Amazon Prime Video has greenlit the new competition series, 007: Road to a Million.
The eight-part series will see contestants competing in a global adventure to win a £1 million (AU $1.75 million) cash prize. Filmed in many of the historic locations featured throughout the seminal Bond films, the “cinematic format” will be a test of intelligence and endurance. In addition to passing physical obstacles, the contestants — who will compete in two-person teams — must correctly answer questions hidden in different locations around the world in order to advance to the next challenge.
While the announcement has come out of the blue for many Bond fans, sources close to the project say that the series has been in the works at Prime Video for around four years, and that it sits separately to any of the shows that may eventuate from the newly finalised Amazon-MGM acquisition.
Speaking to Variety, David Glover, CEO of 72 Films, says: “I first had this idea over three years ago. Dan Grabiner and the U.K. Originals team took it to a whole other level. To be working with Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the Bond franchise is a privilege and a dream come true.”
Production on 007: Road to a Million will begin later this year, and will launch exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories. Casting is currently underway, with applicants being invited to send in their submissions to 72 Films. (Note: Applications are only open to legal residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years and over.)
007: Road to a Million will be produced by Britain’s 72 Films (The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur) and James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, along Dom Bird for MGM Television.