Footage from the last interview given by infamous WA businessman Alan Bond has been released, two years after his death.

In it, Bond reveals mistakes he made in his life and reflects on the highs and lows throughout his high-flying career.

To many, the businessman was equal parts hero and villain and he was, at various times, the world’s biggest gold producer, Australia’s biggest brewer and a real estate and media mogul.

In the interview, recorded as part of an internet series called The Thread, Bond spoke of the America’s Cup victory in 1983 and how he felt cut down by Australia’s culture of tall-poppy syndrome.

“I think I’m the outstanding candidate,” he said. “I think Australians by and large love to build you up but by the same token they’re equally as determined to not let you go too far.”

Alan Bond unveils the keel of Australia II after winning the America's Cup in 1983. Picture: Seven News
Alan Bond holding the trophy him Australia II skipper John Bertrand. Picture: WA News

But Bond also conceded his ego all too often lead to his mistakes.

“We can do anything, anywhere,” he said. “Unfortunately I think a little bit gets control of you and you start believing the rhetoric which you've got to bring your feet back to the ground which in hindsight is a wonderful thing, mind you.”

That also hurt his business interests.

“If you are an entrepreneurial company you have to be very careful,” he said. “You don’t want to be too high profile. That was the mistake we made. We became too high profile.”

Asked to give himself a score out of 10 for his overall business success he noted the scorecard “would have been damned by 1987 and the stock market crash” and rated himself a six, saying it could have been a nine without the market turmoil.

Bond was declared bankrupt in 1992 with close to $2 billion in personal debt and he was later sentenced to seven years in jail.

Alan Bond died at Fiona Stanley Hospital after complications with heart surgery in 2015. Picture: The West Australian

During the interview, Bond admitted he should never have bought the Bell group: “We didn’t do enough homework. The other deal we should never have gone anywhere near was Tiny Rowland. That was an unmitigated disaster.”

He also spoke of his entrepreneurial spirit and how his family played a part in his success.

“I always wanted something better for them,” he said.

“I saw my father go off to war a fit man and I saw him come back on a hospital train. You grow up in an environment where not only one of your parents was affected by the war, other people were. That environment encourages you to get out of that position.”

The interview was part of a series called The Thread which explores how different Aussie icons “broke away from the pack”.

The series, which is posted on YouTube, aims to uncovers hidden connections between 10 different iconic Australians.

Bond’s “thread” explores the approach to failure: to “take risks and not let the fear of failure hold you back”.