Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (2012)
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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'.
Audience Reviews for Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007
Bond Behind the Scenes For the dedicated 007 fan, I recommend adding this movie to your Bond collection. I always enjoy a good behind the scenes documentary, especially all the human drama and minutia involved in making Hollywood magic. I have to say as far as movie making documentaries, this one's the best so far. This is a brilliant and methodical collection of interviews and news clips covering the Bond saga from 1962 to 2012's Skyfall. Going far beyond the special features that accompany the DVD/Blu-Ray collections, there are many fresh revelations of the decisions, relationships, litigations, collaborations, betrayals, controversies, successes, and failures that went into the creative processes of Fleming, Broccoli, Saltzman, and many other talents who framed the Bond mythology. The movie begins with an intro from our newest Bond Commander, Daniel Craig. It seems a fitting choice to begin the 50-year anniversary tell all as he grew up with Bond. The interviews include super villains as well. Beginning with Christopher Lee, The Man with the Golden Gun 1973, it's revealed (to me at least) that he's a "distant cousin" of the late Ian Fleming. I'm glad he's still with us to share his knowledge of Ian's real-life WWII Naval Intelligence experiences which was the impetus for the Bond character development. Interviews are not just for the Hollywood elite either. The film makers include the surviving siblings, children, associates, and friends who, in my mind, contribute greatly to the Bond perspective. As the film progresses to interviews with the actors who played Bond, many new facts are revealed in a "he said, she said" style and old facts re-confirmed as well. For example, the reasoning behind choosing Welsh actor, Timothy Dalton, before Pierce Brosnan, is well known by many of us older fans, but maybe not by the newer generation of fans. However, most glaringly absent from the main characters' participation, is the first Bond, Sean Connery. In spite of this, Mr. Connery's pro/con experiences are told in absentia and in a seemingly fair manner carefully avoiding any pre-judgments leaving that privilege to the audience. Harry Saltzman and Albert R. (Cubby) Broccoli were the original Bond producers but died in 1994 and 96. Although not available, many home movies and other footage were carefully edited in to give us a fairly complete perspective of the working and personal relationship between these two men. This part of the story is greatly enhanced by the daughters. Barbara Broccoli and Hillary Saltzman. I'm captivated as they recall loving memories of their fathers, and can't help wondering why they were never "Bond girls." These two women are as beautiful as any of the ladies who've filled the ranks. Then, the story is the "passing of the baton" to the surviving Barbara Broccoli and her step brother Michael. They continue the Bond saga with a set of new challenges, such as, choosing the first "Blond Bond," Daniel Craig, which was very controversial at the time (another new fact to me). Sharing what 007 means to them, the last few minutes are a montage of closing comments and analogies from many of the feature's participants including former Pres. Bill Clinton. For me, I'm always slow in warming up to a change with my favorite characters and Bond is no exception. However, the actors who have holstered the Walther PPK, have done an excellent job in my estimation. I'm not one of those "so and so was the real Bond" type of fans . . . So far. As a companion movie, I recommend "Bond Girls Are Forever." It's a 2002 documentary, ten years before this one. It's done in a different style as Maryam d'Abo, herself a Bond girl, solely does the interviews in "Globe trotter" fashion.
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 franchise
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.
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