July 20, 2019

0018: Stepping on Rakes

How much James Bond history is left to be discovered?

Bill recounts his recent trip to the Lilly Library in Indiana where he looked at one of Ian Fleming's early Casino Royale manuscripts and shares some of the changes made to the final novel. As Formula 1 celebrated its 1,007th Grand Prix we look back at Bond's motor racing connections over the years and Ben reveals the story of the Aston Martin that probably influenced Ian Fleming's gadget laden car. Rounding out, we explore the state of James Bond research and what history still lays hidden. Along the way we cover the latest news including Ajay's location visit with Bond 25, bumping in to Bojo, SEO tabloids, firestorms on social media, into the Bondverse, Fleming in the public domain, and find a song about Blofeld.

The recording took place on July 14th, 2019 in the USA and UK.

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

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

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

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

Music credit 'Spy & Die' by Jay Man

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