The Octopussy International Circus Train by Marc Hernandez

In September 1982, I was 9 years old when the train scenes in Octopussy were filmed at the Nene Valley Railway (NVR), Peterborough close to where my family lived.  As a result it’s become my favourite Bond film. I have such great memories of growing up with it as a kid, enjoying it ironically as…

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Seeing Double: An Interview with Two Professional James Bond Lookalikes – Part Two by Matthew Chernov

Whether pretending to be a renowned genealogist in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service or a notorious Cuban Colonel in Octopussy, James Bond has impersonated many people throughout the 007 film series. In the real world, however, it takes more than a dubbed voice and a fake mustache to successfully imitate someone. Last week, I spoke…

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Seeing Double: An Interview with Two Professional James Bond Impersonators – Part One by Matthew Chernov

Lookalikes are a familiar sight to most fans of 007. From the latex-masked Bond imposter who dies at the hands of Red Grant in the pre-title sequence of From Russia with Love, to the surgically-enhanced doppelgängers employed by Blofeld in Diamonds are Forever (not to mention the animatronic replica of Baron Samedi in Live and…

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The Rough with the Smooth – Part 5

Introduction: Matthew Grice has written an epic alternate history of the Bond franchise. This 5th installment of his “Rough with the Smooth” series heralds the production of a 3rd Dalton film and proceeds through to the Brosnan era with the threat of Kevin McClory constantly looming. Take a journey with Matthew and his own unique…

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A Guide to Upcoming SPECTRE Merchandise

With SPECTRE only a few weeks away following the release of the trailer and the new posters, I think it’s safe to say that our man 007 is back and he means business.   Let him reign for many more years with Mr Craig donning the dinner jacket.   With the hype of the film gaining…

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Shark v Croc: The Ultimate Non-human Bond Celebrity Death Match

From Physics to….Biology Shark v Croc: The Ultimate Non-human Bond Celebrity Death Match Oh dear. My mind clearly needs better things to do. Tom’s idle musing in Moonraker Pt The 2nd about which would win in a fight, a shark or an alligator, set me thinking. My first port of call was a cool illustration…

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Moonraker: The Pre-Title Sequence Revisited

Moonraker: the pre-title sequence revisited (or Are Chris and Tom talking bollocks as usual?) The Laws of Physics are wonderful things. So are Bond movies. The sad thing is that they don’t always quite line up. And that’s especially true when our heroes, Agents Triple C and Triple T get all speculatory in their very best…

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The Rough With The Smooth (Part 3) | Alternate Universe Bond

[JBR listener Matthew Grice returns with the third part in his “what if,” alternate universe series. If you haven’t already, check out part one and part two] Peter Hunt’s favourite Ian Fleming novel was ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,’ calling it the most ‘realistic novel of them all’ and wanted to direct a faithful adaption…

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I Will Return: The Lost Bond Song

After scoring films for Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, who had both created the 1994 film Stargate and then went on to do the 1996 smash hit Independence Day, England born composer David Arnold’s first running with James Bond was in 1996 whilst working on his album ‘Shaken and Stirred:  The David Arnold James Bond…

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An Alternate World of James Bond – The Rough With The Smooth (Part 2)

(Long time JBR listener, Matthew Grice returns to continue his fictional taste of what might have happened had the Kevin McClory/Ian Fleming dispute turned out a little differently. If you missed it, here’s part one). Late 1963, early 1964 saw the production of ‘Goldfinger’. This was Connery’s third Bond film and was helmed by director…

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