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James Bond: The First 21 Years (1983)



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Release Date:

27 May 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

James Bond: The First Twenty One Years See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Mysteriously, two versions exist of James Bond : The First 21 Years
10 September 2012 | by pinkgoat1234See all my reviews

Rather confusingly there seems to have been two versions made of this program. This version, which I believe was only shown in the United Kingdom and an alternative version which was shown in the United States and the rest of the world.

The alternate version is the one that turns up now and again on You Tube and features contributions from in order of appearance:- Roger Moore, Ronald Reagan, James Garner, Jill St. John, Bob Hope, Telly Savalas, Gen. Alexander Haig, Liberace, Capt. R. N. Husk, Burt Reynolds, C.I.A. director William Colby, Capt Mickey Munn of the Red Devils, Ernest Borgnine, Arnold Schwarzenneger, Alastair Cooke, James Stewart, Jackie Stewart, Henry Ford II, Stirling Moss, Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, Henry Cooper, Muhammad Ali, Howard Keel, Fred Truman, Bjorn Borg, Bobby Charlton, Arnold Palmer, Tony Jacklin, Capt. Mark Phillips, Barry Sheene, Jimmy Tarbuck, Joan Collins, Paul McCartney, Lord Lichfield, Denis Nordern. David Frost, John Hodge, Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Hal Linden, Barbara Woodhouse, Christopher Reeve, Peter Marsh.

The alternate version differs from the version shown in the U.K. in that it is a) more "jokey" in nature and b) contains an opening introduction appearance by Roger Moore.

Having seen both versions the alternate version for some reason does not seem to have as high production values as the version which was shown in the UK, the U.K. version looks a bit glossier and seems to have had more money spent on it.

To add to the confusion both versions contain contributions from some of the same people, for example, Frank Sinatra. In the U.K. version Sinatra is filmed in his Palm Springs home stroking a black cat and says mysteriously "James I never forgot the way you had me in tears". In the alternative version he has been filmed at a different location and talks about having had a "dream in which he was James Bond". Some of the celebrities appearing in the U.K. version, but not the alternate version, are Ryan O'Neal, Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, and astrologist Linda Goodman.

As one of the other IMDb user reviewers states the U.K. version hasn't been broadcast since 1983 and is probably gathering dust in an archive somewhere.

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