January 17, 2022

0115: Licence To Tweak

What changes or different decisions could have been instrumental in improving Licence To Kill's success back in 1989?

Now undergoing a bit of a renaissance as James Bond fans rediscover Timothy Dalton's harder-edged 007, what could have been done differently back in 1989 to give Licence To Kill a better shot a box-office success? What if... The budget hadn't been a limitation? The aesthetic was popular with US audiences? First choices for cast had accepted? Della didn't die? MGM hadn't screwed up the marketing campaign? Our panel ponders these questions and more. You can now email the show at contact@jamesbondandfriends.com 

The recording took place on December 10th, 2021 in the USA and UK.

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

Phil Nobile Jr is editor of Fangoria and shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr 

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

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

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger 

Many thanks to John Glen. 

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January 1, 2022

0114: Happy New Year

What were the personal Bondian highlights of 2021 and what are we looking forward to most in 2022? 

2021 was a huge year for Bond fans with the eventual release of 'No Time To Die,' but what were the other highlights of the past 12 months? We turn to our friends from around the world to look back on 2021 and also pick out what they are most looking forward to in 2022. Thank *you* for joining us and we look forward to creating a lot more content in the coming year. You can email the show at contact@jamesbondandfriends.com 

The recording took place all over the world in the last week of December 2021. Host James Page was joined by guests Phil Nobile Jr, Dr Llewella Chapman, Bill Koenig, Tom Butler, David Leigh, Mark Edlitz, Henry Stephens, Emery Cormier, Ben Williams, Marcos Kontze, Sean Longmore, and Dr Lisa Funnell with our most avid listener. 

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December 23, 2021

0113: Xmas Quiz

Which team will claim victory in this festive James Bond trivia battle? 

Play along as you listen to see if you can beat the two teams to the multiple answer questions as we dig into Bond's coverage of the US, debrief double-deckers, cringe at some dodgy effects, recount 007's colleagues, and pun our way to 2022. 

The recording took place on December 17th, 2021 in the USA, UK, and Canada. 

Paul Atkinson and James Page are co-founders of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential 

Phil Nobile Jr is editor of Fangoria and shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr 

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

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

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger 

Mark Edlitz is author of 'The Many Lives of James Bond' and 'The Lost Adventures of James Bond

Henry Stephens hosts The Bond Geek channel on YouTube 

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021 

Join us as we watch 1954's live television production of Casino Royale together as a group experience. 

James Bond is American, Leiter is British, Vesper and Mathis are combined into one character, and the story of Casino Royale is condensed into a 50-minute production broadcast live! If you have not seen this unique entry in the 007 series, why not join us and watchalong as we explore the creative decisions and ponder what could have happened to the franchise if Ian Fleming's hero had taken off on television. The version we watched is complete with the original ending that is missing from the MGM print. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KVoU-9gzqU 
We would love to hear your thoughts - please email the show at contact@jamesbondandfriends.com 

The recording took place on November 20th, 2020 in the USA, UK, and Spain.

James Page is 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 is editor of Fangoria and shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com 

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

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

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

Join us as we watch 1967's spoof Casino Royale together as a group experience. 

James Bond is enjoying a quiet retirement when he's pulled back in to the world of international espionage by M. When his 007 code number is assigned to a sea lion, this is not No Time To Die, but rather the 1967 spoof Casino Royale. With more directors than we have panelists this week, the film is a hot mess of nonsensical plot threads. We'll forgive you if you skip this one, but we did have a good time laughing with incredulity at what was unfolding onscreen. You can email the show at contact@jamesbondandfriends.com 

The recording took place on November 13th, 2020 in the USA, UK, and Spain.

James Page is 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

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com 

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

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Join us as we watch 2021's No Time To Die together as a group experience. 

It's been a long time. But, finally, here we are. Our journey through all of the James Bond films by EON Productions wraps up, appropriately, with No Time To Die. As the film is now available to stream on demand, you can watch in real-time with our commentary. Along the way, we get into the finer details of direction and art style, meet Dr Borat, make a big reveal about the name of character, suggest alternative lines for THAT ending, and retire the Klaxon. James Bond will return? 

The recording took place on November 11th, 2021 in the USA and UK. 

James Page is 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 is editor of Fangoria and shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr 

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

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger 

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

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Join us as we watch 1983's Never Say Never Again together as a group experience.

For this episode, don your dungarees, grab an exploding fountain pen, and cue up your copy of Never Say Never Again as the panel chats over the film in real-time with observations, trivia, insights, and irreverence. Along the way, we discover Ice Station Zebra footage, launch a villain's merch store, find under-employed dance instructors, worry about crushed sharks, and will never now be able to unsee Tim Curry. After the film, we dive in to your questions from Twitter.

The recording took place on October 23rd, 2020 in the USA, UK, and Spain. 

James Page is 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

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

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

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

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

October 22, 2021

0108: Bowing Out

How did the end of each Bond actor's tenure differ? 

As the Daniel Craig era comes to an end with 'No Time To Die' playing in cinemas around the world, the panel discusses how each previous James Bond actor wrapped up their run. Who came out looking good? Do we see those films differently knowing it was their last one? Who left on their own terms, was a victim of circumstance, or misread history? Do old spies die or do they become villains? 

The recording took place on June 26th, 2021 in the USA, New Zealand, and Australia. 

James Page and Paul Atkinson are co-founders of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Natalie Bochenski (@girlclumsy) is a writer, performer, and producer from Brisbane known for her Raven On series 

Phil Nobile Jr is editor of Fangoria and shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr 

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

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

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

October 15, 2021

0107: Keen Eye For NTTD

What Easter eggs and callbacks have we found so far in 'No Time To Die'? 

This week we gather to swap notes on the special nuggets that we have discovered so far in 'No Time To Die'. What Easter eggs have we spotted and how many callbacks to previous James Bond films have we found - beyond the obvious ones to 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'? As we reference events in the film, make sure you watch it before listening to this episode to avoid spoilers. 

The recording took place on October 15th, 2021 in the USA, UK, and Spain. 

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

Tom Butler is Editor at Yahoo Entertainment UK and host of @JamesBondAtoZ 

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger 

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

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

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

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

October 8, 2021

0106: Brothers From Langley

Full spoiler discussion of No Time To Die. 

A week after it opened in most countries, the 25th James Bond film is finally out in the USA, so we gather a panel of American fans to discuss the movie and how it went down with the audiences they saw it with. If you have not seen the film yet, please save this episode until you do. We won't put the usual list of things covered in this episode as those themselves will be spoilers for some passing by, except to say that we find a way to fix the gunbarrel.  

The recording took place on October 8th, 2021 in the USA. 

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

Phil Nobile Jr is editor of Fangoria and shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr 

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

Tim Guccione (@TheTimGuccione) is host of the podcast No Time To Bond

Melanie runs @birb.jamesbirb on Instagram and is a contributor to several Bond podcasts and YouTube channels

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

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

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