Des Bishop: My Dad Was Nearly James Bond

Des Bishop: My Dad Was Nearly James Bond

Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Starring: Des Bishop

Before I was born, my father had another life. As a boy I thought it was the coolest thing ever that my father was a model and appeared as a blind pilot in Day of the Triffids and had one line in Zulu. His biggest claim that he was very close to getting the role of James Bond. Once George Lazenby got the part, James Bond never entered our house again for fear of it reminding my father of his regrets about the career he left behind to raise a family. But in all the scrapes Bond got through, he never had to raise a family and there is no gadget that Q could have ever created to help with that. Not to mention in the real world you can't be with that many women and not take responsibility. How come we never see James waiting in an STD clinic hoping no one he knows walks in.

Des Bishop’s latest show champions the real heroics of Fatherhood and challenges those common regrets by drawing attention to the ridiculous ideas of manhood real, un-slick men are trying to live up to.

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Des Bishop: My Dad Was Nearly James Bond

In recent years there’s been a fashion for misery memoirs about impoverished childhood blighted by neglect, abuse and absentee parents.

Des Bishop: My Dad Was Nearly James Bond

If you think this is really the in-depth story of how Des Bishop’s father, a jobbing character actor, nearly got to be James Bond, prepare for disappointment.

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