Build-A-Bond Constructing the next James Bond

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Build-A-Bond Constructing the next James Bond

Dan and Tom build a Bond: Giving guidance as to what in the James Bond persona is needed for the next Bond actor.

Build-A-Bond – What Does The Next Bond Need to Be?

Dan and Tom look at how to Build-a-Bond.  In other words, what are the key elements of Bond over the decades that should go into the best Bond?  We will help Eon Productions here as we Build-a-Bond! 

What were the positive qualities of James Bond for each of the previous six actors that Eon Productions has cast for the role? What are the qualities that they each brought that we think must be included in the next hire?

James Bond has had a different personality with each actor to play him.  Yes, we all know that Sean Connery, with Director Terence Young’s tutelage set the stage. George Lazenby brought a little more rough and tumble. Roger Moore brought more humor.  Timothy Dalton turned out the lights and made Bond dark.  Pierce Brosnan was cool. And Daniel Craig darkened things up again.

So, we know all that.  But there’s much more to it.  Dan and Tom dig deeper to find the personality traits that were common to all of the actor’s portrayals.  Take a listen to find out what these are.

Finally, what actors do Tom and Dan think are in their Build-a-Bond box?

Tell us what you think

So, did we miss any personas for the next actor to play James Bond?  What do you think of our list of persona needs?  And, who do you want to see take up the role of Bond, James Bond?

Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode. Just drop us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will surely be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!  

You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. In addition, you can check out our YouTube channel as well.  

Episode Webpage: https://bit.ly/4bJFA6l

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Video: SPECTRE – can this James Bond movie be defended

SPECTRE – can this James Bond movie be defended? Dan and Tom bring Vicky back to answer this question.

This is the video version of this episode.  If you’d like to listen to the audio version, click here.

While SPECTRE is not often in a James Bond fan’s top 5 list, it is often in a Bond fan’s bottom 10 list.  Why is that?  What about this movie turns fans off?

Dan, Tom, and Vicky uncover both the positives and the negatives of SPECTRE to try to figure out if it can be defended.

Let’s Look At The Negatives

They start with a look at some of the negatives of SPECTRE.

  • Dan, Tom, and Vicky think one of the problems is the reason Blofeld hates James Bond.  At least the reason Blofeld tells Bond.  Dan says that this plot point irks him.
  • Or maybe it is the character of Madeleine Swann.  Vicky says she thinks the character is too flat.
  • Or maybe it is the writing of Purvis and Wade.  You know Tom will chime in on that one.
  • And more.

And Now The Positives

To be sure, there are some positives in SPECTRE.  Such as:

  • The production quality is top-notch, a signature of Eon Productions’ James Bond movies.
  • The spectacular pre-title sequence.
  • The supporting cast.
  • And more.

This is a lively discussion as the three of them aren’t in agreement on all the positives and negatives.

So, What Do You Think: SPECTRE – can this James Bond movie be defended?

So, what are your reasons for liking or disliking SPECTRE?  Can you defend it?

Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode. Just drop us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will surely be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!

You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Additionally, you can check out our YouTube channel as well.

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SPECTRE – can this James Bond movie be defended?

Podcast Episode

SPECTRE – can this James Bond movie be defended?

SPECTRE - can this James Bond movie be defended? Dan, Tom, and Vicky uncover the positives and negatives as they answer this question.

SPECTRE – can this James Bond movie be defended? Dan and Tom bring Vicky back to answer this question.

While SPECTRE is not often in a James Bond fan’s top 5 list, it is often in a Bond fan’s bottom 10 list.  Why is that?  What about this movie turns fans off?

Dan, Tom, and Vicky uncover both the positives and the negatives of SPECTRE to try to figure out if it can be defended.

Let’s Look At The Negatives

They start with a look at some of the negatives of SPECTRE.

  • Dan, Tom, and Vicky think one of the problems is the reason Blofeld hates James Bond.  At least the reason Blofeld tells Bond.  Dan says that this plot point irks him.
  • Or maybe it is the character of Madeleine Swann.  Vicky says she thinks the character is too flat.
  • Or maybe it is the writing of Purvis and Wade.  You know Tom will chime in on that one.
  • And more.

And Now The Positives

To be sure, there are some positives in SPECTRE.  Such as:

  • The production quality is top-notch, a signature of Eon Productions’ James Bond movies.
  • The spectacular pre-title sequence.
  • The supporting cast.
  • And more.

This is a lively discussion as the three of them aren’t in agreement on all the positives and negatives.

So, What Do You Think: SPECTRE – can this James Bond movie be defended?

So, what are your reasons for liking or disliking SPECTRE?  Can you defend it?

Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode. Just drop us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will surely be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!  

You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Additionally, you can check out our YouTube channel as well.  

Webpage: https://bit.ly/3XlnXpN

We welcome back Vicky for this episode. You can visit her channel THE BOND ROOM UNLOCKED on YouTube and on Facebook. You can also catch her at the 007GB Fan Club website.

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You Only Live Thrice, Mr. Bond

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You Only Live Thrice, Mr. Bond

Dan and Tom tell James Bond “You Only Live Thrice” and examine realistic ways the Bond series can continue after NO TIME TO DIE’s ending.

Before you go on to this episode, “You Only Live Thrice, Mr. Bond,” if you haven’t seen NO TIME TO DIE, there are some spoilers here so you probably should skip this one – NOW!  

You Only Live Thrice, Mr. Bond

James Bond is dead!  Dead as a door nail.   Dead! 

Your field operatives Dan and Tom decode the fundamental meaning of James Bond dying in NO TIME TO DIE and detail the HOW of what Eon Productions can do to move on! 

From James Bond returning to the Daniel Craig “arc” – nothing is left to chance in this lively debate.  So, how does Eon deal with the fact that the Daniel Craig arc took OO7 from obtaining his OO status up to his death? The end credits told us “James Bond Will Return”.     Is it problematic?  Surprisingly, Eon is in a very tough position.  What were they thinking in clarifying for us that JAMES BOND IS DEAD? 

Dan and Tom examine realistic ways the Bond series can continue after NO TIME TO DIE’s ending. Also, they have some future advice and warnings to tell Bond: “You Only Live Thrice, Mr. Bond!” 

Give us your thoughts

So, take a listen.  What do you think Eon Productions’ next move must be?   

In a previous episode “Come On Bond, Where The Hell Are You – How James Bond Can Survive” we took a sarcastic look at some crazy ways Bond could survive after the ending of NO TIME TO DIE.  

Also, let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode. Just drop us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will surely be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!  

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Chicago James Bond Fans May 2024 Meetup

Dan and Tom held their first Chicago James Bond Fans Meetup on May 9, 2024, at Ma O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Chicago. This is the video version of this episode.  The audio version of this episode can be found here. Part of the event was a James Bond trivia quiz and people from all over the world played, including those in the pub. The questions ranged from fairly easy to “nobody got this one”. The winning score was 18 out of 25.  Congratulations to William Kanas for the win. This episode highlights the interviews they streamed of some of the 007 fans in attendance. In fact, one of the fans we talked with, stuntman Ross Scharphorn, placed second in the trivia quiz.  He answered the same number of questions as William Kanas, but Kanas answered faster for the win. In addition to Ross, we interviewed Scott Winterroth and Brandon about their favorite Bond movies, actors, and the direction they would like Eon Productions to take the franchise. Finally, we talked with Leonard Johnson and Chris MacGregor from the Ian Fleming Foundation.  They talked about the foundation, its charity focus, and how they obtain and refurbish James Bond movie vehicles. We also held a drawing with James Bond tchotchkes awarded to the winners. A big Thank You goes out to all who attended our Chicago 007 Fans May 2024 Meetup and those who agreed to be interviewed.

What do you think?

What did you think of this episode? Also, please let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and if you want to be notified of our next event. Just drop us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode! You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well. Webpage: https://bit.ly/4avMfR0
Maestro John Morris Russell Talks James Bond Concert

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Maestro John Morris Russell Talks James Bond Concert

Dan, Tom and Raymond Benson chat with Maestro John Morris Russell about his Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert, “Shaken Not Stirred”.

John Morris Russell Talks Shaken Not Stirred

Dan and Tom interview Maestro John Morris Russell (JMR) about his Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert, “Shaken Not Stirred,” musical scores, and James Bond music.  As you might have guessed, the concert’s focus is the music of James Bond.   You may know JMR from his work as the conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for the past 13 years. 

Joining JMR in the concert is the amazing vocalist Capathia Jenkins. She possesses the wide vocal range needed to cover the various styles of singers from the James Bond catalog.

We will be attending the concert and we’re sure James Bond fans will enjoy this one.  

In this episode, JMR talks about what to expect in this concert and how they put it together.  He also talks about his career, why he decided to conduct instead of play an instrument, some influential composers, and film scoring in general.  If you’ve ever wanted to know what a composer has to deal with in scoring a movie, JMR gives you a good idea.  It is really amazing how they do it.

One other area we discuss is how technology has made composition more efficient.  Much is the same as it’s been for hundreds of years.  But, some of it is streamlined today.

Raymond Benson with an assist

Dan and Tom wanted some expertise for this interview, so they asked Raymond Benson for an assist.  Of course, Raymond graciously agreed. Raymond helped us delve into other composers’ works and JMR’s experiences with them.  Plus, Raymond tells of a very scary experience he had with composer John Barry.

What do you think?

So, we’re excited to be going to this concert and see John Morris Russell put what he told us into action.  We think this will be a good one.  Do you have plans to go to this concert?   If so, let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!

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Credit: John Morris Russell pictures courtesy of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Diamonds Are Forever Las Vegas and Octopussy Utah Filming Locations with Matt Sherman

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Diamonds Are Forever Las Vegas and Octopussy Utah Filming Locations with Matt Sherman

Dan and Tom talk with Matt Sherman about the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Las Vegas and OCTOPUSSY Utah filming locations.

Dan and Tom talk with Matt Sherman about the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Las Vegas and OCTOPUSSY Utah filming locations.

Besides being a James Bond expert, Matt Sherman leads tours to many different James Bond filming locations – check his website https://bondfanevents.com/.

In this episode, we discuss what we experienced on Matt’s tour of two relatively close filming location areas for two movies, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (DAF) and OCTOPUSSY. 

Much of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was filmed in and around Las Vegas, Nevada in the U.S. For instance, the casinos, the desert, the mortuary, the car chase and more are all there.

Surprisingly, if you take a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas into southwestern Utah, you’ll end up in some key locations from OCTOPUSSY. Much of the OCTOPUSSY pre-title sequence was filmed in this stunningly beautiful part of the U.S. Some of the scenes toward the end of the movie were filmed here as well.

Some of the filming location questions we answer are:

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER LAS VEGAS

  • What airport did James Bond arrive in when he came to Las Vegas?
  • How many locations were used when Plenty O’Toole was tossed from the hotel window?
  • Where is the location of the parking lot from the car chase?
  • Why is visiting the Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary & Cemetary not enough to experience the mortuary scenes? 
  • What game can you still play at the Circus Circus arcade area?

OCTOPUSSY Utah

  • Where was the gas station that James Bond’s jet pulled up to when Bond said “fill ‘er up”?
  • How did they film the take-off and landing of Bond’s jet?
  • Where is the bridge the plane flies under?
  • Where did James Bond jump from his horse onto Kamal Khan’s plane?
  • When standing near the bridge, you can see places portraying what countries from what movies?

This is a fun discussion.  The next time you are in Las Vegas, go visit these sites.  You’ll be glad you did.

So, have you been to any of these sites? If so, let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!

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Diamonds Are Forever Amsterdam Filming Locations & Amsterdam Intelligence

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Diamonds Are Forever Amsterdam Filming Locations & Amsterdam Intelligence

Dan and Tom went to Amsterdam to see the filming locations from DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. They talk about those and some other locations there.

Dan and Tom head out to find the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Amsterdam filming locations.   There aren’t many and they are easy to find. But it is very cool to see these sites over 50 years after the movie was filmed.

So, join them as they visit Tiffany Case’s house.    Was she home? The Skinny Bridge?   Was that a figment of screenwriters Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz?  Listen to find out.

What famous drink from Ian Fleming’s novels has an Amsterdam bar named after it? What literarily-named hotel has another bar they mention?  And what tour do they tell you is a must see when visiting Amsterdam? Amsterdam intelligence is on the menu! 

So, have you been to these DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Amsterdam filming locations?  Have you seen any of these other sites? If so, let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!

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Video Interview of Chris Corbould: Special Effects Master talks James Bond!

Note: This is the video version of this episode.  We show you our interview with Chris Corbould and intersperse clips and photos from the movies we discuss.  If you want to listen to an audio version of this podcast instead of watching this video, click here to be redirected to the audio episode page.

Video Interview of Chris Corbould

This video interview of Chris Corbould was recorded in Chicago at the press event prior to the opening of the “007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond” exhibit.  This fantastic exhibit is at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Chris Corbould OBE has worked on 15 James Bond movies, THE DARK KNIGHT Trilogy, 2 Superman movies, and he won an Acadamy Award for his work on the movie INCEPTION.  Chiefly, his specialty has been visual effects, leading the team on many of these movies.

What movies do we discuss with Chris Corbould?

During this interview, Chris talks with Dan and Tom about visual effects in several of his James Bond movies and THE DARK KNIGHT.

So, listen to hear how they did the explosion in SPECTRE, which involved about 300 explosions in succession! Chris tells us how that worked.  Additionally, Chris mentions the warning he gave to Daniel Craig about this scene.

Undoubtedly, you remember the doughnut scene in NO TIME TO DIE.  You know, the scene where the Aston Martin spins in the square in Matera, Italy. Chris talks us through that scene and how they coordinated the “bullets” hitting the side of the buildings with the spinning of the car.

The tank scenes in GOLDENEYE! Chris also tells us the origin and some of the challenges of these tank scenes. What are the challenges of buying real tanks for a movie? Listen to find out!

One of Tom’s favorite Bond gadgets is the cello case in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS. Chris Corbould was involved with this gadget’s development. And he gives us insight into the creation of the device.  Oh, and he lets us know what actress Maryam d’Abo, who played Kara Milovy, certainly thought about this sled.

SKYFALL train crash in the subway! Chris discusses the challenges in designing this spectacular train crash.  Lots of details had to be worked out simultaneously for that one.

It’s not all James Bond

Finally, since we were having this discussion in Chicago, Chris talked about the semi-trailer scene in THE DARK KNIGHT.   This is the scene where the truck flips over, backend over the front end.   They filmed this scene in Chicago, on LaSalle street.  Chris lets us know how they got that to work.

Let us know what you think!

So, take a listen. Chris Corbould is not only a visual effects master, he’s a great guy and a fun interview.  Let us know your thoughts about our video interview of Chris Corbould, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!

You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well.

The Exhibit

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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – How the Story Came to Be

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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – How the Story Came to Be

Dan and Tom decode the movie FOR YOUR EYES ONLY and how the story came to be. Two Ian Fleming short stories are behind it.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – How the Story Came to be

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, the movie, was not the story from Ian Fleming’s short story with the same title.   In this episode, Dan and Tom decode the movie to see how the story came to be.

Some of the characters from the movie, and some of the plot points were adapted from Ian Fleming’s 1960 short stories “For Your Eyes Only” and “Risico”.  Plus, the locations of the 2 stories and the movie are all different. People’s names have changed.  The reason that people have wanted revenge has changed.  The MacGuffin has changed.

Yet, even with all of that, the movie, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY turned into one of Roger Moore’s best movies playing James Bond.

And the 1968 movie ICE STATION ZEBRA definitely influenced the final version of the movie FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.  Dan and Tom lay it out in this episode!

So, take a listen. 

We assume you’ve seen the movie FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. Have you read Fleming’s short stories “For Your Eyes Only” and “Risico”?  If so, did Dan and Tom miss anything?  Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!

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Interview: Special Effects Master Chris Corbould talks James Bond!

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Interview: Special Effects Master Chris Corbould talks James Bond!

Dan and Tom talk with visual effects expert Chris Corbould! You've seen his work on 15 James Bond movies, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and more.

Who is Chris Corbould?

Chris Corbould OBE has worked on 15 James Bond movies, THE DARK KNIGHT Trilogy, 2 Superman movies, and he won an Acadamy Award for his work on the movie INCEPTION.  Chiefly, his specialty has been visual effects, leading the team on many of these movies.

Dan and Tom had a chance to chat with Chris in Chicago at the press event prior to the opening of the “007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond” exhibit.  This fantastic exhibit is at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

What movies do we discuss with Chris Corbould?

During this interview, Chris talks about visual effects in several of his James Bond movies and THE DARK KNIGHT.  

So, listen to hear how they did the explosion in SPECTRE, which involved about 300 explosions in succession! Chris tells us how that worked.  Additionally, Chris mentions the warning he gave to Daniel Craig about this scene.

Undoubtedly, you remember the doughnut scene in NO TIME TO DIE.  You know, the scene where the Aston Martin spins in the square in Matera, Italy. Chris talks us through that scene and how they coordinated the “bullets” hitting the side of the buildings with the spinning of the car.

The tank scenes in GOLDENEYE! Chris also tells us the origin and some of the challenges of these tank scenes. What are the challenges of buying real tanks for a movie? Listen to find out!

One of Tom’s favorite Bond gadgets is the cello case in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS. Chris Corbould was involved with this gadget’s development. And he gives us insight into the creation of the device.  Oh, and he lets us know what actress Maryam d’Abo, who played Kara Milovy, certainly thought about this sled.

SKYFALL train crash in the subway! Chris discusses the challenges in designing this spectacular train crash.  Lots of details had to be worked out simultaneously for that one.

It’s not all James Bond

Finally, since we were having this discussion in Chicago, Chris talked about the semi-trailer scene in THE DARK KNIGHT.   This is the scene where the truck flips over, backend over the front end.   They filmed this scene in Chicago, on LaSalle street.  Chris lets us know how they got that to work.

Let us know what you think!

So, take a listen. Chris Corbould is not only a visual effects master, he’s a great guy and a fun interview.  Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!

You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well.

The Exhibit

As we mentioned, we met with Chris at the “007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond” exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. This exhibit has vehicles, gadgets, screen-used props, and educational materials based on the James Bond movies. You can find out more about the exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry’s website.

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007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond

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007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond

Dan and Tom look at the newly opened exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry - “007 Science: Inside the World of James Bond”.

“007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond” is a new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Dan and Tom became big fans of this exhibit while attending the Press Day viewing.   They take you inside and highlight many of the items displayed. And they let you know why you will want to attend this exhibit.

What’s in the exhibit?

We won’t give everything away. But there are screen-used gadgets from the James Bond movies. These are some of the most well-known gadgets in the James Bond history.  Plus, there are James Bond movie vehicles. Vehicles like the Aston Martin DB5 used in GOLDENEYE, and the Lotus Espirit which was used in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.   And, there are real-world spy gadgets that the CIA has used to showcase how the Bond gadgets may have had some real-world background.

Who did we talk with?

Includes a quick interview with Meg Simmonds, Archive Director for Eon Productions, and Eric Andersen, Project Manager of Featured Experiences and Special Projects at the Museum.  They help us understand what is in the exhibit and why.  Meg talks about one gadget that was from a very early James Bond movie. She had never seen it before but was able to track down. And, that gadget is on display in this exhibit!  Which one?!

Eric focuses on is the fact that this is the Museum of Science and Industry. So, they want to make sure the exhibit highlights Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) throughout.  There are interactive activities and Eric helps us understand what is there, and why kids will like this too.

Finally, Chris Corbould, who was the Special Effects Supervisor on all of the James Bond movies from GOLDENEYE through NO TIME TO DIE was there. A separate episode will come out with that interview! 

So, take a listen.  Dan and Tom think the “007 Science: Inside the World of James Bond” exhibition is extremely well done. It is a must for any James Bond fan!  Have you gone to see it yet? Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!

Where is the exhibit?

The Museum of Science and Industry is located at 5700 DuSable Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.  Check out their website to find out more details.   The exhibit runs from March 007, 2024, to October 27, 2024.

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007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond Opening in Chicago

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The 007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond exhibit runs from March 7, 2024 – October 27, 2024, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

SpyMovieNavigator.com had the opportunity to attend the Press preview of the unique exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry called: 007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond.

The outside of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago with a sign for 007 Science
Photo: Reno Lovison

The Exhibit opens to the public on March 007, 2024!   And we just want to say, that we spent over three hours at this special showing. We were blown away by the quality, variety, and uniqueness of this event.

If you are a spy movie fan, a James Bond fan, or just a movie fan – you must come to Chicago to see this spectacular exhibit.    You will have a wonderful time!

First of all, the focus is on the science of 007. So, there is a lot of attention to detail on the gadgets, the impact they had on real-world gadgets to come, and the effect actual gadgets had on the films.  Wow!

All the gadgets and screen-used props in the event were on loan from EON Productions and the International Spy Museum.  Meg Simmonds is the archivist for EON Productions who is responsible for all of what we see here.   And we got to meet and speak with Meg as well!   Look for a future podcast soon with her clips in it.   There are so many artifacts that Meg Simmonds did such a wonderful job preserving and bringing to public view here that we can only call out a few.

What artifacts are there?

  • The Deep Star Underwater Helmet worn by James Bond in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY! (1981)
  • The bionic eyes from NO TIME TO DIE (2021)
  • Timothy Dalton’s gas-expelling and exploding key fob from THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
  • A scale model of Auric Goldfinger’s plane used for flight sequences – by the way, the other side of the plane is the US transport plane that was supposed to take Bond to the White House – used for flight sequences as well!  It’s the same model!  GOLDFINGER (1964)
  • The cello case that Bond and Kara Milovy use to escape on the snow chase in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987).
  • Rosa Klebb’s shoes – YES! the dagger-bladed shoes in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)!
Rosa Klebb's shoes from FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE as exhibited in the 007 Science exhibit

The Golden Gun from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)

The Golden Gun from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN as exhibited in the 007 Science exhibit

Vehicles:   yes!  Lots of vehicles!  And spectacular ones!    Many of the vehicles were on loan to the museum from the Ian Fleming Foundation which finds, restores, and loans out for exhibition these vehicles.  

So, what kind of vehicles are here?

  • The Aston Martin DB 5 from GOLDENEYE (1995) (Fantastic!   I saw this same car, I believe, at the SPYSCAPE Museum in New York City a few years ago.)  Beautiful car – and you can see it up close!
Aston Martin DB5 from GOLDENEYE as exhibited in the 007 Science exhibit.
Photo: Reno Lovison
  • The Bombardier Ski-Doo MX ZREV 800 used in DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)!
  • The Lotus Esprit used in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)!
  • The WETBIKE prototype used by Roger Moore’s Bond to get to Stromberg’s underwater lair in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)
  • The Q BOAT from THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)!
  • The Aston Martin V8 – used by Timothy Dalton’s Bond in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)

We are calling out a few here – but there are many more to see.

There are some interactive elements as well which are fun. For instance, how long can you hang from an I-beam like Bond did?   You can hit the button and time the number of seconds you can!  I, uh, did not do too well!

Chris Corbould

Also, Chris Corbould was at the Press event, and we got to speak with him for about 20 minutes alone!   Fantastic!   This interview will be in a podcast episode soon!  Chris was a Special Effects Supervisor for a long time and has worked on lots of films including James Bond films like THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MOONRAKER, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, A VIEW TO A KILL  early on as a Special Effects Technician and Senior Technician.  And his years of experience made him excel in this capacity on THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, LICENCE TO KILL.  His break as a Supervisor happened on the movie NIGHTBREED.  And continued on to more James Bond movies like GOLDENEYE, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and supervised in DIE ANOTHER DAY, CASINO ROYALE, and QUANTUM OF SOLACE!   

Chris Corbould, Tom Pizzato, and Dan Silvestri at the 007 Science exhibit
Photo: Reno Lovison

An Excellent Exhibit

Simply, this group at the Museum of Science and Industry has worked on this exhibit for over a year, bringing together the vehicles, artifacts, and more and the key people and organizations to make this aggressive and sophisticated exhibit a reality – so all of us can see these magnificent items – all in one place!   And the work paid off. This is an excellent exhibit.

This is a comfortable exhibit in two large rooms, and you can spend all the time you have enjoying and discovering with each turn and display.  

We absolutely LOVE this exhibit and congratulate the Museum of Science and Industry for conceiving the concept along with a tremendous team with EON Productions, the Ian Fleming Foundation, and the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. 

Visit the 007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from March 7, 2004, through October 27, 2024.

Museum of Science and Industry is located at:
5700 S. DuSable Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Visit their website for additional information about this exhibit, and all the other wonderful exhibits they have at this world-class museum! 

Again, if you are in the Chicago area or will be traveling here, make this a MUST STOP.   The 007 Science: Inventing the World of James Bond exhibit is a tremendous opportunity to see James Bond in a whole new light.

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Steve Oxenrider One of the Biggest James Bond Memorabilia Collectors!

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Steve Oxenrider One of the Biggest James Bond Memorabilia Collectors!

Dan and Tom talk with Steve Oxenrider who just auctioned off one of the largest James Bond collections ever.

Steve Oxenrider is One of the Biggest James Bond Memorabilia Collectors!

Are you a James Bond memorabilia collector or interested in James Bond items? How big is your collection?   Well, in this episode, Dan and Tom talk with Steve Oxenrider, whose name you have  seen –  as he is credited on some of the “Making of” James Bond documentaries and has contributed images for numerous books and articles.

In case you didn’t know, Steve is auctioning off his over 30,000-item collection of James Bond memorabilia.

Take a listen to find out where the auctions are being held, what is being auctioned off, and why he is auctioning his collection.  Steve, who is obviously a big James Bond fan, also explains how he got started collecting and the tremendous connections he has made.

Oh, and his story about talking to Rosa Klebb (twice) is very funny.  Would you have the guts to do what Steve did?  He’s done it more than once and even talked with Harold Sakata using the same technique.

So, take a listen to Steve Oxenrider’s fascinating story!   It might get you started collecting if you don’t already!  Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!

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The Hildebrand Rarity and Licence to Kill – Milton Krest

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THE HILDEBRAND RARITY and LICENCE TO KILL

Ian Fleming published the short story “The Hildebrand Rarity” in 1960.  In it, he created the character of Milton Krest.  James Bond movie fans will recognize Milton Krest from 1989 movie LICENCE TO KILL.  

In this episode, Dan and Tom decode how this character from the short story landed in this movie.  They also talk about how his character from the novel changed in the movie. And how some of his traits were split between the characters Milton Krest and Franz Sanchez in the movie. 

And what about Krest’s wife?  Parts of her character morphed into Lupe.

Remember that stingray tail that Franz Sanchez uses on Lupe in LICENCE TO KILL?   It had its origin in the novel as well. But it wasn’t someone named Sanchez who used it.

And of course, there is a Playboy tie-in here as well that we discuss.

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In Defense of Quantum of Solace

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In Defense of Quantum of Solace 

Dan and Tom provide a defense of the James Bond movie QUANTUM OF SOLACE, looking at the pros and cons of this oft-maligned movie.   Revealed: What does Quantum of Solace even means!   
QUANTUM OF SOLACE was not the critical success of its successor, CASINO ROYALE. That’s even with it being a direct continuation of the CASINO ROYALE story. 

There were numerous problems, many stemming from the writer’s strike at the time. But, there were also some positives in QUANTUM OF SOLACE. 

So, take a listen – Do you agree with Dan and Tom’s defense of QUANTUM OF SOLACE?Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be! 

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For instance, could the milk bottles really do that?  What about the remote keychain?  And there is also the X-Ray camera, Broomstick Radio, night-vision binoculars, the rocket engine, Dentonite toothpaste, the manta ray costume, and more.

And we get two looks at the use of lasers, one from each movie.  Were they believable?

Well, we take apart these and all the other key gadgets in these two movies. 

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Top James Bond Kills of the 2000s is our fifth and final video in our series that shows you James Bond’s best kills from each of his movies in the 2000s. We’ve previously released James Bond’s Top Kills for the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s Bond movies.

This episode covers the top Bond’s kills in the six James Bond movies released from 2002 to 2021. We start with Pierce Brosnan’s last movie as James Bond and finish with the five Daniel Craig Bonds.  So, we look at:

  • Die Another Day (2002)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Skyfall (2012)
  • Spectre (2015)
  • No Time To Die (2021)

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This episode covers the top Bond’s kills in the three James Bond movies released in the 1990s. Yep, there were the only three James Bond movies released in the 1990s, all starring Pierce Brosnan in the role of James Bond:

  • GoldenEye
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • The World is Not Enough

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In 2035 we will see James Bond in the public domain.  What does this mean for the franchise?  Not just for the movies, but the novels, and marketing. 

George Simpson, Senior Film Reporter at the Daily Express joins us to discuss the article he wrote about this impact on the franchise. He explains what public domain means and why it is so important for James Bond but not for other franchises like Sherlock Holmes and The Marx Brothers.  Their material is already in the public domain. Eon Productions is in a tough spot here and they have 11 years to get it right. What do they need to do? 

And, George Simpson gives Eon Productions some advice. 

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Top James Bond Kills of the Decade: 1980s

Top James Bond Kills of the Decade: 1980s

For our third video in our series that shows you James Bond’s best kills from each of his movies, we take you to the 1980s.

This episode covers Bond’s kills in the six James Bond movies released in the 1980s:

  • FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
  • OCTOPUSSY
  • NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN
  • A VIEW TO A KILL
  • THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
  • and LICENCE TO KILL

As with our video Top 10 James Bond Kills of the Decade: 1960s which looked at the top James Bond kills from the 1960s, we include a non-EON Productions Bond movie, NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN in this video.

Did we miss any good James Bond Kills? Leave a Comment below!

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Join Dan and Tom as they shine the character spotlight on Rosa Klebb, played by Lotte Lenya in the James Bond movie, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.

Character Spotlight: Rosa Klebb played by Lotte Lenya in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE!

In a continuation of our Character Spotlight series of episodes, Dan and Tom look at the evil character Rosa Klebb in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.  She may be small in stature, but she knows how to take control of almost any situation.

Lotte Lenya gives an amazing performance bringing this character from the Ian Fleming novel to the big screen.

Here we examine Rosa Klebb’s character in each scene and how Lotte Lenya just nails this character with her acting prowess.  Her facial expressions let us into her emotional state, often without saying a word. She’s just brilliant. Quick, who would you have hired that could have been better?  We can’t think of another actress for this role.

So, take a listen – Does Rosa Klebb deserve to have a Character Spotlight episode?  Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!

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This is the second video in our series showing you James Bond’s best kills from each of his movies.   This one covers the five James Bond movies released in the 1970s.

In this video we look eleven James Bond’s kills in the movies: DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, LIVE AND LET DIE, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, and MOONRAKER.  We think there are some fun as well as brutal killing in these scenes.

Enjoy “Top James Bond Kills of the Decade: 1970s” here and let us know your thoughts about this video, ideas for future videos, and if we missed any quality James Bond kills in this movie by either leaving a comment below or by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com

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Top James Bond Kills of the Decade: 1960s

Top James Bond Kills of the Decade: 1960s

We all know James Bond has his license to kill.  And he uses it.

This is the first video in our series showing you James Bond’s best kills from each of his movies.   This one covers the seven James Bond movies released in the 1960s.

Seven James Bond movies?  Don’t we mean six? Yes, there were six EON Productions James Bond movies released in the 1960s.  However, a non-EON Productions James Bond movie was produced by Charles K. Feldman and Jerry Bresler was released in 1967. Of course, we’re talking about Casino Royale spoof.

So, in this video we look at James Bond’s kills in DR. NO, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, GOLDFINGER, THUNDERBALL, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, CASINO ROYALE (1967), and ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE.

Enjoy “Top James Bond Kills of the Decade: 1960s” here and let us know your thoughts about this video, ideas for future videos, and if we missed any quality James Bond kills in this movie by either leaving a comment below or by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.

And, Top James Bond Kills of the Decade: will return with our look at James Bond’s kills in the 1970s.

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What Makes GoldenEye a Standout Bond Movie?

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What Makes GoldenEye a Standout Bond Movie?

What Makes GOLDENEYE a standout James Bond movie? Dan and Tom Decode this movie that introduced us to Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.

What Makes GOLDENEYE a standout James Bond movie? GOLDENEYE came out after a 6-year hiatus for the Eon Productions James Bond movie franchise.  It followed LICENCE TO KILL and introduced us to the fifth actor to take on the role of James Bond.

In this episode, Dan and Tom decode the success of GOLDENEYE. They do this by diving into the top 8 reasons for its success. They squeeze out why it is so well respected, how it helped revitalize the James Bond franchise along with some franchise firsts.

Many fans consider GOLDENEYE to be one of the best James Bond movies. This is especially true if Pierce Brosnan is their favorite actor who played James Bond. Why is that?

Oh, and how did Eon Productions come up with the title? This is another area we examine.

So, take a listen to see if you agree about what makes GOLDENEYE a standout James Bond movie. Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.

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No Time To Die – No-Spoiler Fan Reaction

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Come On Bond, Where The Hell Are You – How James Bond Can Survive

Dan and Tom have fun coming up with ways that James Bond can survive the debacle called NO TIME TO DIE. Come on Bond, where the hell are you?

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Rick English talks spy movie stunts!

Rick English talks spy movie stunts with Dan and Tom on their show Cracking the Code of Spy Movies.  If you’ve seen at least three spy or action movies in the last two decades, you’ve likely seen Rick’s work in at least one of them.

Rick is an award-winning stunt performer who has been involved with the James Bond, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, BATMAN, and KINGSMAN franchises.   He was also in INCEPTION, The 355, FAST AND FURIOUS, and many more movies over his 20+ year career.

In this episode we discuss some of scenes from some the movies he’s worked on (Including CASINO ROYALE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, BOURNE ULTIMATUM, JASON BOURNE, INCEPTION, and more.)

Among the topics we discuss, Rick tells us how the stunt performer business works, how the motorcycle crash stunt he did in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION was done, how they did the zero-gravity hallway fight in INCEPTION, and what he wants from a stunt coordinator.  Listen to find out more. We find it fascinating how they do these things and what can be planned and what can’t. His explanation of that motorcycle crash was quite eye-opening.

This episode helps the moviegoer understand the role of the stunt performer and how they are used. Rick explains some of the techniques they used for some of the specific stunts.  After listening, you’ll understand why he’s won so many awards.

Our next episode will also be with Rick English.  He will tell us all about the stunts in the KINGSMAN series, including the church fight scene and the meat grinder.

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What makes FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE So Good?

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What makes FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE So Good?

What makes FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE So Good? Listen as Dan and Tom call out the top 10 reasons to answer this question.

What makes FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE So Good? And how has it stood up to the test of time?

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE has a 97% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Dan and Tom give you 10 reasons why they think this movie is so good.   See if you agree!

Possible reasons: Is it the story?  This was one of Ian Fleming’s novels.  How about the acting? Or is it the characters? Could it be the sets? Maybe it is the action sequences?  Or do they just like the fight in the Gypsy camp? Maybe it is all of these and more.

It is an intriguing question as Dan and Tom don’t always agree on the James Bond movies, but this one … take a listen and see! 

Oh, and how far Trieste is from Venice? And is that ending boat chase viable within the plot?

Take a listen to find out what makes FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE land on so many Top 5 James Bond movie lists. Does it make ours?  “Be in the know” – take a listen now!

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Rick English stunt performer on MI, James Bond, Kingsman, and more

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Rick English stunt performer on MI, James Bond, Kingsman, and more

Award-winning stunt performer Rick English talks spy movie stunts with Dan and Tom. Rick has worked on all of the big spy movie franchises.

Rick English stunt performer talks spy movie stunts with Dan and Tom on their show Cracking the Code of Spy Movies.  If you’ve seen at least three spy or action movies in the last two decades, you’ve likely seen Rick’s work in at least one of them.  

Rick is an award-winning stunt performer who has been involved with the James Bond, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, BATMAN, and KINGSMAN franchises.   He was also in INCEPTION, The 355, FAST AND FURIOUS, and many more movies over his 20+ year career. 

In this episode we discuss some of scenes from some the movies he’s worked on (Including CASINO ROYALE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, BOURNE ULTIMATUM, JASON BOURNE, INCEPTION, and more.)  

Among the topics we discuss, Rick tells us how the stunt performer business works, how the motorcycle crash stunt he did in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION was done, and he tells how they did the zero-gravity hallway fight in INCEPTION, what he wants from a stunt coordinator.  Listen to find out how. It is fascinating how they do these things and what can be planned and what can’t. His explanation of that motorcycle crash was quite eye-opening.  

This episode helps the moviegoer understand the role of the stunt performer and how they are used. Rick explains some of the techniques they used for some of the specific stunts.  After listening, you’ll understand why he’s won so many awards. 

Our next episode will also be with Rick English.  He will tell us all about the stunts in the KINGSMAN series, including the church fight scene and the meat grinder. 

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Rick English Talks KINGSMAN stunts

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Was ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE good or not?

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Was ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE good or not?

Dan and Tom answer the question: Was ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE good or not? They look at the top 10 reasons to see it either way.

Was ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE good?  That is a question that Bond fans have been arguing since its release. 

In this episode, Dan and Tom walk through the top 10 reasons why they think ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE is a good movie.  Then they look at it from the other side with the top 10 reasons it is criticized.   

Some things they examine are: 

  • George Lazenby 
  • The score 
  • The action 
  • Telly Savalas’ portrayal of Blofeld 
  • The emotional depth of the movie 
  • The fact that this is, in part, a romance movie 
  • And more… 

ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE has gained popularity and likeability as it has aged.

Dan and Tom give you their thoughts. After listening to this episode, we’d love to know which side of the spectrum you are on and why.  Please let us know at info@spymovienavigator.com.  We might give you a shout-out in a future episode and pass your idea on.   

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THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Filming Locations video from Sardinia with clips and pictures!

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Filming Locations video from Sardinia! Your covert field operatives Dan and Tom trace their exploits in visiting the filming locations in Sardinia, Italy from the James Bond Movie, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.   They not only talk about these locations, but show you clips from the movie as well as pictures of what these locations look like today.

Many people love going to James Bond filming locations. Dan and Tom do as well. Many times, these locations are very cool.  Sardinia, Italy is one such place – simply beautiful and a destination which made the trip that much more fun!

Not everything went smoothly for them:  Issues with their rental car, places that were closed for the season, and, hey, a balcony was missing – all made the trip that much more memorable. However, they got to all the sites and only needed a 2-night stay to do that.

Which Filming Locations?

For the most part, all the Jemes Bond filming locations are all fairly close to each other on Sardinia.  The ferry dock in Palau is the farthest drive from the beaches and hotels from the movie and it is only about a 30-minute or so drive away. Everything else is closer together.  So, get the whole story and tune in! The sites they talk about are:

  • The hotel where James Bond and Agent XXX stay, using the pseudonym Mr. & Mrs. Sterling (in 2 bedrooms because Moneypenny was being overly efficient).  This is also the place where they meet Naomi as she pulls up in the boat.
  • The ferry dock where Q brings Bond the Lotus Espirit
  • The church and village square where the motorcycle chase starts
  • The pullout on the side of the road where Naomi pops up in the helicopter
  • The pier where the Lotus plunges into the water
  • The beach where the Lotus drives out of the water

They give you some tips about the area and what to look for when hunting these sites.

So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know” about traveling to James Bond filming locations in Sardinia, Italy!

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Please send any comments about this video, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Filming Locations video or your visit to these sites or any other filming locations at info@spymovienavigator.com. We’ll give you a shout-out on a future episode!

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