Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film – 2016 Edinburgh Fringe

The first of two such shows in two days. This one has Alexander Fox and Dom O'Keefe doing all the acting, along with three musicians playing live throughout, sometimes accompanied by one of the actors on a drum box. The set up involves them choosing the title from three or four written suggestions; a start location plus the actor playing Bond picked fairly randomly, and two audience members chucking stuff on stage to initiate a romantic scene or a chase. They also have a nice but mostly pre-recorded video title sequence.

The pair get on well and are clearly the sort of know-it-all that the Connery Bond in particular was. (Even when they're supposed to be Craig!) But only having two of them makes having most scenes much harder and a little too much time is spent on that setup and the prepared elements – the chase uses cutout shadow puppetry – mean there's not as much improvisation as there could be. So while the band are very good, as an experience, it's not as good as it could be.


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