The James Bond A-Z Podcast

The James Bond A-Z Podcast

Hosted by lifelong James Bond fans – film journalist Tom Butler, journalist Tom Wheatley, and film industry professional Brendan Duffy – The James Bond A-Z Podcast is an encyclopaedic introduction to the people behind the world’s greatest spy film franchise. Each episode covers the key creatives and characters from every James Bond film from 1962’s 'Dr No' to 2021’s 'No Time To Die', talking about Ken Adam to Max Zorin, and everything in-between. The show shines a light on every aspect of the filmmaking process answering many of the questions you always wanted to ask about the 007 films, and we are occasionally joined by guests who offer a unique perspective on the films. "The 90 Best Podcasts of 2022" - Esquire UK "This is a celebration of Bond" - Film Stories "Endearing" - Radio Times Note: This podcast is not affiliated with the James Bond brand, Eon, MGM or the Ian Fleming estate.

Episodes

December 13, 2023 83 mins

On this festive episode of the James Bond A-Z Podcast your hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy and Tom Wheatley reunite for another Christmas special.

The team look back at the cultural highlights of 2023, share thoughts on the year in Bond, and look ahead to Bond 26.

Feliz navidad!

James Bond will return...

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On this final episode of the James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy reconvene to wrap up their journey of discovery though the world of 007.

They discuss any loose ends and unfinished business that remain after 109 episodes.

They welcome back original co-host Tom Wheatley to look back at all 27 Bond films for a ranking of sorts.

They discuss the creatives of the Bond world that deserve a place on the Mount Rushmore ...

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On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy explore the characters creatives of the 007 films that fall under the letters X, Y, and Z

Topics covered include:

The X-ray gadgets of Bond and other X-related tidbits

Freddie Young, the cinematographer of You Only Live Twice

Terence Young, the director of Dr No, From Russia With Love, and Thunderball

Zao, Rick Yune's Die Another Day henchman

Hans Zimmer...

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February 9, 2023 100 mins

On the latest episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by author AJ Black to tackle 1967's You Only Live Twice.

The team do a mammoth deep dive into the story behind Sir Sean Connery's fifth outing as James Bond 007, with the writer of The Cinematic Connery to share insight into Connery's mindset in 1967.

We explore the development of the script, the movie's production in Jap...

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February 2, 2023 63 mins

On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy explore the life and career of Michael G. Wilson.

The step-son of original James Bond producer Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli has been producing 007 films longer than any other producer in the series's history.

On this episode we explore his early life, education and career, and his entry into the world of Bond.

We discuss his input into the films ...

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On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy explore the characters creatives of the 007 films that fall under the letter W.

Topics covered include:

Bond's weapon of choice: The Walther PPK

Oscar-winning sound designer Norman Wanstall

No Time To Die writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Thunderball co-writer Jack Whittingham

The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker writer Christopher Wood

Action director Arthur Woo...

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On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy explore the characters creatives of the 007 films that fall under the letters U and V.

Topics covered include:

United Artists, the studio behind Bond for many years

Universal Exports, a long-running, recurring 007 component

Venice, the Italian location used in three Bond films

Vodka Martini, Bond's tipple of choice

Plus characters including Valenka, Varg...

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December 24, 2022 59 mins

On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by Tom Wheatley for another Christmas special.

The team look back 2022's 60 Years of Bond celebrations, do a spoiler-filled review of Daniel Craig's new film Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, play a game of higher or lower, and look ahead to the future of Bond.

We also take a look at our listener correspondence, and much, much more.

Ja...

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December 22, 2022 108 mins

On the latest episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by Jack Cross to tackle 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies.

The team do a mammoth deep dive into the story behind Pierce Brosnan's second outing as James Bond 007.

We explore the troubles that impacted development and production, the team behind the film, the story of its shoot, its cast, crew, the locations, stunts, and much more.

We als...

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December 15, 2022 82 mins

On the latest episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy tackle 1965's The World Is Not Enough

The team do a deep dive into the story behind Sir Sean Connery's fourth outing as James Bond 007.

We explore the legal wrangling behind the book, the team behind the film, the story of its production, its cast, crew, the locations, stunts, and much more.

We also look at the film's legacy, and where i...

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December 8, 2022 84 mins

On the latest episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by Cinema Savvy's George Aldridge to tackle 1999's The World Is Not Enough

The team do a deep dive into the story behind Pierce Brosnan's third outing as James Bond 007.

We explore the team behind the film, the story of its production, its cast, crew, the locations, stunts, and much more.

We also look at the film's legacy,...

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December 1, 2022 91 mins

On the 100th episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy tackle 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me.

Joined by our special guest Scott Hardy, from the SpyHards podcast, the team do a deep dive into the story behind Sir Roger Moore's third outing as James Bond 007.

We explore the team behind the film, the story of its production, its cast, crew, the locations, stunts, and much more.

We also look at the film...

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November 24, 2022 71 mins

On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy tackle 1974's The Man With The Golden Gun.

The team do a deep dive into the story behind Sir Roger Moore's second outing as James Bond 007.

We explore the team behind the film, the story of its production, its cast, the locations, stunts, and much more.

We also look at the film's legacy, and where it stands with the fans.

James Bond will return...

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November 17, 2022 71 mins

On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy tackle 1987's The Living Daylights.

The team do a deep dive into the story behind Timothy Dalton's debut as James Bond 007.

We explore the team behind the film, the story of its production, the locations, stunts, and much more.

We also look at the film's legacy, and where it stands with the fans.

James Bond will return... in next week's Jam...

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On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy explore the characters creatives of the 007 films that fall under the letter T.

Topics covered include:

Lee Tamahori, the director of Die Another Day

Tiger Tanaka, Bond's ally in You Only Live Twice

Series regular Bill Tanner

Sir Godfrey Tibbett, Patrick Macnee's memorable A View To A Kill character

No Time To Die production designer Mark Tildesley

Dr...

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November 3, 2022 49 mins

On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by John Higgs, the author of Love and Let Die: Bond, the Beatles and the British Psyche, which is out now.

The author of the new book which tells the story of a clash between the working-class and the establishment, and how both became global phenomenons. 

Told over a period of sixty years, this book looks over the connection they both have to...

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October 27, 2022 102 mins

On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by movie journalist Mark Harrison, to talk about 205's Spectre.

The team do a deep dive into the story behind the fourth Daniel Craig Bond film, directed by Sir Sam Mendes, which hoped to repeat the success of 2012's Skyfall, but ultimately fell somewhat short.

We explore the team behind the film, the story of its production, the locat...

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On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy explore the characters of the 007 films that fall under the letter S.

Mixing the format up slightly, we're going head-to-head in a game of Bond characters t0p trump5 (not be confused with the card game brand). Tom and Brendan pit Bond girl vs Bond girl, villain v villain, ally vs ally, and henchperson vs henchperson, exploring their back stories, th...

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October 13, 2022 104 mins

In the third and final part of this three-part special, The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by Tom Wheatley and a plethora of special guests to celebrate 60 Years of James Bond.

Focussing on the eras of Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig the team share their favourite Bond movie moments, before we hear the choices of:

Scott and Cam from SpyHards

Casey Poma

Thomas Flint

Fraser and Stuart from Build-A-Bo...

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October 5, 2022 99 mins

In the second part of this three-part special, The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by Tom Wheatley and a plethora of special guests to celebrate 60 Years of James Bond.

Focussing on the eras of Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton the team share their favourite Bond movie moments, before we hear the choices of:

Layne Bruce

Chris Tilly and Alex Zane from Clash of the Titles

Comic book creator Mark Millar

Au...

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