JB Fact File: Gary Bond
Gary James Bond was born in Hampshire on the 7th February 1940. Like Jeremy Brett, he came from a family with a strong military background - his father and uncles were in the army - and Gary's father expected his son to follow in his noble footsteps by joining the army, and becoming a professional soldier.
Stage and television work continued to be in regular supply throughout the 1960s, and in 1969 Gary found himself back on the big screen, in 'Anne of the Thousand Days', starring acting legend Richard Burton. Gary's part as the young court minstrel, Mark Smeaton, gave him a chance to display his natural grace and beautiful singing voice on film. Even if the end result was, inevitably, being tortured by one of King Henry's henchmen, after being accused of being involved with Queen Anne!
|In 1970 the opportunity arose to star along side Australian
legend, Chips Rafferty, and British horror star, Donald
Pleasence, in the controversial Australian Film, 'Wake
in Fright' (also known as OUTBACK); it explored the dark
under belly of rural Australia with considerable brutality.
The film - in which Gary played the lead role of English
teacher gone astray, John Grant - provoked outrage
across Australia upon its release in the autumn of 1971.
In 2009 'Wake in Fright' was restored and re-released in
Australia to great acclaim, firmly establishing its self
as a genuine cult classic.
By the 1970's Gary Bond had already started working in musicals, first for Brian Epstein in 'On The Level' (1966), before having his first major success for Andrew Lloyd Webber in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' (1972). The musical caught the attention of the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret; she went to see the critically acclaimed musical five times, and was to become firm friends with Gary as a result. The production was also recorded by Granada Television and televised in the UK on Christmas Eve 1972.
Fact File © Rebecca Wilde 2011/2012