So The Lowdown Under Has Gone Mad For ‘The Other Fellow’ (What’s Life Like As The Real James Bond?)

The Other Fellow PosterHey Hey Lowdowners, Aza here, the other day we put up a trailer for an Aussie (Woot!) based documentary called THE OTHER FELLOW which chronicles the lives of a wall of people who actually have the name JAMES BOND. (Genius! What an idea!) So my 2nd best ever skill, outside of square dancing, is stalking film makers and I took it upon myself to find out a little bit more on the production that is THE OTHER FELLOW. Here’s what I found out! Trust me this flick as the best cast list of any film you’re ever likely to see… read on!

The Other Fellow is a documentary movie about real men named James Bond, filmed during the release of Skyfall. Discover what it’s like to be James Bond and live in the shadow of 007.

The title comes from George Lazenby’s famous first line in On Her Majesty’s 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 of you as – 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”.

In the Caribbean we tell the story of “notorious” opposition member James Bond, whose 2011 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 – youth, former cage-fighter, Britain 2012.

Shot deliberately in the leadup 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

“If Errol Morris, Christopher Guest and Daniel Craig made a strange, weirdo, hyperactive baby – he would be The OtherFellow

Matthew Bowyer, director of The Other Fellow

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 James Bond.

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. 

About the filmmakers

Matthew Bowyer, Director

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A Sydney native, Matt is a lifelong James Bond fan who recently completed his film production studies at New York University’s TischAsia campus. Since then he has produced the feature film SnowChild which is currently touring the European festival circuit and was VFX producer on Sundowning, a sci-fi narrative feature which recently premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. Enjoying a side-hobby as a youtube-nut, he has gained international media attention for his viral video’s including “Cat in Earthquake Melbourne – June 2012”, “Paul the World Cup Octopus picks Jacob to win Twilight” and “LightSwitch Launch on Sydney Waterfront”. He brings all these diverse skills to his first feature film –The Other Fellow.

Kiran Chitanvis, Director of Photography

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Kiran is an accomplished young DP who recently shot her first feature Sundowning for which she earned praise from The Hollywood Reporter for its “strikingly shot…eye-catching visuals”. Growing up in New Mexico prepared her for the insanely long driving trips required to shoot a film on the scale of The Other Fellow within its micro-budget. She also bravely took to the skies for her first aerial shoots in helicopters and planes above Texas, and directed a team of freefall cameramen for 87yr old James Bond’s skydiving sequence. Kiran attended NYU Tisch Asia along with the other key crew member’s from the production.

Gerald Crump, Producer

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Super producer JC Crump cut his teeth in reality programming for MTV in Los Angeles before attending NYU in Singapore. Experienced in getting crews in and out of warzones he currently performs the more hazardous role of directing concert videos for US hip-hop artist Hopsin’s wildly successful Youtube page. On The Other Fellow JC was instrumental in getting the crew to the South American nation of Guyana to film James Bond, a member of the countries opposition party, who had recently been attacked by local police forces.

Cast

James Bond as James Bond

James Bond as James Bond

James Bond as James Bond

James Bond as James Bond

James Bond as James Bond

James Bond as James Bond

James Bond as James Bond

James Bond as James Bond

James Bond as James Bond

James Bond as James Bond

Denise Bond as Herself

Marissa Gonzalez Ocampo Bond as Herself

Brad Alexander Davis as Himself

Crew 

Director Matthew Bowyer

Director of Photography Kiran Chitanvis

Producers Matthew Bowyer and Gerald Crump Jr.

Visual Effects Supervisor Alexander Rahr

Executive Producers Jasper Knight and Julian Meagher

Sound Design and Music Editing Hassan Lahrech, The Sound Cell Pte Ltd

Music by Ash Moses and Michael Warren

My thanks to Matthew Bowyer and their Press Kit for the information!