Should we be allowed to kill? A new reality series from Prime Video and the producers of the James Bond films aims to find out. ‘007’s Road to a Million’ will offer contestants a chance to win £1million in a Bond-style race around the world.
These days, £1 million is around $1.3 million. If you have a great tax accountant, you could leave the show as an (American) millionaire.
How will this work? Variety reports that the show will take contestants to many of the locations featured in James Bond films and film them in a “cinematic format” as they take intelligence and endurance tests. In addition to the physical challenges, teams of two must answer hidden questions in remote locations to advance to the next challenge.
Will these questions be Bond trivia? Geographic facts and figures? Or maybe it’s going to be tough questions about survival weapons training. There are a lot of directions they could take here, so it’s going to be a big mystery until the series launches.
Additionally, James Bond does not usually work with a partner unless that partner is CIA agent Felix Leiter, as their respective intelligence services exhibit much-needed international cooperation. Will there be a Bond and a Leiter on each team? Or maybe our aspiring Bonds will be working with a Nomi, based on the 007 woman from 2021’s “No Time to Die.”
It all sounds a lot like “The Amazing Race,” the Emmy-winning, globe-trotting reality series that’s been such a hit for CBS over the years. Adding a bit of espionage to this mix promises a spectacle worth watching.
It’s the first MGM-related project to be announced since Prime Video owner Amazon acquired the studio. Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson say the series has been in the works for four years and the timing of this announcement is just a coincidence.
It’s unclear if the contestants will have to complete the challenges after a night of shaken martinis and illicit romance. If they really measure a contestant’s 007 skills, it must be a mandatory part of the competition.
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