Thursday, June 8, 2017

Becoming Bond Movie Review

Kassandra Clementi & Josh Lawson (r) star in Becoming Bond

Unlicensed to Kill

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: A unique documentary/narrative hybrid chronicling the stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next six Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down... Directed by Josh Greenbaum.

"It's a fascinating experience... fame," one Lazenby doesn't necessarily embrace, despite how well he wears it. The most underrated Bond (by far) makes for a fascinating subject, made even better by an entertaining (and hilarious) narrative. The brazen Aussie asks, "What the f*ck have I gotten myself into?" The answer is 92 minutes of fast-paced action, humor and romance... One I wish never ended. Josh Lawson shows off Lazenby's humorous side; and Greenbaum goes back and forth in brilliant fashion. Great behind-the-scenes footage too (On Her Majesty's Secret Service press conference, rare TV interviews.) One of the year's best.

Grade: A-