Bond, James Bond. Perhaps the greatest fictional cinema icon ever. He first appeared on the big screen in 1962 in Dr. No, and has remained the most powerful action hero ever since. The secret to his success is his adaptability. No matter what tight spot he finds himself, he always appears to be suave, sophisticated and cool. As a spy Bond is constantly reinventing himself, and on the big screen he has done this five times, as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. The documentary looks at the different characterizations each actor has brought to the role to discover the elements that make up Bond. It also traces the character back to its origin, the Bond novels by Ian Fleming, whose creation was semi-autobiographical. From the gadgets to the girls, The James Bond Story also features interviews with Q (the late Desmond Llewelyn), Maud Adams, Jane Seymour, Terence Young (Director), Cubby Broccoli (Producer), Ian Fleming and more, along with ... Written by
Robert Lynch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I've seen all the Bond films and enjoyed most of them - some are first class and others are more like ballast for the series. This documentary is a unique and satisfying overview of the first 18 Bond films.
It is well structured and flows, although it is not completely seamless. The actors who played Bond give good, if brief, insights and there is background material which has not been overused before. The delectable Miranda Richardson narrates, and as nice as it would have been to see her it is GOOD for the show that no time is wasted on her talking face-to-camera. No, the available time is all substance rather than style.
Whether for the million-and-one clips from the movies, or for the doco content itself, this tape never gathers dust in my house.
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