by GREG KING
James Bond is the most famous cinematic spy. And we know the story about how Ian Fleming appropriated the name of a birdwatcher for his iconic character. But what happens to other people who share that iconic name? How do they cope with the gags about martinis, etc? Filmmaker Matt Bauer was intrigued enough to seek out a number of men all over the world who share that name and he learns about their experiences. Amongst the many people he meets during the course of this fascinating documentary are a gay theatre director, a prisoner in an Indiana jail, and a Swedish self-styled James Bond who has opened a 007 themed museum in Sweden. The film had its premiere at the Documentary Edge Film Festival in New Zealand and screens here at the Nova as part of the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. The film’s title comes from a throwaway line uttered by George Lazenby in the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Greg spoke to Matt Bauer to find out more about the documentary.
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