September 25, 2020

0066: Killing Fleming

If you apply the 'Death of the Author' theory to the James Bond books, what are you left with?

For this episode, the panel delves into the concept of 'Death of the Author' in the context of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. Is it now practically impossible to read the books independent of the bias created by the reader's knowledge of Fleming? If you remove the author from the reading of the text, is there any objective meaning left? Has Fleming become Bond rather than Bond being based on Fleming? Why did the literary estate start with this concept and then double-down on a reversal in 2008? Warning: the feelings of some continuation authors may be at risk.

James Page is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at youtube.com/calvindyson

Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Her new podcast 'Licence To Critique' can be found at licencetocritique.buzzsprout.com

Phil Nobile Jr shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2020 

Join us as we watch 1973's Live And Let Die together as a group experience. 

For this episode, don your tactical turtleneck, grab a bourbon (no ice), and cue up your copy of Live And Let Die as the panel chats over the film in real-time with observations, trivia, insights, and irreverence. Along the way, we discover suspicious grapes, bad grouting, Calvin's disapproval of psychics, Linda McCartney crocodile, JW's off-screen promotion, a very lucky dog, Lisa's robe rankings, and wonder if Kananga hired his heavies from Target.

The recording took place on August 21st, 2020 in the USA, UK, and Spain.

James Page is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at youtube.com/calvindyson

Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential

Bill Koenig runs the Spy Command at hmssweblog.wordpress.com

Phil Nobile Jr shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2020 

September 3, 2020

0064: Trailer Reaction

What do we think of the new No Time To Die trailer and relaunched marketing campaign?

For this episode, the super-panel shares their views on 'Trailer 2' and how the film is being re-positioned after the delay from April to November. We also tackle the sticky issue of the push to release in an uncertain world, a new poster, and a big clanger from Universal in Europe.

The recording took place on September 3rd, 2020 in the USA, UK, and Spain.

James Page is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Ajay Chowdhury (co-author with Matthew Field) of Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films

Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at youtube.com/calvindyson

Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential

Bill Koenig runs the Spy Command at hmssweblog.wordpress.com

Phil Nobile Jr shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2020 

Join us as we watch 1983's Octopussy together as a group experience. 

For this episode, don your floppy shoes, grab a red nose, and cue up your copy of Octopussy as the panel chats over the film in real-time with observations, trivia, insights, and irreverence. Along the way, we discover underage drivers, a gameshow set, zooming boobs, Brian Blessed's pirate brother, two-dozen Star Wars cast members, Calvin's super attack-mode crocodile, Chekhov's pineapple, and wonder about Bond's exfoliated perineum.

The recording took place on August 14th, 2020 in the USA, UK, and Spain.

James Page is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at youtube.com/calvindyson

Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential

Bill Koenig runs the Spy Command at hmssweblog.wordpress.com

Phil Nobile Jr shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2020 

Join us as we watch 1985's A View To A Kill together as a group experience. 

For this episode, don your velour tracksuit, grab a quiche, and cue up your copy of A View To A Kill as the panel chats over the film in real-time with observations, trivia, insights, and irreverence. Along the way, we discover Bavarian factory guards, a model maker massacre, a hot tub dipping chair, creepy kids bedrooms, a quiche serial killer, and subliminally channel Stacey Sutton. In an extended after-show we discuss the absurdist elements of Ian Fleming and wonder what happened to the budget.

The recording took place on July 31st, 2020 in the USA, UK, and Spain.

James Page is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at youtube.com/calvindyson

Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential

Bill Koenig runs the Spy Command at hmssweblog.wordpress.com

Phil Nobile Jr shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2020 

Join us as we watch 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me together as a group experience. 

For this episode, don your flared trousers, grab some fish food, and cue up your copy of The Spy Who Loved Me as the panel chats over the film in real-time with observations, trivia, insights, and irreverence. Along the way, we discover MI6's bring your own phone policy, camel fanciers, speculate on Blofeld's budget, spot Marks & Spencer's CCTV, remember when Sir Ken Adam patented the wheel, raise an eyebrow at submarinal erections, and ponder the fate of cod stocks.

The recording took place on July 17th, 2020 in the USA, UK, and Spain.

James Page is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at youtube.com/calvindyson

Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential

Bill Koenig runs the Spy Command at hmssweblog.wordpress.com

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2020

Join us as we watch 2006's Casino Royale together as a group experience. 

For this episode, don your tailored tuxedo, grab a properly made Vesper martini, and cue up your copy of Casino Royale as the panel chats over the film in real-time with observations, trivia, insights, and irreverence. Spoiler alert: everyone loves this film. As well as dropping some lesser-known behind-the-scenes facts, we discuss some of the bold creative decisions that made this reboot of the franchise one of the most beloved films of the entire series.

The recording took place on July 10th, 2020 in the USA, UK, and Spain.

James Page is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at youtube.com/calvindyson

Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential

Bill Koenig runs the Spy Command at hmssweblog.wordpress.com

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2020

If you missed the live video stream, you can now catch up with the first-ever James Bond & Friends podcast video panel.  The 'watchalong' regular crew of James Page, Calvin Dayson, Dr. Lisa Funnell, Bill Koenig, David Leigh, and Ben Williams take a break this week from commentary on a film and instead discuss the latest 'No Time To Die' developments, theorize what will become of Bond in the future, take questions from the live chat, debunk some Bond myths, and - as ever - drift off into a few tangents.  Head on over to YouTube to watch the recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TG-BTGNWk0

Join us as we watch 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies together as a group experience.

For this episode, don your HALO suit, grab a heavy motorcycle, and cue up your copy of Tomorrow Never Dies as the panel chats over the film in real-time with observations, trivia, insights, and irreverence. Along the way, we learn how to type one-handed, wonder where the internet went, and discover Maxwell connections, hair semi-colons, a hungry Bond, bad parking, a surprising sequel, and Carver's private collection of jam jars.

The recording took place on July 3rd, 2020 in the USA, UK, and Spain.

James Page is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at youtube.com/calvindyson

Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential

Bill Koenig runs the Spy Command at hmssweblog.wordpress.com

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2020

Join us as we watch 1971's Diamonds Are Forever together as a group experience.

For this episode, don your pink kipper tie, grab a radiation shield, and cue up your copy of Diamonds Are Forever as the panel chats over the film in real-time with observations, trivia, insights, and irreverence. Along the way, we discover romantic trips to mausoleums, a real-life murder mystery, CGI panties, death trap trikes, and a one of a kind swivel toilet. At no point do we ever discuss real-life mafia connections to this production...

The recording took place on June 26th, 2020 in the USA and UK.

James Page is a co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at youtube.com/calvindyson

Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma

Phil Nobile Jr shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential

Bill Koenig runs the Spy Command at hmssweblog.wordpress.com

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2020

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