Being James Bond (2021)

★★★ Watched 14 Sep 2021

I saw this on my AppleTV+ app and since it was a free rental with my subscription and I’m a lifelong Bond fan I went for it. To be honest, I’m not sure how to feel about it since I was expecting something else, and I don’t want my expectations to cloud my judgment.

This is not a standard documentary, but rather a farewell and thanks to the latest Bond actor from the producers of the franchise. The film is compiled from film and media clips with Daniel Craig overlaid with his voiceover commenting on his struggle with the emotional and physical demands of the role, some of which he consciously brought on himself, from the first to the last Bond movie he will be part of. The narrative does not shy away from some media controversy, but only gives an opportunity for Craig to comment on how he was affected by that at the time. He also feels they did the best under the various circumstances in each of his movies. Which I definitely respect.

The thread line is a conversation Craig had off-camera with the producers (Michael Gregg Wilson and Barbara Broccoli), but we never actually see them, which feels a bit odd. In other words, no new or exclusive footage was made for this film. As such feels a lot like a warmup promo on a budget for the new movie that was competently put together while giving a nod to the main star at the same time. I would not think there is anything new or previously unheard of for the hardcore fans of the actor, but rather a pleasant and potentially insightful overview for the casual fans.

Source: Letterboxd
Info: IMDb

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