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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)
Full marks for this effort - 10 out of 10. Possibly one of the best Bond documentaries to have come along in what is the longest running movie franchise in modern history. The target audience has to be the 60+ crowd who have been around since the beginning of the Bond films. Sure I guess there is something here for the younger fans who are now discovering this "Buck Rogers" of secret agents via the release of the last three films staring Daniel Craig ... who incidentally is the best Bond ever since Timothy Dalton in my opinion. All of the Bonds make an appearance with the notable exception of Sean Connery which is a pity. If President Bill Clinton can make time in his schedule for a few words - I think Connery does himself a dis- service by failing to appear and add his take to the proceedings. This doc has been around since 2012. I only stumbled upon it recently on the History Channel.
If you are in the remotest possible way a Bond fan - make time for this one. You'll be very satisfied that you did. It's highly entertaining, very interesting, informative and totally engrossing from start to finish. Chris G., retired 68 Winnipeg Canada, 19/05/2015
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