Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (2012)
The film focuses on three men with a shared dream - Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. It's the thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in cinema history which began in 1962. With unprecedented access both to the key players involved and to Eon Productions' extensive archive, this is the first time the inside story of the franchise has ever been told on screen in this way. Director Stevan Riley follows a story that begins with a ground-breaking spy thriller and continues six Bonds and five decades later. While Bond was saving the world from chaos and catastrophe on screen, this compelling documentary draws back the curtain to reveal the battles, threats and real stakes unfolding behind the camera. … More
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Critic Reviews for Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007
Entertaining, nostalgic, and more thorough than any history of Bond and his life on the big screen has a right to be.
Everything or Nothing is one of the best films of the year and the rare documentary that can fascinate, inform and enliven all at the same time.
A superb celebration of Bond's screen history and pop cultural impact.
A thoroughly, captivatingly comprehensive tour of 50 years of cinema and cultural history. It's also one of the best, most uniquely crafted documentaries I've seen this year.
It's archive footage of Connery that provides the documentary's best, if somewhat unfair, barb. Asked on US TV to name the first Bond villain, he replies 'Cubby Broccoli'.
A hugely enjoyable, if predictably rose-tinted look at the history of the world's biggest and most enduring film franchise.
This lively doc is an entertaining race through 50 years of the 007 franchise. The fast-paced narrative skips over a few things here and there, but focusses nicely on the relationships that have sustained the films over the decades.
Untold? Hardly. Yet as Skyfall appetisers go, this thorough survey of how Ian Fleming, Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman created a phenomenon could barely be bettered.
Everything Or Nothing moves as rapidly and as brutally as the bullet Bond fires into our faces ...
Casual observers will be fascinated, and even Bond obsessives may find something new to chew on ...
Perhaps not a vital examination of the indelible icon, but a frank, funny, and thoroughly captivating one.
Nothing rises above the level of a decently produced DVD extra, but it's one you'd happily watch right through.
For anyone with even a passing interest in James Bond, it's an essential watch.
It shows what a hairy business it often was to fashion a series of world successes and how it could break as well as make careers.
It doesn't duck the controversial moments of 007's half a century in cinema and includes interviews with most of the relevant people.
Like a 007 adventure it boasts a great first act then soon settles into a routine formula with questionable treatment of certain individuals.
There's more than enough to enjoy, and plenty about the remarkable and melancholy figure of Fleming himself, who never lived quite long enough to enjoy the success of his creation.
Whenever the pace flags (not often) there is another blasting big-screen Bond excerpt, reminding us how hard to resist this series has been ...
Audience Reviews for Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007
Everything or Nothing is the definitive documentary on the James Bond franchise. Following the lives of three key figures that were instrumental in the creation of James Bond. This is a must see for fans of the series, and it is an in depth look at the history of series, and features interviews from key people involved in the series. Compared to other films that have discussed the Bond films, this is the film that tells the complete story. As a diehard Bond fan, I very much enjoyed this documentary and think it gives fans a terrific look inside the legacy of this amazing franchise. I think this is the definitive documentary of James Bond, and as of yet gives you the history of the franchise and how it became the phenomenon it has become. The film successfully documents the series, but the only flaw here is that it's a tad too short. This would have been a standout documentary if it would have been a two and half hour affair, due to the fact that there is a lot of ground to cover for this series, the films, the actors, filmmakers etc. Nonetheless, this one is sure to satisfy any viewer, and I've seen my fair share of Bond documentaries, and as it stands, this is the best one out there. Skip watching The Story of James Bond, and check this one out, due to the fact that it goes back at the very beginning, and starts off at the creation of Bond by Ian Fleming in the pages of his 1953 novel Casino Royale; Everything or Nothing is sure to satisfy anyone looking for an in depth history of the Bond franchiseMore
The hard hitting documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 is a fascinating look at the creation of the popular and long running James Bond franchise. Starting with the life of Ian Fleming, the film explores the roots of the James Bond character and the success that it garnered. It also covers the formation of the EON Production Company, and how they brought James Bond to the big screen. Additionally, George Lazenby Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan are interviewed, and tell their stories of how they got the role of Bond. Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 is a captivating documentary that takes an in-depth look at one of cinema's landmark film series.More
It goes without saying that the James Bond series has an interesting history, and has no doubt obtain a huge fan base over the course of fifty years. Yet, not even some of the most loyal of Bond fans ever heard of Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007. This documentary on the James Bond series has it flaws, but it's a documentary that'll please fans and the average movie viewers alike.
This documentary tells the history of James Bond in chronological order. It's goes in depth about Ian Fleming and how he came to invent the character. We get interesting trivia like where James Bond name originated, Fleming addiction to writing these novel, Lanenby being send a woman for a sexuality test, and other interesting trivia. The information on Ian Fleming is represented in an interesting manner as we get to learn about Ian Fleming struggle to get the novels made into films, and ultimately a reflection of the author and how he's not so different from his creation. After the film gets pass Ian Fleming the documentary then change focus to the film series. The documentary is best when it's focusing on the endeavors the producers to sustain the license, success, and relevant of the series throughout the decades. Each actor return to give their own insights on the film series, and yes Pierce Brosnan discusses the invisible car. Out of the all the actors that portrayed Bond it's George Lazenby who despite only portraying James Bond once, has the most interesting insight of how he started to believe he was the character. The footage here helps send the message across better and wise choices of footage from the series is a plus for nostalgia value. The best part of the film is that it appeals to every audiences whether or not they are familiar with the series.
Though the documentary does have some flaws. One main one flaw is the documentary makes Sean Connery very unlikable, and representing him as this rude and thoughtless actor. The documentary never focuses on the Bond girls which is one of the key element in the series. Some information is certainly missing as some actors have more screen time to give their insight with Daniel Craig receiving the least amount of time. Though for it flaws it makes up for having actors, president Bill Clinton, and family and producer to talk about the whole Bond experience. It does overlooked or avoid discussing some topics signatures to the Bond series, but there is more than enough to satisfy.
Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 represents it's information on a long running series in an entertaining manner that it never feels like the documentary is just throwing information at you. It might as not be thorough as some might hope when discussing everything Bond related, but it's an interesting documentary to for anyone to check out.
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