The Other Fellow
An energetic exploration of male identity via the lives, personalities and adventures of a diverse band of men, real men across the globe who share the same name - James Bond.
1953. Jamaica. When author Ian Fleming needs a name for his suave, sophisticated secret agent, he steals one from an unaware birdwatcher and creates a pop-culture phenomenon about the ultimate fictional alpha-male.
2023. Seventy years after the publication of the first Bond novel and as all eyes turn to who could be the seventh 007, Australian filmmaker Matthew Bauer is on a global mission to discover the lasting, contrasting and very personal impacts of sharing such an identity with James Bond.
From a Swedish 007 super-fan with a WWII past to a gay New York theatre director, an African American Bond accused of murder, and two resilient women caught up in it all, Bauer’s cinematic mission is an audacious, poignant, and insightful examination of masculinity, gender, and race in the very real shadows of a movie icon.
"It wasn't what I expected at all. There are some stories in it that as they reveal themselves, you will find genuinely astonishing, surprising, uplifting and funny. It absolutely fulfils that thing, I think, where a really good documentary makes you really interested in something you didn't know you were interested in." - Mark Kermode
AegeanDocs, Greece 2023 - Official Selection
Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Ohio, US 2023 - Official Selection
Shetland Screenplay Film Festival, UK 2023 - Official Selection
National Film Awards, UK 2023 - Nominated for Best Documentary
DOCVILLE, Belgium 2023 - Official Selection
Alameda International Film Festival, California, US 2023 - Official Selection
Dok Film Fest, Serbia 2023 - Closing Night Film
BIFA, UK 2022 - Longlisted for Best Documentary Breakthrough Director
Austin Film Festival, Austin, US 2022 - Nominated for Documentary Feature Jury Award
Dinard Festival du Film Britannique, France 2022 - Official Selection
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Australia 2022 - Official Selection
Doc Edge International Film Festival, New Zealand 2022 - Opening Night Film, Finalist for Best International Feature and Winner of And... Action category
Director: Matthew Bauer
Producers: Michelle Brøndum and Matthew Bauer
Screenwriters: Matthew Bauer and Rene van Pannevis
Director of Photography: Kiran Chitanvis and Jamie Touche
Editor: Lesley Posso
Composer: Alastair McNamara
Sound Designer: Zoltán Kadnár
Dubbing Mixer: Miles Sullivan
Colourist: Nigel Tadyanehondo
Production Company: The Other Fellow Limited and Jante Films