Reliving the Life of Alan Bond
Published on May 10th, 2016
Alan Bond, one of Australia’s most colourful businessmen and yachtsman who bankrolled four challenges to the America’s Cup, with his 1983 effort breaking a 132-year-winning streak for the US, is now the subject of a new television mini-series by the Nine Network in Australia.
Title the ‘House of Bond’, the network describes it to be the rags-to-riches tale that will expose Bond’s incredible rise and spectacular fall in the 1970s and 80s as the cheeky, knockabout ‘Ten Pound Pom’ who fought his way from the back alleys of Fremantle to become the richest man in Australia and one of the country’s greatest sporting heroes.
A show description by NBN Television describes ‘Bondy’ as a man with an insatiable appetite for the excesses of life: women, fame, money, crime and everything between. But Bond’s ego, greed and ambition saw him overreach beyond all measure until his empire collapsed, leaving him as the country’s greatest villain with the biggest ever bankruptcy.
Can’t wait to see how they portray the saga of the alleged illegal keel design of Australia II, in which skipper John Bertrand sailed to victory over defender Liberty, skippered by Dennis Conner.
Bond died June 5, 2015 at 77 years after suffering complications from heart surgery. House of Bond is currently in production.