FRINGE 2013 – ‘Live and Let Die – A Night with James Bond’ – 4.5K


Hello, my name is Julia, and I am addicted to James Bond. Always have been, and always will be. So I had pretty high hopes for this show, presented by Prom Entertainment. And there was not just a little pressure to get it right for me.

Unfortunately, my hopes were almost dashed before the performers even had the chance to go on stage. Despite arriving some twenty minutes early, I was stunned to find that there were no available seats left and there were already several people milling near the bar without seats. I normally love The Promethean as a great, intimate venue for live music and performances, but instead of being able to settle into a seat with a martini, those audience members who were lucky enough to get a chair were squeezed in like sardines.

However from the moment that the highly skilled three-piece band ‘The Secret Agents’ stepped onto the stage, the show took a significant and rapid upturn. Cleverly combining opening sequences and other snippets from the vast array of Bond movies – not to mention a fair bit of eye candy for both the ladies and the gentlemen in the audience – there was never a dull moment, as the most popular title songs from the film series were brilliantly sung by Grant Pearson and Jacqui Yeo.

Pearson has an incredibly powerful and funky voice, performing favourites such as Duran Duran’s ‘A View to a Kill’ and rocking out to Jack White’s ‘Another Way to Die’ in the coolest way possible.

However the standout of the evening was Yeo, who managed to completely embody each of the female singers of the Bond themes and take on their personas. It’s no mean feat to encompass Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys and Nancy Sinatra in less than an hour, while looking fabulous doing so. Yeo absolutely stole my heart away.

Even for James Bond novices, ‘Live and Let Die’ is an amazing, entertaining night out which will get you grooving in your seat (if you’re lucky enough to have one). I loved this show, and would see it again and again if I could.

Get in quick to make sure you don’t miss out– there’s a reason that this show sold out during the 2012 Fringe.

Kryztoff rating: 4.5K



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