For fifty years James Bond has kept an army of fans on the edges of their seats, while Bond battles the world’s deadliest villains onscreen, there was also a level of villainy off screen too. Everything Or Nothing is the story of James Bond, from its creation, to its near demise.
There have been 101 documentaries on Bond, but Stevan Riley’s vision shows us a different set of events that what many are used to. While some of the backstory will be familiar to fans, there is bound to be many a story that is new to the fan base.
From the early days of Ian Fleming writing bond in his tropical home called Goldeneye, to the early adaptations, various Bonds, the Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman story, to surprising new discussions involving many of the Bond actors about their faults. And finally, and somewhat more serious, the continued battles between Kevin McClory and whomever holds the power at that point in time, over whom owns the rights to Bond.
Some great bits of home film footage make their first public appearance, showing the stars, Broccoli and Saltzman family getting some crucial downtime between shots.
The documentary features some great talking heads from Christopher Lee, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan through to some more surprising additions such as Bill Clinton, and Mike Myers. Most interesting is the confession by George Lazenby about how he hammed up what was the opportunity of a lifetime.
Everything Or Nothing hits provides 90% of the information any fan will want to hear about, but misses some crucial back-story issues that would have made this documentary the definitive authority of all things Bond. Without a doubt, this is the best documentary charting the story of Bond, and if time constraints were not an issue, there could certainly be some more inclusions to make this perfect.
Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 is available to buy on DVD from 28th of January. An interview with Stevan Riley can be found on this site next week.
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