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Eggs and Espionage: The Origins of James Bond

Eggs and Espionage: The Origins of James Bond

By Flashback Productions
Exploring Ian Fleming’s James Bond, through the novels that made him.
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From a View to a Kill - BONUS Episode!
An odd but deftly executed motorcycle murder captures some important dispatch information.  It just so happens that Bond, James Bond, is in Paris licking his wounds and dreading his return to England where his career lies in the balance.  Suddenly he is summoned by a beautiful woman (who is NOT a sex worker), is briefed and on the job helping the MI5 fix their mistake.  Bond, almost single handedly solves the mystery and devises an elaborate plan.  He’ll either succeed or die trying. If you're of age: Enjoy this episode with Bond's drink of choice when in Paris and "not seriously" drinking: Americano - 1 1/2 ounces Campari 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth (Bond uses Cinzano) 1 to 2 ounces soda water (to taste) - Bond uses Perrier Garnish: lemon twist Place where Bond prefers to drink when in Paris: Harry's Bar Visit us at | Email us at
May 21, 2021
Live and Let Die - Movie Review BONUS!
Ian and Chris take a little time to reflect on the 1973 film, Roger Moore's first time portraying Bond. With it's stark (very stark) differences form the novel they mostly wonder, "why?"  For those who haven't seen the film, the only spoiler alert here is...well, disappointment.  Be sure to listen through all of Season 2 (and why not Season 1 as well, you deserve it) to some provide context and look for Season 3 - Moonraker - in 2021.  
December 28, 2020
S2E11: Live and Let Die (Chp 21-23) - "Sexy man-servant"
Bond and Solitaire are lectured by Mr Big on how they will both die, you know, for the purposes of science. Unbeknownst to Mr Big however,  a limpet mine on the Secatur slowly fuses away.  Bond counts the seconds until his next sex vacation.
December 16, 2020
S2E10: Live and Let Die (Chp 18-20) - “Whiskey and Benzedrine”
In a montage-like flurry, Bond trains his body and mind before diving into the dark waters with nothing but his witts, stimulants, and oodles of spy gadgets.
December 13, 2020
S2E9: Live and Let Die (Chp 16-17) - “A little monologue about life and death”
After a jaunty and distressing plane ride to Jamaica, Bond has a new lease on life. He meets with Quarrel, a skilled islander and amateur biologist who just may be the man Bond needs to survive his mission.
December 9, 2020
S2E8: Live and Let Die (Chp 14-15) - “72 oz of American Beef"
Both Bond and Leiter make solo attempts to approach “The Robber”.  Only one gets out with all his limbs intact.
December 6, 2020
A Small Tribute to Sean Connery
Unscripted, unedited, and potentially unnecessary, Ian and Chris provide some meandering thoughts in reverence of the late Sean Connery.  His gift as an actor and most importantly, for this podcast, role as the first on-screen interpretation of one Bond, James Bond.  RIP Sir Sean Connery. 
November 5, 2020
S2E7: Live and Let Die (Chp 12-13) - “Soft spot for Pelicans”
Bond and Solitaire decide last minute to switch trains, discuss their dislike of the elderly, and reunite with Leiter. The two boys get right to work but end up with little more than a joy ride. 
October 25, 2020
S2E6: Live and Let Die (Chp 10-11) - "Train porn"
Bond boards a train to Florida with a cliche disguise, alias, and his enemy’s slave girlfriend, revels in the romance of the American railway, and curses his broken finger.
October 25, 2020
S2E5: Live and Let Die (Chp 8-9) - “A cure for a broken finger”
Separated, Leiter is too hip to be hurt, Bond endures a world class monologue, they make plans to get out of NYC, but Bond makes an "unpardonable gamble.” 
October 25, 2020
S2E4: Live and Let Die (Chp 6-7) - “A great characteristic in a super-villain”
Bond and Leiter take in a Harlem striptease.  Captured, Bond finds himself eye to eye with the Voodoo Baron of Death but is spared by an unexpected and beautiful surprise. 
October 25, 2020
S2E3: Live and Let Die (Chp 4-5) - “Rampant Abuse of Power”
Leiter lectures Bond on the African-American community, before exploring Harlem late into the evening with all their judgements and prejudice on hand.
October 25, 2020
S2E2: Live and Let Die (Chp 3) - “A certain degree of Americanization”
Bond and Leiter discuss their target with the FBI, Bond educates himself on voodoo rituals and practices, and receives an ominous message about the beatings of his heart.
October 25, 2020
S2E1: Live and Let Die (Chp 1-2) - "A dark and insensitive nature"
Refreshed after a long respite from his “casino job”, Bond touches down on American soil with some “mental reservations” on American ways, reunites with his best new friend and CIA counterpart, Felix Leiter, and is prepped on his new mission.
October 25, 2020
Live and Let Die - A Prologue
Some background on the novel, the period it was written, and the hosts recording it. 
October 25, 2020
S1E7: Casino Royale (Chp23-27) - “The sweet tang of rape”
Bond and Vesper enjoy some R&R on the Riviera but Vesper is too preoccupied to enjoy herself. Bond’s mind is made up but his sex vacation takes an unexpected turn.
February 17, 2020
S1E6: Casino Royale (Chp18-22) - “It’s in the job description”
Bond recovers from his wounds, goes on an existential crisis, a sex vacation, and contemplates early retirement.
February 17, 2020
S1E5: Casino Royale (Chp14-17) - “The blue-ball treatment”
Vesper is captured and Bond pursues in a high speed chase. Outsmarted and outnumbered, Bond is tortured both mentally and physically.
February 17, 2020
S1E4: Casino Royale (Chp9-13) - “The game is baccarat”
Bond sits down to gamble with $25 million Francs and the free world at stake.
February 17, 2020
S1E3: Casino Royale (Chp7-8) - “It’s a virtue to be so expensive”
Bond meets Leiter, enjoys a pernickety dinner with Vesper, and introduces a drink that would be copied and reimagined by bars everywhere.
February 17, 2020
S1E2: Casino Royale (Chp4-6) - “Flashback!”
Bond’s cover is already blown, we meet “the girl”, Bond escapes death, and the 007 cure for a concussion.
February 17, 2020
S1E1: Casino Royale (Chp1-3) - “A lot of trouble over details”
Many of the well known Bond characters are introduced here for the first time in these 3 chapters. We set the scene for Bond’s love of gambling, learn about Bond’s target, and understand why M picked this cold, brash, but skilled young rookie for the job.
February 17, 2020