Celebrations for the 50th anniversary of James Bond 007 on screen have already taken place, most notably with the brilliant Skyfall.
But Gavin Robertson managed to put together his own homage to the world’s greatest secret agent in a one-man show that was amazing for its sheer breadth, intricacy and humour.
The omens for Bond: An Unauthorised Parody at Spalding’s South Holland Centre on Friday weren’t good - a sparsely populated theatre and equally sparse stage with just three steel girders that could have been mistaken for a trio of gallows if Robertson’s show bombed with the audience.
But after starting with a nod to the late Maurice Binder, architect of every opening sequence in a Bond film from Doctor No in 1962 to Licence to Kill in 1989, Robertson took us on a tour of 007 Heaven in just 60 minutes.
Using a plot where author Ian Fleming was out to destroy his own fictional creation, Robertson’s show drew on scenes from many of the films, including a physical examination like Daniel Craig’s in Skyfall right through to a lethal bowler hat scene straight out of Goldfinger.
Bond: An Unauthorised Parody is most definitely for your eyes only.
Review by Winston Brown