The name’s Gavin, not Bond – but Old Town Hall show has a licence to thrill

Gavin Robertson turns his attention to James Bond
Gavin Robertson turns his attention to James Bond

When you think Bond, you think blockbuster. There will be A-list stars, there will be gadgets galore and there will be stunning set-pieces which cost millions of dollars to bring to the big screen.

So how can one man hope to compete with all that?

The answer is that Gavin Robertson isn’t trying to compete with the secret agent franchise which packs in the punters every time a new adventure arrives at the cinema.

Instead he turns his attention to the whole 007 phenomenon, spoofing the characters adored by millions, and exploding every cliché in the book.

It’s a sharp slice of physical comedy that you can catch at Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall next Wednesday.

You’ll see the iconic agent squaring up to his greatest opponent yet – former intelligence officer turned author Ian Fleming, who created the phenomenon in the first place.

Gavin has toured the world with his brand of physical comedy, with past productions well-received at Edinburgh Fringe and finding audiences as far afield as Brazil, Japan, the Middle East, Australia and the USA.

His latest show is fun, fast and full of many of the usual suspects, all played energetically by Gavin himself.

The familiar opening credits help kick things off before he dips and switches from one character to the next – there’s even a car chase scene, which takes some doing with minimal props. There’s original music from long-term collaborator Danny Bright, too.

The Bond show follows on from the solo success that Gavin enjoyed with his take on the familiar tale of Robinson Crusoe, which included an anonymous hitman and an Alzheimer’s sufferer, and previous productions which have put the spotlight on famous figures from history like First World War femme fatale Mata Hari but have also included much-praised projects like a stage version of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest starring Hollywood star Christian Slater.

Tickets are £10 with £8 concessions and a £6 bargain price for Dacorum Card holders – visit www.oldtownhall.co.uk or call 01442 228091 to check availability.