Watch Brian Cox Go Full Bond Villain in Thrilling 007 Reality TV Series

Brian Cox, the actor known for corporate takeovers on Succession, is now orchestrating a different kind of adventure in the first teaser for Amazon Prime Video’s 007: Road to a Million. Franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson have joined forces with Prime Video to bring the world of James Bond to life in a way you’ve never imagined.

Season one of the upcoming Bond reality series will follow “nine pairs of everyday people as they are unleashed on an epic global adventure through a series of Bond-inspired challenges for a shot at each winning a life-changing £1,000,000 (AUD$1.6 million) prize,” and promises that the challenges will “push their physical strength and mental reserves to the limit.”

Brian Cox in '007: Road to a Million' |Image: Prime Video
Brian Cox in ‘007: Road to a Million’ | Image: Prime Video

While 007: Road to a Million may not feature the classic Bond villains we’re accustomed to, it introduces a new character played by Brian Cox: ‘The Controller’. In this intriguing role, Cox becomes the “mastermind behind the game, who dictates where the pairs go, what they must do, and sets their questions. He monitors each pair’s quest, delighting in the unfolding drama of his intricately devised and often relentless challenges.”

Cox’s ‘The Controller’ has hidden 10 tricky questions in exotic locations worldwide for each pair of contestants. The catch? Contestants won’t get the answers until they’ve tackled some seriously Bond-style challenges that test their smarts and strength to the limit.

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Brian Cox in '007: Road to a Million' |Image: Prime Video
Brian Cox in ‘007: Road to a Million’ | Image: Prime Video

Correctly answering a question allows the pair to keep their winnings and advance to the next stage. However, a single misstep spells the end of their adventure. The official trailer for 007: Road to a Million sets the stage with the iconic Bond theme, showcasing glimpses of travel by land, air, and sea. It then zooms into the shot of an airplane gliding over lush green landscapes and the endless ocean. The show takes viewers on a thrilling journey to captivating locations, including the Scottish Highlands, Chile’s Atacama Desert, Venice, and the Swiss Alps.

As the action unfolds, we hear Cox’s voice declaring, “I put real people into a James Bond adventure to win a million pounds.” The trailer continues with more adrenaline-pumping action, featuring a high-speed boat chase and the suspenseful opening of a vault. We then catch our first glimpse of Cox, the man standing in the way of the contestants winning that sweet £1 million.

Brian Cox in '007: Road to a Million' |Image: Prime Video
Brian Cox in ‘007: Road to a Million’ | Image: Prime Video

The trailer goes on to reveal the series’ release date on Prime Video, which is set for November 10. Following this, we hear one contestant asking another, ‘A million pounds, man, what wouldn’t you do?’ as the trailer shows a competitor scaling a crane with a secured briefcase.

The teaser hints at the challenges that contestants will face, including the aforementioned crane climbing, as well as balancing on a moving train, and navigating winding hills in an Aston Martin. Cox interjects, stating, “The only thing standing in their way is me.”  The trailer ends with a shot of Cox sitting behind a bunch of TV screens, keeping a close eye on the action as the contestants deal with everything from tarantulas to an exploding log cabin.

All eight episodes of 007: Road to a Million are slated to drop on November 10 on Prime Video.

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'007: Road to a Million' |Image: Prime Video
‘007: Road to a Million’ | Image: Prime Video

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Shubhendu Vatsa

Shubhendu Vatsa is an experienced reporter specialising in video game, eSports and technology coverage. A BTech IT graduate, Shubhendu has previously written for entertainment-based publications such as GiveMeSport, Touch, Tap, Play, Attack of the Fanboy, EssentiallySports, Twinfinite and The Load Out.