The third season of the Smithsonian Channel's reality series The Real Story will debut on Sunday, May 15, although we have a special treat for our readers. We have the full episode of The Real Story Season 3 premiere right here! Click on the video player below to watch this full episode, which takes a real look at the life of a pirate, which ties into the upcoming theatrical release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Johnny Depp and the cast of the Pirates of the Caribbean present the buccaneer lifestyle as a back-stabbing, high-living, hard-drinking world. It makes for an entertaining series, but is it a true depiction of the times? Evidence shows that amidst the lawless merriment, pirates formed a highly organized society, where democracy ruled and voting and health care preceded England by 100 years. We interview historians, weaponry experts, and one of the film's screenwriters to show how true pirate adventures inspired this blockbuster franchise.
For those who are unfamiliar with the series, we have two additional full episodes from Seasons 1 and 2 of The Real Story. Click on the video players below to watch these episodes, which takes a look at the real-life aspects of Silence of the Lambs and the James Bond series.
Meet the deranged serial killers and the determined FBI agents who inspired one of Hollywood's most terrifying thrillers and gave Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster the roles of a lifetime. We go behind the scenes at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit to meet the profilers who became the basis for Thomas Harris' characters and to uncover the details of real-life murderers Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, and others.
Bond...James Bond. Is this man of mystery a personification of a real spy or a fantasy spun by author Ian Fleming? Fleming wanted his suave secret agent to be the ultimate spy - but who provided the inspiration? Discover Fleming's wartime service in naval intelligence, and meet two men who could have supplied the basis for Bond's character. Uncover the facts behind the fiction - the people, places and even the gadgets that inspired the iconic spy.