Chicago James Bond Fans May 2024 Meetup – 007 Fan Interviews – Video

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.

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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!

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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.

Top James Bond Kills of the 2000s

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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Top James Bond Kills of the Decade: 1990s

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

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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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.

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Top James Bond Kills of the Decade: 1970s

Top James Bond Kills of the Decade: 1970s

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.

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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.

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Rick English Talks Kingsman Stunts- with movie clips

Rick English talks KINGSMAN stunts – with movie clips!  Rick joins Dan and Tom on their show Cracking the Code of Spy Movies.   Along the way, we play clips of the action that Rick describes. Rick is the award-winning stunt performer who doubled Colin Firth in the first two KINGSMAN movies.  He’s been doing stunts in movies for over 23 years.

RICK’S ROLE AS A DOUBLE

So, what is it like to double a star? How much of the stunt work did Colin Firth do, versus Rick? Was Rick hurt doing any of the stunts?  What is the role of wirework in his scenes? How many cuts did the church fight scene take? What is it like to jump out a window ahead of an explosion? How did they get the character Whiskey into the meat grinder in KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE? Finally, what is an antitragus?

Rick talks about these issues while focusing on the church fight and the bar fight (manners maketh man) in KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE.

HOW TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING THE GAME

We also discuss how new facial recognition and replacement technologies popped up on the market just before this movie was made.  That meant that the way he had to film these scenes was different than he’d experienced in the past.  Listen to find out how. It is fascinating to hear how technology is changing the filming of stunts.

Plus, Tom talks about how watching the church fight scene frame-by-frame helped him to identify some of the places where facial replacement was used.  Don’t worry, we don’t go through it frame-by-frame here. But, once you listen, if you watch that scene, you may be able to pick up a few of these replacements as well.

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.

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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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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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Uwe Brosamle Tells Us How To Visit James Bond Filming Locations!

Uwe Brosamle Tells Us How To Visit James Bond Filming Locations! Uwe is one of the leading experts on traveling to James Bond filming locations.  He joins us for amazing episode. Uwe Brosamle estimates he’s traveled to over 80% of the James Bond filming locations – and he’s done it in just 10 years.

If you’d rather listen to this as a podcast instead of viewing the video (which has some amazing pictures of Uwe’s travels), you can listen in your favorite podcast app, or you can find it here on our our website.  

Most James Bond fans love discovering and visiting James Bond filming locations – and certainly, it is a passion for Dan and Tom – so it is great to talk with an expert on how to do it right.

Tips from Uwe Brosamle

In this fascinating interview, Uwe tells us how he tracks down the locations, meticulously plans his trips (this takes A LOT of time) and gives all of us some tips for planning these special trips which can save us all some serious time. It is great to be able to learn from an expert.  Listening to his guidance can make your location hunting trips much easier and fruitful.

Uwe also talks about some of the challenges in getting into a location once he’s located it. Dan and Tom have experienced some of these too.  We bet that you will as well. Uwe has had to deal with renting boats, big dogs, trying to get onto private property, government property, and properties that are just hard to get to (expect that you will have long walks to get to some locations).  Of course, he gives us some suggestions for dealing with these issues.

In his travels, he has come across many very helpful people.  Often by accident.  He tells some stories about these interactions, including one where he knocked on the door of a famous actress.  She was most gracious.

Finally, Uwe talks about some of the artifacts he has found at filming locations.  Apparently, after a shoot, let’s just say, clean-up isn’t always thorough. That can work to a filming location traveler’s benefit!

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

If you want to see Uwe Brosamle’s fantastic pictures from his filming location travels, check out his Facebook page.

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The Most Attention-Grabbing Entrances for James Bond – Connery era

Sean Connery’s James Bond attention-grabbing entrances are part of the James Bond lore. The way Connery played Bond gave him a swagger and sometimes a funny quip to go along with it. And, no matter what, James Bond was in charge of the situation.

Let’s look at how Connery gave entrance scenes for James Bond his special touch. From DR. NO to NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, Sean Connery set the bar for dynamic James Bond entrances.

So, take a look as we look at Connery’s Bond’s dynamic entrances in all seven of his James Bond movies, from DR. NO to NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN.  You’ll “be in the know”

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DIE ANOTHER DAY – pre-title sequence decoded video!

DIE ANOTHER DAY – pre-title sequence decoded video! We know that Tom hates DIE ANOTHER DAY, but strangely, he has some kind things to say about this pre-title sequence. Hint: Tom likes hovercraft, surfing, and flamethrowers.  Interestingly, Dan has more negative thoughts in this episode than Tom does, and he doesn’t hate the movie. Take a listen as they decode this very different pre-title sequence!

What makes this pre-title to DIE ANOTHER DAY unique?  Is it better than the movie itself?  Is James Bond really Bond-like here?  Does size matter?  Could James Bond have been less prepared for this mission?  What do those Korean words on the signs mean? What tie-in does Tom find with Stanley Kubrick’s movie 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY? What other movies have had hovercraft chases?

Also, find out the Bond-esque nickname for the big wave surfing area called Pe’ahi, on Maui, Hawaii, where they filmed the opening surfing scene.

So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know.,” as we hover over some of the landmines in this different pre-title sequence!

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DR. NO – James Bond’s Critical Choices at end Decoded!

DR. NO – James Bond’s critical choices: At the end of DR. NO, James Bond has to make several potentially life-threatening decisions to escape from Dr. No’s captivity.  What are the choices he needs to make?  Was it just luck that he got out of there alive (and with Honey Rider)?  How does he decide which path to take?

Dan and Tom break down James Bond’s path and the choices he made from his holding cell to the boat in which he and Honey flee. They discuss Bond’s decisions and the odds against his path working.  Some of the things he encounters are almost comical: others, deadly.

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Mark Cerulli on The Making of Goldfinger and Thunderball

Mark Cerulli is a writer, producer, and director who helped create the “Making Of” series giving us the behind the scenes look at GOLDFINGER and THUNDERBALL.

Mark tells us how the series was made, behind the scenes stories, his interactions with Sean Connery, and much more.

Mark also discusses his documentary BY DESIGN: THE JOE CAROFF STORY.   We KNOW every James Bond fan is familiar with Joe Caroff’s work.  Yet, you probably have never heard of him.  Mark fills you in on Joe’s major contributions to the James Bond movie franchise as well as other places you will have seen Joe’s work.   The documentary is available for streaming on MAX.

Finally, Mark discusses his upcoming movie, AREA 5150.  This is the first full-length movie that Mark Cerulli has written and produced.

So, have a watch and you’ll “Be in the Know”. We had a lot of fun with this interview.

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What Ever Happened to the GOLDFINGER Jetstar plane?

The GOLDFINGER Jetstar was used as the private jet for the James Bond movie, Goldfinger.  It was where James Bond first met Pussy Galore.  It was also used as the military jet that was to take Bond to Washington D.C.

So, what happened to this plane after the movie? Is it still around? If so, what does it look like?

Well, the Ian Fleming Foundation has obtained this plane and is actively restoring it. The plane was in very bad condition when the Foundation obtained it.

Watch as Steve Targosz tells us the fun story behind what the Ian Fleming Foundation is doing with the plane for the restoration.  The detail behind what they are doing is fascinating.

The GOLDFINGER Jetstar is just one of the vehicles the Foundation has.  Check out their website to see more of the James Bond movie-used vehicles they have acquired.

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What Ever Happened to the LICENCE TO KILL Kenworth Truck?

Ah, the LICENCE TO KILL Kenworth trucks. Basically, three of them were tricked up for the movie. So, what ever happened to the truck that did the side-wheely? You remember it. It was the one that flipped to one side to avoid an incoming missile.

What happened to this side-wheely truck after the movie? Is it still around? If so, what does it look like today?

Well, the Ian Fleming Foundation has obtained this truck and will be restoring it. Watch as Colin Clark tells us how the Ian Fleming Foundation acquired the truck.

Plus, we show you the magic behind how the truck did the side wheely.

This truck needs A LOT of work. Therefore, this will be a massive restoration given its condition. It is fascinating to see what some of these vehicles look like years after the movie. We can’t wait to see it again when they are done with it.

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What Ever Happened to the Cessna from LICENCE TO KILL?

The pre-title sequence of the James Bond movie, LICENCE TO KILL had Franz Sanchez escape James Bond, Felix Leiter and the DEA by flying off in a Cessna. Well, he thought he escaped. This scene introduced us to a new definition for the term “Let’s go fishing”.

What happened to this Cessna after the movie? Is it still around? If so, what does it look like?

Have you driven on the highway and seen the tail of an airplane hanging out the back of a truck? You might have seen this plane in transport.

Well, the Ian Fleming Foundation has obtained this plane and will be restoring it. Watch as Colin Clark tells us the fun story behind how the Ian Fleming Foundation acquired the plane and what they had to do in order to bring it home.

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What Ever Happened to the fire engine from A VIEW TO A KILL?

The James Bond movie, A VIEW TO A KILL, introduced us to the American LaFrance fire engine in a very fun chase scene.  This thing even jumped across a draw bridge.

What happened to this fire engine after the movie?  Is it still around?  If so, what does it look like?

Well, the Ian Fleming Foundation has restored the cab part of the engine.  It wasn’t in great shape when they got the cab.

Watch as Leonard Johnson tells us how this engine has been resurrected and restored.  It’s a very cool story.

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DR NO – Quarrel – Played by John Kitzmiller – Character Spotlight

Let’s dig deep into the character of Quarrel in DR. NO – brilliantly played by John Kitzmiller!

He is one of the cool and important characters in the first EON Productions James Bond movie, DR. NO. And James Bond’s first civilian friend we see in the movie series.

Without Quarrel, James Bond would have had a much tougher time in this mission.

So, let’s look at how he became important to the story and how John Kitzmiller brought him to life on the big screen.

This is the first in a new series of Character Profiles that we are doing highlighting important characters in spy movies.

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Restoring James Bond Vehicles with the Ian Fleming Foundation Video

What would it be like to help with restoring James Bond vehicles used in the movies long before they go the public exhibits and shows, like Bond in Motion? Well, we were invited to a work weekend to do exactly that!  And, we took lots of pictures and videos to share with you!

THE WEEKEND

Dan and Tom recently were privileged to attend the Ian Fleming Foundation work weekend. This is one of the times that the Foundation spends working on its inventory, restoring the vehicles, and having a great time telling James Bond stories. It was a blast!

We’ll take you backstage and let you hear about how they get these vehicles and what they have to do to restore them so we can all see them in exhibits like Bond in Motion.

THE JAMES BOND VEHICLES

One of the vehicles we discuss is Goldfinger’s plane. This is a huge and fascinating restoration job.

Steve Targosz discusses this massive project. Another one was one of the Kenworth trucks from LICENCE TO KILL. Colin Clark walks us through this one. These are two that they are still restoring so you wouldn’t have seen them in a museum yet.

But, we also saw some vehicles that have been restored that we saw. Leonard Johnson discusses getting and restoring the fire engine from A VIEW TO A KILL. Colin Clark walks us through getting the plane Sanchez escapes in from LICENCE TO KILL and what shape it is in.

Plus, we talk about, Zao’s green Jaguar from DIE ANOTHER DAY, the helicopter from FROM RUSSIA WITH
LOVE, and lots more!

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Julian Glover Talks FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, his new book, and other roles!

JULIAN GLOVER INTERVIEW

Julian Glover talks with Dan and Tom about his fascinating six-decade stage, movie, and television career in a fascinating, wide-ranging, and exciting interview. We also talk about Julian’s recently released book called CUE TO CUE. In CUE TO CUE, Glover talks about his life, his career, and includes many photographs to bring it all home.

By listening to this interview, you’ll learn a lot about Julian Glover: his awards, working with family members, his audition to play James Bond, his passion for stage acting, and much more. We even talk about some fairly unknown filming facts such as who the waiter was that spilled shrimp all over Julian while filming a dinner scene in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. We hadn’t heard that one before.  It is very funny.

JULIAN GLOVER’S CAREER

Spy movie fans will recognize Julian Glover from such roles as Kristatos in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY and Harcourt-Smith in THE FOURTH PROTOCOL. He has had roles in some of the biggest movie and television series such as STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES, HARRY POTTER, and “GAME OF THRONES”. Television fans will recognize him as Commander Anderson in “SPY TRAP”, his two roles in “THE SAINT”, “QUILLER”, “REMINGTON STEELE”, “THE SPYS OF WARSAW”, and others.

Julian Glover has recieved three Laurence Olivier Award nominations, winning once for his role as King Henry IV. He has also been awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2013.

So take a listen, we cover all of these things and more.

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Robert Davi – An interview with Licence to Kill’s Franz Sanchez!

An interview with Robert Davi: Licence to Kill‘s Franz Sanchez! Join Dan and Tom as they talk with Robert Davi! He played Franz Sanchez in the movie Licence to Kill, Big Johnson in Die Hard, opera-singing Jake in The Goonies.  Maybe you know him as the man behind Davi sings Sinatra. Or maybe you know him from one of his other over 170 credits. We all know who Robert Davi is, and now we get to know him better! Robert Davi discusses being Franz Sanchez, getting the role, nailing Sanchez’s accent, working with the team, and other on set and off set aspects of being Sanchez. He’s a prankster and lets us in on a couple of his pranks! Robert Davi also talks about his non-James Bond life, including his music video with Bob Dylan, his other roles and he even discusses his family history. Did you know that there were Daví family members who helped discover America? Listen to our Robert Davi interview to find out more! It’s a fascinating talk with one of the best! Davi Sings Sinatra website: Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance | Robert Davi Ideas/Comment? info@spymovienavigator.com Website Podcast episode Page: https://bit.ly/3UXssTe Check out our other videos on our website.

James Bond and Women

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James Bond and women.  Is he a womanizer? Does he use women? Does he rape women? M called Bond a misogynist dinosaur for the way he treated women. Here is why M is absolutely correct – from the movies! The books were different!

The movies show a much more aggressive James Bond than the books do. Bond mistreats many of the women in his movies, especially in the earliest years. So, we are looking through the James Bond movies from the Sean Connery years, through Daniel Craig to show you how the movies have shaped our opinion of how Bond treats women. And we think  M is spot on! James Bond’s relationship with women is a tricky subject.

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James Bond 007’s A VIEW TO A KILL Pre-Title Decoded!

A dead MI6 agent, microchips, icy boats, James Bond chased on skies, Belluga caviar and vodka shaken – all in the pre-title sequence of A View to a Kill!

Join Dan, Tom, and Vicky as they are charging while avoiding the chatter of this fun opening sequence.  How much of a gap does James Bond have to clear while navigating the piste?   They comment on the gnarly kickers and loose landings and the boat that takes them to safety.  All while trying to capture a microchips.

 

Ian Fleming didn’t intend James Bond to be likeable . . .

“I didn’t intend for Bond to be likeable. He’s a blunt instrument in the hands of the government. He’s got vices and few perceptible virtues.” Ian Fleming.

Here’s proof from the James Bond movies that Ian Fleming is absolutely correct – James Bond is not a likeable spy!

Is James Bond a bad guy? Is James Bond a good guy?

Octopussy’s Turban Expert – Del Singh – A video interview

Who knew? When Octopussy was being made, they found they needed someone who could tie a turban for Gobinda. And they were in Peterborough, England in 1983. Sounds like a challenge.

Dan and Tom talk with Del Singh about how he ended up taking on this job with his brother. He also talks about working on Octopussy and some of the challenges he witnessed while they were filming.

So, in honor of the 39th anniversary of the US release of Octopussy, let’s look behind the scenes. Subscribe!

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A NOTORIOUS interview with Tony Lee Moral

Dan and Tom talk about Hitchcock’s classic spy movie, NOTORIOUS, with Tony Lee Moral.  Tony is the author of three Alfred Hitchcock books, with a fourth, “Alfred Hitchcock: The Storyboards” available September 2022.

His previous books on Hitchcock are:

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OPERATION MINCEMEAT – Quick-Fire Review

Here’s our Operation Mincemeat review as the movie has finally released on Netflix. There are no spoilers in this review as the movie has just come out.

Deception: As spy movie fans, we know that deception is a key ingredient in espionage.

In World War II, the British tried many different forms of deception.  One of the most impactful deceptions from that war has inspired plot points in James Bond movies and was a key driver to the creation of the Hitchcock classic North by Northwest.

Deception also is the basis of the just-released movie Operation Mincemeat.

Join Tom Pizzato as he gives you his no-spoiler review!

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All The Old Knives – Interview

When the CIA discovers one of its agents leaked information that cost more than 100 people their
lives, veteran operative Henry Pelham (Chris Pine) is assigned to root out the mole from among his former
officemates at the agency’s Vienna station. His investigation takes him from Austria to England to California,
where he is reunited with his one-time colleague and ex-lover Celia Harrison (Thandiwe Newton). The pair
are forced to blur the lines between profession and passion in this riveting tale of global espionage, moral
ambiguity and deadly betrayal.

Directed by acclaimed Danish director Janus Metz and written by Olen Steinhauer, the film also stars Laurence Fishburne and Jonathan Pryce.

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