You know their name. You never knew their number. A
new feature-length documentary follows the lives
of real men around the world who are named
The Other Fellow - Preview
14th December 2012
The Other Fellow is a feature documentary that
follows the lives of real men around the world who are named
James Bond. The title comes from George Lazenby's famous first
line in On
Her Majesties Secret Service (1969) where after being abandoned
by that film’s Bond girl he remarks to camera - "This
never happened to the other fellow" - in reference to his
more famous predecessor Sean Connery. For the Bond's in The Other
Fellow this seemed a most appropriate reference.
In Colorado we
meet Jaroslaw Przygodzinski: a truck driver, helicopter pilot
and Polish immigrant. In response to his new American wife’s
struggles with her acquired surname, Jaroslaw changed his name
to “something easier”- James Bond.
In Texas we meet
James Bond, whose famous namesake caused havoc during his days
working within top secret government facilities.
*spoiler alert* His 8 year old son, father and 87 year old grandfather
may also be James Bond..
In Toronto we join Canada’s most
prominent gay lawyer, James Bond, for the birth of twins he has
fathered to a local
lesbian couple. Coming out is hard enough, what happens when
everyone thinks you’re James Bond?
In Wyoming we encounter
New York native James Bond whilst he is directing a local
theatre production. James calls the name
the “bane of his existence” and has lived many of
its ups and downs - from being on the David Letterman show reading
the “10 Best things about being named James Bond” top
ten list to being “nine pages down on Google”.
the Caribbean we tell the story of “notorious” opposition
member James Bond, whose 2012 bid to become President of Guyana
resulted in him being shot by the local police forces - "that
was the punchline in Guyana.. the Guyana police force has done
what the KGB, the Russians, the Germans and everyone else was
trying to do for years - shoot James Bond".
There is a final
James Bond still to be shot in Manchester, UK. For legal
reasons his identity is being kept top secret but we
can say – immigrant, youth, former cage-fighter,
modern Britain, trouble.
Shot deliberately in the lead-up and aftermath
of Skyfall and the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond film
series, the Bond’s
weave an intriguing account of what it’s like to life
in the shadow of the world’s most famous secret agent.
About The Film
In early 2012 director and viral video maker Matthew Bowyer embarked on a surreal
journey. Interested in producing a Youtube video about a real person called
James Bond experiencing the release of Skyfall he jumped on Facebook, Google
and Linkedin one evening and contacted hundreds of real James Bond’s
from around the world.
The next morning he awoke to find his inboxes flooded
with messages from James Bond, James Bond, James Bond and
so on. Bond’s who had a litany of Seinfeld-ian nightmares
to share about the day-to-day life of being James Bond
from airport security to nosey waiters to being banned
by Facebook and impossible to find on Google. Bond’s
who had enjoyed and taken advantage of the name. And most
importantly men who had experienced crazy adventures more
befitting of their famous alter ego from being apprehended
by homeland security to being shot by the police for being
It didn’t take long to realise that one Bond was not
enough and a few months later a small crew departed from
Australia to travel the globe and tell their stories.
The result is The Other Fellow.
You can follow the film's progress on The Other Fellow's Facebook
Director: Matthew Bowyer
Director of Photography: Kiran Chitanvis
Producers: Matthew Bowyer and Gerald Crump Jr.
Visual Effects Superviso:r Alexander Rahr
Executive Producers: Jasper Knight and Julian Meagher
Sound Design and Music Editing: Hassan Lahrech, The Sound Cell
Music by Ash Moses and Michael Warren