David Beckham is right up there with the most famous and instantly recognisable footballers in the world, he is also the richest. Few would claim however that he has ever been talked about as the greatest, whilst world class nobody would claim that he was the best of his generation. Perhaps he owes his fame partially to his natural good looks and his long term marriage with another global megastar – the pop star ‘Posh Spice’ from the Spice Girls.
David Beckham: A Footballer’s Story (2006) is a documentary about the man, made while he was still plying his trade in Spain for Real Madrid. The film features contributions from numerous fellow football stars and other celebrities, whilst the narration of DJ Tim Lovejoy tells the story of his life from childhood to global super stardom. The film gains an exclusive insight into the private lives of The Beckham’s with contributions from his wife Victoria, who is usually elusive when it comes to talking in front of a camera.
The filming took place in the months leading up to the 2006 World Cup, which Beckham was clearly desperate to help his national team win. Football documentaries are often rubbish, mainly because the cost of licensing footage of actual football clips is extortionate so filmmakers avoid them, but this film is actually pretty well made thanks mainly to the all star lineup of contributors.