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Of all of pop culture's mainstays, no media property created after the Golden Age of Hollywood has had more influence and staying power than the James Bond franchise. This film covers the story of that creation from the imagination of Ian Fleming seeking an escape from his boring intelligence job. From that literary success, we follow the creation of the film series under the producer team of Broccoli & Saltzman as it became a media sensation in the 1960s. As the franchise dealt with changing actors, legal conflict with writer Kevin McClory and the growing internal schisms with the producers, it has its greatest challenge: the changing times. Despite this, Bond has proven as incredible adapting to them as his adventures as the greatest of the spies. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
The "Everything or Nothing" title is derived from the acronym given to original Bond producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli's production company EON Productions which still exists today. See more »
A Bond is formed, a Bond holds and a Bond stays strong for a long, long time.
While this isn't a BAD documentary, it's certainly not one that will reveal anything new to hardcore Bond fans. Think of it more as a companion piece to Skyfall and the fanfare that announced the fiftieth anniversary of Bond at the movies.
Starting off with a very interesting, though somewhat dry, look at Ian Fleming and how the creation of James Bond came about, the documentary then moves on to the movies and spends a lot of time covering the Connery years. Sadly, Sean Connery is one of the few people not to be used in new interview footage, which just goes to show his love-hate relationship with the character and franchise. When the other movies are discussed the other Bonds appear (Lazenby, impressively honest about how he let everything go to his head, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig).
It's unsurprising that a lot of the documentary focuses on Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, the men who made the main Bond franchise what it is, but it's a shame to see such major omissions as the 1967 version of Casino Royale or the full genesis of the iconic theme tune.
Okay, so the title isn't "Everything Or Nothing: An Exhaustive Overview Of 007" but I really can't think of anything here that counts as being "untold". There are no revelations, nothing that I wasn't already aware of in the Bond universe. The ongoing problems with Kevin McClory, who ended up being allowed to make Never Say Never Again after a lengthy court battle, are discussed but discussed in a way that paints him as the very devil himself. The man isn't even mentioned in the cast list here on IMDb.
All in all, this is a nice celebration of an enduring British hero and it serves as a decent primer for newcomers who are wanting to know more about the history of the character and the franchise. Everyone else will already be familiar with the material, as I was, and that makes it far from the ultimate Bond documentary it could have been.
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