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Diamonds Are Forever – James Bond 8 – Episode 523

Diamonds are Forever

Sam and Mark continue the James Bond with the 7th in the official Bond series and the final ‘official’ Sean Connery movie.

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – James Bond 7 – Episode 513

OHMSS

Sam and Mark continue the James Bond with the 6th in the official Bond series and only entry with George Lazenby, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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You Only Live Twice – James Bond 6 – episode 512

You Only Live Twice

Sam and Mark continue the James Bond with the 5th in the official Bond series and the last Sean Connery movie before he comes back again, You Only Live Twice

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Casino Royale (1967) – James Bond 5 – episode 506

Casino Royale 1967

Sam and Mark continue the James Bond with the bizarro extended comedy sketch that is Casino Royale (1967)

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Thunderball – James Bond 4 – episode 503

Thunderball

Sam and Mark continue the James Bond (aka Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) with Sean Connery’s 4th outing, Thunderball (1965).

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Goldfinger – James Bond 3 – episode 497

Goldfinger

Sam and Mark continue the James Bond with Goldfinger – a great synthesis of tough Bond and camp Bond.

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From Russia With Love – James Bond 2 – episode 491

From Russia With Love

Sam and Mark continue the James Bond with From Russia With Love, considered by some to be the best Bond movie.

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Doctor No – James Bond 1 – episode 483

Doctor No

Sam and Mark start their journey through the movies of James Bond, with Doctor No (1962)

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Spectre – The Good The Bad And The Odd 356

Spectre

Mark and Sam talk about Ash Vs The Evil Dead, followed by James Bond’s latest outing, SPECTRE.

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James Bond 8 – Odd One Out 043

Skyfall

The last 3 James Bond movies (Daniel Craig):

  • Casino Royale
  • Quantum of Solace
  • Skyfall

Plus a quick listing of every movie in this 8-part series, from worst to best, and a quick overview of the 14 Bond books written by Ian Fleming too.

“This is the end…”

Links to the other 7 parts:

Part 7 Pierce Brosnan’s 4 movies
Part 6 View To A Kill, The Living Daylight, Licence to Kill
Part 5 For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, Never Say Never Again
Part 4 Middle Moore: The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker
Part 3: Three different Bonds: OHMSS, Diamonds Are Forever, Live And Let Die
Part 2: Thunderball, Casino Royale (1967), You Only Live Twice
Part 1: Doctor No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger

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Goldeneye

The next 4 James Bond movies (all of the Pierce Brosnan canon):

  • Goldeneye
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • Die Another Day

The first 6 James Bond books by Ian Fleming in a nutshell

Casino Royale
A ridiculously good read from a first-time author, reeking of seemingly authentic detail, and gripping from page 1. The whole setup builds the tension nicely, and it just sticks there like a piece of meat in the throat that was just a bit too big to swallow… I find the tension dissipates a fair bit after Le Chiffre is gone and things disintegrate between Bond and Vesper. Terrific final, bitter line from Bond though.

Live and Let Die

Damn, this is a great thriller. Yes, it’s got some old fashion racism, but it’s more the patronising kind than the degrading kind, and Fleming draws out the character of Mr Big as probably the most intelligent Bond villain after Blofeld. Read it, and you’ll get a view on the African-American life from an Englishman from the last 1950s.

This is a terrific thriller, and the last 4 or 5 chapters are total pageturners to the end.

This is my favourite Bond novel, closely followed by the fantastic You Only Live Twice.

Moonraker

The third novel featuring James Bond has Bond working entirely in England, first helping M out in a private matter involving card cheating, where the cheat is the industrialist Hugo Drax. It then moves on to Bond being part of the security for a massive, important project masterminded by Drax, the building of an atomic-warhead rocket called Moonraker, built to protect England.

But not everything is what it seems, as the man has a staff of 50 German technicians (this is set maybe 7-8 years after WW2) and a proclivity to megalomania…

Really nice, direct thriller, with Bond suffering and trying in desperate circumstances to outwite this mad genius. Very low-key in places, but very enjoyable. Fleming is a great one for producing a page-turner when the narrative and story is simple and direct.

Diamonds are Forever
This is a relatively weak entry in the series. He still writes vividly and excitingly, and it’s cool that it’s partly set in Las Vegas, but it suffers from some weaknesses. It isn’t a great ending (it’s adequate), and Bond really misses some obvious clues near the end about men after him without him noticing them – Fleming wrote it in such a way it was blindingly obvious to the reader, but Bond somehow missed it, and he comes across as a bit dopey for missing obvious things. Still a pretty good read though.

From Russia With Love

Wow, this is a terrific read. Whilst it is mostly the same story as the movie, this book goes into details in a compelling, gripping way. We find out much more about how Red Grant became the chief executioner for SMERSH, for example, and get more backstory about the evilness of Rosa Klebb. Fleming write with a vividness, turn of phrase and seeming authenticity that makes this a real page-turner.

Whilst I still think Live and Let Die is my favourite of the books so far, this is the one that seems the best written. I can see why JFK rated it in his top ten books.

Doctor No

Fleming follows up his excellent From Russia With Love with this, a book that I think is his most exciting, straightforward, and intense book. This should be the book they show under the dictionary definition of ‘page-turner’. I can see why they chose this as the first movie. Simple plot and premise, but hell is Bond up against it in this one. It’s funny how they actual toned down some of the elements of this for the movie, because they were sadistic. For example, in the movie, Bond makes an escape and has to crawl through venting tubes and face heat, rushing water and dangerous drops. In the book, he’s being deliberately put through an assault course of pain and terror by Doctor No, for ‘scientific research’.

I really enjoyed this, I think it’s the darkest of Fleming’s books.

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Timothy Dalton

The next 3 James Bond movies:

  • A View to a Kill
  • The Living Daylights
  • Licence to Kill

James Bond 5 – Odd One Out 037

Never Say Never Again

The next 3 James Bond movies:

  • For Your Eyes Only
  • Octopussy
  • Never Say Never Again

James Bond 4 – Odd One Out 035

The Spy Who Loved Me

The next 3 James Bond movies:

  • The Man With the Golden Gun
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Moonraker

James Bond 3 – Odd One Out 032

Live And Let Die

The next 3 James Bond movies:

  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Diamonds are Forever
  • Live and Let Die

James Bond 2 – Odd One Out 028

James Bond
James Bond movies 4, 5 6

  • Thunderball
  • Casino Royale
  • You Only Live Twice

James Bond 1 – Odd One Out 025

James Bond

The first three James Bond movies

  • Doctor No
  • From Russia With Love
  • Goldfinger

The Man with the Golden Gun and best uses of weapons in the movies 019

In this podcast, Sam and Max talk James Bond when they cover The Man with the Golden Gun, and talk about their favourite moments in the movies involving weapons.