Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (4 stars)

Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007

Hugely enjoyable documentary looking back at the Bond franchise

A curtain-raiser to the forthcoming James Bond adventure Skyfall, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 is a hugely enjoyable, if predictably rose-tinted look at the history of the world's biggest and most enduring film franchise.

Chronicling the emergence of James Bond from the typewriter of his creator Ian Fleming through to his various cinema incarnations, Stevan Riley’s film is peppered with interviews, clips and archive news footage that afford a fascinating insight into the trials and tribulations of keeping 007 at the pinnacle of action cinema. Current Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson candidly recall the triumphs and torment of founding father, Cubby Broccoli, as well as his partnership with Harry Saltzman and the emotional consequences of their subsequent fallout, as well as the bitterness that accompanied Sean Connery's departure from the series.

While former Bonds George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan impart various tales of life on set and their various paths to the famous tuxedo, some of which (in Lazenby's case) are highly amusing.Connery is notable by his absence, while the film only fleetingly mentions some of the more ruthless inclinations of Broccoli and Saltzman. Yet insights into a couple of the more controversial moments in the franchise - such as the battle of the Bonds that took place between Octopussy and Never Say Never Again in 1983 or the furore surrounding both the violence of License To Kill and the initial casting of Daniel Craig as ‘a blonde Bond’ in Casino Royale - do get an airing and provide some nice anecdotes for true devotees.

The best thing about the documentary, however, is just how successfully it makes you look back on the franchise with fondness and, possibly, new found respect and admiration. It’s frequently funny, sometimes poignant and always interesting.

Selected release from Fri 5 Oct.

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Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 38min
  • Directed by: Stevan Riley
  • Written by: Peter Ettedgui
  • Cast: Albert R. Broccoli, Dana Broccoli

Documentary about the history of the James Bond franchise, from the typewriter of Ian Fleming to the various movie incarnations. Rose-tinted it may be and Connery is notably absent, but it’s frequently funny, sometimes poignant and always interesting, Lazenby in particular brimming with amusing tales of life in the tuxedo.