James Bond & Friends

James Bond & Friends

007 experts and fans from around the world discuss the latest news and views on the James Bond universe. Contact the show via Twitter hashtag #askbond

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January 17, 2022 105 min

What changes or different decisions could have been instrumental in improving Licence To Kill's success back in 1989?

Now undergoing a bit of a renaissance as James Bond fans rediscover Timothy Dalton's harder-edged 007, what could have been done differently back in 1989 to give Licence To Kill a better shot a box-office success? What if... The budget hadn't been a limitation? The aesthetic was popular with US audience...

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What were the personal Bondian highlights of 2021 and what are we looking forward to most in 2022? 

2021 was a huge year for Bond fans with the eventual release of 'No Time To Die,' but what were the other highlights of the past 12 months? We turn to our friends from around the world to look back on 2021 and also pick out what they are most looking forward to in 2022. Thank *you* for joining us and we look forward to creat...

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December 23, 2021 84 min

Which team will claim victory in this festive James Bond trivia battle? 

Play along as you listen to see if you can beat the two teams to the multiple answer questions as we dig into Bond's coverage of the US, debrief double-deckers, cringe at some dodgy effects, recount 007's colleagues, and pun our way to 2022. 

The recording took place on December 17th, 2021 in the USA, UK, and Canada. 

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December 17, 2021 99 min

Join us as we watch 1954's live television production of Casino Royale together as a group experience. 

James Bond is American, Leiter is British, Vesper and Mathis are combined into one character, and the story of Casino Royale is condensed into a 50-minute production broadcast live! If you have not seen this unique entry in the 007 series, why not join us and watchalong as we explore the creative decisions and ponder what co...

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December 3, 2021 158 min

Join us as we watch 1967's spoof Casino Royale together as a group experience. 

James Bond is enjoying a quiet retirement when he's pulled back in to the world of international espionage by M. When his 007 code number is assigned to a sea lion, this is not No Time To Die, but rather the 1967 spoof Casino Royale. With more directors than we have panelists this week, the film is a hot mess of nonsensical plot threads. We'...

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November 12, 2021 179 min

Join us as we watch 2021's No Time To Die together as a group experience. 

It's been a long time. But, finally, here we are. Our journey through all of the James Bond films by EON Productions wraps up, appropriately, with No Time To Die. As the film is now available to stream on demand, you can watch in real-time with our commentary. Along the way, we get into the finer details of direction and art style, meet Dr Borat, ma...

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Join us as we watch 1983's Never Say Never Again together as a group experience.

For this episode, don your dungarees, grab an exploding fountain pen, and cue up your copy of Never Say Never Again as the panel chats over the film in real-time with observations, trivia, insights, and irreverence. Along the way, we discover Ice Station Zebra footage, launch a villain's merch store, find under-employed dance instructors, worr...

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October 22, 2021 94 min

How did the end of each Bond actor's tenure differ? 

As the Daniel Craig era comes to an end with 'No Time To Die' playing in cinemas around the world, the panel discusses how each previous James Bond actor wrapped up their run. Who came out looking good? Do we see those films differently knowing it was their last one? Who left on their own terms, was a victim of circumstance, or misread history? Do old spies die or do...

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October 15, 2021 87 min

What Easter eggs and callbacks have we found so far in 'No Time To Die'? 

This week we gather to swap notes on the special nuggets that we have discovered so far in 'No Time To Die'. What Easter eggs have we spotted and how many callbacks to previous James Bond films have we found - beyond the obvious ones to 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'? As we reference events in the film, make sure you watch it b...

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October 8, 2021 85 min

Full spoiler discussion of No Time To Die. 

A week after it opened in most countries, the 25th James Bond film is finally out in the USA, so we gather a panel of American fans to discuss the movie and how it went down with the audiences they saw it with. If you have not seen the film yet, please save this episode until you do. We won't put the usual list of things covered in this episode as those themselves will be spoilers fo...

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October 1, 2021 130 min

Full spoiler discussion of No Time To Die. 

Now that the 25th James Bond film is out in most of the world, we take the gloves off and discuss the good, bad, and the ugly of No Time To Die with full spoilers. If you have not seen the film yet, please save this episode until you do. We won't put the usual list of things covered in this episode as those themselves will be spoilers for some passing by. We'll be back in the nex...

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September 28, 2021 87 min

Our no-spoilers first impressions of No Time To Die

We return from our premiere screenings of the latest adventure No Time To Die with our initial impressions. This podcast contains no plot spoilers and only discusses overall themes (anything in the trailers is fair game as a reference). How do we think it ranks in the Daniel Craig era? And to get a view on what wider audiences beyond hardcore Bond fans will think, we invite a new...

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September 24, 2021 54 min

How we're all getting ready for the No Time To Die premiere

We're just a few days away from the world premiere of No Time To Die as we gather to chat about past premiere experiences and how this time will be different under the special circumstances that also marks the end of an era of Bond. We offer first-timers Calvin and Sean some bad advice about bow ties, royal protocol, and bathroom breaks, and as is the norm with Bo...

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September 10, 2021 76 min

Did the two new No Time To Die trailers reignite our excitement?

It has been a long and tortuous road to the release of No Time To Die, with many false starts and a rollercoaster of excitement and disappointment. With two new trailers launched, what was new, what did we learn, and did they have the desired effect? Along the way we trip over some unused Ian Fleming material and ponder what Daniel Craig's last line might be.

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August 19, 2021 109 min

What did we learn from our 24 film marathon?

If you have been following our James Bond Watchalong series, this episode recaps our thoughts from the 24-film exercise, and asks whether our opinions of anything changed? Along the way, we debate the moment when 007 becomes an assassin and not a spy, discuss Corporate Bond, FYEO's sensible fun, the colour of phones, Connery's rugs and his lack of emotional journey, and how fans...

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August 9, 2021 52 min

This is the big one, 007.

Team North America take on Team Europe in an epic James Bond themed Family Fortunes/Feud extravaganza to mark our 100th episode. Compered by a very special guest (who finally showed up), the evening's frivolities culminate in a nail-biting conclusion. Can you guess the top answers to the 007-themed questions better than our panelists? 

The recording took place on August 6th, 2021 in the USA, UK, and ...

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Have we saved the most interesting commentary for last?

The Man With The Golden Gun marks the end of our watchalongs of the official EON series of James Bond films - but don't worry - we'll be back with the non-canonical adventures next! Along the way, we have the final lion raw from Brian Laws, ponder why Scaramanga had an anatomically correct waxwork, ask which end Bond chose for his bullet extraction, spot some flawed f...

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July 23, 2021 88 min

What has been going on in the world of Bond recently? 

In this episode, we cover the latest news and current events in the world of James Bond. With the long-lead articles about No Time To Die starting to drip out, we discuss the points raised by Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, and Ana de Armas in interviews. Along the way, we suggest some alternative approaches to publicity over the well-worn trope of being a 'different Bond girl,...

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July 13, 2021 67 min

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 of James Bond films, but we ponder which Bond villain plots may have pre-empted real-world events? What did Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Nestle, microchip manufacturers, Newsmax, and the CIA possi...

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July 2, 2021 78 min

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 development history and explore the overlap between the two games that were released in the shadow of GoldenEye but still found a huge audience away from the spotlight of Halo. Along the way, we disc...

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