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The James Bond A-Z Podcast

The James Bond A-Z Podcast

By The James Bond A-Z Podcast
Hosted by three lifelong James Bond fans – film journalist Tom Butler, journalist Tom Wheatley, and improviser Brendan Duffy – The James Bond A-Z Podcast is an encyclopaedic introduction to the people behind the world’s greatest spy film franchise.

Going from A-Z, 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 (and yes, that includes 'Never Say Never Again').

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.

"Endearing" - Radio Times.

Note: This podcast is not affiliated with the James Bond brand, Eon, MGM or the Ian Fleming estate.
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Q: Desmond Llewelyn, Ben Whishaw, the gadgets and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by journalist Mark Harrison to do a deep dive into Q, the MI6 Quartermaster who has appeared in 22 out of the 25 Eon Bond films, as well as 1967's Casino Royale and 1983's Never Say Never Again. The episode takes a look at the history and origins of Q in the Ian Fleming novels, discussing his likely inspirations and early appearance in Dr No. We also take a look at the rich life and career of Desmond Llewelyn, the actor with the most appearances in the entire film series from 1963's From Russia With Love to 1999's The World Is Not Enough. We dig into the other incarnations of Q from Geoffrey Bayldon in Casino Royale to Alec McCowen in Never Say Never Again, and Ben Whishaw's modern take on the character. We're saving John Cleese's R for a later episode. It wouldn't be an episode on Q without discussing his many gadgets too, and we've also squeezed in a little quiz at the end for those that want to take part. If you want to take part in our 60th anniversary special, record a clip of yourself talking about your favourite, under-appreciated Bond movie moment and email the audio file (under 2 minutes please) to podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Follow Mark Harrison on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MHarrison90 Support the show by buying us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:33:41
August 18, 2022
P: Paloma, Pinewood, Purvis & Wade and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast host Tom Butler is joined by George Aldridge of Cinema Savvy and Mark O'Connell, author of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan to explore the characters and creatives behind the 007 films that fall under the letter P. Topics covered include: Paloma, the instantly iconic No Time To Die character played by Ana De Armas Pinewood Studios, the spiritual home of the James Bond movies since 1962's Dr No, and home of the 007 Stage Gary and Greg Powell who are part of a incredible family of 007 stunt performers General Pushkin, the memorable The Living Daylights character played by John Rhys-Davies Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the incumbent Bond screenwriters who have written every 007 film since 1999's The World Is Not Enough And Sheriff JW Pepper, the returning character played by Clifton James in Live and Let Die and The Man With The Golden Gun If you want to take part in our 60th anniversary special, record a clip of yourself talking about your favourite, under-appreciated Bond movie moment and email the audio file (under 2 minutes please) to podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk before 26 September, 2022. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Follow George Aldridge on Twitter: twitter.com/aldridge96_afc Subscribe to Cinema Savvy: youtube.com/cinemasavvy Follow Mark O'Connell on Twitter: twitter.com/Mark0Connell Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:20:27
August 11, 2022
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast host Tom Butler is joined by Alan Porter (James Bond Lexicon) and Mike Reyes (Cinemablend) to do a deep dive into the story behind 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, starring George Lazenby as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007. The episode covers the story of George Lazenby's one and only 007 film, from the (second) exit of Sean Connery from the role of Bond and the casting net that eventually snared the Australian model-turned-actor, to the production that spanned Portugal and the Alps, right up to Lazenby's decision to quit the role after just one movie. We also look at the film's legacy from its box office and critical response, to its current standings with with 007 fans around the world. If you want to take part in our 60th anniversary special, record a clip of yourself talking about your favourite, under-appreciated Bond movie moment and email the audio file (under 2 minutes please) to podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Follow Mike Reyes on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrControversy83 Visit The James Bond Lexicon. Follow The James Bond Lexicon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BondLexicon Follow Alan on Twitter: twitter.com/alanjporter The James Bond Lexicon is on sale now. Support the show by buying us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:56:12
August 04, 2022
Octopussy (1983)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by Cam Smith from the SpyHards podcast to do a deep dive into the story behind 1983's Octopussy, starring Sir Roger Moore as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007. The episode covers the story of Roger Moore's sixth outing as Bond which came out the same year as Never Say Never Again, Sir Sean Connery's final outing as 007. You'll learn about how the film was developed, how Roger was enticed to return (and the actor who had been hired to replace him), where it was made, how the stunts came together and much more. We also look at the film's legacy from its box office and critical response, to its current standings with with 007 fans around the world. If you want to take part in our 60th anniversary special, record a clip of yourself talking about your favourite, under-appreciated Bond movie moment and email the audio file (under 2 minutes please) to podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Follow SpyHards on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpyHards Follow Cam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/camvsmith Support the show by buying us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:29:28
July 28, 2022
O: Oddjob, Xenia Onatopp, Oscars and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy explore the characters and creatives behind the 007 films that fall under the letter O. Topics covered include: Oddjob, the iconic Goldfinger henchman played by Harold Sakata O.K. Connery, the bizarre spy spoof starring Sean Connery's brother Neil that attracted an array of 007 alumni including Lois Maxwell, Bernard Lee, Adolfo Celi, Daniela Bianchi and more Xenia Onatopp, the unforgettable GoldenEye character played by Famke Janssen The history of James Bond at the Oscars from Goldfinger to No Time To Die Russian Generals Orlov (Steven Berkoff) and Ouromov (Gottfried John) from Octopussy and GoldenEye Plenty O'Toole, the Diamonds Are Forever character played by Lana Wood If you want to take part in our 60th anniversary special, record a clip of yourself talking about your favourite, under-appreciated Bond movie moment and email the audio file (under 2 minutes please) to podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk before 26 September, 2022. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
56:31
July 21, 2022
Mark Salisbury: We've been expecting you
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by author and journalist Mark Salisbury, the author of Titan Books' No Time To Die: The Making of the Film, making his podcasting debut. The author of the official making of book for No Time To Die, who enjoyed unparalleled access to the set of the 25th James Bond film, joins the team to reveal how he got the gig, what he knows about Danny Boyle's version of the film, who he spoke to on set, and how the book came together. He discusses how secrets were kept on set, reveals a deleted action scene that was cut from the final film, and talks about that ending. He also reveals what to expect from his next James Bond book Being Bond, A Daniel Craig Retrospective, which will be released in September, 2022. If you want to take part in our 60th anniversary special, record a clip of yourself talking about your favourite, under-appreciated Bond movie moment and email the audio file (under 2 minutes please) to podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk before 26 September, 2022. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Follow Mark Salisbury on Twitter: htwitter.com/mark_salisbury Support the show by buying us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
41:31
July 14, 2022
No Time To Die (2021)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by journalist Mark Harrison to do a deep dive into the story behind 2021's No Time To Die, starring Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007. The episode covers the story of Daniel Craig's fifth and final outing as Bond which could easily claim the title of the most trouble Eon production to date. We track the progress of the movie from Danny Boyle's Bond 25 to the film that was released (eventually) in 2021, how its script evolved, how the cast and crew were assembled, where is was made, how the stunts were achieved, and much more. We also tackle the film's big spoilers, discuss the reputation and legacy of the divisive movie, and talk about the future of Bond. If you want to take part in our 60th anniversary special, record a clip of yourself talking about your favourite, under-appreciated Bond movie moment and email the audio file (under 2 minutes please) to podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Follow Mark Harrison on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MHarrison90 Support the show by buying us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:51:16
July 07, 2022
Never Say Never Again (1983)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a closer look at 'Never Say Never Again', the 1983 James Bond film starring Sean Connery as 007. The story of the second Bond movie not produced by Eon is a tangled web that begins in 1961 with the release of Ian Fleming's 'Thunderball'.  This episode covers the story of Kevin McClory's long-running legal battle with Eon from being awarded the movie rights to 'Thunderball', to the struggle to make 'Never Say Never Again', right up to his death in 2006 and the subsequent release of Spectre in 2015. It's the biggest behind-the-scenes in 007 movie history, one that casts a shadow over the entire franchise. We also bid a fond farewell to founding co-host Tom Wheatley who leaves the podcast on an all-time high, but promises to return in the future. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Support the show by buying us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:21:07
June 30, 2022
N: Nick Nack, Necros, Monty Norman and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley explore the characters and creatives behind the 007 films that fall under the letter N. Topics covered include: Nick Nack, the diminutive henchman played by Hervé Villechaize in The Man With The Golden Gun. Necros, The Living Daylights heavy memorably portrayed by Andreas Wisniewski. Thomas Newman, the award-winning composer behind Skyfall and Spectre. Monty Norman, the man behind the iconic James Bond theme song, first used in Dr No. Nomi, Lashana Lynch's Double O agent from No Time To Die. And Doctor Julius No, Joseph Wiseman's iconic Bond villain. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:09:33
June 23, 2022
Moonraker (1979)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a closer look at Moonraker, the 1979 James Bond film starring Roger Moore as 007. Charting the journey from page to screen, this episode takes a deep dive into the making of Roger Moore's fourth Bond movie from its humble literary origins to the biggest and boldest 007 movie yet. The episode looks at how the script came together, how NASA helped in pre-production, and who the key crew and cast were. Shot in France and in many different locations around the globe, Moonraker is a whole lotta movie - but is it the movie where Bond jumped the shark? We discuss that and much more. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Support the show by buying us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:46:02
June 16, 2022
M: Bernard Lee, Robert Brown, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a closer look at M, James Bond’s boss M, the Head of British Secret Service. We explore the origins of Ian Fleming's character and the people who are said to have inspired him. We take a look at all the screen incarnations and the actors behind the character: Bernard Lee, John Huston, Robert Brown, Edward Fox, Dame Judi Dench, and Ralph Fiennes. We also discuss which incarnation is our favourite and what the character can bring to the Bond series 60 years on. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:15:46
June 09, 2022
Questions from the mailbag
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a break from the regular routine to answer your Bond questions and conundrums. It's a bank holiday weekend in the UK, so we're throwing away the script to respond to some long overdue questions from you, our lovely listeners. Topics that we cover include: Our favourite Bond posters, our recommended viewing orders, our favourite 007 movie climaxes, and who we'd like to play Bond next. We also discuss our favourite Bond books and villains, discuss the most tantalising hypotheticals, and pitch our ideas for future action sequences. We also take a mid-series stock take on the podcast's 007 movie rankings, revealing a whole new Top 12. Find it on Letterboxd here. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/ Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:02:32
June 02, 2022
Roger Moore - Part 2/2
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley further explore the life and career of Sir Roger Moore, the third big screen Bond who played 007 a record-setting seven times on screen. A man with a legendary career deserves a legendary episode, this is the second part of a two-part special with this one covering Sir Roger's life and career including the 1980s James Bond films For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View To A Kill. The episode also explores Roger's credits in the 1980s including North Sea Hijack, Cannonball Run and The Muppet Show. We take a look at his exit from Bond and his post-007 career including his charity work for UNICEF, appearing in Spice World, and his beef with Jean-Claude Van Damme. We also look at his later life including his books, tours, and finally his passing in 2017. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Shop James Bond A-Z t-shirts and merchandise: the-james-bond-a-z-podcast.creator-spring.com/  Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:11:24
May 26, 2022
Roger Moore - Part 1/2
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley explore the life and career of Sir Roger Moore, the third big screen Bond who played 007 a record-setting seven times on screen. A man with a legendary career deserves a legendary episode, this is the first part of a two-part special with this one covering Sir Roger's life and career up to and including the 1970s James Bond films Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. You'll learn about Roger's early life and route into acting. We discuss his early roles, and Hollywood successes, and his move into television. We also chat about how he landed the role of Bond, what he thought of it, and how he ended up living in tax exile by the end of the 1970s. We also dive into Roger's movies outside of Bond. Part 2 covers his 1980s Bond films, his life after 007, his charity work and much, much, more Moore. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:06:38
May 19, 2022
Miss Moneypenny
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a closer look at Miss Moneypenny, the secretary to Bond’s boss M, who has appeared in 23 of the 25 Bond films, and both non-canon Bond films. Did you know that during Lois Maxwell’s 14 films as Moneypenny she only appeared for a total of 20 minutes, and spoke fewer than 200 words? We explore the origins of Ian Fleming's character and the people who are said to have inspired her. We take a look at all the screen incarnations as played by Lois Maxwell, Barbara Bouchet, Pamela Salem, Caroline Bliss, Samantha Bond, and Naomie Harris. We also discuss which incarnation is our favourite, the spin-off book The Moneypenny Diaries, and whether the character still has a place in the Bond series 60 years on. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:10:28
May 12, 2022
M: Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz, Sam Mendes and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more 007 filmmakers, characters and topics under the letter M. In this show you'll learn about: Long time Bond screenwriter Richard Maibaum Tom Mankiewicz, the screenwriter who ushered Bond into the 1970s Miniatures expert Derek Meddings Two-time 007 cinematographer Phil Meheux Sir Sam Mendes, the director of Skyfall and Spectre Camera operator Alec Mills Cinematographer Ted Moore Production designer Peter Murton, And much more, James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:15:53
May 05, 2022
Gareth Owen: We've been expecting you
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by author and filmmaker Gareth Owen who was the executive assistant of Sir Roger Moore for 15 years, and is the author of Raising an Eyebrow, My Life With Roger Moore. We talk to Gareth about meeting and working with Roger Moore right up until his death in 2017. Gareth tells us about where is love of Bond came from, and how he came to know many people from the world of 007 including Sir Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Walter Gotell, and Richard Kiel. He tells us about Roger's life, writing the Bond books, going on tour with Roger, working at Pinewood, and much more. Raising an Eyebrow, My Life With Roger Moore by Gareth Owen is available now from The History Press. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz
01:10:25
April 28, 2022
Mark Millar: We've been expecting you
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by comic creator Mark Millar to talk about his new comic series The King of Spies, James Bond, Kingsman and much more. The King of Spies aims to do for Bond what Old Man Logan did for Wolverine, and tells the story of an ageing superspy who aims to right the wrongs of his life in the secret service when he's diagnosed with a terminal illness. On this episode Mark talks about his love of James Bond, including his first experiences with 007, and sharing the series with his kids. He also talks about his love of Sir Roger Moore, self-contained Bond stories and watching Octopussy for the first time recently. He also talks about his hopes for the next incarnation of 007, the future of the series at Amazon, and what he would do with Bond if he was in charge. He also spills the beans on an exciting Bond-themed Kingsman teaser that sadly never got made, discusses his hopes for The King of Spies Netflix series, and how he dreams of Pierce Brosnan playing Sir Roland King in the show. Millarworld's The King of Spies graphic novel will be released on 11 May. Follow Mark Millar on Twitter: twitter.com/mrmarkmillar Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz
01:07:20
April 21, 2022
Felix Leiter
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by Alan J. Porter of The James Bond Lexicon to take a look at the character of Felix Leiter. The character of Felix Leiter is integral to the story of Bond and originates in Ian Fleming's 007 novels. James Bond’s trusted ally has appeared in 10 of the 25 official 007 films so far, played by seven different actors. He's also appeared in 'Never Say Never Again' and countless James Bond stories in comic, book, and cartoon form. This episode takes a look at every incarnation to date and covers portrayals by Jack Lord, Cec Linder, Rick Van Nutter, Norman Burton, David Hedison, Bernie Casey, John Terry, and Jeffrey Wright. Alan also sheds light on the early TV version of Leiter, plus recommends the best alternate versions of the character to date. Visit The James Bond Lexicon. Follow The James Bond Lexicon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BondLexicon Follow Alan on Twitter: twitter.com/alanjporter The James Bond Lexicon is on sale now. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz
01:21:52
April 14, 2022
Live And Let Die (1973)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a deep dive into the making of 1973's 'Live And Let Die'. Sir Roger Moore makes his James Bond debut in this blaxploitation-tinged 007 adventure, and this episode covers how the film was brought to the screen. We explore how Roger landed the role of Bond, who the filmmakers responsible were, and who all the actors involved were found. We take a look at the development of the story from page to screen by writer Tom Manciewicz, and director Guy Hamilton.  We dig into the location shooting across America and Jamaica, its Pinewood sets, and how the stunts were achieved.  We also dig into the marketing of the movie, how it fared at the box office and its cinematic legacy. Stick around to the end to find out where we ranked it compared to the other Bond films we've covered so far. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz
01:46:11
April 07, 2022
Licence To Kill (1989)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by Agent Scott of the SpyHards podcast to take a deep dive into the making of 1989's 'Licence To Kill'. Timothy Dalton's second and final 007 movie was a marked departure from the established Bond formula, and by design too. We explore why this film looks and feels different to its predecessors, including its darker tone, changes to its writing team, and new studio. The episodes also covers the film's supporting cast including Robert Davi, Carey Lowell and Talisa Soto, as well as the returning faces from Desmond Llewellyn and Robert Brown to Dalton himself. We also take a look at the film's production from the locations to the action set pieces. Finally we look at how the film's marketing was bungled, and crashed at the US box office. Stick around to the end to find out where we ranked it compared to the other Bond films we've covered so far. Follow SpyHards on Twitter: twitter.com/SpyHards Follow Agent Scott on Twitter: twitter.com/TiberiusHardy Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk Buy us a coffee: ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz
01:48:06
March 31, 2022
George Lazenby
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy explore the life and career of George Lazenby, the second actor to play James Bond on the big screen. The Australian model-turned-actor was plucked from obscurity to play 007 in 1969's 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. We explore his incredible rise to fame, how he landed the most coveted role in Hollywood, and why he turned his back on the chance to play Bond again. Find out what went down on the set of 'OHMSS' and the chain of events that led to his exit. We also delve into Lazenby's post-Bond career, his time in Hong Kong, and his flirtations with espionage TV and movies. We also look at what he's said about quitting the role, and how his brief tenure became an integral part of the story of 007 movies. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk Buy us a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/jamesbondatoz
01:05:59
March 24, 2022
L: Peter Lamont, Lotus Esprit, Vesper Lynd and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more filmmakers, characters and topics under the letter L. In this show you'll learn about: 'Licence To Kill's Lupe Lamora, played by Talisa Soto The legendary 007 production designer Peter Lamont Emilio Largo, the 'Thunderball' villain played by Adolfo Celi Marc Lawrence, an actor with two Bond film appearances Mads Mikkelsen's 'Casino Royale' villain Le Chiffre Count Lippe, another 'Thunderball' villain Locque, the memorable 'For Your Eyes Only' henchman played by Michael Gothard The Lotus Esprit, one of the most iconic Bond cars ever, first seen in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' Screenwriter John Logan who worked on Skyfall And Vesper Lynd, Eva Green's Bond girl who left an indelible mark on the series James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:02:41
March 17, 2022
K: Michael Kamen, Daniel Kleinman, Burt Kwouk and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle the 007 kharacters and kreatives that fall under the letter K. In this show you'll learn about: Michael Kamen, the American composer on 'Licence To Kill'. Daniel Kleinman, the commercials director who took over title credits duties from Maurice Binder from 'GoldenEye' onwards. Burt Kwouk, the British actor with multiple Bond credits to his name, as well as a long and illustrious acting career. We also look at the many characters that fall under K including: Milton Krest, Kamal Khan, Kincade, Elektra King, Rosa Klebb, Kristatos, Koskov, and Kananga. And for no particular reason, we play a few games of the Kevin Bacon game. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:16:15
March 10, 2022
J: Jamaica, Jaws, Jinx and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more filmmakers, characters and topics under the letter J. In this show you'll learn about: Jamaica, the spiritual home of James Bond where Ian Fleming wrote the 007 books, and provided the location for many films. Jaws, the iconic henchman played by Richard Kiel in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker'. Halle Berry's Jinx, the 'Die Another Day' character who nearly got her own spin-off. Johnny Jordan, the camera operator involved in a horrific accident on the set of 'You Only Live Twice'. Stunt driver and coordinator Remy Julienne, the man responsible for some of the Bond films most memorable car chases. Publicist Charles 'Jerry' Juroe, a man who played an integral part to the success of the early Bond films. And we take a look at the character Dr Christmas Jones, played by Denise Richards in 'The World Is Not Enough'. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:05:01
March 03, 2022
H/I: Guy Hamilton, Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Hunt and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle filmmakers, characters and topics under the letter H and I. In this show you'll learn about: Four time 007 director Guy Hamilton who directed 'Goldfinger', 'Diamonds Are Forever', 'Live and Let Die' and 'The Man With The Golden Gun'. Marvin Hamlisch, the award-winning composer who wrote the score for 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and its theme song 'Nobody Does It Better'. Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis who worked on 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace'. Johanna Harwood, the Irish screenwriter with credits on 'Dr No' and 'From Russia With Love'. Stunt driver Mark Higgins who joined the 007 films from 'Quantum of Solace' onwards, up to and including 'No Time To Die' Peter R Hunt, the legendary editor who shaped the early 007 films, and then directed the acclaimed 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. Plus we look at the characters who fall under H including Melina Havelock, Tee Hee, Mr Hinx and Pola Ivanova.  James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:07:48
February 24, 2022
Goldfinger (1964)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a deep dive into the making of the third Bond film: 1964's 'Goldfinger'. The episode explores: How the film built on the success of the first two 007 films to deliver one of the best entries in the series. How the film found a new director after Terence Young decided not to return. The controversy behind the actor Gert Frobe and how it was resolved. The film's locations from Miami to Switzerland, and its Pinewood shoot. How the many iconic scenes came together including the golf match, the laser table, and the Fort Knox finale. How the film was promoted around the world on its way to becoming a global smash hit. Where the film places in the official A-Z ranking. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:30:17
February 17, 2022
GoldenEye (1995)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a deep dive into the making of 1995's 'GoldenEye', starring Pierce Brosnan as 007. The episode explores: Why there was such a long wait after 'Licence To Kill', and how Pierce Brosnan landed the role of 007. How the script was developed, the many writers involved, and why Martin Campbell was chosen to helm. Why the production had to find a new home after Pinewood was fully booked, and the many locations it filmed on too. The many terrific stunts in the film including the pre-title sequence (plus the movie legend that dissed it), and that iconic tank chase through St Petersburg. How the titles, posters, music and song all came together. The pre-release controversy caused by Pierce Brosnan, and much, much more. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk Find The James Bond A-Z Podcast's 007 film ranking here.
01:49:38
February 10, 2022
G: Lewis Gilbert, John Glen, General Gogol and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle the filmmakers, characters and topics of the 007 world that fall under the letter G. In this show you'll learn about: Dennis Gassner, the production designer who brought Bond into the 21st century on 'Quantum of Solace', 'Skyfall', and 'Spectre'.  Lewis Gilbert, the director of 'You Only Live Twice', 'The Spy Who Loved Me', and 'Moonraker'. John Glen, editor, second unit, and the 1980s Bond director on 'For Your Eyes Only', 'Octopussy', 'A View To A Kill', 'The Living Daylights', and 'Licence To Kill'. General Gogol, the recurring character played by Walter Gotell in six James Bond films from 'The Spy Who Loved Me' up to 'The Living Daylights'. Martin Grace, the legendary stunt performer who regularly doubled for Roger Moore. Sir Frederick Gray, the Whitehall minister played by Geoffrey Keen in six Bond films. Dickie Graydon, another legendary stunt performer on the 007 films. We also talk about a number of characters from Pussy Galore and Goldfinger to Red Grant and Gustav Graves. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:07:40
February 03, 2022
We've been expecting you: Dr Llewella Chapman on From Russia With Love
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler and Brendan Duffy are joined by film historian Dr Llewella Chapman, author of Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007. Dr Chapman joins us to talk about her excellent new book on the costumes of James Bond, her upcoming BFI Film Classics book about From Russia With Love, and much much more. For 35% off Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007, order it from www.bloomsbury.com and use the following discount code before the end of February 2022. UK: BONDUK, North America: BONDUS, Australia: BONDAU On this episode Dr Chapman discusses how her new book came together, discusses the James Bond tailors that she interviewed, and her experiences reading the original Ian Fleming manuscripts. She also discusses the importance of costuming in From Russia With Love and the Bond films at large, her hopes for the future of 007, and much, much more. Follow Llewella on Twitter: @LlewellaChapman Follow Llewella on Instagram: @LlewellaChapman James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:07:43
January 27, 2022
From Russia With Love (1963)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a deep dive into the making of 1963's 'From Russia With Love', starring Sean Connery as 007. The episode explores: How the producers of 'Dr. No' cooked up the first ever 007 sequel, and how the success of the first film impacted it. How the script was developed, who the key crew who worked on it were, and the introduction of Desmond Llewelyn as Q. How Sean Connery's renegotiated his salary, and finally charmed Ian Fleming. The tragic story of Pedro Armendáriz, the actor who played Kerim Bey. Stories from the production including how the film's iconic train sequence was made, and its lasting legacy. The titles, posters, song, music, premieres, release, box office and enduring legacy of the 1963 Bond film. Stick around to the end to find out where we rank 'From Russia With Love' against the other films we've covered so far. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:15:29
January 20, 2022
'No Time To Die' festive spoiler special
On this festive episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley dive headfirst into the spoilers of 'No Time To Die'. With the 25th James Bond film now out on DVD, Blu-ray, 4K and digital, it's finally time to share our thoughts on all the twists and turns of Daniel Craig's final 007 film. We also talk about the future of Bond, and what we're hoping to see. There are also a couple of quizzes just for fun as we celebrate Noel Time To Die. James Bond will return... in James Bond's A-Z Podcast, which will return in the new year after a well-earned break. Merry Christmas, and happy new year! Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:14:00
December 23, 2021
We've been expecting you: Jonathan Sothcott on For Your Eyes Only
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by British filmmaker, and CEO of Shogun Jonathan Sothcott Films. Jonathan joins us to talk about his love for the James Bond films of the 1980s, particularly John Glen's 1981 debut 'For Your Eyes Only'. He shares his favourite scenes, characters and moments, and offers his filmmaker insight into the importance of the film. He also shares anecdotes about working with Sir Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Julian Glover, and Alison Doody. He talks about his general love of Bond and the importance of the series to the British film industry. He also shares his thoughts on 'No Time To Die' and the future of the 007 series. 'Nemesis', produced by Jonathan Sothcott, is out now. Jonathan Sothcott's website: https://www.jonathansothcott.com/ Follow Jonathan Sothcott on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sothcott Follow Jonathan Sothcott on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathansothcottproducer/ James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
59:31
December 16, 2021
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley and joined by special guest Stu Rolls (@SOLTS007) to take a deep dive into the making of 1981's 'For Your Eyes Only', starring Roger Moore as 007. The episode explores: How the film attempted to reboot expectations of the James Bond films following the excesses of 'Moonraker'. How Roger Moore played a high-stakes game with producer Cubby Broccoli over his fifth outing as Bond. How John Glen was promoted to director after years of working through the ranks, and what he brought to the film. The cast and crew that was assembled for the film. The bizarre opening and closing scenes that bookend an otherwise grounded Bond thriller. The titles, posters, song, music, premieres, release, box office and enduring legacy of the 1981 Bond film. Stick around to the end to find out where we rank 'For Your Eyes Only' against the other films we've covered so far. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Follow Stu on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SOLTS007 Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:50:12
December 09, 2021
F Part 2: Tom Ford, Marc Forster, Cary Joji Fukunaga and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more filmmakers, characters and topics under the letter F. In this show you'll learn about: Tom Ford, the fashion designer who dressed Daniel Craig's Bond in 'Quantum of Solace', 'Skyfall', 'Spectre', and 'No Time To Die'. Marc Forster, the acclaimed filmmaker who directed 'Quantum of Solace', but found himself fighting an uphill battle in production. George MacDonald Fraser, the Scottish screenwriter and author who worked on 1983's 'Octopussy'. Michael France, the American writer who helped reboot Bond with 'GoldenEye', but found hi contributions sidelined in arbitration. Miranda Frost, the Bond girl played by Rosamund Pike in 'Die Another Day'. And Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first American Bond director who delivered 'No Time To Die'. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:10:07
December 02, 2021
We've been expecting you: Raymond Benson on Ian Fleming
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by author Raymond Benson, the writer of 'The James Bond Bedside Companion', and the 007 continuation stories 'Zero Minus Ten', 'The Facts of Death', 'High Time To Kill', 'DoubleShot', 'Never Dream of Dying', and 'The Man With The Red Tattoo'. Raymond joins the team to talk about the research he did into Ian Fleming for his essential Bond Bible 'The Bedside Companion'. He talks about meeting many of Fleming's friends, contemporaries, and family including his step-children, Kevin McClory, Ivar Bryce, Ernie Cuneo. He speaks about his writing process for the Bond continuation novels and the novelisations. He shares his thoughts on the Fleming books, his insight into the character of 007, and much, much more. Raymond Benson's website: https://raymondbenson.com/ Follow Raymond Benson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaymondBenson Follow Raymond Benson on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorRaymondBenson/ James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
56:02
November 25, 2021
Ian Fleming
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley explore the life and work of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. The episode looks at his privileged upbringing, education and early forays into employment, first as a journalist and then as a stockbroker. Then it looks into Fleming's forays into the world of espionage, and his work during World War II in Naval Intelligence. Finally it explores his post-war life and the events that led up to the creation of James Bond 007. We learn about how the books were written, the themes of them, and the people and places that inspired them. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:34:35
November 18, 2021
F Part 1: Bruce Feirstein, Strawberry Fields, Nick Finlayson and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle filmmakers, characters and topics under the letter F In this show you'll learn about: Patricia Fearing, the Bond girl portrayed by Molly Peters, who appeared in 1965's 'Thunderball' opposite Sean Connery. Bruce Feirstein, the writer who was instrumental in updating James Bond for the 1990s, and has credits on 'GoldenEye', 'Tomorrow Never Dies', 'The World Is Not Enough' and a number of 007 video games. Charles K Feldman, the Hollywood mogul who was behind 1967's ill-fated 'Casino Royale' adaptation. Strawberry Fields, the Bond girl portrayed by Gemma Arterton in her movie debut, opposite Daniel Craig in 2008's 'Quantum of Solace'. Nick Finlayson, the special effects whizz known as the James Bond films' real-life Q, who created many of the amazing gadgets for 007 and beyond. Jenny Flex, the Bond girl portrayed by Irish actor Alison Doody - also making her movie debut - opposite Roger Moore in 'A View To A Kill'. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
54:11
November 11, 2021
E: Idris Elba, Robert Elswit, Eon and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more filmmakers, characters and topics from the letter E. In this show you'll learn about: The Eady Levy, a lucrative tax break for British-made films that ensured the James Bond films were made in the UK forever more. How Idris Elba, the British actor perennially linked with being the next 007, was originally connected to the role. Robert Elswit, the acclaimed cinematographer who lensed 'Tomorrow Never Dies' before going on to be Paul Thomas Anderson's most trust collaborator. Eon Productions, the film company set up by Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to produce the Bond films, and still does. 'Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007', the 2012 documentary that features incredible interviews with the key creatives behind the Bond films. And 'James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing', the James Bond video game that featured the last ever performance of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
55:53
November 04, 2021
D Part 3: Dolly, Domino, Jim Dowdall and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast - the last one on the letter D - hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more filmmakers, characters and topics from the letter D. In this show you'll learn about: Dolly, Jaws' diminutive girlfriend in 'Moonraker', portrayed on screen by Blanche Ravalec. The character was a controversial addition to the series, and is the centre of a bizarre conspiracy theory. Domino, the memorable character portrayed by Claudine Auger in 1965's 'Thunderball', and by Kim Basinger in 1983's 'Never Say Never Again'. Lindsay Doran, a film producer and studio executive, who was the head of MGM when Pierce Brosnan starred in 'Tomorrow Never Dies' and 'The World Is Not Enough'. Jim Dowdall, the legendary British stuntman with many credits in the Bond films, who has worked with all the 007 actors bar one. Marc-Ange Draco, the distinctive 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' ally portrayed by Gabriele Ferzetti, who holds a unique place in the Bond canon. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
52:22
October 28, 2021
We've been expecting you: Professor Melanie Williams on Dr No
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by Melanie Williams, Professor of Film and Television Studies, at the University of East Anglia to talk about 'Dr No'. The author of 'From Blofeld to Moneypenny: Gender in James Bond' joins the podcast to talk about the life and work of 'Dr No' co-writer Joanna Harwood. Melanie shares insight into the aspirations of Joanna Harwood, and how she became involved with Harry Saltzman, 'Dr No' and 'From Russia With Love'. We learn how much of Joanna's drafts of the story made it to screen, and the attempts to write her out of the history of the Bond films. We discuss the difficulties faced by women in the film industry, particularly around getting credit where credit's due, and how Joanna's experiences with Bond soured her filmmaking career. We also explore Roger Moore's attempts at getting recognition for Joanna later in life, and how much she eschewed the series later in life. Follow Melanie on Twitter: twitter.com/BritFilmMelanie James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
55:48
October 21, 2021
Dr. No (1962)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a deep dive into the making of the very first Bond film: 1962's 'Dr. No'. The episode explores: How Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli landed the rights to adapt Ian Fleming's novels for the screen, and how they landed on Sean Connery to be the first movie 007. How they decided which book to adapt first, and the team of screenwriters that brought it to life. The team of creatives assembled for the film who would go on to shape the films forever, from set design and music, to directing and editing. The exotic locations of Jamaica, the Pinewood sets, and the many iconic moments that defined Bond in the movies. The titles, posters, premieres, and release, box office and enduring legacy of the very first James Bond film. Stick around to the end to find out where we rank 'Dr. No' against the other films we've covered so far. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:31:50
October 14, 2021
No Time To Die - spoiler-free reaction
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a break from the usual routine to discuss 'No Time To Die', Daniel Craig's fifth and final James Bond film, which is in cinemas now. Tom Butler attended the world premiere, Brendan Duffy saw it at a press preview screening, and Tom Wheatley saw on general release at his local cinema and were keen to share their experiences and opinions with each other. This reaction episode is entirely spoiler free, and was recorded in two halves due to the commitment schedules of the hosts. On it they share their opinions on the film, the actors, the characters, the filmmakers, composer, and much more. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
49:09
October 07, 2021
We've been expecting you: Chris Tilly on Die Another Day
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by journalist, film critic, and co-host of the Clash of the Titles podcast Chris Tilly to talk about 'Die Another Day'. Having reviewed Pierce Brosnan's 2002 swansong for Hot Dog magazine, and visited a number of 007 film sets, Chris was keen to come on talk about this bonkers Bond film. Chris tells us about seeing 'Casino Royale' stunts being filmed, and being on set when the title of 'Quantum of Solace' was announced. He shares his thoughts and opinions on 'Die Another Day' and how his opinion on it has changed over the years. We take a forensic look through the film scene by scene, from the pre-titles right up to the finale. And then Chris lets us know all about Clash of the Titles, his film podcast with Alex Zane and Vicky Crompton. Follow Chris on Twitter: twitter.com/tillytweets Follow Clash of the Titles on Twitter: twitter.com/clashpod James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:21:01
September 30, 2021
Die Another Day (2002)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley will be shining a light on the story behind Pierce Brosnan's fourth and final Bond film 'Die Another Day'. In this wide-ranging show which covers the making of the 2002 film you'll learn about: The film's status as the centrepiece of a huge year of celebrations as the Bond films celebrated their 40th anniversary. Who the key creatives were, how they were assembled, how the script developed and how the film was affected by the tragic events of 9/11. How the cast came together from Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike to Toby Stephens and Rick Yune, and beyond. The many locations the productions visited, its set-pieces, stunts, and aborted third act that was changed at the last minute. How Madonna came to be involved, and the unique deal to bring her on board. Finally we explore the release of the film, its promotional art, premiere, box office, awards, and its 007 legacy. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:56:21
September 23, 2021
We've been expecting you: Xan Brooks on Diamonds Are Forever
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by author, journalist and film critic Xan Brooks to talk about 'Diamonds Are Forever'. In 2012, Xan wrote a story for the Guardian in which he named Sean Connery's 1971 007 swan song as his favourite ever James Bond film, so we invited him on to tell us why. Xan talks about his love for James Bond films, and explains why he described 'Diamonds Are Forever' as: "the Bond series' unlucky number seven: punch-drunk and paunchy, wanton and woozy." He discusses the cinematic context in which the film was made, how Connery's age affected the film, and why he views it so lovingly. We also explore the themes of the film, the music, its colourful characters, setting, and set pieces. We also talk to Xan about the challenges film critics face when reviewing a cultural behemoth like Bond, and his recent time covering Venice Film Festival. Follow Xan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/XanBrooks Read Xan's Guardian article here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2012/sep/27/favourite-bond-diamonds-are-forever James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
01:04:56
September 16, 2021
Do you expect us to talk? 003: No Time To Die preview
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley go off-script for an informal and spoiler-free chat about the upcoming release of 'No Time To Die' The team discuss whether the film will really hit its release date this time, share their thoughts about the new trailers and tie-in promotions, hopes for the film. They discuss their most anticipated scenes, characters, set pieces, tropes and more, and talk about their hopes and expectations for Daniel Craig's swan song. We hope to return for a spoiler chat once the film has been released in North America. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
54:39
September 09, 2021
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley do a deep dive into the making of Sean Connery's final official outing as James Bond: 1971's 'Diamonds Are Forever'. In this wide-ranging show you'll learn about: The context in which this film was made, how Sean Connery was lured back to the role, and the other actors they considered for 007. How the script was developed, who worked on the film, and why the majority of it was shot in America. The team do a deep dive into the cast, the locations and the set pieces. They also look at the work of production designer Ken Adam, composer John Barry, and of course, the film's iconic Shirley Bassey theme song. Finally they explore the release of the film, its promotional art, premiere, box office, awards, and its 007 legacy. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:47:05
September 02, 2021
D Part 2: Roger Deakins, Len Deighton, Tracey Di Vicenzo and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more filmmakers, characters and topics from the letter D. In this show you'll learn about: Sir Roger Deakins, the award-winning cinematographer of films such as 'Blade Runner 2049', '1917', 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'Fargo', who earned an Oscar nomination for his work on 2012's 'Skyfall'. Len Deighton, the acclaimed spy fiction writer on 'The Ipcress Files' who had many brushes with Ian Fleming and Bond, including writing an unused screenplay for 'Never Say Never Again'. Paul Dehn, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of the 'Planet of the Apes' sequels who was co-writer on 'Goldfinger', and instrumental in changing the tone of the 007 films. Max Denbigh, AKA C, the Spectre agent embedded at the highest level of the secret service in 'Spectre', played by Andrew Scott, star of 'Sherlock' and 'Fleabag'. Dink, the Bond girl played by Margaret Nolan who enjoyed a short but memorable scene with Sean Connery in 'Goldfinger', and went on to have an astonishing art and film career. Tracey Di Vicenzo, considered by many to be one of the best ever Bond girls, and played with considerable aplomb by the late, great Dame Diana Rigg. She won Bond's heart, but broke it too. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:22:22
August 26, 2021
We've been expecting you: James Page on Timothy Dalton
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by James Page, the co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential, and co-host of the James Bond & Friends Podcast, to discuss the legacy of Timothy Dalton. The gang discusses Dalton's resurgence among fans, and the impact of his two films. They also decide Dalton's best action scene, his best Bond villain, his best kill, his best Bond girl, his best one-liner and his best non-Bond film. We also quiz James about 'No Time To Die', his dream interview, his hopes for the future of 007, and who should play Bond next. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Follow MI6-HQ on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondlive Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
52:13
August 19, 2021
Timothy Dalton - Part 2/2
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley further explore the life and work of Timothy Dalton, the fourth actor to play James Bond in the movies. Covered in the first part of this two-part special: 'Licence To Kill', the James Bond that took the series in a bold new direction, but would ultimately be Dalton's last outing as 007. Timothy's performances after 'Licence To Kill' which he did while he waited for his third Bond film to come unstuck from its legal mire, including the excellent 'The Rocketeer'. The legal troubles that stymied Timothy's third Bond film, and the decisions that led to his exit from the series in 1994 ahead of 'GoldenEye'. We look at Dalton's relationship with Cubby Brocolli and Eon after his departure, and what he's said about the subsequent 007 actors Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. We explore Dalton's renaissance among Bond fans and the general public, first with the reappraisal of his two 007 films, and then his pop culture performances in 'Hot Fuzz', 'Doctor Who', 'Toy Story 3', 'Chuck', 'Penny Dreadful', 'Doom Patrol' and more. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:27:29
August 12, 2021
Timothy Dalton - Part 1/2
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley explore the life and work of Timothy Dalton, the fourth actor to play James Bond in the movies. Covered in the first part of this two-part special: Timothy's early life, school days, and entry in the world of acting. Timothy's acting education at RADA and the National Youth Theatre, and his first forays on the stage and screen. His breakthrough roles in the acclaimed historical drama 'The Lion In Winter', 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Mary Queen of Scots'. His early brush with James Bond auditioning for 1969's 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service', but deciding against the role. Timothy's acclaimed stage career, particularly in the world of Shakespeare. His appearance as Prince Barin in the 1980's cult sci-fi romp 'Flash Gordon', and another brush with Bond around the time of 'Octopussy'. We look at Dalton's route to 'The Living Daylights' which came when Pierce Brosnan was ruled out of the film due to his TV commitments. His unique approach to playing James Bond, taking the role back to its literary roots. The next episode will cover Timothy's Bond career from 'Licence To Kill' right up to the present day. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:10:48
August 05, 2021
D Part 1: Roald Dahl, Danjaq, Anthony Dawson and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more filmmakers, characters and topics from the letter D. In this show you'll learn about: Bibi Dahl, the figure-skating Bond girl played by Lynn-Holly Johnson who challenged the paternal instincts of Roger Moore's autumnal 007 in 1981's 'For Your Eyes Only'. Roald Dahl, Ian Fleming's WW2 contemporary who went from ace fighter pilot to children's author to screenwriter on 1967's 'You Only Live Twice' despite having concerns over the strength of the source material. Danjaq, the holding company created by Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman in 1962 to handle the business affairs of the James Bond movie franchise. Dario, the unhinged henchman portrayed by Benicio Del Toro in an early film role, who memorably gave Felix Leiter's wife "a nice honeymoon" in 'Licence To Kill'. Peter Davies, a British filmmaker who worked in the editing department of a number of 1980s James Bond films including 'Octopussy', 'A View to a Kill' and 'The Living Daylights'. Anthony Dawson, the Scottish actor who appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Dial M For Murder' and played Professor Dent in 'Dr No' before returning to play Blofeld as an uncredited actor in both 'From Russia with Love' and 'Thunderball'. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
50:55
July 29, 2021
We've been expecting you: Natalie Jamieson on Daniel Craig
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by author, journalist, podcast producer, and co-host of the Bestsellers podcast (twitter.com/bestsellerspod) Natalie Jamieson (twitter.com/Nat_Jamieson), who came on to talk about Daniel Craig. With years of experience as an entertainment journalist at the BBC and many other places, Natalie has crossed paths with Daniel many times, interviewing him at junkets and on the red carpet, for many of his film projects including James Bond. She tells the team about her passion for James Bond - particularly the Daniel Craig films - her personal link with the world of the 007 films, and how she ranks Craig's four films. She reveals what it's like to interview Daniel Craig, and shares an awkward encounter with him on the red carpet. We'd like to thank Natalie for her time and support, and we hope you enjoy the episode as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:00:47
July 22, 2021
Daniel Craig - Part 2/2
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley continue to explore the life and work of Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to play James Bond in the movies. Covered in the second part of this two-part special: The making of 'Quantum of Solace', a film beset with production issues, that had Daniel stepping in to help with the script. His Broadway debut, and his acting purple patch that saw him working with the finest filmmakers in Hollywood including David Fincher on 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo', Jon Favreau on 'Cowboys and Aliens', and Steven Spielberg again on 'Tintin'. Daniel's relationship with Rachel Weisz, and the Bond videogames he appeared in. His triumphant return to Bond in 'Skyfall' and the 2012 Olympics skit with the Queen. His 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' cameo, 'Spectre', 'Logan Lucky', and 'Knives Out'. And his final outing as 007 in 'No Time To Die'. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:42:32
July 15, 2021
Daniel Craig - Part 1/2
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley explore the life and work of Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to play James Bond in the movies. Covered in the first part of this two-part special: Daniel's early life, school days, and entry in the world of acting. Daniel's acting education and first forays on the stage and screen. His breakthrough role in 'Our Friends In The North', and his subsequent rise as a sought after character actor via parts in 'Elizabeth', 'Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon', and 'Road To Perdition'. His promotion to leading man in 'Layer Cake', his acclaimed stage performances, and a crucial role in Steven Spielberg's 'Munich'. And finally it covers Daniel's route to playing James Bond in 'Casino Royale', and the subsequent high profile parts he landed after. The next episode will cover Daniel's Bond career from 'Quantum of Solace' to 'Skyfall, 'Spectre', and 'No Time To Die' Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:26:31
July 08, 2021
We've been expecting you: John Cork
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by filmmaker and author John Cork to talk about his work within the world of the 007 films. John is the co-author of the James Bond Encyclopedia with Collin Stutz, James Bond: The Legacy with Bruce Scivally, and Bond Girls Are Forever with Maryam d'Abo. Also with Bruce Scivally he has written, produced, and directed more than 30 documentaries for the DVD and Blu-ray releases. John is also a member of The Ian Fleming Foundation, a group dedicated to the study of Ian Fleming and his works. On this episode John talks about his entry into the world of James Bond through the movies. He discusses being hired to write a treatment for Bond 17, and contributing to the character bible 'James Bond in the 1990s'. He reveals how he got involved with the DVD extras of the James Bond films, what it was like working with the key creatives at Eon, his hopes for the future of the films, and much, much more. We'd like to thank John for his time and support, and we hope you enjoy the episode as much as we enjoyed recording it. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:02:05
July 01, 2021
C Part 5: Bill Conti, Chris Corbould, John Cork and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more filmmakers, characters and topics from the letter C. In this show you'll learn about: Bill Conti, the Oscar-winning 'Rocky' and 'Karate Kid' composer who composed the score for 1981's 'For Your Eyes Only', and its title song, sung by Sheena Easton. Chris Corbould OBE, the Oscar-winning special effects coordinator who has worked on eleven James Bond films including 'No Time To Die', along with 'Superman II', 'Willow', 'Alien 3', 'The Dark Knight', 'Inception', 'Star Wars', and much more. John Cork, an acclaimed screenwriter and filmmaker who was hired to write a James Bond script, and ending up making the behind-the-scenes extras for the 007 DVDs, as well as writing the James Bond Encylopedia, James Bond: The Legacy, and the 'James Bond in the 1990s' character bible. Caroline Cossey, the pioneering transgender Bond girl who appeared in 'For Your Eyes Only' and Playboy and became a tireless campaigner and activist for trans rights. Derek Cracknell, a behind-the-scenes assistant director who worked on many James Bond films, and iconic movies such as 'Aliens', '2001', and 'A Clockwork Orange'. And Tom Cross, the Oscar-winning film editor of 'No Time To Die' who worked on 'Whiplash', 'La La Land', 'The Greatest Showman' and more. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:07:59
June 24, 2021
Do you expect us to talk? 002: Ranking the Sean Connery James Bond films
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley go off-script for an informal chat about the James Bond films of the Sean Connery era. First of all the team reveal their rankings of Connery's seven 007 films from 'Dr No', 'From Russia With Love', 'Goldfinger', 'Thunderball', 'You Only Live Twice', and 'Diamonds Are Forever', to 'Never Say Never Again'. Then we look at Sean Connery's best and worst moments as Bond, we speculate what films Connery would have made were he a rising star in the 21st century, and we discuss his film's beyond Bond and which we'd take to a desert island with us. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jamesbondatoz Email us on: podcast@jamesbondatoz.co.uk
55:26
June 17, 2021
Sean Connery - Part 2/2
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley continue their exploration into the life and work of Sir Sean Connery, the first movie James Bond. Covered in the second part of this two-part special: Connery's burgeoning film career outside of Bond including his many collaborations with Sidney Lumet. His growing dissatisfaction with the James Bond films on 'Thunderball' and the press intrusion through the explosion of the spy film genre, to him quitting the role after 'You Only Live Twice'. It looks at Connery's attempts to forge a career outside of 007, the controversial interview that threatened to derail his career, his divorce, and his return to Bond for 'Diamonds Are Forever'. It takes a look at Connery's relationship with his second wife Micheline, and his second return as 007 in 'Never Say Never Again', which began a middle-aged resurgence for the star. Finally it explores Connery's incredible film career throughout the 80s, 90s, including his Oscar-winning performance in 'The Untouchables', his return to Bond via a video game, his eventual retirement, and then his sad passing in 2020. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:47:59
June 10, 2021
Sean Connery - Part 1/2
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley convene to discuss the life and work of Sir Sean Connery, the first movie James Bond. Covered in the first part of this two-part special: Connery's early life in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh and his journey to stage and screen via Mr Universe and a touring production of South Pacific. His early film roles, his breakthrough from the BBC production of Requiem of a Heavyweight, and meeting his first wife Diane Cilento. The films that came from his deal with 20th Century Fox, and a scandal with Lana Turner, It looks at how Connery landed the role of James Bond against all odds, putting him on a fast track to the Hollywood A-list, and working with some of Hollywood's biggest names. And it goes up to the production of Goldfinger, where Connery's relationship with Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli begins to show signs of strain. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
01:26:27
June 03, 2021
C Part 4: Circus Twins, Ben Collins, Columbia Pictures and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more filmmakers, characters and topics from the letter C. Covered in this show: The Circus Twins, aka Mischka and Grischka, the knife throwing henchmen from 1983's 'Octopussy', played by real life twins David Meyer and Anthony Meyer. Jim Clark, the acclaimed film editor with an incredible CV of films that worked as an editor on Pierce Brosnan's 1996 James Bond adventure 'The World Is Not Enough'. Dick Clement, the English writer known for his partnership with Ian La Frenais, famous for television series including The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Porridge, Lovejoy and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Clement polished the script for 1983's 'Never Say Never Again'. Ben Collins, the former 'Top Gear' Stig who became an integral part of the Daniel Craig-era stunt team, driving cars in action sequences in 'Quantum of Solace', 'Skyfall', and beyond. Columbia Pictures, the legendary film studio that missed out on producing the James Bond films, released an unofficial one, and later became custodians of the brand in the 2000s for the Daniel Craig era. And Milos Columbo, the charismatic Bond ally from the 1981 Roger Moore film For Your Eyes Only, played by Fiddler on the Roof star Chaim Topol. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast. Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamesbondatoz Find us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jamesbondatoz
56:38
May 27, 2021
C Part 3: Cyril Castle, Henry Cavill, Anthony Chinn and more
On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast, hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle six more topics under the letter C. Covered in this show: Roger Moore's tailor Cyril Castle who shaped the look of 007 in 'Live and Let Die' and 'The Man With The Golden Gun at the start of his tenure. Henry Cavill, the Superman actor who was nearly cast as James Bond for 2006's 'Casino Royale' but was pipped to the post by Daniel Craig, and is hotly tipped to be the 7th 007. Chang, Hugo Drax's menacing henchman from 'Moonraker', portrayed by martial artist Toshirô Suga. Matt Chessé, the American editor of 2008's 'Quantum of Solace', who is a regular collaborator with Marc Forster. Tsai Chin, a multi-generational Bond 'girl' who appeared with Sean Connery in 1967's You Only Live Twice and Daniel Craig in 2006's 'Casino Royale'. And Anthony Chinn, a supporting artist who appeared in four James Bond film, from 'Dr. No' up to 'A View To A Kill' which gave him his most substantial role of the franchise in a memorable scene with Christopher Walken's Max Zorin. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast.
48:52
May 20, 2021
We've been expecting you: Simon Brew on Casino Royale
Simon Brew (@SimonBrew), journalist, author, podcaster, and publisher of Film Stories (@FilmStoriesPod), joins James Bond A-Z hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley to talk about 2006's 'Casino Royale'. Simon shares his insight into the film landscape of 2006 that Daniel Craig's debut 007 was competing in, the initial backlash against Craig, and the film's success at the box office. Simon also sheds light on the studio politics that have shaped Daniel Craig's tenure, what his films have achieved, and where they've fallen short. We also talk to Simon about Film Stories, Film Stories Junior, his upcoming live shows, and the launch of his own Blu-ray label kicking off with a reissue of Sneakers. You can find Simon Brew and Film Stories at https://www.filmstories.co.uk/ Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast.
56:45
May 13, 2021
Casino Royale (2006)
James Bond A-Z hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a deep dive into the making of Daniel Craig's 2006 James Bond debut 'Casino Royale'. This episode looks at the legal wrangling behind the scenes that finally allowed Eon to officially adapt Ian Fleming's first 007 book, Pierce Brosnan's exit from the series, and the initially controversial casting of Daniel Craig as the 6th actor to play Bond. The team look at the development of the script, the casting of its major players including the return of Judi Dench, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, and Jeffrey Wright, and its epic production across the world. The episode also explores the film's incredible stunts, theme song, score, and titles, the box office results, the critical response and its impact on the future of Daniel Craig's tenure. It's our most epic show yet. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast.
01:49:49
May 06, 2021
We've been expecting you: Jeremy Duns on Casino Royale
Author, journalist, and espionage writer Jeremy Duns joins The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy and Tom Wheatley to talk about his research into the many unmade versions of 'Casino Royale' that preceded the 1967 and 2006 adaptations. The first film adaptation of Ian Fleming's debut James Bond novel is an anomaly in the history of the 007 films, as it was developed in isolation outside of the Eon Productions hit factory. Duns explains how he discovered early drafts of the film, written for producer Charles K Feldman, by Oscar-winner Ben Hecht ('Angels Over Broadway', 'Scarface', 'Notorious'), what they entail and how they could have turned the Bond franchise upside down. The author also discusses the unproduced 'Casino Royale' screenplays written by 'Catch-22' author Joseph Heller - and others - that finally led to Feldman's disastrous 1967 film. And he discusses the incredible true WW2 spy caper that helped inspire one of the most iconic moments of 'Goldfinger'. You can find Jeremy Duns' work on Ian Fleming and James Bond on www.jeremy-duns.com. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast.
54:12
April 29, 2021
Casino Royale (1967)
James Bond A-Z hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley take a deep dive into the murky world of 1967's 'Casino Royale'. The farcical comedy which starred David Niven, Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, Orson Welles and a host of other stars who should have known better, is a blot on the history books of 007, and is not considered canon by fans. But the complicated journey of Charles K Feldman's disastrous adaptation of Ian Fleming's debut James Bond novel offers a tantalising glimpse and how badly things could have gone had Eon not acquired the rights for the rest of Fleming's books. This episode covers everything from Barry Nelson as Jimmy Bond in the TV version of 'Casino Royale', the early 'straight' drafts of the script by Ben Hecht, Joseph Heller and more, the film's tortured production with its fistfights, tantrums, and ballooning budgets, right up the film's release. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast.
01:10:48
April 22, 2021
C Part 2 - Joe Caroff, Elliot Carver, Tiffany Case and more
On this episode hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy and Tom Wheatley look into six more James Bond creatives and characters under the letter C. The diverse topics of discussion include Joe Caroff, the graphic designer responsible for the iconic 007 gun logo and filmmaker William P Cartlidge who held vital roles on a number of different Bond films. The team also look at 'Tomorrow Never Dies' power couple Elliot and Paris Carver, as portrayed by Jonathan Pryce and Teri Hatcher. Finally, the episode covers two important Bond girls: Rosie Carver of 'Live and Let Die' infamy, as played by Gloria Hendry, and Tiffany Case, the 'Diamonds Are Forever' jewel smuggler, played by Jill St. John. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return...
01:07:54
April 15, 2021
C Part 1 - Syd Cain, Allan Cameron, Martin Campbell and more
On this episode hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy and Tom Wheatley have reached the letter C in the James Bond A-Z. Topics covered include Syd Cain, the acclaimed production designer who worked on a number of James Bond films from 'Dr No' to 'GoldenEye'. Jeffrey Caine who was credited as a writer on Pierce Brosnan's 007 debut, and Allan Cameron the production designer on 'Tomorrow Never Dies'. Finally, the team take a look into the life and career of filmmaker Martin Campbell. Having directed 'GoldenEye' and 'Casino Royale', Campbell can stake a claim to being the best 007 director ever, but did you know he started out making softcore porn films? Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return...
01:04:34
April 08, 2021
Do you expect us to talk? 001 - Meet the team
Taking a break from the usual routine, James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley deliver a conversational episode tackling some of the big questions around 007. Who is the best James Bond and which scene typifies them best? Which tertiary James Bond character is the mist important to the series? Who is the most important creative behind the scenes? Which James Bond film would you show to an agnostic in a bid to win them over to the series? Which Bond villain is the most fearsome? What is the least 'Bond' scene in the whole series? And finally, the team talk about the dream film they want to see next. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return... with a normal episode next week.
57:18
April 01, 2021
We've been expecting you: Calvin Dyson on Pierce Brosnan
Hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy and Tom Wheatley are joined by James Bond expert Calvin Dyson to talk some more about Pierce Brosnan. Started in 2007, Calvin's James Bond-themed YouTube channel has racked up over 9 million views tackling a wide range of topics in the world of 007. He's ranked and reviewed the films, the actors, the Bonds, he's explored the many video games of the series, and he regularly goes beyond the world of 007 to look at Bond stars in non-Bond roles, and at other films in the spy genre. He was gracious enough to join us to discuss Brosnan's tenure as Bond, the actor's current stature among the fandom, his unmade films, and the future of the franchise.
44:23
March 29, 2021
Pierce Brosnan - Part 2/2
In the second part of the Pierce Brosnan special hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy and Tom Wheatley take a closer look at the actor's four 007 films. They discuss how 1995's 'GoldenEye' introduced a new James Bond for the 1990s, securing the future of the franchise. They dive into 'Tomorrow Never Dies', a film that was beset with scripting issues from the outset, but features a swaggering performance from Brosnan. They jump into 'The World Is Not Enough', a bold but divisive Bond film, and they brave 'Die Another Day' to see if it's really as bad as its reputation. Also, the episode looks at Brosnan's career outside of James Bond including 'Mars Attacks!', 'Dante's Peak', 'Mamma Mia', 'The Matador', and 'The Thomas Crown Affair', his personal life, and his burgeoning career in art. Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen. James Bond will return...
01:30:23
March 25, 2021
Pierce Brosnan - Part 1/2
The team have reached Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan. The Irish actor is the fifth James Bond on film who began his 007 tenure with 1995's 'GoldenEye', and ended it with 2002's 'Die Another Day'. In the first part of a two-part special, the team take a look back at Brosnan's early life in Ireland, his subsequent move to London, and his discovery of acting. They explore his relationship with his first wife, the 'For Your Eyes Only' Bond girl Cassandra Harris , and how it brought him into the orbit of Bond. They dig into Brosnan's big acting breaks, first with 'The Manions of America', then with 'Remington Steele', and finally his tortuous journey to landing his dream role: 007. Part 2, coming soon, will explore his tenure as Bond and beyond. Please like, review and subscribe to this show, wherever you listen.
01:08:24
March 18, 2021
B Part 4 - Robert Brownjohn, Jeremy Bulloch, Anthony Burgess and more
This episode covers the life and work of acclaimed graphic designer Robert Brownjohn who shaped the look of the iconic James Bond title sequences with his groundbreaking work on 'From Russia With Love' and 'Goldfinger'. The team also look at Jeremy Bulloch. Most famous as Boba Fett in Star Wars, the English actor starred in three James Bond films and was a fan favourite on the convention circuit. They shine a light on Irma Bunt, the Spectre agent of 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' who inflicted untold damage on 007. They look at two writers who worked on Bond with varying degrees of success: Anthony Burgess, who had a crack at the script for 'The Spy Who Loved Me', and Jez Butterworth the acclaimed playwright who polished the scripts for Sam Mendes' two 007 films: 'Skyfall' and 'Spectre'. Finally, the trio mop up a number of filmmakers who they missed in the previous episodes as they prepare to move on to the letter C.
01:04:39
March 11, 2021
Barbara Broccoli
Born into the world of James Bond, Barbara Broccoli OBE has been part of the 007 films for her entire life. On this episode, the team explore the 'No Time To Die' producer's early days growing up on the James Bond film sets, her early forays into the filmmaking business, and taking on the series – with her half-brother Michael G Wilson – from 1995's 'GoldenEye' onwards. They look at the bold decisions she has made to keep the 007 franchise moving forward, her other projects beyond Bond, and what the future may hold for Eon Productions.
01:07:02
March 04, 2021
Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli
Albert R. Broccoli, known to all as Cubby, is perhaps the man - beyond Ian Fleming - most responsible for the cultural phenomenon that is James Bond. Initially as co-producer with Harry Saltzman, then later as sole producer, Cubby oversaw the films as they developed from their relatively low-budget origins to large-budget, high-grossing extravaganzas, and Broccoli's heirs continue to produce new Bond films to this day. The team take a look back at the man's life and legacy, specifically his input into the world of 007 and the British film industry.
01:03:36
February 25, 2021
B Part 3 - Danny Boyle, Leslie Bricusse, Brioni and more
This episode covers a wide variety of topics from the world of the 007 films: 'Licence To Kill' character Pam Bouvier, prospective Bond 25 director Danny Boyle, 'You Only Live Twice' character Helga Brandt, lyricist Leslie Bricusse, fashion house Brioni, and James Brolin, the man who was very nearly Bond. The discuss the life and work of actor Carey Lowell, who starred with Timothy Dalton in his second 007 outing. They delve into Danny Boyle's failed attempt to make Bond 25, and look into what might have been. They chat about the memorable Bond antagonist played by Karin Dor, and Leslie Bricusse who contributed two Bond songs to the canon. Elsewhere they explore the fashion label Brioni who dressed Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, plus they look into the strange story of James Brolin who came very close to playing 007 in Octopussy.
01:07:28
February 18, 2021
We've been expecting you: Mark O'Connell on A View To A Kill
Author and pop culture pirate Mark O'Connell joins the team for a special bonus episode to share his love for 'A View To A Kill'. The writer of 'Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan' is a self-confessed Bond '85 superfan, and is here to set the A-Z team straight about Roger Moore's swansong. Topics covered include the film's supporting cast, Roger Moore's exit from the series, Lois Maxwell's final turn as Moneypenny, and that long-standing Maud Adams cameo myth. Mark (@Mark0Connell) also fills us in about his recent Top 5 James Bond films feature for Yahoo Movies UK, and the Bond alumni who got involved.
45:21
February 16, 2021
Blofeld
This episode is dedicated to James Bond's arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld. From his origins in the books to his film debut in 'From Russia With Love' right up to his next appearance in 'No Time To Die', the team dive into every aspect of SPECTRE's number one man. He's been played by a number of actors over the years including Donald Pleasance, Telly Savalas, Charles Gray, and Max Von Sydow, but was absent from the films until he was brought back into the fold with a charismatic turn by Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz in 2015's 'Spectre'. Join us as we go on a journey of discovery to learn everything we can can about the Moriarty to James Bond's Sherlock Holmes.
01:28:26
February 11, 2021
B Part 2 - Maurice Binder, Don Black, BMW and more
On this show, hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy and Tom Wheatley explore the work of Maurice Binder, the man responsible for James Bond's iconic gun barrel design, and countless 007 title sequences. They talk about the life and career of Don Black, the Oscar-winning lyricist who wrote a number of James Bond theme songs including 'Thunderball' and 'Diamonds Are Forever', and one-time screenwriter Harold Jack Bloom. Also explored is the franchise's relationship with BMW in the 1990s, skiing cameraman extraordinaire Willy Bogner Jr, and we talk about the origins of James Bond, and the man who inspired 007's name.
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February 04, 2021
B Part 1 - John Barry, Shirley Bassey, Michael Billington and more
As our mission reaches the letter B, it heralds the arrival of some heavy Bond hitters. In this episode the team delves into the stories of actor Joe Don Baker, who – as two different characters - straddles two eras of 007. They explore the life and work of John Barry, the award-winning composer whose sound defines Bond, and three-time theme tune singer Dame Shirley Bassey, who worked closely with Barry. Also discussed is two-time Bond Girl Martine Beswick, 'From Russia With Love' ally Kerim Bey, and actor Michael Billington who tried and failed many times to become 007 himself.
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January 28, 2021
A View To A Kill (1985)
The team dance into the fire with Sir Roger Moore's final James Bond film: 1985's 'A View To A Kill'. Hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy and Tom Wheatley look into the making of the fourteenth 007 film that came at a transitional moment for the franchise, which had one foot in the past and one in the future. The team look into the film's incredible stunt work, including that famous dive off the Eiffel Tower, and its extensive San Francisco shoot. They study the context of Roger Moore's swansong, its brilliant roster of villains, its excellent theme song, and the kicking it was given by the critics.
01:42:56
January 21, 2021
A Part 2 - David Arnold and Aston Martin
In Episode 2 of The James Bond A-Z Podcast, your hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are still on the letter A. The team focus on the life and work of film and TV composer David Arnold whose James Bond-themed album 'Shaken and Stirred' led him to scoring five 007 films - 'Tomorrow Never Dies', 'The World Is Not Enough', 'Die Another Day', 'Casino Royale', and 'Quantum of Solace'. They also take a deep dive into the world of Aston Martin, the car brand that defines Bond, and - to a certain extent - is defined by Bond. From the DB5 to the groundbreaking 'No Time To Die' hypercar the Valhalla.
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January 14, 2021
A: Part 1 - Ken Adam, Maud Adams, Michael Apted and more
In Episode 1 of The James Bond A-Z Podcast, your hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley cover the first part of the letter A. In it the team shine a spotlight on legendary production designer Ken Adam, two-time Bond woman Maud Adams, You Only Live Twice's Aki, The Spy Who Loved Me's Agent XXX, 'The World Is Not Enough' director Michael Apted, and long-serving 007 stunt performer and action director Vic Armstrong.
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January 08, 2021
Trailer
Welcome to The James Bond A-Z Podcast. Hosted by three lifelong James Bond fans – film journalist Tom Butler, journalist Tom Wheatley, and improviser Brendan Duffy – the show takes an encyclopaedic deep dive into the making of 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 (and yes, that includes Never Say Never Again). The show will shine a light on every aspect of the filmmaking process answering many of the questions you always wanted to ask about the 007 films. The James Bond A-Z Podcast is brought to you by Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley with art by Hélène Dollie and music by Tom Ingamells. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @jamesbondatoz. This podcast is not affiliated with the James Bond brand.
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January 05, 2021