The James Bond Complex

The James Bond Complex

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The James Bond Complex is hosted by Edgar Chaput and Mathieu Auclair. Two 007 aficionados located in Montreal, Canada (station MC), they go through the Fleming novels, the film adaptations, and much much more! Reviews, anecdotes, behind-the-scenes knowledge, you've never been debriefed on Bond's famous missions like you have with The James Bond Complex!
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A View To A Kill Reloaded
Hello dear listeners! The "Reloaded" series continues! This time we go back in time to 1985 and take a second look at Roger Moore's swan song as 007! We discuss the good, the bad and the extremly silly! We also  bring up a few Bond fans essential reading: A Close Look at 'A View to a Kill' by Andrew McNess & Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films by Matthew Field  and Ajay Chowdhury. So come with us and dance into the fire!
1:52:07
May 27, 2020
Dynamite Entertainment's "Felix Leiter"
Hello dear listeners! We want to talk to you about James Bond’s best friend in the whole wide world: Felix Leiter. What a swell guy, eh? Oh, what’s that now? Which version? Oh, no no, we’re talking about the Jack Lord version. Nope, nor the Cec Linder one. Nor the Norman Burton one either. Okay, you can stop gues-. No, not Rick Van Nutter. It’s alright, we’ll just tel- Ugh, not the Jeffrey Wright version either. Alright, that’s it, this week we’re discussing Dynamite Entertainment’s “Felix Leither” comic book that ran from early to mid 2017. Written by James Robinson and drawn by Aaron Campbell, this 6-issue story arc takes the former CIA agent on a solo mission to mission to Japan…where he isn’t working solo since he’s actually partnered with Tiger Tanaka. Fear not, listeners. It isn’t because 007 himself isn’t around that there isn’t anything to talk about. Have Dynamite Entertainment properly crafted the time line of their comics series? Is it better to have a romantic ending or a cynical one? What are the two things Felix and former flame Alena are good at (hint: one of them involves going undercover)? Can nobody ever really leave the CIA? Does Felix Leiter have Kermit the Frog eyes? So sit back, relax, and let hosts Mathieu and Edgar take you on a unique detour away from Bond to spend time with an old friend. No, it’s not the David Hedison version…
50:30
May 20, 2020
Roger Moore Detour: "ffolkes"
Hello dear listeners! Sir Roger Moore is one of the most fondly remembered actors of the James Bond franchise. So many fondly recall and pay tribute to his generally kind personality and positive outlook on life. His flair for the debonair enabled him to portray several tremendous characters on television and film. Roles that demonstrated bravery, sophistication, terrific wit, unapologetic sexism and misogyny- Woah, woah, woah, hold on there! Excuse me? Hosts Mathieu and Edgar are back this week with a Roger Moore Detour, because there’s always time for some more Moore. And boy do we ever get a lot Moore than we bargained for! In an attempt to think a little bit outside the box, the lads opt to review the long forgotten 1980 action thriller (relatively speaking) A Very British Die Hard. Oh, you don’t recognize the title? How about North Sea Hijack? Still no? Hmmm, Assault Force? Not even? Uh, “ffolkes”??? Whatever. They’ll be talking about that 1980 film in which Roger Moore plays a paramilitary expert and an absolute douche bag to anyone that bothers to lend him their ears for a minute, especially anyone belonging to the fairer sex. Yes, well, thinking outside the box for their film selection led to some, uh, surprising topics of conversation: why are cats superior to women? How did a woman get that job? Why are there even women in the room? And so on and so forth… Oh, but on a more positive note, the film displays modern, progressive values by featuring a non-binary character. Sort of. Maybe a little. Actually just in ffolkes’ twisted reality it would seem. Sit back, try your best to get comfortable. Maybe prepare yourself a really stiff drink. Or two or three. Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you. Ffolkes won’t. Believe us.
56:49
May 13, 2020
007 Case Files comic book
Hello Dear listeners. This week we are bringing you back to the comic book store! Yes we are discussing Dynamite Entertainment's James Bond comic book universe! The 007 case files is a collection of one shot stories: SERVICE , a story that has 007 squaring off against a an extremist militia. MONEYPENNY, M's bodyguard/ personal assistant takes center stage during an adventure that focuses on her upbringing. SOLSTICE, James Bond is assigned a personal assignment from M during the holidays. Finally we have M, a message from his past has the head of the secret service going on his own assignment.
1:09:31
May 6, 2020
Debriefing April 2020
Plenty to discuss here; the Goldeneye livestream, the death of Honor Blackman and whatever the 007 store recently added to it,s page!
36:43
April 29, 2020
Bond Beats Vol 2: the 70s
Hello dear listeners! The time has come to travel back to a decade when the disco balls reigned supreme, funk was in the air, it was alright to catch some Saturday Night Fever, and the James Bond film franchise began to explore bold new avenues to tell its stories to the world. Oh yeah, let's go back to the 1970s! Not only did the franchise have to deal with a new era of Bond filmmaking insofar as the Roger Moore tenure got fully into swing (that's another decade altogether!), but so too did the producers have to bring in new composers for some of the scores. In this new chapter of the podcast's Bond Beats series, Volume 2: the 70s, Mathieu and Edgar spin the vinyl of all 5 Bond scores that rocked the decade, from "Diamonds are Forever" through to "Moonraker." John Barry is back in full force, but legends George Martin and Marvin Hamlisch try their hat as well.  Like last time in Volume 1: the 60s, the boys take a slightly different approach to discussing the music. Beyond just stating which cues and tracks they like most, listeners will get a peak into what the music makes then feel and imagine. The conversation takes some delightful twists and turns: What could the lyrics to ''Q's Trick'' be like? How much better and wetter are things under the sea with a Disney swim and dance number? How effective is the Moonraker score at helping one fall asleep? How much lounge music is too much lounge music? Which piece of music is fit for the a picnic under a tree on the perfect summer day? So sit back, relax, put your ear buds on and enjoy the ride through the scores of the 1970s. Brass, strings, funk and disco. Let's go!
1:28:30
April 22, 2020
Bond On Bond With Roger Moore (2012)
Hello dear listeners! We may have lost Sir Roger Moore in 2017, but his words and legendary wit still live. In 2012 the third man to play James Bond sat down and wrote a book about his experience with the world of 007 from its inception to his part in it and even after leaving the role. Edgar and Matt share their  experience of savouring in the late actor's words in print and audio form.
49:12
April 15, 2020
Netflix's "Churchill's Secret Agents: The New Recruits"
Hello dear listeners! Imagine if you could travel back in time to WWII, when spycraft was a far cry from the game it is today. Even as a simple civilian you could be recruited and trained as a spy to perform various tasks and trades to help the Allied forces push the tide of the war. It’s both a frightening and exhilarating proposition. No, hosts Mathieu and Edgar have not built a time machine. Rather, Netflix and the BBC took care of that for them! This week on the show the boys review the 2018 miniseries Churchill’s Secret Agents: The New Recruits, a reality television show that has ordinary people partake in a WWII era and authentic training regime to become part of the Special Operations Executive. A relatively brief series with only 5 episodes, the show is explored in great detail by the lads, who take note of some of the more important details that struck their curiosity. How come it’s always the little mousy ones that would be ready to kill a man? Could one become a member of the SOE if one was afraid of heights? Even the grandmothers are hot, so it was exactly like a James Bond movie. French and German officers spoke impeccable English. There’s no time to faff around, so get ready for another thrilling instalment of The James Bond Complex, early 1940s style!
1:08:15
April 8, 2020
EXCLUSIVE FILM REVIEW!!!: No Time to Die
SPOILER WARNING!!! This week the hosts delve deeply into No Time to Die plot details. Hello dear listeners! It’s now April 2020. In what must be one of the podcast’s most highly anticipated episodes since the show’s launch, the hosts offer you an incredible exclusive. No other 007 themed podcasts were given the glorious privilege that we were. Finally here is The James Bond Complex’s review of No Time to Die! And suffice to say that it left the hosts quite surprised from start to finish, including about the general plot outline itself. Oh, those marketing people at EON, MGM and Universal were very clever with this one, throwing the fanbase off the scent with a marketing campaign that had everyone guessing incorrectly. Trust us when we say that this is not the No Time to Die you were probably expecting! Matt, Edgar, and the International Man of Mystery himself Jason Kim leave no stone unturned in this unexpected review filled with twists and turns. Who would be better to test a tank: Jason or Pierce Brosnan? Would Michael Bay or Christopher Nolan be more suited to make a tank movie? Did Fiona Volpe fake her own death before becoming a member of S.P.E.C.T.R.E.? How cool is it that filmmakers still shoot films in Cinemascope these days? Is the latest Bond film the one that finally lays to rest the codename theory? Does NTTD actually suggest that even Daniel Craig’s version of the character is the same as the 5 previous? Also, where’s Daniel Craig in this movie??? So sit back and- you know what, you won’t be able to sit back this week. This exclusive No Time to Die review will have you on the edge of your seat. The hosts still can’t believe the film they just watched!* *No, really. They genuinely don’t understand which version of No Time to Die this is.** ** Maybe this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOx0KG0EErI&t=53s
49:59
April 1, 2020
March 2020 Debriefing: Shrubland Session 2
Welcome to the world of "Social distancing". Don't worry loyal listeners. Not only do we have a ton of material already recorded and being edited. The show will go on. This started as a debriefing with fellow Podcaster of the excellent "Intrepid 007 podcast"; Emery Cormier, it qucikly became something of a "Shrubland session" as we discuss the recent changes in our society. 
58:57
March 25, 2020
The Bourne Detour - The Bourne Identity (2002)
Hello dear listeners! We’re having a bit of an identity crisis. We know how to set up our recording studio, plug in the Tascam recording, toggle the volume adjustments on the mixer, and connect a smart phone so that a third individual and Skype into our podcast conversation.  Now why would we know how to do all that and not know who we are?... Psyche! Fear not listeners, we know exactly who we are and there is no identity crisis around theses parts, save perhaps for the subject of this week’s episode. We’ve done Bond actor detours and even a Gotham City Detour, but here is our first ever visit to a wholly different interpretation of the cinematic spy genre. On this week’s show the boys discuss 2002’s The Bourne Identity starring Matt Damon, along with their man in the field, the international man of mystery himself Jason Kim. We love spy movies, even when it comes to franchises that rival Bond, and who can resist Matt Damon? Ooh la la! Does this film truly represent a ‘’hail to the anti-007’’ as quoted in an article brought up in the discussion? How badly can Jason beat people up? How does a film like Bourne Identity stack up against the behemoths of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? What did Edgar do when he visited Pont Neuf back in the day? How upset can one get when being chewed out by Chris Cooper? Motivating male protagonists: to fridge or not to fridge? So sit tight and buckle your seat belts because we’re going down those steps in the narrow ally in our Mini Coop. Enjoy this week’s episode of the… of the uh… uh…Oh god! Brought to you by UNIVEX. When they're THIS intrepid, no shipment is too complex! Follow Jason on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/jasxon88/
1:07:01
March 18, 2020
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) - With Bill Koenig
Hello dear listeners! This is a critical moment for the entire James Bond fan community. As you download this episode on Wednesday March 11th we are exactly 1 week removed from…you know what. Just as we were all so terribly excited about No Time to Die, circumstances beyond almost anybody’s control had the film temporarily pulled away from under our feet, at least until November. Suddenly, Bond is nowhere to be found on the April cinema calendar. Fitting, therefore, that Bond is nowhere to be found this week on the show either, although his spirit and that of Ian Fleming cast a long shadow over this week’s topic: The Man From U.N.C.L.E., both the 2015 film directed by Guy Ritchie and the television series that exploded onto tv sets in the 1960s. Heaven forbid hosts Mathieu and Edgar pretend they know U.N.C.L.E. as well as they do Bond. Nay, the lads bring in reinforcements this week to lay the groundwork of what The Man From U.N.C.L.E. franchise is and how it got started.  We welcome Bill Koenig, also as the The Spy Command (or, we as like to say, simply the Spy Commander), who runs a fantastic blog about the espionage pop culture phenomenon in all its shapes forms. Effortless pop and U.N.C.L.E. scholar, Bill regales Matt and Edgar in the history of the entire series before diving into a mini-review of the 2015 motion picture adaptation. The usual hosts, frankly, just bask in the glory that is Bill’s knowledge and insight. So sit back and enjoy a different spin on the spy pop culture phenomenon, albeit with obvious 007 echoes. Cry U.N.C.L.E.? Bob’s your U.N.C.L.E.? Forget about it. We have you covered this week! Check out Bill Koenig on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheSpyCommand Check out his blog, The Spy Command, at https://hmssweblog.wordpress.com
1:25:42
March 11, 2020
February 2020 Debriefing
WARNING: This episode contains audio material that could cause emotional distress, permanent brain damage and high levels of anxiety. Yes. Matt "Sings". We talk about Operation Snowfall, The Title song and other bits of info as "No Time To Die" is almost upon us!
1:02:50
March 4, 2020
"Operation: Snowfall" Debriefing (Skyfall in Concert)
Hello dear listeners! Where you go we go. What you see we see. We know we'd never be us without the security of your lovin- Ahem *clears throat* Yes, well, we got a little carried away there for a moment, but how could we not?!? Hosts Mathieu and Edgar have returned from a weekend in Station T (Toronto, Ontario) for what will surely go down as one of the highlights of 2020, at least as far as the North American fleet of the James Bond fan community is concerned. The weekend of Feb 21st-23rd was the much hyped "Operation: Snowfall", dubbed such by none-other than Matt and Ed.  The delightful city of Toronto played host to 2 screenings of Skyfall in Concert (Friday and Saturday) at the Meridian Hall downtown. "Operation: Snowfall" was a gargantuan gathering of Bond fans and social media platform movers and shakers from around Québec, Ontario, and the northeastern United States. It was without a doubt memorable weekend of chatter, laughs, stories, opinions shared, first time hand shakes...oh right and the concert itself! On Sunday afternoon at a cozy Second Cup coffee shop in Toronto's convention centre Matt, Edgar, and our man in the field, the international man of mystery himself Jason sat down with their smart phones and recorded a conversation about the overall weekend and the show specifically.  How stressful is the music in the film? Just how impressive is the screentime Judi Dench gets in SF? Sam Mendes: artistic genius?  What instrument can Jason play? To subtitle or not to subtitle? Should there be a version of Thomas Newman's score with heavy synth? Why did it take so long for Amy Adams' career to balloon?!? All this and more on this week's "Operation: Snowfall" Debriefing! Check out Jason's solo missions on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/jasxon88/
53:47
February 26, 2020
The Rhythm Section Starring Blake Lively
Hello dear listeners! Or rather, listener! Yes you, the one person apart from the hosts of The James Bond Complex that went to see The Rhythm Section in theatres. It’s hard sometimes rooting for EON Productions, especially when they release Bond films so infrequently these days and when they throw their hat in the ring for projects of a different variety…no one pays attention. Nevertheless, the hosts are back this week, all three of them in fact what with the international man of mystery himself Jason Kim joining the fray to dissect the film’s psychology, spychology, look, and feel. From the slums of London, the side cafés of Madrid, and the vibrant streets of Marseilles (with plenty of other stops in between), Mathieu, Edgar and Jason complete their training as assassins and venture forth on the journey alongside the spy thriller genre’s new anti-hero: Stephanie Patrick. Does the film feature one of the best action scenes we might see in 2020 at the movies? What are the risks incurred when a novelist translates their own work to the silver screen? How impressive is the EON Productions studio logo when it appears on screen in front of a film? How bad of a sign is it when the theatre room in which a film plays is in that one room you must walk past the bathrooms to get to? Sit back, relax, dye your hair black and take a dip in frozen water as we leave no stone unturned. Will we be as ruthless as the box office receipts were? Listen to find out!* This is a spoiler episode but, like, whatever.
55:45
February 19, 2020
Bond Expasion Vol 2 - Part 2
Disclaimer: Good news! At the 12 minute mark of this week's episode, the buzzing sound is gone. Stay tuned until the very end of the episode to find out what happened. What that out of the way, here we go! Hello dear listeners! Root root root for the home team! When it comes to our interests, that means the James Bond franchise and its parent companies. Last week you heard part 1 of the 2nd James Bond Expansion Volume. Jason and Rodrigo left no stone unturned in their offerings of ideas to help this legendary property sore to new heights. Lego sets featuring iconic lairs, a race track where drivers can feel like Bond behind the steering wheel of Astons, Lotus, and tanks, B-side title song albums. Killing James Bond!...Yeah, that part was a little outside the box, shall we say. BUT there was the idea of reinventing 007 for a new generation, quite literally, by sending a 00-DNA enhanced human into the future to fight the criminals James Bond can’t! Whether it was gender-bending or playing with car gadgets, Jason and Rodrigo left us breathless for all sorts of reasons. Now, it’s time for the regular hosts Mathieu and Edgar to enter the ring and regale the listeners with some of their own ideas. Volume was a cake walk compared to what they have in store this time! Sit back, relax, and get ready to imagine the world of James Bond reinvigorated, rejiggered, recalibrated, and maybe even re-skinned. Ooh! But we can say no more. You’ll just have to listen! Brought to you by UNIVEX. When they're THIS intrepid, no shipment is too complex! Check out Rodrigo Gonzalez at Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/rodrigoandres1/ Check the international man of mystery Jason Kim on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/jasxon88/
1:30:45
February 12, 2020
Bond Expansion Vol 2 - Part 1
*Full disclosure, as mentioned on Twitter and Facebook already, while the overall audio quality of this episode is fine, listeners will certainly detect a distinct static noise in the background. We had some technical difficulties that were only fixed in the second hour of our discussion. Part 2 will sound much better! Hello dear listeners! (breathes in intensely through nostrils) Can you smell it? That’s the smell of excitement that comes when we are at the dawn of a new James Bond film. It stands to reason the film will make a lot of money. Further adding to the studios coffers will be tie-in products such as ‘’making of books’’, Orlebar Brown and N. Peal clothing collections, specialty bottles of various alcoholic beverages, etc. But how else can an intellectual property such as 007 earn more bounty? How could one EXPAND the franchise and seduce more fans? Listeners may remember in the spring of 2018 we released The Bond Expansion Volume 1 in which Mathieu and Edgar offered ideas as to how the franchise can break new ground. Well, out of the ashes of Edgar’s decrepit amusement park and in the aftermath of Mathieu’s cancelled pilot episode of Agents of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. comes another attempt at helping EON, Danjaq and co. reach new heights of glory. Welcome to The Bond Expansion Volume 2! But this time, they’re not alone! Our man in the field, the international man of mystery himself Jason Kim joins in on the fun, as does a voice that should be familiar to those that listened to the French version of our “Demain de meurt jamais” episode (that’s TND for those that aren’t fluent in Molière speak), Rodrigo Gonzalez. In Part 1 of this epic 2-part bonanza, Jason and Rodrigo each take their turn at exploring the infinite possibilities. Creativity, edge of your seat excitement…controversy? The ideas are so clever and at times hilarious, we won’t even bother to spoil them with inside jokes in this synopsis. You’ll just have to listen to the episode! Sit back, relax, and open your mind to how the James Bond phenomenon can take on even greater shapes and forms! Find Jason Kim on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jasxon88/ Find Rodrigo Gonzalez on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/rodrigoandres1/
1:07:38
February 5, 2020
January 2020 Debriefing
We discuss the Billie Eillish and Hans Zimmer news and more!...
59:55
January 29, 2020
Icebreaker By John Gardner
Hello dear listeners! What do the best spy stories involve? Intrigue, of course. A decent plot as well, that goes without saying. Engaging characters certainly, what would a spy story be without that? Surprising twists and turns seem reasonable to expect as well. After all, spies are often engaged in mysterious missions from which the outcome can unravel in unexpected ways. Now imagine all of these elements coming together in a John Gardner Bond novel. ‘’Ridiculous!’’ we hear you say. ‘’Preposterous!’’ you shout. ‘’Unbelievable!’’ thunders from your mouths. And yet it’s true. Co-hosts Mathieu and Edgar return to the Gardner literary 007 this week with an in-depth discussion of the author’s third venture, Icebreaker. Whereas Licence Renewed had us mildly intrigued and entertained and For Special Services left us and friend Emery Cormier flabbergasted and confused, Icebreaker arrives like a fresh new start. Featuring one of the more complicated plots of any of the Bond novels, Fleming or otherwise, the boys have a lot of material to wade through. In fact, there are so many intricate plot details and twists that Matt and Edgar’s heads might start spinning. Be that as it may, it nevertheless makes for a wonderfully different 00 reading experience. Even Fleming never pulled off what Gardner does here with Icebreaker. So sit back and grab a hot cup of cocoa. It’s fitting that this episode should be released during a stretch of Montreal January when the temperature has dropped considerably. Rest assured however, for just as the weather outside is frightful, this Bond novel is so delightful!
1:11:02
January 22, 2020
James Bond Find Your Fate books - with Phil Poggiali
Hello, dear listeners! Close your eyes and imagine yourself as James Bond 007, lying in bed, watching as the impressive specimen that is May Day walks slowly towards you, completely nude. She leaps into bed. Just before you attempt a 00-Move on her to get the party under the bed sheets started, she wrestlers herself on top of you, firmly pinning you underneath, animalistic sexual desire and perhaps something else glinting in her eyes. And then… Oh, sorry, we got carried away there. Where were we? Ah yes, Mathieu and Edgar are back this week with the back end of their conversation with Philip Poggiali. This time the trio dive neck deep into the long lost series of Find Your Fate books which served as one of the more intriguing bit of movie tie-in merchandising for 1985’s A View to a Kill. Published by Ballantine Books, the quartet of entries invited readers to live a James Bond adventure by making choices that would determine 007’s fate and that of the world. Think of VR but for book worms. Phil guides the hosts and the listeners through the publication history of the short lived and hard to find series, revealing some tidbits that are sometimes just as titillating as the book outlines themselves. What would happen if James Bond found himself on the island of Dr. Moreau? Have you ever imagined 007 getting stuffed into an oven? How about being squished into wine? Would you believe it if we told you that R.L. Stine of Goosebumps fame wrote a Bond book? No? Well, have a listen to this week’s episode and let Phil Poggiali regale you with stuff we’re guessing you probably didn’t know how 007 publication history. Sit back, relax, and let’s welcome back Phil one more time. This takes being James Bond to a whole new level!* *Any similarities between this episode’s description and the name of a certain 007 themed podcast is wholly coincidental. The author and hosts will not be held responsible for any confusion on the part of the reader or listeners. We have lawyers everywhere. Phil Poggiali can be found on Twitter here. https://twitter.com/paperback_film
42:11
January 15, 2020
Formula for a Franchise: Donald Westlake's Bond Adventure - with Phil Poggiali
*Full disclosure, this episode was recorded on the morning of Sunday October 6th, the day after Global James Bond Day. There is NTTD chatter, but obviously not up to date with what we know as of early January 2020. Hello, dear listeners! In December 2018 we invited former MI6 Confidential magazine writer and all around Bond aficionado/historian Philip Poggiali to regale hosts Matt and Edgar and the listeners with the secrets of what could have been Timothy Dalton’s 4th Bond film, Reunion With Death. It was undoubtedly a unique episode for which we thought a little bit outside the box to produce content. Since then Phil and us have chatted online, shared ideas and banter but without ever concretely setting up a new instalment in our adventures into 007’s lost past. Until now, that is. Yes, friend of the show Philip Poggiali is back, and much like last time he’s back to back! We give old Timothy a rest and instead discuss a version of Pierce Brosnan’s 2nd 007 adventure that surely exists in another timeline or parallel universe.  Beware the Dragon’s Teeth! In the first episode of a 2-part instalment, Philip, Matt, and Edgar warm up with some Global James Bond Day discussion as well as share thoughts on NTTD developments (circa early October 2019) before delving neck deep into the trials and tribulations of American crime novelist Donald Westlake’s attempt at penning a Bond film in the mid 1990s. What’s more, Phil even reads a mini article he prepared just for this episode. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the podcast has an exclusive (which serves as the title of this week’s episode!). We even get to know some character names, including a would be legendary pun. It’s a real ‘’banger.’’ Oooh! So sit back and, just like in December 2018, imagine a world where a different Bond film exists, one we will sadly never get to see, but can conjure up in our minds thanks to Phil’s tireless, meticulous research. Check out Philip Poggiali on Twitter at https://twitter.com/paperback_film
1:28:50
January 8, 2020
Octopussy starring Roger Moore - Part 2
Hello, dear listeners! Happy New Year! We thank you very much for your patience while waiting for the concluding chapter in our OP film review. After some NTTD trailer chatter and a special Christmas bonanza episode, it’s time to get down to business again. Let’s get cracking! Did you think the egg jokes would be limited to the movie’s plot synopsis from Part 1? Ha! Well, look at you now with egg on your face. We last left Bond at the backgammon table with Kamal Kahn, the latter whom warned 007 to spend his winnings quickly. With so much of the film left to dissect with a finely toothed comb, Matt and Edgar get right down to it. But first, it’s important to take in some sight seeing of ‘traditional’ Indian culture, like sword swallowers and fire breathers. You know, everyday Indian stuff. A visit to Q’s lab always does the trick to brighten spirits while on a perilous mission, to say nothing of free cleavage shots to keep our spirits up (and keep other things up too). Fake jewelry smuggling between East and West Berlin, the Most Dangerous Game, debating Tarzan’s place in pop culture history, amazing ADR spooky yells, Octopussy Circus: Lethal Assault Unit, clown disguises being no laughing matter and…and… uh…Oh right, Octopussy herself! Who would forget about talking about her?!? So sit back and relax on this New Year’s Day 2020. It’s a new year, with new challenges, and new threats. But you still count on the brilliance of The James Bond Complex to get you through your mid-weeks. From The James Bond Complex to you: Happy New Year! Especially you, Octopussy…Octopussy…
1:30:35
January 1, 2020
2019 Christmas Special: The Gift of Bond 26
Hello, dear listeners! Tis the season! Seasons greetings from Matt and Edgar to all of you! Oh, but the hosts have much more to offer their listeners and friends than seasons greetings, even though those are very swell. Nay, they are offering their mics to the community on this very special episode of The James Bond Complex. Some of you may remember a few months ago when Matt and Edgar unabashedly basked in the glory of their own fantasy Bond 26s, My Enemy’s Enemy and A Picture Worth a Thousand Deaths. Now, in the spirit and season of giving, they have invited a plethora of friends to join in on the fun and share their thoughts on where the franchise might go following No Time to Die, Daniel Craig’s final film. Even Jason Kim, the International Man of Mystery, joins in on the fun. There is no shortage of unique visions, ideas, and voices on this episode. From getting all the 00s together in an epic climactic battle, taking the series back to the 1960s, rebooting it altogether, scaling down the scope, counting from 2 to 5 in French, the importance of actor-director reunions, Quantum being a superior organization than Spectre, psychic communications with the current producers, references to Roger and rogers in the poster tag lines, to how incredible the trailer for Carl Weathers’ Action Jackson is (uh…you’ll have to listen to find out). One guest even describes in intricate detail an entire pre-title sequence! Virtually everyone appears in this episode. Even ghosts of James Bond past! Pour the eggnog, shake your martinis, chill the Bollinger, and get the caviar ready. We sincerely hope you enjoy this episode of the show, not just because it’s all about fans being fans dreaming about the 00 million possibilities, but because it literally could not have happened without you, friends and listeners. 2019 was an incredibly year for the podcast, in large part thanks to you! Enjoy the episode, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Love, peace, and health.* Our special guests this week: David Zaritsky from The Bond Experience Bill Koenig from The Spy Command and James Bond and Friends Emery Cormier from The Intrepid 007 Podcast Jarrod, Jason, Delvin and Pat from On Her Majesty’s Secret Podcast: MI6 Rookie Agents David Leigh from The Bond Dossier and James Bond and Friends Don, Tyler, Martin, and Anthony from The 00 Files Reuben Wakeman from The Toys of Bond Peter Brooker from From Tailors With Love Phil Pogiali, contributor to MI6 Confidential and all around Bond historian. Joe Darlington from Being James Bond AND Jason Kim playing himself as the International Man of Mystery *A good roger never hurts either.
1:41:31
December 21, 2019
December 2019 debriefing - trailer reveal!
Agent Jason Kim, International Man of Mystery joins us to chat about the brand spanking new trailer for "No Time To Die"!
1:00:01
December 18, 2019
Octopussy starring Roger Moore - Part 1
Hello dear listeners! Are you sometimes convinced that Sir Roger’s James Bond and Mr. White from CR, QOS, and SP are the hosts of the James Bond Complex? The familiar, nefarious tone when they proclaim that they have people everywhere. The amusing double-entendres and soothing voices to keep the proceedings light and engaging. The unquestionable professionalism with which they go about the analysis of the Fleming novels, the films, and everything in between. You’d earn top marks, dear listeners. Except they’re fake. No, it’s just Mathieu and Edgar entering the recording studio, week and week out, to deliver thorough commentary on the James Bond phenomenon. As you may have guessed, this week the lads crack open 1983’s Octopussy. A rather important film in the franchise, given the same year’s non-official rival 007 picture starring, oh, what was his name again? Oh right, Sean Connery.  As was typical of the 80s Bonds, OP is supported by a fairly complex plot, so Matt and Edgar have a lot to wade through. How decadent is the West? Mirror mirror on the wall, Is Louis Jordain’s Kamal Khan the slimiest of them all? How much can one pack into a horse’s *ss? How easy is it to swap Fabergé eggs at an auction at Sotherby’s (Answer: incredibly)? Is there maximum age for Moore’s Bond at which women left and right stop fantasizing about him? Sit down, fill your tummies with an egg (hard boiled, scrambled, sunny side up, etc. Your choice!) and get ready for Part 1 of our Octopussy review. Let the discussion commence!
1:17:47
December 11, 2019
Trouble Spot | Isle Of Condors - The James Bond Comic Strips
Hello, dear listeners! Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Hosts Mathieu and Edgar being their journey into the world of the James Bond Daily Express newspaper strips! They start off with a bang with 2 stories: Trouble Spot and Isle of Condors! (Thinks to self) …Hmm, we really have to sell this episode hard. People don’t really know much about the old black and white newspaper strips. It could come across as a tepid, antiquated topic for an entire episode. The public needs to be swayed. Alright then.. Extra! Extra! Woman strips to her bear essentials in order to torture whip captive dame! Extra! Extra! 007 travels to a nude beach! Extra! Extra! Woman recovers her sight when in the presence of James Bond’s oozing sex appeal! Extra! Extra! Villain found on small island with an army of voracious condor birds! Extra! Extra! James Bond finds woman rides naked on horse at night in the middle of the street! Extra! Extra! Villain uses small army of beautiful dames as brainwashed spies! Extra! Extra! Man actually has people call him ‘’Sharkface!’’ Sit back, make some coffee, crack open your copies of the Daily Express, and join Mathieu and Edgar as they tackle two efforts by writer Jim Lawrence and artists Yaroslav Horak. They may be in black and white, but don’t let that have you think they are any less colourful than the best of the 007 adventures!
49:55
December 4, 2019
December 2019 Debriefing
Daniel Craig is done with the tuxedo and the PPK. Dynamite Entertainment to publish a lot more comics. Oh and our buddy Emery's podcast "The Intrepid 007 Podcast" celebrates it's one year anniversary!
35:01
November 27, 2019
Die Another Day starring Pierce Brosnan - Part 2
Hello dear listeners! Do you wanna get bugnuts?!? Let’s get bugnuts!!!! Oh, it’s on now. We return to 2002’s Die Another Day for the second and concluding part of the film review. As listeners may recall, co-hosts Mathieu and Edgar were, how shall we put it, uncharacteristically kind towards the picture, at least as far as the general consensus surrounding the film goes (read: it’s the absolute worst Bond film). But then again, as Matt so astutely put it, the film is divided into two parts, the first being a (somewhat) gritty thriller about a spy left out in the cold, on a solo mission to avenge those who wronged him. It’s a section that genuinely has some meat to it, with legitimately interesting ideas thrown into the mix. Now comes the second part. This is where the filmmakers pull out all the stops, throwing in everything including the kitchen sink. As they are want to do, Matt and Edgar strive to cover every nook and cranny of this decidedly loony portion of the film. Does Bond just make up espionage tactics on the fly as excuses to sleep with women? How does the film’s final half hour compare to a Michael Bay opus? Why did the series wait so long to give a baddie a super car? How juicy are Gustav Graves’ lines (spoiler: quite). Iceberg surfing, anyone? Are there really parachutes for two people?* DAD is the film that just keeps on giving reasons to talk about it, as evidenced by this thorough examination this week. So sit back, have some sex for dinner, death for breakfast and…some James Bond Complex as an ‘’amuse bouche?’’ Oh! *Whoops! Not anymore!
1:00:41
November 20, 2019
Die Another Day starring Pierce Brosnan - part 1
**First and foremost, circumstances forced Edgar to record the plot synopsis at a later date and with a different mic than usual. We apologize for the disparate audio quality that you’ll surely notice for a few minutes when he reads it.   Hello, dear listeners! Let’s wind the clock back to 2002. The Bond film franchise is full swing into its 40th anniversary celebration. Cross-branding, an onslaught of promotional material, and of course the series’ 20th film installment, Die Another Day starring Pierce ‘ooh la la’ Brosnan.  Co-host Mathieu is a movie theatre employee, living the high life of being in the thick of Bondmania. Edgar is…missing in action?  Yes friends, it is at long last time to delve into Brosnan’s 007 filmography And what better way to get the ball rolling than by taking care of the film many deem to be the lesser of his entries, much like we did with Connery?  But saying a film is not up to par does not insinuate that there isn’t anything to talk about. This week’s Part 1 of the Die Another Day discussion proves just that point. In fact, DAD is replete with noteworthy plot points, albeit not always for the right reasons.  There are so many things to discuss that by the end of Part 1 we aren’t even half way through the film! Do Mathieu and Edgar crack the code to the genius of Madonna’s title song? Do iffy Korean accents mar the pre-title sequence? Is it okay to spout one-liners to nobody but oneself? What’s up with the weird pace to the dialogue exchanges? Do North Korean military prison camps fatten inmates up?  So sit back with a mojito, light up a delectado en enjoy Die Another Day with us, yes and no.  Analyze this! Analyze this! Analyze this, this this!
1:14:25
November 13, 2019
For Special Services By John Gardner
Hello, dear listeners! We all remember sitting in theatres in October and November of 2015 for Spectre, basking in the glory of the moment when it was revealed that Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Bond are some related, albeit by proxy. A truly ‘’memorable’’ moment in the film series. Well, what if we told you that John Gardner, author of plenty of continuation novels (among them the already reviewed Licence Renewed) had a few family plots of his own up his sleeve at a time when SP was but a tinkle in the mind’s eye of the producers? If you thought the half-brother reveal in SP was something special, just wait until you get a load of Gardner’s 2nd continuation novel: For Special Services. In fact, the twists and turns and ice cream selection are so bountiful that co-hosts Mathieu and Edgar cannot handle the load alone. To the rescue is Emery Cormier, founder and host of the Intrepid 007 Podcast, based in Station QC, Québec City. He joins the boys this week to taste every flavour of sugary goodness to be discovered in the novel: What’s the Fleming connection with the book’s title? Are two boobs always better than one (Are they? ARE THEY?)? Would Bond really have won his race against Walter Luxor with a Saab? Are uncomfortable are ants in your pants? How sexually adventurous is the Leiter family? So sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s episode with special guest Emery Cormier and adore the book as much as we did. Honest. We really, really like it. Yes. We feel perfectly fine. Absolutely normal. Why do you ask? Go on…have a taste of this ice cream! Check out Emery Cormier and the Intrepid 007 Podcast on FB here https://www.facebook.com/intrepid007/ Check him out on Instagram as well here https://www.instagram.com/007_intrepid/
1:32:54
November 6, 2019
November 2019 Debriefing
We are back from a super secret private screening of "You Only Love Twice" (In glorious 1967 original 35 mm no less). We reflect on our amazing Let's Bond event and briefly touch on the end of "No Time To Die" principal photography.
52:28
October 30, 2019
Halloween Special 2019: The Haddonfield Detour
Hello, dear listeners! October 31st looms, and with it a chill fills in the air and brushes up your spine that can only mean one thing: the horrors of Halloween! Evil takes many shapes, from witches, to goblins, vampires, werewolves and more. But throughout pop culture history, few characters have represented evil as…purely and simply as the terrifying Shape, the masked killer Michael Myers himself. The Halloween series a favourite for one of the show’s hosts, and since it’s October, Mathieu and Edgar decided to record another Halloween special, much like they did last year, only this time they concentrate on John Carpenter’s original classic with some brief pit stops along the way for the sequels, spinoff, and reboot. But why talk for over and hour about the Halloween films? Yes, Jamie Lee Curtis would have been an interesting Bond leading lady, but the real reason is that it serves as a spooky entry in the show’s ongoing Detour series, for none other than Ernst Stavro Blofeld himself strives to keep the townsfolk of Haddonfield, Illinois safe. Yes, call this a back door Donald Pleasence Detour. Carpenter’s classic slasher flick inspires the boys to bask in a number of terrifying topics. How many universe/timelines are there in the franchise? Is Michael Myers’ figure carved into the Jack-O-Lanter that appears in the title sequence or has Edgar gone completely insane? How creepy is the score? Does the film serve the role of being a fable and or morality tale? How many terrible remakes to classic horror films has Mathieu seen without having ever actually watched the originals? Would Michael Myers have stood a chance if Christopher Lee had played Dr. Loomis? It’s good thing this is an audio only episode, because you wouldn’t want to experience what Matt and Edgar had to go through in order to prep for this episode by into Michael’s. The blackest eyes…the devil’s eyes!
1:25:20
October 28, 2019
"Kill Chain" by Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida
Hello, dear listeners! We live in a time of terrible political unrest on a global scale. It’s an age of deception, where the enemy lies in the shadows, both real and imagined. East and West have renewed tensions, prompting state leaders to raise the tone of their impassioned speeches and threats. There is danger everywhere. It’s good to know you can still count on The James Bond Complex. We’re back to the comic book realm this week, with another in our series of reviews of the Dynamite Entertainment published stories. Coming off the unbelievable high of Hammerhead, writer Andy Diggle and artists Luca Casalanguida return with Kill Chain, a story inspired heavily by the current political climate affecting NATO and Russia for the past few years. As they are want to do, Mathieu and Edgar dive deeply into the plot machinations and highlight where their favourite writer-artist duo hit homeruns and where they may have stumbled. It should come as no surprise that 007 inspires so much content, and Kill Chain is no exception. There was absolutely no way they were getting through this week’s episode without regaling in topics such how delicious it is when the plots have sexiful vixens that get turned out at the thought of killing Bond, 007’s danger mode (!), casting Roger Moore in certain scenes for proper comedic effect, spies playing games of one-upmanship, missed opportunities to further develop story arcs, perfectly carved French art connoisseurs, and so much more. So enjoy this week’s episode and discover how politics can influence modern Bond stories. And always remember: when necessary fight dirty.
58:59
October 23, 2019
Casino Royale "Reloaded"
Hello, dear listeners! Friends, it’s all about branding and marketability. As avid fans of James Bond and Ian Fleming, you are all undoubtedly aware of how publishing houses and the film studios keep pumping out re-issues of the films or the original Fleming novels. A sexy new cover! A new forward from a celebrated author! A new featurette on the blu-ray disc! This new ‘definitive’ edition comes with a digital copy of the film that you may redeem on the streaming library of your choice (pending deals studios have previously set up with given streaming service platforms, copyright bla bla bla…)! Did someone say  ‘‘steelbook?’’ Oooh! You buy them, as do hosts Mathieu and Edgar. And this got them thinking. How do we squeeze as much juice as possible out the Bond films and get away scott free whilst actually talking about something we’ve already produced an entire episode on?!? Welcome to the Reloaded series. The Reloaded series offers Matt and Edgar to take a second look at a movie they reviewed earlier in the show’s history when they hadn’t quite found their stride yet and were limiting themselves as much as possible to single part episodes for the film reviews. The structure might vary slightly from entry to entry. For example this first entry is for Casino Royale, which we not only talked about way back in Feb 2018, but also in October in 2018 for the CR in Concert event, and this past summer on our French-language show. Given that this is the 4th discussion on the film, we’re looking at it from different angles. What wild theories can Matt’s creative mind concoct to tie the film in with the other Craig movies? How was the film marketed back in the summer and fall of 2006? What were Matt and Edgar’s personal experiences seeing the film in cinemas, long before they knew each other and the podcast was but a twinkle in their mind’s eye? What behind juicy behind the scenes tidbits can they regale the listeners who don’t have books like Some Kind of Hero or The James Bond Archives? Will every Reloaded entry take this route?  Perhaps, perhaps not, but this is what we’re going for CR, to give it it’s due. You know, the final ‘’definitive’’ review of the movie* *We’ll see about that.
1:48:43
October 16, 2019
Global James Bond Day 2019
Hello dear listeners! Saturday October 5th was Global James Bond Day, so say the official big wigs at EON. But who cares if the whole thing is just a massive corporate ploy to push a brand and make even more money, it feels quite obvious that over the years the fans around the world have slowly taken over the day and truly made it their own. Organized activities such as live streams in which multiple hosts of fan-driven social media platforms got together, communal outings for the Skyfall in Concert premier in London, evenings at casinos, the fans were out in droves to show off their love and dedication to the 007 franchise. The James Bond Complex was no exception, with hosts Mathieu and Edgar filling in this celebratory episode with as many 00 guests as possible, both in the actual studio and via Skype. Recorded in the afternoon of October 5th, this week’s episode is a free style, free flowing conversation about all things Bond with newcomer guests Carmine Ruscitto from From Montreal With Love, all around cool cat Pierre-Olivier Bernier, and last but certainly not least, the show’s man in the field, the International Man of Mystery himself, Jason Kim. No Time to Die teaser poster, the lack of a teaser trailer, best gunbarrels, best hats (!), 007 video games, age appropriate drinking restrictions, the connection our guests have with the franchise, and so much more. Even the hosts themselves get royally schooled on a bit of trivia! Whether you missed out on the fun or were neck deep in Bond goodiness for the big day, we hope this week’s episode provides a peak into how we celebrated as you’re all invited to listen in on a long-winded but all around great conversation featuring 5 dedicated fans. Enjoy! Check out Carmine Ruscitto’s platform, From Montreal With Love, at https://www.instagram.com/frommontrealwlove/ Check out Jason Kim’s many globe trotting adventures here: https://www.instagram.com/jasxon88/
2:05:44
October 9, 2019
October 2019 Debriefing
As principal photography on "No Time To Die" nears it's completion the hosts take the time to talk  Global James Bond Day and more!
39:39
October 2, 2019
Anthony Horowitz's "Forever and a Day"
Hello dear listeners! Many 00 aficionados consider Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale to be the holy grail of all things 007. It’s the first ever published of the source material that has since branched off into so many different formats in which regale ourselves in Bond goodiness. But who was James Bond before Casino Royale? Ah, THAT is the question on…probably very few peoples’ lips when it was announced Anthony Horowitz was returning to the world of Fleming for a prequel book. After all, more than one novel has tackled James’ younger days in the aptly titled Young Bond series of books. Then came Dynamite Entertainment’s James Bond Origin series, which recently completed its run. And speaking of holy grail’s, let’s not forget James Bond Jr! This week Mathieu and Edgar dive into the deep end for a conversation about Forever and a Day, the Casino Royale prequel that, while lauded by some, has been on surprisingly few lips since its release in 2018. Any opportunity to discuss literary Bond is a joyous occasion, a platform ripe for a multitude of sharp, astute commentary the boys are known for, such as: What makes a good Casino Royale prequel and a good 007 novel? Are they even necessarily the same? More classic ways of discerning if someone has homosexual tendencies, such as if they don’t speak English and are monstrously obese. Why aren’t there more nude chicks on the covers of Bond novels these days? Mocking someone for having a brain tumour and making it sound funny. Mocking someone for being fat and making it sound funny. The logistics of producing industrial quantities of heroine without anybody knowing about it. And so many more riveting topics! Sit back and join us in the south of France for a relaxing, invigorating, heroine filled episode.
1:30:40
September 25, 2019
The James Bond Complex Presents: Our Bond 26 ideas Part 2!
Hello dear listeners! Phew! That was exciting, wasn’t it? Last week’s episode saw Mathieu and Edgar reveal several details about their super secret Bond 26 plans, following meetings with their friends at EON*. Pre-title sequence action stunts, the cast for the MI6 team, title song artist, general plot outlines, and of course the titles: A Picture Worth a Thousand Deaths and My Enemy’s Enemy. We certainly hope it was enough for the listeners to get a glimpse into the worlds Matt and Edgar dream about. But as we know, the world is not enough. The table is set to dive into how Bond saves the day in PWTD and MEE (ha!). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Who are 007’s allies in these missions? Who are the leading ladies? The henchman? What fantastical climaxes have the lads devised? Do you want some more titillation? Who have the hosts CAST in their movies?!? And even when you think all is said and done, there’s still enough time to get their man in the field on the show. International man of mystery Jason Kim calls in to share his wants and desires for a hypothetical James Bond movie too! This is the big one, listeners!
1:16:09
September 18, 2019
James Bond Complex Presents: Our Bond 26 ideas Part 1!
Hello dear listeners! Production on No Time to Die has been in full swing for a few months already and fans all over the world anticipate that the film's marketing campaign will rev up in a matter of weeks. Yes, a new James Bond movie looms on the beautiful horizon. That's all fine and dandy, but in order to keep this multi-billion dollar franchise alive, you gotta think long term. Be two steps ahead of the competition. Keep them thinking you're concentrating on one thing when you're actually multitasking, planning what comes after. That's precisely why Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson got in touch with Mathieu and Edgar to start working on Bond 26*. After some very, very productive meetings, the hosts have returned to the studio to share each of their own versions of what the next James Bond movie could be like. And lest it be misunderstood, no stone was left unturned. Matt and Edgar dive deep into their meticulous thought process for all kinds of aspects about the projects: writer, director, cast, locations, action scenes, title song and artist, etc. Make no mistake about it listeners, the hosts express their true visionary bravura and how they can keep the film series going with unmistakably stupendous movies. Failing that, at least they are (relatively) confident their ideas are better than whatever came out of James Bond Jr. Probably. So get ready to be transported into the world of James Bond as conjured up by Matt and Edgar as they present: "My Enemy’s Enemy" (Mathieu) And "A Picture Worth a Thousand Deaths" (Edgar) *the hosts are not at liberty of either confirming or denying the veracity of such a statement, although they have been known for tooting their own horn inspired by baseless, factually inaccurate claims before....
1:16:18
September 11, 2019
Interview With "Permission To Die" writer/illustrator Mike Grell
Hello dear listeners! A few weeks ago you listened to Mathieu and Edgar wax  about the long forgotten comic book story "Permission to Die" from writer-artist Mike Grell. What you may not have known is that the podcast was able to meet up with the man himself in early July during the Montreal Comic-Con. Grell was offering autographs and original art pieces to fans, and when we found out about his presence at the convention, it was clearly an opportunity not to be missed.  Although Mike Grell was a super swell guy, Edgar was distracted by Wonder Woman and Supergirl cosplayers during the visit to the artist's booth, leaving Matt to handle interviewing duties. That's why this is a 2-man operation, folks! So enjoy a briefer than usual episode, but no less interesting and engaging. Get ready to enter the mind of a man that birthed one of the most colourful and adored James Bond comic books stories ever published.  Once the download is complete, you have our permission to listen!
19:59
September 4, 2019
Late August 2019 Debriefing
Bond twenty fivv...* No. Not anymore! Yes. After Months of speculations on the title of the next James Bond adventure it was just revealed. "No Time To Die" We also discuss the recent news about Chris Wright leaving JBR- James Bond Radio.  Sad but true. On the positive we called Jason Kim, our third co-host,  to have his opinion on the new title.
59:30
August 28, 2019
Permission To Die - By Mike Grell
Hello dear listeners! Since the fall of 2015, 007 has been back in comic book and graphic novel form thanks to the talented people at Dynamite Entertainment. Just being able to ingest little nuggets of Bond goodness on a monthly basis has been heavenly, so much so that hosts Mathieu and Edgar have more than once spent time on the show reviewing some of the already fully published story arcs. Perhaps because Bond and comics don’t naturally go hand in hand, perhaps because of its dubious history, but it seems that to this day many Bond fans aren’t aware of the long association between 007 and the comic book page, an association that goes much further back than 2015. This week, Matt and Edgar begin to shed some light on that very history as they delve deep into a forgotten chapter in 00 graphic novel history: writer-artist Mike Grell’s Permission to Die, published from 1989 through 1991. The book is a unique, one-off adventure that sees the world’s greatest secret agent extract a brilliant scientist’s niece from behind the Iron Curtain during the dying days of the Cold War. The boys set up the discussion by alluding to some of the other earlier comic book adventures (podcast foreshadowing for the win!) before digging through Mike Grell’s efforts with a finely toothed comb. Does this story put Roger Moore’s salacious exploits to shame? Does this story take place in the film’s franchise’s universe? Would the film adaptation star a Hoagy Carmichael look-a-like? Ever wonder what the female version of David Bowie would look like?... So join in on the fun as we return to the world of comic books and Bond. The stakes are high, and the danger is higher, but this is No Time to Die, for only fate can give 007 Permission to Die!
40:38
August 21, 2019
The Brosnan Detour - The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Hello, dear listeners! Welcome to the first ever official entry of the Detour series in which hosts Mathieu and Edgar spend a little bit of time outside the James Bond phenmnmnon to discuss films starring the 007 actors. This week, we get up close and personal with the one and only Pierce Brosnan. Call it ‘’The Brosnan Detour.’’ Mmm, yes, very up close and personal. We’ll be whisked away to a far off, sweaty central American country Panama, and late at night we’ll found ourselves in a gay club dancing chest to chest with the delightful Geoffrey Rush as the game of seduction… Hold on, That’s not right. That not the plot of The Thomas Crown Affair, is it? Just a second, folks. …. Ok everybody, nothing to worry, we’re back on track. Ah yes, Brosnan plays sophisticated venture capitalist and art lover Thomas Crown, and after having stolen a valuable painting in one of New York’s finest museums, insurance agent bounty hunter Rene Russo tracks him town to a sexy ball where they start dancing, their bodies glued together, the passion in their breaths palpable, sweaty… Wait, wait wait. Are we sure these are different movies?!? They are? Are you sure? Final answer? Ok, if you say so… We hope the listeners enjoy our new Detour series. As an old friend of James once said, this one’s very sexiful. So sexy in fact that doing it on a cold marble floor is smmmmmmoking!
55:21
August 14, 2019
Shrublands Sessions: session 1, an introduction
A healthy body requires an healthy mind. This discussion was recorded after a long day of recording after we finished discussing "licence Renewed". We talk about our personal challenges in following the Bond 25 fitness challenge. If you've ever wondered what we are like off mic. This will enlighten you.
46:14
August 7, 2019
August 2019 debriefing.
We discuss the wave 2 Funko pops, Bond 25 rumours and some purchases made on the 007 store
43:06
July 31, 2019
John Gardner's "Licence Renewed"
Hello, dear listeners! Ah, the 1980s. What a decade! The music, the clothing styles, the cumbersome technology that we all thought was so cool at the time…Oh, speaking of glorious 80s technology, hosts Mathieu and Edgar take the first of many, many steps into the world of John Gardner’s literary 007. Yes friends, the hosts are in it to win it with Mr. Gardner, although they don’t really have choice since he wrote a billion novels and they have self-acquitted themselves with the goal of discussing Fleming, the films, and everything in between. The first book is Licence Renewed. It’s time to get ready and embrace new allies, new villains, new adventures, and most critically, a new writing style. True enough, not everyone can be as wonderfully florid as the great Ian Fleming, but that doesn’t mean other authors can’t conjure up some thrilling missions for everybody’s favourite super spy to embark on. While we won’t reveal just yet what the hosts thought of the book, suffice to say that Licence Reneweddefinitely inspired a laundry list of hot topics: Who do the hosts imagine as James Bond when reading? Do we have another amorphous blob on our hands? Why would Licence Renewedmake anybody think of the film She’s All That? Could there be another, albeit tenuous literary Bond link our Belle Province? Did we just witness the greatest gun-c*ck analogy ever? And what is up with all the tech talk? We hope you like John Gardner. Heh, we really, really, really hope you like John Gardner because he’ll be hanging around for a while! Rest assured, even if you much prefer the efforts of Ian Fleming, Matt and Edgar will keep you enthralled. They’re ready and pumped to discover Gardner. Time to go nuclear!
1:49:28
July 24, 2019
Montreal Comic Con 2019 panel - Four Faces, Four Decades, One 007
 Hello, dear listeners!   A year removed from the Montreal Comic Con, Mathieu and Edgar returned to the scene of the crime, but this time they didn’t go in alone.   Another significant distinction from their 2018 convention experience, they actually came prepared to deliver both audio and video versions of the presentation itself! Q branch came through this time! This week, we begin with the audio version for your wonderfully receptive ears.   So Blofeld’s cat is finally out of the bag. In case you were not present on the morning of July 007th 2019, Mathieu, Edgar, special agent Jeff Wybo from James Bond Canada faced a keen audience to highlight 4 films celebrating anniversaries in 2019: OHMSS, MR, LKT, and TWINE, all of which are notorious for some controversy…at least that’s what the layman believes. Nay, with a dose of 00 confidence, the trio of panellists take the criticisms of each movie and give them a positive spin. What’s more, a 4th, secret panelist operating in the shadows came aboard for the Q&A afterwards: friend of the show Jean Goyette from Club James Bond France.  So sit back, close your eyes and imagine yourself at the Palais des Congrès in downtown Montreal, cooling off from a sweltering summer morning as the quartet of lads regale you in the delights of OHMSS, MR, LTK, TWINE and more little tidbits and opinions through the post-panel Q&A with the audience.  *  Think of this as the audio book of the novelization of the video that will soon be released. That makes sense, right? **  *Fair warning: while presentation is in English, some of the post-panel Q&A was done in French. After all, the Comic Con was held in Station MC, Montreal Canada.   **Who cares. We still need more time to deliver a good video version of the presentation.  Enjoy-okay-bye! 
40:10
July 17, 2019
July 2019 Debriefing
We just finished our 2019 Montreal Comic-con panel. We took a few minutes of our busy day to have a cup of coffee and talk about this fantastic week-end. Our meet-up with Jeff Wybo of james Bond Canada and Jean Goyette of Club James Bond France. Our meeting with Michael Madsen (Damian Falco in Die Another Day) and James Bond comic book creator Mike Grell (Permission To Die) as well as encounters with other fans and fellow influencers.
37:53
July 10, 2019
The Fists of Bond Round 2: Doing the Line.
Hello, dear listeners! Alright, alright. So we spent the better part of an hour waxing poetic about the mental toughness required to become a fighter, as well as the various styles combatants adopt given their disciplines. Talk is nice, but it’s action that defines who a person is. Chit chat time is over. There are heavies to vanquish left and right! Friend of the show Simon Traversy of course returns this week to indulge hosts Mathieu and Edgar is some proper Bond talk, and boy does it get interesting. Connery, Lazenby, Craig and the like are all actors whereas Simon actually participates in and teaches combat, prompting very astute, informative, and honest comments on each actor’s style. Some fights that fans widely recognize as being among the best in the entire series might not be so perfect after all, at least if the filmmakers had gone for some extra realism points.   Last week was all about theory and philosophy. This week things get bloody and bruised. When is the best moment to gouge someone’s eyes out? How essential is speed when engaged in fisticuffs whilst the world’s fate is at stake? Does Brosnan only take seriously the fights with a personal history involved? How helpful is thinking on one’s feet to use one’s environment, like, say, a handy nearby decorative swordfish? Finally, Simon answers what is surely the most pressing query: how would he tackle the proverbial ‘’line’’, assuming each 007 lined up to challenge him (aka: how insanely difficult would it be to overthrow Roger Moore?!?). No time to sit back this week, listeners! On your feet and get ready for the fight of your lives! If anybody in the Montreal area is interested in receiving real punches from Simon, check out the Angry Monkey gym!  http://www.angrymonkeymma.com
1:26:17
July 3, 2019
The Fists of Bond Round 1 : A Punchy introduction
Hello, dear listeners! We’ve all watched action movies featuring characters that get involved in some amazing fisticuffs, displaying high-octane combat moves that have us on the edge of our seats, even taking our collective breath away. Who hasn’t walked away from such movies thinking “Wouldn’t it be cool to be as well trained as that hero and kick butt as fantastically as they did in the movie?” We all want to be like Daniel Craig in the SPECTRE train fight scene.  Mathieu and Edgar have certainly fantasized about being the heroes of such adventures, but this week they’ll get a dose of reality about what it is to be a fighter. You might even say they’ll get some sense knocked into them. New friend of the show Simon Traversy (and personal friend to Mathieu), an actual fighter and teacher of various defence skills, steps into the studio to talk about 007 and so much more. In fact, the conversation regarding martial arts, boxing and the like was so widespread that the hosts decided to split the episode into 2 parts, with this week’s first instalment essentially functioning as an introduction to the idea of being a fighter and getting mentally involved in a fight per say. We didn’t even start talking about the individual Bonds until the 2ndhour! Simon regales Matt and Edgar with a plethora of personal experience, some of it coming with killer punch lines, as well as some theoretical basics about various fighting concepts. Rather than rambunctious and testosterone filled, the conversation turns rather philosophical. After all, as everybody knows, a real life fight is nothing like fighting in the movies. Well, as we soon discovered early in the episode, almost everyone knows that… The bell has rung to commence the first of this 2-round special, The Fists of Bond. 007 awaits his turn next week. For now, we cover as much of the dojo mat as we can with an introduction to kicking *ss. For anyone interested in receiving further wisdom from Simon, check out the Angry Monkey gym in Montreal! http://www.angrymonkeymma.com
50:15
June 26, 2019
The James Bond Complex presents Bond Beats - Part 1: the 60s.
Hello dear listeners! What do you hear when playing the various cues of the James Bond film scores? More importantly, what do you feel? Are you transported back to the movies and the very scenes those cues evoke, or do the magical musical notes take you elsewhere in your imagination and have your heart rattle to a different beat?  Yes, fresh off of their Masters degrees in musicology from the John Barry School of Wa-Wa (a name change to the once Monty Norman Academy of Calypso), Mathieu and Edgar bask in the glory of the 007 music that characterized the films of the 1960s. The boys go through each film, from DN to OHMSS, chitchat a little bit about the albums in general, before diving into their personal favourite 3 cues from each.  But what the hosts offer this week is more than just a random list of favourite cues and why the music is so good. Nay, Matt and Edgar get personal, revealing their innermost opinions on the musical movements, sharing what each makes them think of and feel. Which cue makes Edgar think of himself as a badass mother f*cker when leaving an airport? Which makes them think of a good time in the summer, or relaxing on the beach for that matter? And, above all else, which transports them to a wonderful, stimulating evening with a very special person? Sit back, dust off your copies of John Burlingame’s book, and let the hosts take you on a musical and personal journey through the Bond sounds of the 60s. It’ll be music to your ears. 
1:30:38
June 19, 2019
June 2019 Debriefing: Live And Eat Apple Pie
News from the Bond 25 front : broken ankles and explosive mishaps.  But we also discuss our recent trip to New York aka "Live And Eat Apple Pie": Bond Film location hunt Our Spyscape / Driven by 007 experience Fleming's Bond location Some of Fleming's haunts  Meet-ups with fellow Bond community members Joe Darlington of Being James Bond & Matt Spaiser of The Suits of James Bond. And Ghostbusters locations
1:38:22
June 12, 2019
Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond
Hello, dear listeners! Ah, BBC America. Kind of like the BBC, but also not. A production company respected the world over for its quality radio plays, news reporting, documentaries, and television broadcasts. What’s that you say? In 2014 they released a 4-part miniseries based on the wartime experiences of Ian Fleming? Oh, how delightful! What could possibly go wrong?!? That’s what hosts Mathieu and Edgar finnd out on this week’s show. Seeing as they are unequivocal experts on all things Fleming, they sniff out some of the less than accurate plot machinations, as well as sniff out some of the production’s more stinky aspects. There is much ground to cover, what with four 45-50 minute long episodes, but that doesn’t mean they rush to the finish line without analyzing the essential talking points.  Is Dominic Cooper playing the role of Fleming too seriously? What was that other television show Lara Pulver is famous for appearing nude in and no other particular reason? Edgar admits to actually doing occasional research when the subject matter stimulates him, like Annabelle Wallis. How important is it that the show drops little hints of the creation Fleming would later give birth to? When is it useful to claim you’re a super major fan of Mein Kampf? Is it really that bad to be into BDSM? What happens when two secret agents on the run opt to take refuge inside a female elephant’s privates? What does Ian Fleming think of social media? Yes, it’s another week of endlessly fascinating, engaging, and… juicy chatter at The James Bond Complex. * *This week’s episode of The James Bond Complex is X rated. Have your martinis at the ready.
56:51
June 5, 2019
James Bond: The Authorized Biography Of 007
Hello, dear listeners! The time has come for a major announcement. This will come as a surprise to many, possibly a shock to some. Mathieu and Edgar have been doing this show for well over a year now. On a weekly basis, they’ve delved into the fictional life of James Bond 007 in all its shapes and forms, from Fleming to the films and everything in between. But this week will be different. Very much so in fact. Now is the moment to peel back the onion layers and reveal details of life and times of the real James Bond! Yes, the hosts found a book by John Pearson titled James Bond: The Authorized Biography, in which its author relates many juicy details of 007’s early life and career as a secret agent directly from the man himself. His family, his loves, his world travels at an early age, his WWII service, his trials and tribulations while working for Her Majesty’s Secret Service, as well as how another author, Ian Fleming, who knew Bond, made use of the agent’s exciting life to publish a series of novels, fictionalizing his adventures.  What’s that now? You don’t believe this to be true? Well, come now, it’s perfectly normal to scoff at the notion that James Bond was an actual person who existed because of what we know of the Fleming novels and films. You see, that’s the brilliance of this book. By publishing this “biography”, the world gets to know Bond’s real life whilst not believing that any of it is actually real. Very cloak and dagger, just like the real man himself. Art imitates life imitating art inspired by life. It’s really quite clear when you stop and think about it for a moment. By posing this as a piece of fiction, the reality is therefore concealed by the fiction therein, itself inspired by reality.  So let us begin the summer reading season with something a little different, a not real book about a real person whose not real life was written by a real person who created a not real version of the real person this not real book is examining.  Sheer brilliance.  
1:08:06
May 29, 2019
We Need to Talk About Blofeld
Ersnt Stavro Blofeld, 007's arch-nemesis. the Joker to James Bond's Batman. Is this villain that memorable ? Edgar & Matt discuss the man who has been a thorn in Bond's life for decades.
1:07:24
May 22, 2019
"Spectre" - Starring Daniel Craig - Part 2
Hello dear, listeners! Oh look. Two parts. Lucky you. Welcome back for another, *yawn*, thrilling hour of our "Spectre" film review. We know that our listenership awaits with bated breath whenever there is a week between, *yawn*, our two part reviews. Geez Louise, are we the only ones getting a little sleepy? If you thought that Mathieu and Edgar were done talking about Mr. White with Part 1, think again. He's so much fun to quote and analyze that he ends up appearing in the review, well, a little bit EVERYWHERE! Speaking of things going everywhere, that's the direction some of our opinions do as well, which is a given when it comes to the Bond films that fail to reach spectacular heights. Fair is fair however, and all topics must be broached, regardless of how light or heavy they may be. Is "I hate you!" acting more convincing that love bird acting? Is Thomas Newman's score music to our ears? *yawn*.  Out of horror comes beauty, such as the beautiful explosions in this movie. Even more beautiful are the concepts Mathieu and Edgar conjure up for their alternate version of the film. They really do work well together with terrific synchronicity, almost like brothers from different mothers. Hmm, that sounds like some people we know... *yawn* Anways, stick around, get a coffee, try to stay awake, and find out our final thoughts on Sp-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
1:12:46
May 15, 2019
"Spectre" - Starring Daniel Craig - Part 1
Hello, dear listeners!  The show is often diving into the 007 franchise's past, relishing in the previous classics from decades ago, reliving cherished memories from previous eras. But hold on, hosts Mathieu and Edgar can be hip and modern just like the new kids on the block. Just you wait and see.   That's right, the time has come to discuss "Spectre", the latest James Bond film adventure!....from over 3 years ago, soon to be 4 years ago. Ugh. It's one thing to bemoan the hiatuses between the modern film productions, but what of the movie itself? This review ends up being quite a strange beast at times. While remaining mostly on topic, as the hosts are want to do anyways, they do curiously diverge for some rather odd allusions to other film franchises. Well, we already know that the producers wanted to tie in this film with the earlier Daniel Craig instalments, so what harm is there in a little bit of creative liberty, especially when answering burning questions like how come there are no bystanders in Rome but Mexico City is overcrowded? We come up with a rather Marvellous answer! Among other topics are how delightful it is to get to a little bit of "Oh, James!" kissy action, how Drax the Destroyer fairs in his 007 debut, and how much fun it is to immitate Mr. White.  So sit back, get yourself some cervezas, put your skeleton makeup on, and join us for a  wild ride.  Stick with us listeners, and we'll make sure you avoid the Xander Zone. 
1:13:38
May 8, 2019
Colonel Sun by Kinglsey Amis (Robert Markham)
Hello, dear listeners! This a new dawn that commences here at The James Bond Complex. The sun rises to shed light on less familiar territory as hosts Mathieu and Edgar embark on the post-Fleming era of the 007 novels, beginning with 1968’s Colonel Sun, written by Kingsley Amis, who went under the pen name Robert Markham at the time of publication.  After spending over a year relishing in Fleming’s prose and fantastical imagination, the boys could be a little bit nervous when engaging with their first non-Fleming 007 adventure, but rest assured, they are in the very capable hands of Colonel Sun. You see, any publication not penned by the original creator can be viewed as an experiment, and the Colonel is more than happy to use the hosts as subjects for a little project he’s been itching to get off the ground for some time already. He just required the perfect specimens. Oh, what amazing sensations he has in store for them. Feelings so extraordinary, so extra-sensorial, that by the end of the episode they might attain a higher level of existence, a state of being that operates on a completely different level than anything humans have ever known.  Romantic entanglements with a politically audacious young Greek beauty, dangerous boat rides in the Mediterranean amongst the many Greek isles, a desperate mission to save Bond’s father figure M, delightful backstories about former Nazis that specialize in mass murder, Russian officials that swing the other way and might be looking at them with unabashed lust, lively Greek myth storytelling, and, just in case they start feeling a little bit gassed by the end, some good whores to keep them properly stimulated.  In fact, the experiment promises to be so enrapturing, that all the listeners are invited to join. Come here, have a seat in this darkly lit room in Sun’s basement. Get yourself comfortable and prepare to have, well, your minds opened. Now where did we put our favourite skewer?
1:29:48
May 1, 2019
Bond Debriefing: Post Bond 25 reveal discussion
Well it's friday, time to relax and talk Bond.  Bond 25. That is
08:36
April 27, 2019
Bond Debriefing April 2019
No more delays, no more director changes. Bond 25 is happening. We discuss the upcoming line Olear Brown of Bond inspired clothing and our upcoming trip to NYC.
29:03
April 24, 2019
The Hunt For Red October Starring Sean Connery
Hello, dear listeners! It's no secret that Sean Connery will long live in movie history as the original cinematic James Bond, the version that many consider to be the best for that matter. However much fans adore the actors for having played the iconic part, the fact of the matter is they all, well, most of them have had impressive film and television careers outside of the world of 007.  Given that, hosts Mathieu and Edgar return this week for a little bit more Connery lovin', one more taste of the great Scotsman's impressive persona, only this time in a non-Bond movie. Now, Connery's cinematic career outside of Bond is pretty legendary, so it was hard to choose from his oeuvre, but when the dust settled, "The Hunt for Red October" seemed like the perfect fit. Having played a character that represented the West so sexifully (and actually fought the East in the original novels), how ironic is it that he plays a Soviet submarine commander, albeit one with dreams of fleeing to the West? Yes, once more the Russians will play the game with the Americans, this time in a quality film directed by forgotten but supremely talented director John McTiernan, starring a beautifully bearded Sean Connery, a delightful Sam Neil, and an Alec Baldwin who's giving one of his best performances.   DIVE! DIVE! DIVE!
1:08:19
April 17, 2019
Sean Connery Debriefing part 2
Hello, dear listeners! Welcome back to Part 2 of our Connery Debriefing. Mathieu and Edgar love talking about the big man so much, they just kept on yapping and yapping away! So much so that they have another hour devoted to counting down a plethora of Connery-isms.  Some of the ranking topics are expected (although no less obligatory), while other might catch the listeners off guard, at least the hosts hope so. You see, Sean was such an inspiring figure and actor, the boys just couldn’t help themselves and went a little wacky with the list ideas. So be it. Connery himself was a man that marched at the beat of his own drum, something the podcast has always striven for.  Come to think of it, there are a lot of similarities between Connery and the hosts. Their charm, their love of money, their character, their love of money, their cunning, their dedication, their love of money. Really, when one thinks about it seriously for a moment, Sean Connery and these couple of podcasters are practically the same person. The resemblance is uncanny, honestly. Barely tell them apart.  Thanksh to Sean Connery for his shinematic contributions to Bond. We Shalute thee!
1:09:00
April 10, 2019
A review of Casino Royale, circa 1967
Hold the Aston Martins! What just happened?  Uh, hello dear listeners....assuming there are any of you left. Mathieu and Edgar aren't sure what happened a couple of days ago on April 1st. Our memories are a bit hazy. All we can remember is sitting down to record a balanced, honest review of "Casino Royale" 1967 in our studio at restaurant Chez Edgar, and then maybe noticing some funny pills in our drinks. Before it was too late, we were both hiccupping strange, cartoon animated and multicoloured puffs of smoke before blacking out. But we've returned from wherever we were! Yes, we figured it was high time we give the 60s spoof version of Casino Royale a fair shake. In fact, there is a lot of shaking and rattling in this episode. Alas, the film has become something of a punching bag within the Bond fan community, but is the dubious reputation warranted? Tune in this week to find out! And just in case any of you are hesitant to listen to a review of this much maligned movie, we'd like to point out that "the double taking pigeon is never attentive to the passerby that chooses not to commute with an inflatable gondola in the street, but rather, must always look twice at the passerby that drives such a vehicle." Don't understand the connection? Ah, you will. You will!
33:53
April 3, 2019
Casino Royale '67: Best or Bestest? Those are the only choices.
This is a transmission from SMERSH. Results of Operation "New Dawn." After months of trial and error, we have finally captured the enemy two agents, Mathieu Auclair and Edgar Chaput. While they proved nimble and slippery for a while eventually our efforts bore fruit.  Their propaganda for James Bond 007 had gone on long enough. In this day and age, with social media platforms and the democratization of platforms to voice opinions, their nefarious efforts to laud the most vile and sickening of our enemies, James Bond, had to come to an immediate halt. In order to sway public opinion away from 007 of the British Secret Service,  it was imperative that SMERSH take over their podcast, The James Bond Complex, and use its hosts to serve our own needs. The brainwashing process was long and arduous, with both hosts fighting back as best they could. Ultimately, they succumbed. Success! And now, with Mathieu and Edgar under our control, we begin a new dawn, one in which the podcast will begin to instruct its listeners of new information and opinions to hold about 007. What better way than to have the legion of listeners come to appreciate the codename theory, best exemplified by the brilliant "Casino Royale" from 1967? Yes, soon SMERSH will have everyone turned against James Bond 007, and we'll have our "friends" Mathieu and Edgar to thank...and so will the listeners! MWAHAHAHAHHA!  MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! MWAHAHAHAHAH *cough* *cough* *cough* *takes a gulp of cough sirup. * MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
17:05
April 1, 2019
The Sean Connery Debriefing - Part 1
Hello, dear listeners! Many James Bond fans believe that Sean Connery is the best cinematic interpretation of Ian Fleming’s iconic literary character. Since Mathieu and Edgar have run the gamut of Connery 007 adventures, including 1983’s unofficial Never Say Never Again, they figured it was time to give the big man his due with an extremely thorough Connery Debriefing. Connery’s Bond is the stuff of legend, and with 7 total films to look back on, small wonder that the hosts have so much to discuss.  Following the template of the Fleming Debriefing, the lads share a mind numbing collection of top 3s, top 5s, top 7s, (consistency, like with the franchise itself, it not the host’s strong point…). Who can forget such important, iconic moments in Connery’s tenure: shooing Dink away for ‘’man talk’’ by slapping her on the toosh, the classic barnyard scene in GF with Pussy, telling Quarrel to fetch his shoes in DN, not caring one iota when Aki is killed in and then boning Kissy in YOLT, sending Tilly to certain death at the hands of Oddjob in GF? * Connery, you’re the man and we shine the spotlight on you! *examples of iconic Connery moments are for marketing purposes of this episode only and may or may not feature in our actual rankings. People that put those moments into practice in real life do so at their own risk. The James Bond Complex will not be held responsible for any sexual or race related controversies listeners may themselves in by using those scenes as examples for real world behaviour.  We have lawyers everywhere! (The James Bond Complex TM, 2019)
1:11:16
March 27, 2019
Bond debriefing - March 2019
There are a lot of Bond 25 rumors around these days. For a change of pace we have a review of "L'orchestre à vents de musique de film" 's James Bond themed concert. https://www.ovmf.qc.ca/  ANd our interaction with the Montreal X-men that attended the event, trading their adamtium claws for Walther Ppk's https://www.facebook.com/montrealxmen/
25:50
March 20, 2019
The Ian Fleming Debriefing - Part 2
Hello, dear listeners! Oh, the suspense is killing us!!! What is Matt’s number 1 literary Bond Girl?!? You’ve had a week to figure it out. How many of you believe to have the right answer? Well, for that and so much more you’ll just have to download and listen to this week’s episode as Mathieu and Edgar conclude, like for real this time, their discussion about Ian Fleming’s James Bond.  More categories, more unique answers, more twists and turns, more suspense, always more. When it comes to talking about James Bond, just like Fleming, the hosts are more than happy to oblige and deliver.  More crucial still, the many discussions all lead up to the biggest, most important category of them all: their personal rankings of all 14 books. Which is the wet noodle of the bunch? Which are ranked unexpectedly low? Unexpectedly high? And, which book is each host’s ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE novel? How’s THAT to wet your appetite? **The audio clips in this episode are from a 1963 interview with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and another conversation from ’63 in a programme called Desert Island Discs, courtesy of the BBC.
1:18:26
March 13, 2019
The Ian Fleming Debriefing - Part 1
Hello, dear listeners! Like a long-winded film that offers multiple endings before you can finally relieve yourselves in the washroom, we simply can’t say ‘’au revoir’’ to Ian Fleming just yet. After 14 books, 2 of which became 2-part episodes (FYEO and OHMSS), hosts Mathieu and Edgar knew they had to provide the Commander with the send off he justly deserves. After all, the very basis of the show is “From FLEMING, to the films, and everything in between!” In that light, here is Part 1 of a very special debriefing, one for which we go through the Fleming cannon with a finely toothed comb, starting with an overview of the literary 007 timeline before embarking on a audacious number of categories by which we rank our favourite elements from all the books. In some cases we thought a little bit outside the box for our categories, whereas in other instances we got creative with our answers!  Here we go for one last serving of scrambled eggs and one final early morning swim on the Goldeneye beach.  *The audio clips in this episode are from a 1963 interview with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and another conversation from ’63 in a programme called Desert Island Discs, courtesy of the BBC.
1:06:19
March 6, 2019
Bond Inspirations
Hello dear listeners! We’d like to take a moment of your time and speak to you seriously. Are you tired of wondering why you’ve not been upgraded to 00 status yet? Are you growing frustrated of always striking out when at bat…or when attempting “other things?” Are you fed up of work colleagues always bringing you down by telling you to stop talking about or showing off your “sordid escapades” or “adolescent antics?” Has your patience run its limits with the unfinished, untested DB10s you steal? Well, don’t worry anymore because there’s hope. Hope in the form of inspiration. This week on the show, Mathieu and Edgar reveal what keeps them alive (it’s not loneliness!)  by sharing the aspects of the James Bond films they take inspiration from and apply in their daily lives.  How many doors have to be held until someone finally pities them and begrudgingly agrees to sleep with them? How good does it feel to finally let go of your former friend-turned-enemy’s foot, sending them to certain death from the top of a ginormous satellite? How important is it to quit your job to help a friend in need? How much better does it feel to launch insults at a cripple about their handicap? All this and more on this week’s episode of The James Bond Complex! Don’t have time to listen to the show just yet? Well, life’s full of small challenges. 
48:17
February 27, 2019
Hammerhead by Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida
Hello, dear listeners! One of the driving philosophies that Mathieu and Edgar hung onto when birthing The James Bond Complex was to “make podcasting great again.” We wanted 007 podcasting to be a force to be reckoned with, a leader in quality debating. That powerful inspiration came from none other than the bold Victoria Hunt, CEO in waiting of Hunt Engineering from “Hammerhead.”* Yes, after a prolonged absence the show returns to the Dynamite Entertainment comics. A new writer-artist team is on board (Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida) and we cannot wait to see how they deliver the goods. So many questions abound. Will they go out all guns blazing or will the fuse fizzle? Does one have to read between the tea leaves to understand the fall of the British empire or just blame the Charlie Browns of the world? How soon is too soon to plug a grieving woman after she’s lost her father? Release the KRAKEN!!!! *Any similarities between what appears in this synopsis or the actual episode and real world personalities and events are purely coincidental and not the responsibility of The James Bond Podcast or its affiliates. No egos were bruised during this recording. The hosts may in fact be winking and having a laugh behind the mic…but they’ll never tell. 
1:09:48
February 20, 2019
Bond debriefing : BOND 25 DELAYED (AGAIN)
Rumors are true.  James Bond will return... just a little bit later!
24:22
February 18, 2019
Bond debriefing February 2019
We take a moment to celebrate our one year anniversary and talk about all things Bond as production of Bond 25 is just on the horizon!
33:02
February 13, 2019
"The Living Daylights" starring Timothy Dalton - Part 2
Hello dear listeners! We knew we could understand what happens in this movie! *CLAPS* We told you! *Claps* Weeeee told you!  Ahem.  Yes, this week Mathieu and Edgar conclude their review of 1987’s film adaptation The Living Daylights. With the same brimming confidence Koskov demonstrates when assuming that 007 will assassinate Pushkin, the hosts make heads and tails of this movie’s plot. Hold on, Bond doesn’t actually end up killing Pushkin…Umm, anyways, with virtually the film’s entire second half to discuss, there is plenty of material to wade through. We try on our best Goofy imitations, rejoice in watching a film from the good old days when the Ruskies were clearly the bad guys, appreciate a solid, manly bromance, and learn that live organs can hide just about anything provided its sufficiently vomit-inducing.  Sit back, opium pipes at the ready, relax and enjoy the conclusion to our TLD film review. You won’t want to miss this performance! 
55:59
February 6, 2019
"The Living Daylights" starring Timothy Dalton - Part 1
Hello dear listeners! Whatever The James Bond Complex chats about, excitement follows. Whenever it’s time to talk Bond, there’s always adventure. Podcasting on the edge. That’s right, it’s time once again to talk about a movie. This week and for the first ever on the show, we review a (real) Timothy Dalton adventure, 1987’s The Living Daylights. No more funny business, enough with the winks and the pastiche. Even so, Mathieu and Edgar still manage to have a pretty good time reviewing the film, so much in fact that in the post-recording editing process they deemed to better make it a two parter. With a piercing, killer gaze they go through the picture like a finely toothed comb, delving into its bountiful qualities. Just how lovely is that girl with the cello? Can an anal-retentive, pencil pushing MI6 contact really be a cool dude? How many accents can a villainous assassin impersonate? There’s a lot to discuss before this film is, how to say, “put away.” Grab some cake and pig flavoured borscht (yum!), wash it down with high-calcium milk, and enjoy the ride.* *Not all features are automatically included. Extras optional (JBC ltd. 2019).
1:04:12
January 30, 2019
Octopussy & The Living Daylights By Ian Fleming
Hello dear listeners! A tremendously important, teardrop worthy chapter in the podcast’s history comes to an end. That’s right, this week we hit the books to discuss, for the very last time, an Ian Fleming written James Bond volume, Octopussy and The Living Daylights, published posthumously.  There are several reasons why this episode proves bittersweet. First, and most obviously, the hosts won’t be reviewing anymore Fleming Bond! Second, this new collection of short stories, the second Fleming wrote after For Your Eyes Only, is comparatively short, forcing the hosts to spend as much time as they can on it, which isn’t that much ultimately. Third, hmm, third…is it really that good at all? Might Fleming has possibly left us with a wet noodle?  Get some scrambled eggs ready, some black coffee, and tag along one more time as we delve into the OG’s version of James Bond 007! 
1:05:39
January 23, 2019
"The Man With the Golden Gun" starring Roger Moore
Hello dear listeners! Who exactly would be interested in yet another weekly episode of The James Bond Podcast you ask? Why, adoring listeners, personal friends, desperate 007 fans trying to get through the doldrums of January! Yes, it’s back to the silver screen this week with a review of 1974’s The Man With the Golden Gun. What happens when the filmmakers pit Christopher Lee, one of the most legendary screen villain actors, against the suave and impeccably cool James Bond 007? Well, the hosts don’t quite agree on the results in fact. A little bit too much cheekiness? Too much clumsiness on the part of Mary Goodnight? Too much J.W. Pepper? Wait, what’s he doing here anyways?! In any event, a new episode of The James Bond Complex is always a joyous occasion, so bottom’s up!
1:38:44
January 16, 2019
The Man With the Golden Gun by Ian Fleming
Happy New Year, dear listeners! Since our last recording in early December, the temperature has continued to drop here at Station MC, giving 2019 a cold reception. This prompted us to ask WWFD (What Would Fleming Do?)? Well, he’d go to Jamaica for the winter season and spend time writing new Bond story. Great idea! That’s right, it’s back to the books this week with the oft-maligned Man With the Golden Gun, the penultimate Fleming adventure. More poignantly, it’s a return to the greatest place on Earth, Jamaica, our 3rd visit in 13 books. This time the eclectic subjects concern the table manners of crows, sexy women with poor dental hygiene, the many ways to tell whether you’re gay or straight, how to best dine on snake, and so much more.  The novel might require a bit more polish, but The James Bond Complex is best consumed au naturel.Latest episode of The James Bond Complex
1:24:32
January 9, 2019
James Bond Movie Posters
Start 2019 with us at the James Bond Complex as we discuss the gorgeous (and sometimes not so gorgeous) poster artwork used to promote the 24 James Bond films. Happy New Year!
1:11:59
January 2, 2019
Bond debriefing 006
 Check out our latest Bond Debriefing in which Mathieu and Edgar discuss the recent "Bond 25" news, Casino Royale Secret Cinema, Skyfall in Concert, and other nuggets of 00 news.  
27:29
December 26, 2018
The James Bond Complex Christmas and New Year's extravaganza!
Merry Christmas, dear listeners!  Yes, that most wonderful time of year is upon us once again, when the families get together, the office Christmas parties are bustling, the gift shopping leaves us with no more Moneypenny, and yet still all we can think is James Bond. The holiday season is a time for reflection and sharing, and this week on the show Mathieu and Edgar do a little bit of both. For reflection, a trio of questions are asked: what gifts do we want under the tree for the 25th, what do we wish 2019 has in store for the world of 007, and what we hope happens in Bond 25. For sharing, the hosts invited other podcasters suffering from the James Bond Complex to answer those questions too. Many responded with audio messages: Podcasters Royale, The Bond Experience, Don Zuiderman from The 00 Files, our man in the field Jason Kim, and more! It’s like the greatest greatest hits compilation. From The James Bond Complex to the listeners, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  *Please donate a portion of your time to these other stellar podcasts and platforms that dedicate themselves to 007…just remember to come back to us! And tell them who sent you!  The Oddjob Pod (https://twitter.com/OddjobPod)  Don Zuiderman (https://twitter.com/donzuiderman) and The 00 Files (https://twitter.com/the00files)  The Words Are Not Enough (https://twitter.com/TWANEpod)  The James Bond Dossier (https://twitter.com/007dossier)  Podcasters Royale (https://twitter.com/podroyale007)  David Zaritsky at The Bond Experience (https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBondExperience)  Jarrod Alberich (https://twitter.com/yardsaleartist) from OHMS Podcast: MI6 Rookie Agents (https://twitter.com/OHMSPod) Jason Kim, international man of mystery (https://www.instagram.com/jasxon88/)
1:04:13
December 19, 2018
Dalton's Fourth: Reunion With Death
Hello dear listeners! This week’s episode has been teased more than once over the past couple of months. We kept a tight lid on things, but the time has finally come to cut the seal and open a very confidential dossier. We are joined with MI6 Confidential Magazine contributor @paperback_film (on Twitter, whom you met during Bond Debriefing # 4) to discuss the secrets of what would have been Timothy Dalton’s 4th 007 adventure. Yes, his FOURTH! If you want to find out more, then it’s best to listen to this week’s episode as our contact from America spills the beans on tons, and we mean tons of information on an alternate history of James Bond and Timothy Dalton’s place within the franchise. Call it a reunion with what could have been…a Reunion With Death!
1:39:24
December 12, 2018
You Only Live Twice starring Sean Connery
Hello dear listeners. What do you get when you mix together a film star that no longer wants to be on set, a character split into two different characters because an actress threatened to commit suicide, a haphazard script penned by a writer that works on children’s stories, and a plot influenced by the 1960s space race? The result probably looks a lot like this week’s subject matter. Mathieu and Edgar return to the silver screen for a discussion about 1967’s You Only Live Twice film “adaptation.’ As M warns 007 at the start “This is the big one!” In fact, the movie is so big and vast it almost blows up in its own face, but the hosts, with their undying love for Bond, found quite enough they enjoyed about it just the same. So get your sake ready (at the current temperature of 98.4F) and join in on the fun. ***This episode requires a special passcode to be downloaded. Just tell The James Bond Complex how you feel about them: I. Love. You.
1:37:52
December 5, 2018
You Only Live Twice by Ian Fleming
Hello dear listeners! For centuries people have endeavoured to build public attractions for almost every possible human interest like music, visual arts, architecture, parades, food, Disney…EXCEPT DEATH! Yes, that’s right, it’s back to books this week as Mathieu and Edgar bask in the glory of Fleming’s You Only Live Twice, featuring what must be Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s zaniest plot yet, the Garden of Death. Of course, the novel offers so much more than just that. Over the course of the discussion we cover how awesome it is to be a kamikaze pilot, the respectability of whore houses, the usefulness of getting your business partners as drunk as humanly possible, and the delicacy that is kobe beef. So get your tea leaves ready and discover early 1960s Japan with us. Haiku: You only live twice. Once when you are born, and once when you discover The James Bond Complex.
1:22:12
November 28, 2018
Bond debriefing 005
Some talks about Bond 25, Stuff Matt bought recently and a few little announcements!
32:40
November 21, 2018
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, starring George Lazenby - Part 2
Hello, dear listeners! We're back this week with Part 2 of our OHMSS film review. We woke up here in Montreal just a few days ago, and would you imagine that there are already a few snowflakes falling during the cold, early mornings. How fitting, therefore, that we should discuss the portion of the film involving the ultimate ski chase, an avalanche, and a cozy 'pop pop' session at the farm during a snow storm. Christmas is on the way, and OHMSS is the film that keeps on giving, so sit tight, grab a martini, and enjoy the show! You'll love our podcast FOREVER...FOREVER...forever...
59:01
November 14, 2018
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, starring George Lazenby (part 1)
Hello, listeners! It's getting cold here in Montreal, and Mathieu and Edgar have just returned from a specialized allergy clinic the Swiss Alps where they hoped the Count de Bleauchamp would cure them of their aversion to winter. Alas, it was not meant to be...That's right, it's back to the silver screen this week with a discussion of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Part 1 that is! The movie is so big and holds such an important place in the franchise's lore that the two hosts just couldn't stop talking about it. Controversy abounds when it comes to this film, but Matt and Edgar hope to make it through unscathed. So snuggle up by the fireplace where the ladies look twice as beautiful and the bezants can stay warm. They' re convinced you'll love the episode. They know it. They feel it in their blood!
1:06:05
November 7, 2018
Happy Halloween, 007!
BOO! Did we scare when you saw your podcast feed this morning? Here's our freakishly fantastic Halloween special!
56:30
October 28, 2018
007 Is On The Train!
Hello, dear listeners! This week, Mathieu and Edgar take the locomotive to a far off, exotic destination, fend off Spectre assassins, knife throwing twins, steel-jawed assailants, and make sure to order white wine with our fish. Yes, we have a bit of a different episode this week, as we recorded in the train on our way to Toronto for the Casino Royale in concert event from a couple weeks ago. We discuss all the sequences that happen in, on top of, and underneath locomotives throughout the series. Get comfortable with a little night cap (on the company) and enjoy the ride. Just make sure to check if anybody’s hiding in the closet first!
1:29:06
October 24, 2018
Our Review Of Casino Royale In Concert
Hello, dear listeners! We’re back this week in more ways than one. First, we’re back with a new episode. Second, we’re back from a weekend in Toronto, Canada where we attended the (at the moment) only North American stop for Casino Royale in Concert. Third, friend of the show and world traveller Jason Kim returns to the show, as he spent a few days in ‘The 6’ with us. On Saturday Oct 13th we sat down in a busy café to record our thoughts about the show we had witnessed the night before. Although we can’t play the concert for you, we hope the episode will be like music to your ears.
56:36
October 17, 2018
On Her Majesty's Secret Service By Ian Fleming
Hello dear listeners. Do you know your family history like the back of your own hand? Do you at least know the family history of your mortal enemy? Well, it’s time start flexing those genealogist muscles because Mathieu and Edgar head up the Swiss Alps to catch Blofeld. That’s right, it’s back to the books with a discussion about Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. More importantly, this is the book in which our dear Bond falls in love with the woman of his dreams! We also get to revisit Ernst Stavro Blofeld face to face, only he looks and sounds nothing like Blofeld, but trust Fleming, it’s definitely Blofeld, but also not at all. Wedding bells, Christmas time stories with M, Manchurian candidates, avalanches, and yet another old toad of a woman, this one’s a belter, so get you ski gear ready!
1:27:58
October 10, 2018
Bond debriefing - 004
Hello, dear listeners! In this very special episode of Bond Debriefing, we welcome a new friend of the show, Phil Poggiali from the MI6 Confidential magazine. After getting to know Phil's history with the 007 franchise, we tackle the latest news: Cary Funukaga directing Bond 25, the film's new release date, and the Bond vehicles expansion pack for XBox's Forza 4 video game. Will get all get back into gaming suddenly??? (spoilers: no).
28:09
October 3, 2018
The Spy Who Loved Starring Roger Moore
Hello dear listeners! Mathieu, Edgar, and special guest Jason Kim (whom you heard on the Secret Origins episode) are back at it this week with the cinematic Bond and a discussion of 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me. This is indeed a big one, and keeping the Canadian end up was no easy task, but somehow we managed to get through a plethora of topics, from Roger Moore’s sheer class, Barbara Bach’s multiple assets, the stunning cinematography, and the tricked out Lotus Esprit, among many others. Come to think of it, the timing of this release is rather appropriate. The sun is setting a bit earlier and there’s freshness in the air. It’s time to put Major Amasova’s wisdom into practice: strong mental attitude, plenty of food, and of course shared bodily warmth…and you’re all invited.
1:22:26
September 26, 2018
The Spy Who Loved Me By Ian Fleming
Hello, dear listeners! This week Mathieu and Edgar get in touch with their feminine side with a little bit of help from Ian Fleming. Just like the kids at school, it's back to the books with The Spy Who Loved Me, a story told exclusively from the 1st person perspective of a young twenty-something woman. Can there be a Bond novel in which a character other than 007 is the most interesting? How much of La Belle Province did Fleming know about? How cold and methodical are Germans at sex? Get cozy and join us; we left the vacancy light on.
1:07:20
September 19, 2018
Never Say Never Again Starring Sean Connery
Hello dear listeners. We’re back at Shrublands for the 3rd week in a row, although we promise it’s the last time! Mathieu and Edgar go non-canonical for the first time since the podcast began with a discussion about 1983’s Never Say Never Again. Sean Connery returns as James Bond, looking quite dapper and actually happy to be on set. Speaking of happy, SPECTRE has never looked chirpier when doing its dastardly business, with Blofeld and especially Maximilan Largo leading the charge of smiles and wit. And of course there’s Fatima Blush, who made us blush to say the least. Talking about the same story for the 3rd week in a row was a bit of a challenge, but on the flip side we did lose a few pounds and eliminated all free radicals.
1:07:23
September 12, 2018
The Third Co-Host
Our file showed no hosts, and to start up a 00 podcast it takes…3. Hello dear listeners! In a very special episode of The James Bond Complex, Mathieu and Edgar welcome the show’s symbolic 3rd host. Who might that be? The name’s Kim, Jason Kim. Yes, a true Bond fan, world traveler, and all around swell fellow, Jason is in many ways one of the podcast’s most important figures. Way back in our initial podcast, the hosts revealed how they met, but the truth of the matter, the secret origin if you will, is that there was a third 00 aficionado chatting away along with them in line to meet good old Lazenby. Thus a friendship was forged, one steeped in Bond goodness. Now, we get to learn more about Jason and his opinions on the franchise. Enjoy!
43:39
September 5, 2018
Bond debriefing - 003
Danny Boyle leaves the director chair of Bond 25 leaving fans confused. Has 007 met his match? Who will take on the directing duties of Daniel Craig's final James Bond performance? Edgar & Mathieu Speculate! It's another recording day debriefing!
31:47
September 3, 2018
Thunderball Starring Sean Connery
Hello dear listeners. You know, Mathieu and Edgar have grown accustomed to your faces. Or ears. That’s right, if you can hear the bongos playing in the background at the Kiss Kiss Club, that’s because the hosts return to the 007 of the movies with a review of 1965’s Thunderball! This was one of our more challenging episodes, especially when discussing the quality of the female leads and their…notable qualities. Oh, and forgive the odd dialogue at times during the episode, we tried putting our ADR skills to the test. Which is silly, because podcasts are aural, not visual, so what would it even matter? Well, we might not know much about podcasting, but we know a little about Bond!
1:18:22
August 29, 2018
Thunderball By Ian Fleming
Hello, dear listeners! A healthy body means a healthy mind, and we at the James Bond Complex take physical health very seriously, which is why we decided to spend a few weeks at the Shrublands health clinic near London. That’s right, it’s back to Fleming’s world for a discussion about Thunderball. Mathieu and Edgar felt so refreshed and enlivened following their stay at Shrublands that they left no stone unturned in their review. Does the novel take too much of a roundabout way to get to the point? Did Bond sleep with Patricia Fearing after all? How awesome is Felix Leiter when talking about alcohol measures in olive martinis? Many topics are discussed and many lessons are learned along the way, most importantly that you should never toy with nuclear arms; it isn’t good for your sex life.
1:01:53
August 22, 2018
From Fleming To Film (A Panel Re-Creation)
Hello, dear listeners! You’d be surprised by the amount of wear and tear that goes out in the field. For our final 2018 Montreal Comic Con retrospective episode, Mathieu and Edgar required a little bit of help from Q Branch in order to bring you an approximation of what the James Bond Complex Comic Con presentation was like. While the original recording can sadly not be used due to its dubious quality, we offer the 2nd best option: a recording of our practice runs. Not quite what the final product ended up being, but as Bond admits to himself when Fiona Volpe turns him down in TB, you can’t win them all.
44:09
August 15, 2018
A Talk With Julian Glover
Hello, dear listeners! 37 years after facing 007 and Columbo in battle in For Your Eyes Only, Kristatos lives! That is to say, he lives on as real-life actor Julian Glover. Famous for his roles in a multitude of properties that have their own legions of fans, such as Indiana Jones and Game of Thrones, for Bond fans Julian Glover will always be remembered as Aristotle Kristatos. The lauded actor visited Montreal in early July during the 2018 Montreal Comic Con, and was gracious enough to spend a few minutes with your hosts to reminisce about Roger Moore and reveal his favourite Bond film.
18:29
August 8, 2018
Bond debriefing - 002
It's another Bond recording day. we discuss the Lego Aston Martin, Casting calls and Edgar's idea for the next 007 actor.
23:32
August 5, 2018
The Gotham City Detour
Hello, dear listeners! This week, hosts Mathieu and Edgar take a leave of absence from the bowels of MI6 for a little detour to Gotham City to meet with the Caped Crusader. After dropping countless little Bat-nuggets throughout the show since our launch, we felt it was finally time to record an episode on Batman, another great interest of ours. Where did our love for the character and his world begin? Why do we like him so much? Which Batmobile is the coolest (pointless question; it’s the one from the 1960s television series)? Plus, a mini-marathon of reviews and personal memories from each of the Batman films since Tim Burton’s 1989 classic. It’s not who we were are underneath, but what we do that defines us, and this week we do Batman hard!
1:32:27
August 1, 2018
A View To A Kill starring Roger Moore
Hello dear listeners! Sound the alarm: May Day, May Day, May Day! That’s right, this week it’s back to the glorious silver screen for a discussion about Sir Roger Moore’s 1985 swan song, A View To a Kill. Sporting a disreputable reputation, the hosts try to fathom if said unenviable image is actually warranted or not. Does Roger’s pure charm and wit suffice to keep the iceberg sub afloat? Can Grace Jones’ style and panache make the film interesting enough? Does Christopher Walken’s intuitive improvisation help the story at all? Has The James Bond Complex finally met its match?!? Well, suffice to say we were a little restless but got off eventually.
1:08:21
July 25, 2018
2018 Montreal Comic-con
We went on a local assignment at the Palais des Congrès for the 2018 Montreal comic-con. We discuss our experience at this pop-culture event!
44:26
July 21, 2018
For Your Eyes Only By Ian Fleming (part 2)
We close the book of "For your Eyes Only" with "Risico" & "The Hildebrandt Rarity".
1:01:08
July 18, 2018
For Your Eyes Only By Ian Fleming (part 1)
Including "From a View to a Kill", "For Your Eyes Only", "Quantum of Solace", "Risico" and "The Hildebrand Rarity", this short story collection was based on scripts written for a proposed James Bond tv show.
1:05:07
July 11, 2018
James Bond's Monopoquote!
Hello dear listeners. There was a time, long before many of us were even born, when James Bond was the Star Wars of its day, with tie-in products galore for the men, the women, and the children. There was something for everyone. Well, Mathieu and Edgar are bringing those days back, at least for one week, with a spin-off of Monopoly called Monopoquote, the basis of which is, what else, quotes from the movies (we figured we should go easy on ourselves and go for probably the only thing we’re consistent with) How does one play Monopoquote? Listen to the episode and find out!
56:45
July 4, 2018
Goldfinger Starring Sean Connery
Welcome back, dear listeners! Things get very serious this week as Mathieu and Edgar tackle what many perceive to be the single most iconic film in the entire franchise, 1964’s Goldfinger! No matter, for the hosts are not the least bit intimidated by the task at hand. How could they with so many extraordinary things to talk about: how to hack golf, what accent Bond’s caddie speaks with, Pussy Galore’s symbolic wardrobe, why Goldfinger’s gold had to extracted from the late Mr. Solo at all, and who each host would rather date: Tilly or Jill? There’s no funny business here at the James Bond Complex because we never joke about our work.
1:27:24
June 27, 2018
Bond debriefing - 001
Bond 25 is on it's way. Mark Strong is rumored to be involved. Lego James Bond sets ?!? Oh and also Olear Brown James Bond swimming shorts!
29:45
June 23, 2018
Goldfinger By Ian Fleming
Hello dear listeners! The temperature has gone up, the sun is out, and school is out. That means it’s time for a little bit of summer reading. Mathieu and Edgar oblige this week by delving into Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger from 1959. The hosts really, really hope you like long winded descriptions of the intricacies of golf more than they do. Like, really hope a lot. No? Hmm, then perhaps some fine feline cuisine, a little bit of Korean BBQ? Yes, that should hit the spot, as should a drive through the French countryside, a couple of frisky lesbians, and the most ludicrous heist scheme ever concocted. Enjoy the sun’s Midas touch!
1:11:25
June 20, 2018
Eidolon By Warren Ellis & Jason Masters
Hello dear listeners. A few months ago we reviewed the first comic book series from Dynamite Entertainment, Vargr (we’re still not sure how to pronounce it). Now we’re back for what we hope will be more than just sloppy seconds, Eidolon (I-dough-lon? Aïe-do-lon? Eye-do-lon?...). Bond is back in action and heads to America (briefly) to extract one Cadence Birdwhistle, with whom he makes wonderful music. A secretive plot to infiltrate MI5, corrupt officials left and right, the return of SPECTRE, all led by a villain with a face only a mother would love, and even that’s debatable.
47:49
June 13, 2018
Dr. No Starring Sean Connery
Welcome back dear listeners! The time has finally come to rejoice in the very first official James Bond film, Dr. No from 1962! Discover the film that started the 007 phenomena, with a young, often shirtless Sean Connery, a goddess-like Ursula Andress, wonderful cinematography that captures the beauty of Jamaica, one of the best Felix Leiter’s in the entire series, most of the cast being dubbed, and bunch of Caucasian actors playing Chinese characters. Ah, yes, the innocent times of early 1960s filmmaking. The good old days, one might say.
1:18:39
June 6, 2018
Dr. No By Ian Fleming
Hello dear listeners. Oof, that last book From Russia With Love, it nearly killed us. Thankfully, this week, Ian Fleming treats us to some fun under the sun with a trip to Jamaica, the greatest piece of land in the world. Join us as we meet the locals like Quarrel, be delivered delicious looking fruit baskets (that need to be analyzed for poison), sleep in comfortable, relaxing hotel rooms (but watch out for giant centipedes that might nibble pointy ends), and discover the exotic underwater species, like gigantic man-eating octopi. Wait, what sort of holiday is this, anyways?!?
1:12:10
May 30, 2018
Bond 25, directed by Danny Boyle
Big news! It's official Bond 25 is going to be directed by Danny Boyle. Production starts in December. Universal Pictures is distributing!
20:16
May 27, 2018
The James Bond Opening Theme - Part 2
Time to take your Vinyls, 8-track, tape casette and/or cd's out of storage we are back to finish our list of favorite opening themes
53:31
May 23, 2018
The James Bond Opening Theme - Part 1
24 films. 24 Opening themes. Our hosts discuss the James Bond opening themes. Their favorites and least favorite.
43:58
May 16, 2018
From Russia With Love starring Sean Connery
Hello, dear listeners! Have you ever been to Istanbul? Well, sadly, neither of Mathieu or Edgar, but according the Bond, the Bosphorus in the moonlight is irresistible. Hopefully, a viewing of 1963’s From Russia With Love can serve as the next best thing. Long considered to be among the best entries in the film franchise, the hosts leave no stone unturned: Robert Shaw’s sexiness, sweaty and glistening female gypsy fighters, the cute mistress resting on the sofa that wants sexy time with Kerim Bey, etc. Basically this film is very, very sexy. You’ll all find out that our mouths are just the right size…for your ears that is.
1:26:18
May 9, 2018
From Russia With Love By Ian Fleming
Hello dear listeners! It’s back to Fleming’s literary world this week with From Russia With Love. Many of us would like to think ourselves brave enough to face anything, but that just isn’t true. Who is brave enough to face the odds on a Friday the 13th? Who among us is actually brave enough to face off against a powerful enemy who gets “the crazies” on a full moon, just like a lycan? Who would risk their life against an entire enemy espionage apparatus whose sole objective is to kill them? Thankfully our man is James Bond. He can do it. He’ll make it out alive, right? RIGHT?!?
1:25:42
May 2, 2018
A Brief Bond 25 Talk
Bond 25 hasn't been cast. It seems a script hasn't even been completed. All we know for certain is that James Bond will return on November 8, 2019. This didn't stop Edgar & Matt from discussing the next mission for 007!
28:19
April 29, 2018
Diamonds Are Forever Starring Sean Connery
Making mud pies, dear listeners? Good! That means you’re all set and ready for this week’s film review of 1971’s Diamonds are Forever. In this direct followup to On Her Maje-oh, that’s not accurate? Okay. Let’s try again. Mathieu and Edgar have a gay old time discussing Sean Connery’s official 007 swan song. Las Vegas in the early 1970s isn’t what it is today, mind you, but you can still find some cool stuff, like cross dressing men, elephants playing slot machines, and the live action version of Bambi and Thumper. It’s all good, provided the collars and cuffs match of course.
1:24:19
April 25, 2018
Diamonds Are Forever By Ian Fleming
How many comically named gangsters does it take to smuggle diamonds from Sierra Leone to Las Vegas? According to Ian Fleming’s Diamonds are Forever novel, a whole army’s worth, some of whom have names less funny than others. Yes, listeners, it’s back to the world of the literary 007 this week. Mathieu and Edgar relax as they cleanse their skin in a steamy mud bath (separate tubs, please), the debate the merits of spending 3 pages describing an auction in which steamship passengers guess how many miles they’ll travel the next day, try to make a case for Tiffany Case, and learn a new meaning to ending a book on a wet noodle.
1:04:58
April 18, 2018
The Bond Expansion - volume 01
You’ve seen Bond in the jungle. You’ve seen Bond underwater You’ve seen Bond in outer space. Now, prepare to see Bond and his world like you never have before! Prepare to live in his world! Behold the two most audacious, daring projects to help EON rake in the dough while giving the fanbase as much 00-goodness as they can handle. Want to Netflix and chill with 00-class? Want to take a ride in an Aston Martin and gamble a high stakes poker game at Blades? Welcome to The James Bond Expansion.
1:02:36
April 11, 2018
The James Bond Junior Complex
It's April first and you know what this means: the laws of time and space have been rewritten!!! Edgar & Mathieu enter a different universe, The James Bond Jr. Universe! Will it be a fun nostalgic trip or a journey into hell? Listen and find out!
43:00
April 1, 2018
Moonraker starring Roger Moore
Mathieu and Edgar are back and this week they follow 007 into outer space! That’s right, it’s a review of 1979’s Moonraker and there’s so much to talk about. What are the benefits of being recruited by MI6 to row gondolas in Venice? What’s up with the film’s discombobulated tones? How does one stay classy while sexual turned on by Corinne Dufour? Holly Goodhead provides some food for thought as well. And of course, space travel, space stations, and space battles! Listener disclaimer: the hosts are dealing in science-fact, not science-fiction.
1:20:15
March 28, 2018
Moonraker by Ian Fleming
Mathieu and Edgar return to Fleming's literary Bond for the author's 3rd adventure: Moonraker. Rather than explore exotic locales, 007 must face an unspeakable evil in the own backyard: England! Featuring the best leading lady to date, a magnificent gambling sequence, and super rocket. And nazis. James Bond hates those guys.
1:04:48
March 21, 2018
Vargr By Warren Ellis & Jason Masters
This week, Mathieu and Edgar venture into a platform that has not featured 007 for many years: the comic book. In the first of an ongoing series of published stories, Vargr is a modern day interpretation of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. The hosts give their due diligence in discussing a plethora of colourful traits, such as a massive henchman with no feelings, an assassin with bionic arms, a dastardly drug, and as much blood gushing as ink used to actually produce the book!
38:20
March 15, 2018
Live And Let Die starring Roger Moore
Well helloooo, Jim! What’s shaking, baby?! Mathieu and Edgar are back with another episode. The year is 1973. Roger Moore stars in his first Bond film, Live and Let Die, and what a film it is: a funk-infused score, the swinging sounds and sights of New Orleans, pimpmobiles, sassy African-American cab drivers, voodoo cults, and more. It can only mean one thing: Blaxploitation Bond!
49:05
March 7, 2018
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
In February 1952, to distract himself from his forthcoming wedding, Ian Fleming began writing Casino Royale. Edgar & Matt discuss the initial James Bond book.
45:24
February 28, 2018
Live And Let Die by Ian Fleming
Mathieu and Edgar return to the world of Fleming with a review of the novel Live and Let Die. A visit to Harlem, a terrifying villain,stomach churning violence, and pirate's gold! Shiver me timbers!
40:56
February 28, 2018
Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig
On this week’s episode, Mathieu and Edgar bask the glory of Casino Royale (2006), long considered to be among the best entries in the film series. Along the way they learn many valuable lessons: how Bond acquires his double-oh licence, how to make a Vesper, and, most importantly, trust no one!
1:13:03
February 21, 2018
The Mission Begins
Edgar & Matt introduce The James Bond Complex, preview the elements of the 007 they will tackle in each episode, and reveal how they discovered the world's greatest secret agent!
23:25
February 7, 2018