Released in 2012 and in time for the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise by documentary maker Stevan Riley, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 is a celebration of the 50 years of the James Bond films.
The documentary starts at the very beginning with the famous, and sometimes tepid, relationship between Ian Fleming and Hollywood, and it ends with today’s Bond, Daniel Craig. This talking-heads documentary successfully delves underneath what we already knew, giving us an insightful and informative look into the inner-workings of the Bond films that many of us grew up with.
Drawing inspiration from his intelligence work for the Royal Navy, author and journalist Ian Fleming first created James Bond as an alter ego of himself; Bond was whom Fleming wanted to be like. The antithesis of the modern man Bond’s fictional dealings within MI5 morphed him into a one-man army bent on serving his Queen and country.
The film’s linear narrative (going through each film chronologically) is helpful in keeping things simple for unfamiliar viewers. Candid interviews with everyone from Cubby Broccoli’s daughter Barbara (who produced Casino Royale) to Pierce Brosnan really encapsulates the influence that Bond has had for five decades.
For more Bond appreciation, the entire Bond collection was released on Blu-ray, in an epic collection aptly titled Bond 50. The set, which includes every Bond adventure in pristine condition and a set of behind-the-scenes extras that dive deeper into the series history, should feed any Bond junkie's appetite.