April 16, 2021

0087: Essential Bond

What elements of the franchise make James Bond the spy we know and enjoy? 

The panel discusses the key elements of James Bond from the novels to the films, identifying some of the things we believe makes 007 charming and successful. We share experiences of talking about Bond to non-Bond fans, some of them very close to us, and contrast our opinions about the relative quality of the films with those of our loved ones. We round out by talking about where to start to introduce a new reader or viewer to the franchise. 

Along the way we revisit the sausage factory, discuss the ‘three [maybe two] Gs’, Bond’s seemingly limitless knowledge, the gamble that was Casino Royale, fan service failures, nostalgic nausea, brave decisions, artistic leadership, 24 ways of telling the same story, travelogues, globalisation, drinking, exotic Kentucky, musical puns, and shameless self-promotion. 

The recording took place on March 26th, 2021 in the USA, UK, Spain, and New Zealand. 

Paul Atkinson is co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

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

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger  

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

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