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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Heads You Die Review by Jack Lugo

  Heads You Die is the 7th novel in the Young Bond series and the second book written by Steve Cole after Charlie Higson’s monumental first five novels in the series.  This book picks up right after Cole’s last offering, Shoot to Kill, where Bond thwarted a dangerous Hollywood blackmail scheme. James (about 14 or 15)…

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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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Bond Songs That Never Were

About two years ago, our own Tom Sears discussed what he proposed to be the Bond song “Secret Formula” in the following Youtube video: Since the last couple of podcasts have taken a close look at all the official Bond themes, I thought now might be an appropriate time to revisit the notion of what…

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Some Kind of Hero: An Interview with Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury

As I’ve noted in my book review of Some Kind of Hero, authors Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury have published what I consider to be the ultimate nonfiction Bond book detailing the history of the franchise from its inception all the way through to the SPECTRE press conference. It’s a book that every Bond fan must own,…

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History’s Greatest Spy and Fleming’s Inspiration for Bond – An Interview with Author Larry Loftis

Introduction and Interview by Jack Lugo: Larry Loftis’s upcoming nonfiction book takes a close look at real life World War II spy Dusko Popov.  The book is a fascinating and well researched account of Popov’s life as a double agent who worked with both MI6 and the United States government to deceive the Germans and…

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A Close Look at the SPECTRE Score by Matthew Grice

SPECTRE, the 24th installment of the longest running franchise in cinema history has caused a divide amongst fans.  Some love it while others think it was poor calling for Craig to bow out from role. I will hold my hands up and admit that I once didn’t like Quantum Of Solace as I felt the…

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Join Your Local JBR Group

One of the great things about the JBR family is the community that comes with it. As a result, our loyal listeners are creating JBR Facebook groups to keep in touch with other local listeners, organise meet ups and talk all things Bond. If you see your town listed below, be sure to join up! Or, if…

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Let’s Not Get Ahead of Ourselves, Shall We?

By now most of us have read the Daily Mail piece quoting anonymous sources who claim that Daniel Craig has turned down a £68 Million offer to play Bond in two more films.  Here at JBR, we typically pay no mind to the onslaught of rumors surrounding Daniel’s status as Bond, however, I thought it…

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