Film Review: Becoming Bond (USA, 2017) is hilarious, original documentary filmmaking

Getting a release on Hulu today in the US is the hilarious documentary Becoming Bond, which screened at SXSW earlier this year. It takes a look at the life and times of Australia’s only Bond, George Lazenby, in his own words.

The film takes the spirit of Drunk History to deliver an original and entertaining bio-pic, using Lazenby’s storytelling to deliver a film where you are never quite sure if you believe the narrator. And you’re not supposed to. There’s certainly some revisionist history at play here that heralds back to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and the fantastic performance from Josh Lucas as the younger Lazenby was truly a stroke of genius.

As he delivers the lines, you’ll see what I mean by the Drunk History comparison…

Becoming Bond is as refreshing a bio-pic as it is entertaining. George Lazenby is again a thrill to watch on the big screen, and Josh Lucas serves him ample, hilarious justice as his “documentary re-enactment” counterpart.

Be you a fan of Bond, cinema itself or just in the need for some quality entertainment, do yourself a favour and waste no time in catching this film.

Review Score: FOUR AND A HALF STARS (OUT OF FIVE)

Becoming Bond is now available on Hulu in the USA. Details on its Australian release are forthcoming, though the film is currently touring Australia with the American Essentials Film Festival. For more details, head here: https://www.americanessentials.com.au/films/becoming-bond.

This review was originally published during SXSW, where it premiered.

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Larry Heath

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