which pretty much says it all. In the follow-up, Sandra Dee stars as the titular country bumpkin, while John Gavin plays her love interest, a professor at a small Southern college. Gavin is the epitome of the clean-cut collegiate, while Dee, as usual, is lousy with virginity.
Half Mexican and fluent in Spanish, Gavin was born John Anthony Golenor Pablos. He is best known for his role as Janet Leigh’s boyfriend in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” Other credits include “Imitation of Life,” “Spartacus” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Gavin graduated from Stanford and performed air intelligence in the Navy from 1952 to 1955. In 1981 President Reagan appointed him ambassador to Mexico.
And according to wiki, he was once a contender for the role of James Bond:
Gavin was signed on for the role of James Bond in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever” after George Lazenby left the role. However, he never played Bond due to Sean Connery’s expensive return to the 007 franchise, yet still had his contract honored in full. According to Roger Moore’s “James Bond Diary,” Gavin was also slated to play Bond in 1973’s “Live and Let Die,” but Harry Saltzman insisted on an Englishman for the role.
Just think: If he’d gotten the role, Gavin would’ve gone from Sandra Dee to Pussy Galore. — CC