AND- if you'd like a flavour of the show itself listen to this Radio interview Gavin did for the performance in Dublin in 2014...
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Following his first solo show, CRUSOE, Gavin Robertson focuses his attention on the Bond phenomenon, spoofing the movies eagerly awaited by millions, and exploding every cliche in the book(s)… Solo!
In which Bond meets his greatest arch-villain yet - Ian Fleming himself! Along with a slimy French sidekick, the usual female companion, and a time-machine!
Also featuring the smallest car-chase in theatre history!
With original music by now four-times collaborator (VAMPIRATES, HOUSE OF USHER, CRUSOE, ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET...) Danny Bright.
To date this production has been seen in the UK, Eire, USA, Russia and Australia, but there is nowhere he can't get to...!
“There is real pleasure in seeing Robertson use his low-key physicality to tell a high-gloss story. A shimmer of his hands cuts from one scene to another, or suggests the soft-porn sensuality of a title sequence. One moment he’s a faintly Roger Moore-like Bond, the next he’s a slimy foreign hitman, the next he’s lathering up in a shower as the gorgeous Honeydew Melons. Without any lighting changes or sound effects or catchphrases, his gestures are precise enough that we always know who’s who.
Robertson knows which clichés to capture. He nails the films’ fragmented structures, too, as he sends our man from London to Hollywood to the Caribbean to outer space. And when his time-travelling plot calls for it, he dishes out a decent Sean Connery impression too. Robertson’s physicality ensures that Bond! is good fun for the fond”.
THE TIMES (UK)
“Using his signature style of precise, never over-fussy, and always clever physicality, Robertson, is Bond, Bond-girl, arch enemy and a fair few other characters as a classic Fleming story unfolds.
Parody lies at the heart of this hour and Bond Fans will delight in the many homages to the movies. That's part of the cleverness of the piece - we have parody, but also tribute. It is a testament to Robertson's ability as a performer as well as a creator of solo theatre that he immerses us so quickly and thoroughly in the feel and facts of a Bond film we've never seen, yet all recognise immediately.
Interest never dips for a second. The time flies by as the audience laugh in recognition at their favourite Bond moments, given neat and unexpected twists by Gavin Robertson.
Staging is simple and Robertson makes excellent use of hardly any props, manufacturing most out of his own hands and other limbs. He is a performer from head to toe, and nothing is an accident. Pure skill”.
FRINGE REVIEW (UK)
“His subject is essence-of-Bond, and he's at his best when capturing and playing with elements of the overall myth, rather than reminding us of specific scenes from specific films. Inevitably he opens with the gunshot-at-the-camera bit, but then Robertson manages a perfect embodiment in mime of the girls-and-guns title sequences. Of course the villain will have a cat, but what Robertson does with it in a (literally) throw-away moment is, like the show, original and hilarious”.
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE (UK)
“The name’s Robertson…Gavin Robertson and this versatile and energetic performer slips on the mantle of Britain’s finest spy, as he embarks on his latest mission with a licence to make you laugh along the way.
Yet when I was first investigating the prospect of going to see “Bond” I wasn’t exactly sure what was going to be presented to the audience. I had the half-expected notion that it would turn out to be a rather lamely written effort, with a rather desperate actor prowling the stage with a water pistol, and then offering up some very dodgy impersonations of Sean Connery & Roger Moore! Although during the course of the plot, the raw distinctive vocal tones of the esteemed Sir Sean does eventually make a brief cameo appearance, this production is a most original and highly enjoyable experience that leaves you “shaken & stirred” (oops!) with entertaining amusement.
I must admit that this is the first time I have ever encountered the talented Mr Robertson and his “theatre of the imagination”, but I departed the show greatly impressed”.
EAST COAST FM RADIO (UK)