September 24, 2021

0103: Great Expectations

How we're all getting ready for the No Time To Die premiere

We're just a few days away from the world premiere of No Time To Die as we gather to chat about past premiere experiences and how this time will be different under the special circumstances that also marks the end of an era of Bond. We offer first-timers Calvin and Sean some bad advice about bow ties, royal protocol, and bathroom breaks, and as is the norm with Bond fandom, already have one eye on the 60th anniversary next year. 

The recording took place on September 24th, 2021 in the USA & 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  

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

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger 

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September 10, 2021

0102: Trailer Palooza

Did the two new No Time To Die trailers reignite our excitement?

It has been a long and tortuous road to the release of No Time To Die, with many false starts and a rollercoaster of excitement and disappointment. With two new trailers launched, what was new, what did we learn, and did they have the desired effect? Along the way we trip over some unused Ian Fleming material and ponder what Daniel Craig's last line might be.

The recording took place on September 3rd, 2021 in the USA, UK, and Spain. 

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

Henry Stephens hosts The Bond Geek channel on YouTube

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

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

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

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger 

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

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

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August 19, 2021

0101: Watchalong Recap

What did we learn from our 24 film marathon?

If you have been following our James Bond Watchalong series, this episode recaps our thoughts from the 24-film exercise, and asks whether our opinions of anything changed? Along the way, we debate the moment when 007 becomes an assassin and not a spy, discuss Corporate Bond, FYEO's sensible fun, the colour of phones, Connery's rugs and his lack of emotional journey, and how fans could curate the Bond series in different ways.

The recording took place on October 16th, 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

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

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

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

August 9, 2021

0100: Quiz Special

This is the big one, 007.

Team North America take on Team Europe in an epic James Bond themed Family Fortunes/Feud extravaganza to mark our 100th episode. Compered by a very special guest (who finally showed up), the evening's frivolities culminate in a nail-biting conclusion. Can you guess the top answers to the 007-themed questions better than our panelists? 

The recording took place on August 6th, 2021 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 

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

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

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com  

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

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger 

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

Pierce Brosnan appears courtesy @SOLTS007

Thank you to all the @jamesbondlive followers who completed the survey to find our top answers.

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Have we saved the most interesting commentary for last?

The Man With The Golden Gun marks the end of our watchalongs of the official EON series of James Bond films - but don't worry - we'll be back with the non-canonical adventures next! Along the way, we have the final lion raw from Brian Laws, ponder why Scaramanga had an anatomically correct waxwork, ask which end Bond chose for his bullet extraction, spot some flawed floors, and wade into the debate about JW Pepper and Calvin's choices for hypothetical nights out.  

The recording took place on October 9th, 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

What has been going on in the world of Bond recently? 

In this episode, we cover the latest news and current events in the world of James Bond. With the long-lead articles about No Time To Die starting to drip out, we discuss the points raised by Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, and Ana de Armas in interviews. Along the way, we suggest some alternative approaches to publicity over the well-worn trope of being a 'different Bond girl,' catch Roger Moore in Black Widow, ponder if the 007 series has so much influence over the spy genre that there is no room left to move for upcoming properties, ask if the billion-dollar club is gone for good, and bask in David's statistics. 

The recording took place on July 23rd, 2021 in the USA, UK, and Spain. 

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

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com  

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 

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger 

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

July 13, 2021

0097: White Cat Required

Have some of the Bond villains inspired real-world events? 

In this episode, we flip the discussion of villainy as the world bears witness to billionaires shooting rival rockets into space. Oftentimes, real-world events have inspired the plots of James Bond films, but we ponder which Bond villain plots may have pre-empted real-world events? What did Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Nestle, microchip manufacturers, Newsmax, and the CIA possibly learn (allegedly) from Bond villains? Along the way, we discover Roger's television toaster, golden toilets, Elliott Carver's missing internet, unnecessary turns in space, and a real-world SPECTRE. 

The recording took place on May 21st, 2021 in the USA and UK. 

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

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com  

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

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

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 

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

July 2, 2021

0096: Nearly Civilized

How did the two games Agent Under Fire and NightFire succeed in capturing the essence of Bond? 

In this episode, we revisit two of the best-loved James Bond games ever as they come up on 20 years since release. We uncover some strange development history and explore the overlap between the two games that were released in the shadow of GoldenEye but still found a huge audience away from the spotlight of Halo. Along the way, we discover jiggly boobs, a Neighbours connection, how the Moonraker novel was adapted twice the same year, and find the most obscure James Bond Jr reference.  As mentioned in the podcast, the online PC NightFire community is alive and well at nightfirepc.com, and the recommended PS2 emulator to play both games can be downloaded from pcsx2.net 

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

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

Kim Justice makes documentaries about old computer and video games, mostly with a European slant, at youtube.com/KimbleJustice 

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

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger 

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

June 25, 2021

0095: Peak Performance

In which film did each lead actor put in their best acting performance?

In this episode, we try and anticipate the audience vote on which film enjoyed the best performance of each James Bond actor. Just looking at the performance of the lead role, and not the film as a whole, can we guess the results of the real-time Twitter polls, or will our panel's consensus reach different conclusions?

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

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

Michael Boyce (@mwboyce) is a Professor of English and Film Studies and host of Geek 4

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

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

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

Sean Longmore shares his artwork @ThatTallGinger 

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

June 11, 2021

0094: Unsung Characters

Who is in a Bond film for just a few moments but makes a big impact?

In this episode, we each choose a character that is only in a James Bond film for a few minutes but makes a big impact on the adventure, the viewer, or the series as a whole. Along the way we stumble upon engagement rings, a non-human selection, witness Calvin tempt fate, and expand the sweeper guy universe.

The recording took place on June 4th, 2021 in the USA, UK, and Spain. 

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 

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

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com  

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

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

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2021

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