This is an enjoyable look back at the BBC archives of all things Bond.
Ian Fleming talks about his literary creation as he was interviewed for Desert Island Discs. John Le Carre criticised the character of Bond as a fantasy.
The interviews of the various actors who played 007 are shown whether they were talking to Barry Norman, Terry Wogan or Jonathan Ross. Connery was very playful with the press in his early days. Roger Moore had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek.
Pierce Brosnan was loss for words for his first major interview after he was unveiled to the press. Daniel Craig tries to put the furore behind him that he is too blond to be Bond. Timothy Dalton always felt uncomfortable in interviews. Here is a surprise. Out of all the Bond actors, Dalton has made the highest grossing non-Bond film with his turn in Toy Story 3.
It was interesting to see a long haired and bearded George Lazenby talking critically about his one shot as Bond in OHMSS and being unhappy with the director and the direction the films were moving into. Even Diana Rigg was critical on the film set of OHMSS about how women were portrayed in Bond.
Roald Dahl pops up to talk about adapting a Bond film and you see the larger than life Cubby Broccoli as he goes about making the Bond movies.
When I was a lad it was always ITV who showed the royal premieres of the EON Bond films taking place in the west end. When the unofficial Never Say Never Again was premiered, it was the BBC who stepped in.
There were some surprises. An Open University course went in conjunction with the making of The Spy Who Loved Me. Roger Moore once turned up in a skit playing 007 a decade before he bagged the role.
A fun and frothy look and it was nice to see some interviews that I remembered from some decades ago.
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