New 007 TV Show: 007's Road to a Million

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edited November 15 in News Posts: 1,768
Announced as being on Amazon Prime, was in the works prior to the acquisition.

https://variety.com/2022/tv/global/amazon-mgm-james-bond-007-road-to-a-million-1235214551/

The eight-part series will be produced by Britain’s 72 Films (“The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty,” “All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur”) and Bond guardians and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, along with MGM Television.

The show will see contestants competing in a global adventure to win a £1 million ($1.3 million) cash prize. Filmed in many of the historic locations featured throughout the seminal Bond films, the “cinematic format” will be a test of intelligence and endurance. In addition to passing physical obstacles, the contestants — who will compete in two-person teams — must correctly answer questions hidden in different locations around the world in order to advance to the next challenge.
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  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    It sounds like a multitude of reality/competition series that have already come before but seeing the Bond locations again seems interesting.
  • Posts: 1,377
    I'm sure this is just a taste of what's in store for James Bond in the coming years now that Amazon is involved. Eon always said Bond spinoffs to TV would be a bridge to far but they approved this. This actually sounds fun but beware of the slippery slope.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 11,641
    Sounds like a bit of fun.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
    edited March 25 Posts: 1,623
    This is the type of thing I did not want to see. Tacky.
  • peterpeter Toronto
    edited March 25 Posts: 6,447
    It’s been in the works for four years??? 🤔….

    I’ll definitely be making dates to skip this, 😂. No interest at all.

    I can’t stand “reality” TV…. And as someone said, sounds like all the other competition series that have come before this.

    EDIT: I suppose BB & MGW get $$$ to use their names and locations from the Bond pics, and they don’t have to lift a finger for production.
    Free money.
  • Red_SnowRed_Snow Australia
    Posts: 2,376
    So which Bond adjacent star have they tapped to host?

    *George Lazenby frantically clears his schedule*
  • Posts: 1,377
    Red_Snow wrote: »
    So which Bond adjacent star have they tapped to host?

    *George Lazenby frantically clears his schedule*

    If they include motorcycles................he'll be there.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Moderator
    Posts: 12,973
    Birdleson wrote: »
    This is the type of thing I did not want to see. Tacky.

    This whole endeavor summed up in one word.

    Of all the ways to take more advantage of the brand that, in the past, they have kept a firm hold of, this is what they choose? A reality tv show / game show. Who are they going to get to host it, Rylan Clark-Neal?

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    Good luck to all involved, but no thanks. This isn't for me.
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    I don’t mind a bit of reality TV when it’s funny/trashy enough, but I’d imagine this will be a bland family friendly gameshow type thing. I’ll give it a go out of curiosity but I can’t see it being for me.
    Of all the ways to take more advantage of the brand that, in the past, they have kept a firm hold of, this is what they choose?

    Yeah it is a very strange decision, but maybe their thinking is, if we have to do TV “spinoffs”, lets keep things as far removed from the films as possible? This is so far removed from the films that there’s no risk of it diluting them, same as James Bond Jr or those slot machines or any of the other weird tie ins they’ve done. Whereas if they did a TV series adapting the Fleming novels or whatever, that would invite comparisons to the films and mean the character is getting more exposure on screen, which could impact the public’s appetite for the films if it was a big enough hit.
  • Posts: 297
    I don’t find this to be a strange at all. Surprising for sure. But is this really any more “low brow” than theme park rides or commemorative Aston Martin DB5’s or tennis shoes or anything else that every franchise does to exploit its IP. I think this is a smart move. It’s an innovative way to get Bond on television without cannibalizing the movies.
  • edited March 25 Posts: 613
    Burgess wrote: »
    I don’t find this to be a strange at all. Surprising for sure. But is this really any more “low brow” than theme park rides or commemorative Aston Martin DB5’s or tennis shoes or anything else that every franchise does to exploit its IP. I think this is a smart move. It’s an innovative way to get Bond on television without cannibalizing the movies.


    I think a series called 006 starring Lashana Lynch would have been better.


  • It's reassuring to know they're still looking to Austin Powers for guidance on how to move the Bond legacy forward.
  • Posts: 1,377
    Scored by Newman or Arnold?
  • mattjoesmattjoes A Very Matthau Brosmas
    Posts: 5,815

    EON Monitoring Station
    Deep in the jungle


    Surveillance man: Sir, I think you better take a look at this. Somehow, Kevin McClory has returned.
    Kevin McClory (on TV): Bond is mine! Bond is mine you m***********s!
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
    Posts: 2,916
    delfloria wrote: »
    Scored by Newman or Arnold?

    Written by Purvis and Wade? Hell, even pitched by them in some way?
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 11,641
    Which locations do you think will appear? I’d imagine Piz Gloria and Phuket are safe bets.
  • edited March 25 Posts: 297
    Burgess wrote: »
    I don’t find this to be a strange at all. Surprising for sure. But is this really any more “low brow” than theme park rides or commemorative Aston Martin DB5’s or tennis shoes or anything else that every franchise does to exploit its IP. I think this is a smart move. It’s an innovative way to get Bond on television without cannibalizing the movies.


    I think a series called 006 starring Lashana Lynch would have been better.

    Anything can be true in a hypothetical. A Lashana Lynch starring series would certainly be familiar or similar to what we have now but better is undeterminable at this point. I don’t really understand how this idea is so disliked when fans spend hundreds, if not thousands, to dress, smell, eat, travel, train and look like Bond.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
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    I have never tried to look or act like Bond. I don't think most of us have.
  • Posts: 297
    Birdleson wrote: »
    I have never tried to look or act like Bond. I don't think most of us have.

    The point still stands that an amazing race-styled show featuring Bond locations, props and iconography is really no different in kind to any 007 branded merchandise. From Bollinger collector bottles to Sideshow Collectibles figurines; from 007 Rum to life-size replicas of the Goldfinger DB5; from video games to role playing games.

    Whether you buy this stuff to feel like Bond or represent the franchise or connect to something you love, it’s a difference in scale not kind.





  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
    edited March 25 Posts: 1,623
    I'm an older fan, most of what you mention is irrelevant to me. The concept is tacky and gross.
  • Burgess wrote: »
    I don’t really understand how this idea is so disliked when fans spend hundreds, if not thousands, to dress, smell, eat, travel, train and look like Bond.

    See, I tried doing this once. Then some random guy yelled at me, “You smell like an ashtray! And what’s with the dumb yellow bathrobe? And who brings scrambled eggs to eat at the opera anyway?!” It was then that I realized I could never be James Bond, not even with my impeccable approximation of an Australian accent.
  • edited March 25 Posts: 297
    Birdleson wrote: »
    I'm an older fan, most of what you mention is irrelevant to me.

    Ok. Cool. I don’t know what to take from that.

  • slide_99slide_99 USA
    Posts: 496
    What Disney did to Star Wars, Amazon is going to do to Bond. Buckle in.
  • Posts: 297
    slide_99 wrote: »
    What Disney did to Star Wars, Amazon is going to do to Bond. Buckle in.

    Because prior to Disney, the Star Wars franchise would never have sunk so low as to produce mountains of collectible toys, games, books or spin-off media. Prior to Disney that was just unheard of.
  • Posts: 14,589
    I'm really excited about this. :) The best news is this should keep Barbara and Michael's focus off of B26 for the next few years and the dreaded task of replacing Craig.
  • Posts: 9,294
    On the one hand it’s a show I want to be on on the other hand it’s a show I don’t want to exist
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
    Posts: 10,982
    If the contestants have names like Bond Girls and look the part I'm all in.

    And I don't watch reality shows.

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  • MooseWithFleasMooseWithFleas Philadelphia
    Posts: 3,259
    I am happy with this news. I am very skeptical of the idea of canonized spinoffs, but a reality show embracing the world and brand of Bond I can get on board with.

    I do worry that the EON has lacked strategy in targeting younger audiences in recent years (like the 60s/70s drew kids in with corgi cars, toys, etc and the 90s/00s kids had the video games).

    Anything that will generate more buzz of the Bond brand and not water down the actual canon of the film series I am good with!
  • quantumspectrequantumspectre argentina
    Posts: 54
    mattjoes wrote: »

    EON Monitoring Station
    Deep in the jungle


    Surveillance man: Sir, I think you better take a look at this. Somehow, Kevin McClory has returned.
    Kevin McClory (on TV): Bond is mine! Bond is mine you m***********s!

    this is the most funny joke ive seen about this news.


  • Posts: 1,377
    Burgess wrote: »
    I don’t really understand how this idea is so disliked when fans spend hundreds, if not thousands, to dress, smell, eat, travel, train and look like Bond.

    See, I tried doing this once. Then some random guy yelled at me, “You smell like an ashtray! And what’s with the dumb yellow bathrobe? And who brings scrambled eggs to eat at the opera anyway?!” It was then that I realized I could never be James Bond, not even with my impeccable approximation of an Australian accent.

    Just wait til you try out the Blue Romper the next time you are in Miami.
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