James Bond & Friends

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Have some of the Bond villains inspired real-world events?  In this episode, we flip the discussion of villainy as the world bears witness to billionaires shooting rival rockets into space. Oftentimes, real-world events have inspired the plots
How did the two games Agent Under Fire and NightFire succeed in capturing the essence of Bond?  In this episode, we revisit two of the best-loved James Bond games ever as they come up on 20 years since release. We uncover some strange developm
In which film did each lead actor put in their best acting performance? In this episode, we try and anticipate the audience vote on which film enjoyed the best performance of each James Bond actor. Just looking at the performance of the lead r
Who is in a Bond film for just a few moments but makes a big impact? In this episode, we each choose a character that is only in a James Bond film for a few minutes but makes a big impact on the adventure, the viewer, or the series as a whole.
Why is You Only Live Twice unloved by most fans?  Following our recent You Only Live Twice watchalong, we revisit the question as to why the film with such iconic imagery and all the Bond ingredients fails to stick the landing and isn't that w
How will the Amazon take-over of MGM affect the James Bond series?  With the news that Amazon will spend $8.45b to take over MGM, we discuss the potential ups and downs of having half the James Bond rights owned by a company with deep pockets.
This episode we survey the book covers of ‘Goldfinger’, including the first edition by Richard Chopping. This strong graphic cover was apparently Chopping’s favourite Bond effort. After discussion of the first edition our panelists bring a cove
Join us as we watch 1967's You Only Live Twice together as a group experience.  With the essential ingredients dialed up to 11, is the film less than the sum of its parts? Along the way, we recall Terence Stamp's wild idea for the film, discov
Is the Daniel Craig era responsible for a Timothy Dalton renaissance? With the ratings of his two James Bond films seeing a boost from 2005 onwards, we ponder what effect (if any) that Daniel Craig's tenure may have had on Timothy Dalton's app
What did a year of lock down look like through the lens of James Bond fandom? With some of us slowly emerging from pandemic lock down, the panel reviews the past 12 months through the lens of James Bond fandom. What were the things that kept u
What elements of the franchise make James Bond the spy we know and enjoy?  The panel discusses the key elements of James Bond from the novels to the films, identifying some of the things we believe makes 007 charming and successful. We share e
Join us as we watch the second half of 2015's Spectre together as a group experience.  We complete our SPECTRE odyssey as the second half picks up in Tangiers. Along the way, we ponder how much budget could have been saved with some cheese and
The panel reviews the original first edition artwork by Kenneth Lewis and the UK quad poster by Dan Goozee. Along the way they discover ‘70s wallpaper, panning for gold, Chekhov’s gun, narrowly avoided dramatic readings, missing rockets, salad
Join us as we watch the first half of 2015's Spectre together as a group experience.  Is the first half of Spectre better than the second? We break this four-act oddity in the franchise into two parts for this watchalong. Along the way, we pon
Join us as we watch the next two episodes of James Bond Jr together as a group experience.  For this episode, we resurrect an oft-forgotten relic of the canon - James Bond Jr - as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Whether you grew
What tone and iconography did 'From Russia With Love' set for Bond marketing?  The panel reviews the original UK quad poster and bring to the table some other posters used to promote the 1963 film, many of which riff on the original artwork by
Which movies did the Bond celebs select in their communal Top 5?  For this episode, author Mark O'Connell joins us to explain his project to survey cast members, crew, authors, academics, and experts from the world of James Bond on their perso
What is the legacy of Richard Chopping on Bond's look and feel?  The panel takes a look at the first edition of 'From Russia, With Love' by Richard Chopping. Why is it such a striking piece of art and how did covers that followed it emulate it
What alternative James Bond histories would we most like to see?  For this episode, the panel wonders what could exist with a single twist of fate in James Bond history. Take a peek into worlds that didn't happen as we explore the butterfly ef
What will be the impact of yet another delay to No Time To Die? For this episode, the panel examines the unsurprising news that MGM issued yet another delay to No Time To Die, pushing the film back to October 2021. Will this hold with Bond bei
The alternative side of Bond’s sound.  This week we interview four musicians who together contributed to the 2020 album of James Bond cover songs, 'Not From Where I’m Standing'. Organised by David Gedge of The Wedding Present, the new album in
Join us as we watch the first two episodes of James Bond Jr together as a group experience.  For this episode, we resurrect an oft-forgotten relic of the canon - James Bond Jr - as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Whether you grew
What were our Bondian highlights of 2020 and what are we looking forward to in 2021? For this episode, we pull up our armchairs in front of the fire and chat about the year that has passed, trying to pick out some Bond-themed highlights in a 2
We asked 100 James Bond fans...  Taking a break from our usual discussion & watchalong format, we play Family Feud (or Family Fortunes, depending on where you're from) with returning champions Lisa Funnell and Ben Williams battling Bill Koenig
We asked 100 James Bond fans...  Taking a break from our usual discussion & watchalong format, we play Family Feud (or Family Fortunes, depending on where you're from) with Calvin Dyson, Phil Nobile Jr, Lisa Funnell, and Ben Williams in two te
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