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This is why 007: Road To A Million will not feature any James Bond characters

26 October, 2023

James Bond producer Gregg Wilson has explained to Radio Times magazine why 007: Road To A Million will not feature any of the Bond characters.

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007: Road To A Million is new adverture game series that will launch on 10 November on Amazon Prime Video. The show will see nine pairs of everyday people head on a global adventure for a chance to win £1,000,000.

Brian Cox, known for his recent role in the series Succession, will feature as The Controller in 007: Road To A Million. The Controller is the mastermind behind the game who will be watching the pairs hunt for the 10 questions he has hidden around the world.

Speaking to Radio Times, the actor, a self-proclaimed lifelong fan of James Bond: "Now I can finally say I’ve been in a Bond production! I always thought I’d be a very good villain but nobody’s ever offered.

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Talking about his role in the competition show, Cox said: "I enjoyed my role as both villain and tormentor, with license to put the hopeful participants through the mangle."

"Having played one of the most misunderstood men in television history [in Succession], it was a no-brainer to be a Bond villain of sorts."

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The show features a number of 007-inspired challenges, brands and locations, and there will be several Easter eggs dotted along for fans to spot. However, there will be no actual characters from the James Bond film franchise.

Speaking to Radio Times magazine, 007: Road to a Million executive producer Gregg Wilson explained that it was important to strike a balance between including Bond Easter eggs for fans and real Bond locations, but not 'breaking the fourth wall' by including characters from the films.

"It would be breaking through the fourth wall to have characters from the movie franchise," Wilson said. "Our contestants are real people, and if they interacted with people from a fictional world, it would feel strange. So it all takes place in the real world, but there's this Bond villain puppet master who is dangling prize money in front of these contestants in very outlandish ways. Brian [Cox] has really elevated it to the next level."

Read the original article on Radio Times.

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