007: Road To A Million is a Bond-themed reality show that sees nine pairs of everyday people take on a series of James Bond-inspired challenges under the scrutinizing gaze of ‘The Controller’ (Brian Cox). The reality show can be compared to a mix of previous reality shows such as The Amazing Race and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
The nine pairs of challengers are tasked with globetrotting and jet-setting worldwide and completing physical challenges and head-scratching trivia questions they must answer to proceed to the next challenge.
Brian Cox acts as a Bond-style villain who sets the game’s rules, hiding in a bunker and monitoring each team from afar as he tells them where they must go next, what challenges they must perform, and what questions they must try to answer. The winning team will receive 1 million pounds in cash.
These nine pairs of sisters, brothers, friends, couples, a father and son travel to places in various James Bond films, like the Scottish Highlands, which featured in Skyfall, Italy, Spain and the Swiss Alps. The participants also head across the oceans to Jamaica and Brazil, where certain scenes in Moonraker were shot. Here, the contestants face daunting challenges in the jungle. While they then headed over to the Atacama Desert, which served as a location for Quantum of Solace.
Amazon’s foray into the world of 007 came after the company acquired MGM Studios. The James Bond franchise was under the control of MGM, but in a $8.5 billion deal, Amazon now owns James Bond and the Rocky franchise. Amazon Prime Video is now the home of all the Bond films, and the company is undoubtedly hard at work trying to find the next James Bond for the film franchise after the departure of Daniel Craig, who exited the role in the last Bond film, No Time To Die, in 2021.
007: Road To A Million is the studio’s first foray back into the world of Bond since the previous film. The success of the streaming series has revved life back into the Bond franchise after the controversial death of the character in No Time To Die. Daniel Craig’s departure from the role left a vacuum; many felt the franchise needed to be reinvented again.
Daniel Craig was a revelation in the role when he first appeared in 2006’s Casino Royale. The character has courted controversy these last few years, with die-hard fans in uproar over rumours of female actors and black leads being cast as Bond.
Amazon and MGM have a hard road before them, planning a new Bond universe for the future. Daniel Craig’s modern interpretation of James Bond reinvigorated the character. Another actor has big shoes to fill. While fans anxiously await the news of a new Bond, they can find solace in 007: Road To A Million and watch as ordinary citizens channel their impersonation of 007.
Amazon acquired MGM Studios and now owns the James Bond franchise.
Amazon Prime Video has released a Bond-themed reality show named 007: Road To A Million.
The show features dazzling locations where scenes from many James Bond films were shot. To win a million pounds, contestants must brave daunting physical challenges and answer puzzling trivia questions.
What are your thoughts on the Bond-themed reality show? Are you enjoying 007: Road To A Million?