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

Episodes

December 26, 2023 36 mins

We asked 100 James Bond fans... 

Taking a break from our usual discussion format, we play Family Feud (or Family Fortunes, depending on where you're from) with two teams of Bond savants battling it out for the festive honours. Who can best guess the results of the top 100 answers from an MI6 survey? Play along and see how many you can get. Who will walk off with the star prize and who gets cold brussels sprouts?

The recording took ...

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What do we think of the new 007-themed reality show?

In a drought of James Bond action, an oasis appeared on the horizon: an officially branded streaming series! 007: Road To A Million is the first (and only, according to Barbara Broccoli) venture into spin-off territory. Will the budget of Amazon Prime, the deep lore of the Bond series, and the savvy of experienced producers create something fans and casual viewers can enjoy alike...

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September 8, 2023 65 mins

What has been going on with James Bond this summer?

You wait around for news for months and then it all comes at once! We round up the latest developments on the 007 franchise with a new game, new books, new rumours on Bond 26, a 70th anniversary event for Casino Royale, and some continuation controversy. We round out with a discussion about the state of home media releases and whether or not we'll ever see a 4K Bluray boxset. 

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June 8, 2023 103 mins

What was the second draft of Timothy Dalton's unmade third film like?

Timothy Dalton's third James Bond film is one of the great 'what ifs' of the series, and over the years various incarnations have come to light. In episode 0151, we covered the first attempt to pen Dalton's third in 1990. In this episode, we pick up the writing several months later when William Davies and William Osborne delivered the next version of the story in...

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May 13, 2023 29 mins

How many James Bond stories are out of circulation or out of reach?

Mark Edlitz is the author of two books about James Bond, but it wasn’t his intention to write them both. The product of years of research and carefully selected interviews, these books tell the stories in the subjects’ own words. ‘The Many Lives Of James Bond’ talks to as many people who have developed, drawn, played or voiced James Bond, to better understand the c...

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March 24, 2023 110 mins

What was the very first draft of Timothy Dalton's unmade third film like?

Timothy Dalton's third James Bond film is one of the great 'what ifs' of the series, and over the years various incarnations have come to light. Recently, we dusted off the first-ever draft of what could have been Dalton's follow-up to Licence To Kill. Dated July 7th, 1990, this rarely-seen script was penned by Michael G. Wilson and American writer Alfonse Ru...

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February 1, 2023 51 mins

Is the GoldenEye 007 re-release everything we hoped it would be?

It's a time we thought we may never see: an official re-release of the revolutionary record-breaking James Bond videogame 'GoldenEye 007.' Originally published for the Nintendo 64 back in 1997, fans can now step back in time with a Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series S/X release that dropped on January 27th 2023. How did we get finally get here? What are the differences b...

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January 6, 2023 97 mins

How crazy were Sean Connery and Kevin McClory's script ideas back in 1978?

Based on 'James Bond of the Secret Service' written in the 1950s, which would eventually become the novel 'Thunderball,' then a film of the same name, and years later even more script variations, 'Warhead' 1978 is the topic of this episode of our 'Unmade' season of episodes about James Bond films that never got filmed as intended. How much would survive in t...

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December 23, 2022 19 mins

What treasures have we dragged out of the archive?

Pull up a comfy chair in front of the fireplace, pour yourself a drink, and sit back and enjoy this 1987 production of The Living Daylights as we ring in the festive season and wish everyone a happy new year. Originally performed by The Rainbow Theatre in the UK for an audio cassette and read-along book, the story of the film is condensed to just 17 minutes. Who played James Bond? ...

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November 26, 2022 97 mins

What ideas were jettisoned from the script that ultimately became Spectre?

The creative path on the 24th James Bond film had more twists and turns than perhaps any of the 007 productions before it, and due to a massive Sony Pictures leak, some of those debates, decisions, and debacles were exposed. We run through the early 2014 state of the film before the serious work was done on getting the script tightened up for filming (months...

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October 28, 2022 79 mins

How well was the 60th anniversary celebrated?

We're back with our first regular episode in months (after wrapping the weekly 'Debrief' season) to share our thoughts on James Bond's cinematic 60th anniversary. We report from Christie's where there was an exclusive interview with producer Michael G. Wilson, review the 'Sound of 007' documentary and Royal Albert Hall concert, run through the box-office success of the UK cinema re-rele...

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September 30, 2022 70 mins

In this mission debrief for NO TIME TO DIE, we identify the iconic elements we would use to describe it as "the one with", shake the Bond cocktail and pick this film's most potent ingredients, toot the horn for underappreciated elements, round up our favourite trivia tidbits, and give our final top/middle/bottom rankings. 

James Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. But when his old friend Felix L...

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September 27, 2022 32 mins

A couple of weeks ago, we were kindly invited by Ian Fleming Publications and Harper Collins to interview author Kim Sherwood on stage at the London book launch of 'Double Or Nothing.' Shortly before we went in front of the specially invited audience, we recorded this exclusive interview with Kim about her life with James Bond, how she landed the gig, what her approach to penning an expansion to the Double-O section was, and much, ...

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September 23, 2022 72 mins

In this mission debrief for SPECTRE, we identify the iconic elements we would use to describe it as "the one with", shake the Bond cocktail and pick this film's most potent ingredients, toot the horn for underappreciated elements, round up our favourite trivia tidbits, and give our final top/middle/bottom rankings. 

A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meet...

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September 16, 2022 72 mins

In this mission debrief for SKYFALL, we identify the iconic elements we would use to describe it as "the one with", shake the Bond cocktail and pick this film's most potent ingredients, toot the horn for underappreciated elements, round up our favourite trivia tidbits, and give our final top/middle/bottom rankings. 

James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her, and Bond's own doubts about his life and liv...

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September 9, 2022 68 mins

In this mission debrief for QUANTUM OF SOLACE, we identify the iconic elements we would use to describe it as "the one with", shake the Bond cocktail and pick this film's most potent ingredients, toot the horn for underappreciated elements, round up our favourite trivia tidbits, and give our final top/middle/bottom rankings. 

Agent 007 and M's interrogation of Mr White proves no one can be trusted on James Bond's newest action adve...

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September 2, 2022 62 mins

In this mission debrief for CASINO ROYALE, we identify the iconic elements we would use to describe it as "the one with", shake the Bond cocktail and pick this film's most potent ingredients, toot the horn for underappreciated elements, round up our favourite trivia tidbits, and give our final top/middle/bottom rankings. 

James Bond's first "007" mission leads him to Le Chiffre, banker to the world's terrorists. In order to stop hi...

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August 26, 2022 65 mins

In this mission debrief for DIE ANOTHER DAY, we identify the iconic elements we would use to describe it as "the one with", shake the Bond cocktail and pick this film's most potent ingredients, toot the horn for underappreciated elements, round up our favourite trivia tidbits, and give our final top/middle/bottom rankings. 

When his top-secret mission is sabotaged, James Bond finds himself captured by the enemy, abandoned by MI6 an...

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August 19, 2022 42 mins

In this mission debrief for THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, we identify the iconic elements we would use to describe it as "the one with", shake the Bond cocktail and pick this film's most potent ingredients, toot the horn for underappreciated elements, round up our favourite trivia tidbits, and give our final top/middle/bottom rankings. 

When the suave Agent 007 is assigned to protect an oil heiress, he is catapulted into a passionate, a...

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August 13, 2022 60 mins

In this mission debrief for TOMORROW NEVER DIES, we identify the iconic elements we would use to describe it as "the one with", shake the Bond cocktail and pick this film's most potent ingredients, toot the horn for underappreciated elements, round up our favourite trivia tidbits, and give our final top/middle/bottom rankings. 

A deranged media mogul is staging international incidents to pit the worlds' superpowers against each oth...

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