The Other Fellow encounters an array of real-life men named James Bond, to examine how having such a famous name affects their lives.
Australian filmmaker Matthew Bauer has premiered his new documentary at the 17th Doc Edge Festival in New Zealand this week, and this British film sets forth an intriguing proposition: just what is it like to be the real James Bond? It’s a subject that clearly fascinates Baeur as he travels the globe, speaking to a wide range of men who share their name with one of the most recognisable fictional characters that the world has ever seen, a character who also happens to be the last word in alpha-maleness.
Says Bauer: “When I was finishing my thesis at NYU Film School, somewhere from the ether appeared the enticing question, “What would it be like to have the name James Bond?” That simple thought has taken me on a figurative and literal journey across the world over a number of years, and has uncovered a myriad fascinating, wholly divergent stories.”
The film, which is Bauer’s feature documentary debut, looks set to explore the character’s complicated heritage and the effect that can have on his real-life namesakes, with the filmmaker adding: “In the sixtieth anniversary year of the James Bond film series and as questions rage about the gender, race, and identity of the next movie 007, suddenly The Other Fellow holds great, fascinating resonance.”
There’s no word yet on when the film will be receiving a wider release, but if you’re a fan of 007 or human interest documentaries, it might be worth keeping this one on your radar.
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