• Guest

    Dear Tom and Chris,
    I recently started listening to your podcasts on YouTube, and I am already a huge fan of this great show! I am a huge Bond fan myself, I dropped some comments on YouTube, my username is DutchBudokaiFan. Anyway, I wanted to share a little project I’ve been working on in my freetime. I randomly decided to make a comic adaptation of the very first Fleming novel: Casino Royale. I tried not to base my character design’s on the movies, and I also tried not to get inspired by the excisting comic of the novel. I only did the first 9 pages so far and I felt like sharing! I hope you enjoy. (I translated these to English, because I originally did these in Dutch.)

    ~ Jeroen van den Brom

  • Guest

    Dear Tom and Chris,

    I recently started listening to your podcasts on YouTube, and I am already a huge fan of this great show! I am a huge Bond fan myself, I dropped some comments on YouTube, my username is DutchBudokaiFan. Anyway, I wanted to share a little project I’ve been working on in my freetime. I randomly decided to make a comic adaptation of the very first Fleming novel: Casino Royale. I tried not to base my character design’s on the movies, and I also tried not to get inspired by the excisting comic of the novel. I only did the first 9 pages so far and I felt like sharing! I hope you enjoy. (I translated these to English, because I originally did these in Dutch.)

    ~ Jeroen van den Brom

  • Adam Beech

    Hey guys I am a 17 year old bond fan who absolutely loves the characters since my childhood to present day. Unfortunately due to my inept ability to use technology I can’t send a voice message. However I would like to say how much I appreciate the work that you do for someone who doesn’t have a conventional outlet for their love of bond. As a film student and avid bond fan I would love to feature on your podcast as believe I have a good ability to discuss and evaluate film. Thanks guys keep up the good work!

    • Jenny Shull

      Have they replied to your comment on the podcast?

  • Julian Digby

    Chris and Tom,

    I am lucky enough to be one of the few to have watched and listened to you since February last year and have enjoyed and learnt a lot from every podcast.

    I love the way the “show” has developed over the year with extra features and I have even enjoyed Chris’s “Special” jingles for the parts of the podcast.

    I was re-listening to podcast 31 and in particular the bond fact question regarding an “Actress who appeared in YOLT to reappear in a later bond movie” yes it was Tsai Chin as correctly answered by Chris.

    I’m now going to do my Yoda voice, just before he dies

    “There is another…” Not Skywalker, but another actress who appeared in YOLT to then appear in another bond movie.

    I’ll let you think on that
    Good luck gentlemen ……

    Jules

  • Brian4969

    Evening folks. Just wanted to share my idea for Bond 24/25. Given what I’ve seen so far, here’s what I’d like to happen. Bond 24, 007 exercises his demons chasing down his step brother, who is also Spectre’s no.2. Cut to the closing scene of the movie and que Blofeld (or at least his hand, complete with spectre ring). No face, no voice, just the confirmation that he’s back. Bond 25, 007 takes on the mastermind that is Blofeld. An arch enemy in the classic sense, not a young man, but an older man who does not engage in physical confrontation with Bond but remains a step ahead almost the entire picture given his experience and intelligence. Plot twist being, Blofeld is Bond’s step father, played by Sir Sean Connery. I know, I know he’s retired, but hey I can dream. And it would maybe explain why he didn’t appear in Skyfall in a cameo role obviously written for him.
    Far fetched? Yes. Unlikely? Yes. But in my opinion, one hell of a way to round off 25 Bond movies, Daniel Craig’s tenure in the role & the retiral from acting befitting Sir Sean. Your thoughts please.

    • Jenny Shull

      I would watch that bond film.

  • Scott Cranidge

    A Variation of OHMSS main theme at 1:12-1:24

  • Langford

    Hi Tom and Chris,
    I just discovered the Harry Palmer movie series (based on the books) while searching around for some spy flicks to watch – esp focused on 1960’s Cold War stuff. The series is produced by Harry Saltzman with Ken Adam as production designer on the first two films. Michael Caine plays Harry.

    I have only been able to stream the second film, Funeral in Berlin, which was directed by Guy Hamilton. So- many connections to film Bond and I’m looking very much forward to finding and watching the other Harry Palmer movies.

    FIB was really good and I highly recommend it. It’s intentionally done in a style and tone different than Bond – more grim and realistic. But there are some nods to Bond, such as Colonel Ross as a kind of M character. Caine as Harry is rather insubordinate to Ross, and also doles out some nice quips throughout the movie. There’s a nice “Palmer Girl” character named Samantha Steel (relation to Tamara Steel???) who seduces Harry.

    Would you be interested in reviewing these, or in having your loyal listeners do reviews? Let me know.

    Yours truly,
    Langford
    .

  • Jenny Shull

    I have a James Bond quote for the Guess the quote contest. The quote is from a James Bond Book. Here is the quote: (‘since I am only a number on a passport’).

    • Jenny Shull

      (SMERSH was the spur. Be faithful, spy well, or you die. Inevitably and without any question, you will be hunted down and killed) is not a quote but it is from the same book as the (‘since I am only a number on a passport’) quote.

  • Brian Murphy

    Hello, guys. I’m a big fan of the podcast. I’ve been listening since around the time the first episode was uploaded. I’ve been a Bond fan for a couple of years. I’m the one who wrote a rather scathing email of Diamonds Are Forever back when.

    Tom, I heard in a podcast you live in LA. I think that’s what you said in the podcast. Anyway, I’m a normal 35 year old guy with a wife and kids. My wife is from the area, but not myself. If you ever want to hang out- grab a drink, catch Spectre in the cinema before it leaves, etc, hit me up. Cheers, guys.

  • Jenny Shull

    1. Favourite Bond film? George Lazenby On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
    2. Favourite Bond book? Casino Royale
    3. Favourite Bond actor? Daniel Craig or all the bond actors
    4. Favourite actor who has portrayed Bond?
    Pierce Brosnan
    5. Earliest memory of Bond? Watching classic James Bond movies on tv with my dad.
    6. Favorite bond scene? The spy who loved me The Union Jack Parachute scene.
    7. Favorite Bond girl? Wai Lin
    8. If u could remake any James Bond movie with any James Bond actor and director? I think Matt Damon would make a great Bond with Tim Burton as the director and Murray Gold and Danny Elfman as the composers. George Lazenby or Tim Dalton with any Bond director that would use the Ian Fleming books as the script and guide to making a Bond movie.
    9. Bond location wish list? Egypt because I went there for my cousins graduation and my dad, brother and I went on a tour of Cairo.

  • Jenny Shull

    The world is not enough
    Who eats caviar with sour cream
    how did they put the spinning saws on the helicopter?

  • Jenny Shull

    Casino Royale
    Which of the Three Casino Royales is your favorite or least favorite?

    Kissing the lemon
    (Song Inspired by Daniel Craig*young mans eyes old mans lips kissing the lemon* in Casino Royale)

    Kissing the Lemon
    What can you say
    What can you do
    With young mans eyes
    And old mans lips
    From kissing the lemon
    Never the moon
    Shoot from the hip
    Quick with a quip
    Break the hearts
    The lemon will do
    Some like kisses bitter
    Some like kisses sour
    Some like kisses sweet
    You like them in the shower
    Cold, wet, and dour
    Not always on the hour
    Kissing the Lemon
    What can you say
    What can you do
    With young mans eyes
    And old mans lips
    From kissing the lemon
    Never the moon
    A lime won’t do
    A golden heart for u
    And the world
    Melted
    Shaken
    But never stirred
    With a hint of lemon
    For you and her
    Kissing the Lemon
    What can you say
    What can you do
    With young mans eyes
    And old mans lips
    From kissing the lemon
    Never the moon

  • Jenny Shull

    Casino Royale Spoof has brought back so many memories. The main song I have heard before but not sure where. The movie is Mel Brooks, Monty Python, Pink Panther, James Bond all rolled in one. There are so many movies and tv shows where they show the villian using chess to show how they want events to go. The slot car scenes was refreshing and funny. I like the big round desk the two women are in. I don’t know how they get in and out of the desk or what happened to the two women behind the desk. I don’t know why the Sound Of Music comes to mind, maybe it was the quips about going to be a nun. The movie flowed very well with the scenes and the dialogue. The one liners were top notch

  • Jenny Shull

    In The Spy Who Loved Me didn’t Jaws attack the escape pod Bond and XXX are in at the end of the movie? Would James Bond make a good musical and would they use the Bond Movie songs/music, write thier own songs/music or music/songs not used in the Bond Movies?

  • Jenny Shull

    Movies and tv shows I have seen bond actors and crew in/on:
    Pierce Brosnan: Mama Mia(movie)
    Christopher Lee: Lord of The Rings, Sleepy Hollow(1999 Movie)

  • Jenny Shull

    Favorite Bond Quotes:
    ‘Clean fracture,’ he had said. ‘Take a few days to heal. How did you come by it?’ ‘Caught it in a door,’ said Bond. ‘You ought to keep away from doors,’ commented the surgeon. ‘They’re dangerous things. Ought to be forbidden by law. Lucky you didn’t catch your neck in this one.’

  • Jenny Shull

    My trips abroad 2005&2006:

  • Jenny Shull

    International travel warnings.

    Don’t drink the water in Mexico or Egypt unless it’s bottled water or comes from a clean water source. Drinking the water in Egypt or Mexico can make u sick.

    Don’t eat the condiments at the street venders food carts in India the condiments could make u ill.

  • Jenny Shull

    Double Cross

    Programmed to love
    You till the end of time
    Designed to dance
    When there’s music
    Playing the fool
    For we you know
    The words keep coming
    To u to me
    To u to me
    Love live
    Live love
    Don’t mind me
    Don’t mind u
    The double cross
    We U
    Don’t mind me
    the double
    Triple cross
    Programmed to love u
    Love me
    Loving u
    Loving me
    Tenderly

  • Jenny Shull

    new t shirt idea inspired by the Moonraker review when Tom or Chirs quoted bond from the Ferris wheel scene where bond said “just let it happen”

    T-Shirt:
    Classic Bond
    Just let it happen

    Or
    James Bond Radio
    Just let it happen

  • Jenny Shull

    Random thoughts and questions.

    Bond question for the JBR the Hosts and listeners and viewers:
    Is Pussy Galores island for women a cult?
    Pussy Galores island reminds me of an episode of Doctor with Karen, Matt, and Arthur as Amy, The Doctor, Rory. Where Amy infiltrates a school for girls in Venice, Italy. The girls are dressed in white I guess Pussy Galores girls also wear white. The school and island have men that can be there.

    Sam Smiths Song writings on the wall imo is about the love and relationships all the characters have with eachother.

    Bond Trivia question:
    What kind of caviar does is eaten in the bond movies and books?

    It’s weird to me that I have not had a Bond night Dream.

    Bond Trivia question:
    How many many apartments and houses has bond have, do the Civilian people pay for them through taxes, have an enemies attacked Bond at his house(s) or apartments?

    Why are apartments called flats?

    Is the back or front yard called a garden? Why is the yard called a garden? What are gardens called if not gardens?

    question for the JBR the Hosts and listeners and viewers:
    Would u or Bond train their child to be a spy?

    question for the JBR the Hosts and listeners and viewers:
    This question was posed on Top Gear UK.
    which car would be the last car u drive
    If the world ran out or was about to run out of petroleum?

    Why is the tiltle of movie said in the movie?

  • Stuart Ball

    Very cool Bond moment today! Was visiting Stonor Park and White Pond
    Farm (locations on The Living Daylights). Was at the gate of White Pond
    Farm looking at the location of Necros strangling the milkman and the
    cows walking across the road (below).

    Someone came out of one of the buildings and said hi. Told him what we
    (myself and my kids) were looking at and why we were there. Turns out he
    was the man driving the cows
    into the farm! Told us all about the filming and discussing what the
    location manager wanted! He remembers it well and was happy to chat
    about it.

  • Pete Lindenberg

    What’s up Tom and Chris. Just wanted to share a random Bond moment I had that had nothing to do with Bond. I recently starting rewatching That ’70s Show (if you’ve never heard of it, it was an American sitcom that ran back in the early 2000s, in which one of the cast members of the show was none other than the beautiful Tanya Roberts aka Stacey Sutton). Anyway there is an episode where Tanya Robert’s character is renewing her wedding vows and among the bridesmaids, her Maid of Honor is played by none other than Maud Adams (Octopussy herself)! I thought that was a cool moment seeing 2 Bond girls as friends in something totally unrelated to Bond.

    Anyway keep up the good work and looking forward to the Octopussy review

  • David Williams

    Hi Tom and Chris, I have quite recently found your excellent site and have been very much enjoying the back catalogue of podcasts. They are really great to chill out to late at night after a busy day.
    So I have one nugget that is a little bond related in that back in 2003-2004 for my work then I was having to fly back and forth between London and Tokyo on a semi-regular basis. Sometimes the cabin crews would be the same and I got to know a few on a small chat to basis.

    So on one flight from Heathrow out to Tokyo Narita one of the cabin crew mentioned to me that none other than Sean Connery was on the same flight and up in First Class (this was a time when First Class on the long haul flights was like a separate lounge area upstairs from the other seats). They also mentioned to me that old Sean was apparently bit of a nervous flyer. As it happened there was a delay and we were all stuck the runway waiting, anyway after an hour or so we took off ok. Later on in the flight I heard that Seany had made his displeasure at the delay very much known to the cabin crew involving some pretty ripe language at a good raised volume too. I can’t help but think Roger M would have handled things rather better..

    On arrival at Narita the flight captain announced very firmly that everyone was to remain in their seats, and Sean C was whisked away surrounded by Japanese minions. I managed to just catch a glimpse as he left the plane since was a noticeably taller than the Japanese assistants around him. My understanding was he was there to promote The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and I think probably do some further advertising for Suntory whisky, I noticed he featured in new Suntory commercial on TV and billboards a few months later in Tokyo anyway.
    Thanks for a great site,
    Dave Williams

  • rahatul alam

    Hey guys I am taking literally bond studies at my college, its a film adaptation class and what we will be learning casino Royale, the books and the 2006 film, and I am so excited hopefully I can pass the bond test literally sitting in a classroom and taking it, I bit this is the same test they take for mi6 recruitment. But loyal jbr fans any tips? #studying bonds. (James bonds)

  • David Williams

    So just a few thoughts of Spectre, I have seen it just the 3 times now, although its a fine movie each time we reach the Blofeld crater section I have problems. In particular, and has been noted, after JB is subjected to the drill torture and escapes he shows no adverse effects at all. Just a few shots of him being unsteady, covering one eye with his hand for a moment or something would have been enough. Also the complete destruction of the whole base with a few lucky shots is just jarring. It could have been Blofeld setting a self-destruct before he is rushed away to a hospital could have been better, although this has been done before a few times I guess. This whole section seems so implausible I am not sure I want to watch Spectre once again, but will see.
    There seems growing evidence that Danny Craig is done with Bond, so hard to see how that can work for the next. I though he was contracted for Bond 25 at least though?
    Dave W

  • Taylor

    I wanted to say thank you for all the content! It’s a great blog. Anticipating seeing more!

  • David Williams

    Well as predicted absolutely correctly by the hosts here Tom and Chris, Danny C has been offered an absurd fee and probably sizeable back-end for two more Bonds. I had thought Danny C has plenty already and probably would not be swayed that much by big money fees. However, I gather that as a struggling actor in the early days he was essentially homeless and sleeping on benches in London parks. My suspicion is that people who have known real hardship always carry with them a fear of that so it may be possible that the huge bundle EON are offering may do the trick..will we see

  • James

    I am a Canadian whonis currently living in London and has started to listen to your show on the train. I have just completed listening to your podcasts dicussing possible plots for Bond 25. I thought I would throw mine into the ring. I have incorporated elements of other ideas I have read into mine. So the PTS is centered around the trial of Blofeld for his crimes. This however goes poorly as the key link C is dead and there is little other evidence tying the Nine Eyes plot to Blofeld. We could get some great dialogue here from Christoph should he return. This leaves both M and Bond bitter and out to truly get Blofeld. This would give us the M totally backing Bond that has been missing. Bond and M would make it the mission of MI6 to get Blofeld and make up for their failing to imprison him in the first place. I envision the trial being PTS(set similarily to the trial of Moriarty in BBCs Sherlock)and the Bond ,M conversations after the theme and credits. The next cut would be to Blofeld in an isolated place plotting Spectre’s next move. This could be where Christoph also shows the genius of his Blofeld. I think the route to go is having Blofeld plan Biological Warfare in which he starts to create a “garden of death” experimenting with plants, bacterias and air born toxics. We could see Spectres power here too as people start to go missing more often as part of Blofelds experiments. This would catch the attention of Bond who with Ms backing would set out to infiltrate the “Garden of Death”. The rest would basically be quite similar to the Fleming You Only Live Twice third act. I believe this is a good plot as it creates a reason for Craigs Bond to come back one last time as it really is unfinisbed business without having Madeline really play an important role in the revenge plot. Please let me know what you think. I see this as a combination of elements of both OHMSS and YOLT. It also provides ample screen time to Blofeld to prove he is a worthy villian.

  • Steve Atwell

    So, in the wake of the recent passing of Gene Wilder, I’ve gone back & watched most of his films, including Silver Streak, from 1976. I’d seen this film before, yrs ago, & remembered that Richard Kiel is in it, as a bad guy, but had completely forgotten that he’d played, essentially, Jaws, complete w/the steel teeth! I’m not sure if should be counted as a proper Bond film, but it is worth a look, I think, for that bit alone. . .

  • David Williams

    Dramatization of James Bond: Thunderball on BBC Radio 4 @ 2.30pm Saturday10th December (UK), thereafter available mostly worldwide on BBC iplayer Radio. Toby Stevens as Bond, Tom Conti as Largo and Alfed Molina as Blofeld – enjoy!

  • CARTMANEZ

    Hi I enjoyed reading the Alt Universe Bond timeline articles. will there be a part 5 for Brosnan/Craig?

  • David Williams

    No podcasts since Feb 24th, hope all is ok with the JamesBondRadio guys..

  • David Williams

    The rumour mill over Bond 25 and next JB actor is in full overdrive, surely some solid news must break soon. May well be Danny C will take it on for one more go, partly due to some obligation to Barbara Broccoli over backing his US Othello production (great reviews btw), also the gigantic paycheque.
    If there were no other strong contenders perhaps this would be the best choice, but in my own view Aidan Turner is ideal for playing JB in terms of his ideal acting chops, age and stardom level (a very big star would not work for JB I think).
    I’m sure EON are anxious about changing over from the known quantity but Danny C is really just too old now and shows it too, I’m sure he would do ok but I can see the box office being mediocre as heavy use of stunt doubles, CGI and/ or face mask type things are going to weaken the film.

  • Kevin Henry

    30 June 2017 Sheffield City Hall

    James Bond: The Music of 007

    The greatest themes and Songs from the Blockbuster Movies

    The music that capture a world of pulse-pumping action, glamorous femmes fatales, villainous arch enemies and, of course, unforgettable tunes. With roaring brass, lush orchestrations and sensuous songs, these movies have produced hit after hit all over the world. The list of credits includes the thrumming James Bond theme itself, ‘Diamonds are Forever’, ‘Moonraker’, ‘Thunderball’, ‘From Russia with Love’, ‘Goldfinger’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’, ‘Skyfall’ and many more.

    Smooth as a vodka martini, elegant as a tuxedo and cool as a cucumber sandwich, Stephen Bell, the Hallé’s suave, sophisticated maestro leads the world-renowned Hallé Orchestra as they celebrate the ultimate British hero – James Bond. Immerse yourself in the spine-tingling sounds that gave musical voice to the films in catchy title sequences and haunting songs performed here by star vocalists Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford.

    An evening packed with some of cinema’s most iconic themes, come dressed as your favourite Bond character, knock back a Vodka Martini and be prepared to be shaken and stirred!

  • Jiries Hijazin

    Hey JBR I’ve been watching through the podcasts as I’ve recently discovered this wonderful community.

    In the Moonraker review Tom was saying how it was weird how Jaws showed up on that private jet at the start and that he could have been hiding in the bathroom.

    I think you can slightly see Jaws piloting the plane in one of the shots during the exchange between Bond and the male pilot.

    You may have mentioned it on a later podcast but I haven’t caught up to it yet 😛

    Keep up the good work.

  • Chris Lister

    Hi Guys, Just read the shocking news that Chris Cornell has died. As a long time JBR listener I know you are huge fans of Casino Royale and ‘You Know My Name’. He will now live on, joining the legendary group who have contributed to our Bond enjoyment over the years. Cheers guys.

  • Chris Lister

    As if today couldn’t get any worse. Sir Roger Moore has passed away. Devastated, thank you for the memories Sir Roger. You legacy will live on forever.

    • Andy Dermott

      Sir Rog was my Bond. He was suave, cool under pressure and always in control. As a man, he was someone to look up to and admire. His work with UNICEF was a testament to the character of the man. I recently saw him on his tour. He was funny, witty and charismatic. The world has lost an icon. I wish I could be there when he tells St Peter “He’s been keeping the British end up”!

  • David Williams

    After the terrible events in Manchester, now the very sad news that Sir Roger has passed away. Today is just an abysmal day for sure. Sir R was a true gent and absolutely earned his knighthood for his many charitable works. But glad that the JBR guys could chat with Sir R earlier on at least.

  • BIll

    Hi! I tried to respond to your request to contribute memories of Roger Moore, but I do not have a microphone for my computer, but here is my post from FB:

  • BIll

    Today, we lost a great one. A man who was responsible for giving the world the third official James Bond. While everybody has their favorite, the theory as espoused by the late, great Bond producer Cubby Broccoli is that a person’s favorite 007 will always be the first one encountered on the big screen. For me, that was Roger Moore, in 1979’s Moonraker, when I was eleven years old.
    I will always have a soft spot in my heart for that one. While I may have seen Goldfinger on cable, thanks to my dad, before I saw Moonraker (I do not remember the exact timing, but the viewing of both films were close together), as a huge Star Wars fan, the film where Bond goes into outer space was absolutely fascinating. I remember my Aunt Stephanie Lynch taking a few friends and me to it, and first seeing Roger stride down the gunbarrel on that magnificent curved screen at the gigantic Cinema 150 on Long Island (now, unfortunately, an office building) to the strains of John Barry’s James Bond theme. From that moment on, I was hooked into the world of 007.
    Over the next two years, I tracked down the Bond novels from used bookstores and the South Huntington Public Library (where I would eventually work and force Bond upon my friends and co-workers, such as Joe Moreno, Andrew Gruff, Kris Schultz Blake, Dean Garbis, Kristin Urce Breslin and Traci Schiffer–what was nice was that I found that Joe’s dad, the late, great Ben Moreno, as well as Traci and I shared a real love for Bond). The first reference book I found was Steve Rubin’s The James Bond Films. The famous James Bond in the Cinema by John Brosnan was not available at first, and another work was O.F. Snelling’s 007: A Report, which I did find–a terrific summary of most of the Fleming novels. I became an avid watcher of the Bond films as they were broadcast on ABC, at first not being allowed to stay up past 10:00 on Sunday night when they were shown, with my dad videotaping their last hour or so so I could finish watching them on Monday. This led to our family renting all of the available Bond films, distributed by CBS/Fox at the time. Through all of it, I became more engrossed into Ian Fleming’s superspy.
    As I did so, I started enjoying all of the various portrayal’s of Bond, but I always preferred Roger in the role. That was solidified in the summer of 1981, with For Your Eyes Only’s release, which I saw with my dad when were were in Florida visting my grandparents. It was a film that I enjoyed from beginning to end, from the scene with Blofeld in the beginning (which I had seen with Roger’s interview on afternoon on The Mike Douglas Show shortly before the film’s release) all of the way until the end with the Margaret Thatcher parody. It was a great film, certainly not as outlandish as Moonraker, but more down to earth. In it, as well as in all of his Bond films, despite whatever reputation of his not taking the role seriously, there were downright gripping moments wherein he showed that he was as tough as his predecessors, as well as his later successors. While he always had a quip and his trademarked raised eyebrow, his Bond was as steely then any of the others. He could be as deadly serious as he needed to be.
    That same year, I started reading the continuation novels, as John Gardner became hired by Glidrose, as they were called at the time, to bring the literary Bond into the 1980s. I immediately pictured Roger Moore as Bond as I read them. Soon after, I got what has become somewhat of a bible, The James Bond Bedside Companion, written by a man who, years later, became a good friend, Raymond Benson. He and I did not share our opinion of our best Bond, but it became clear that Raymond still had a great deal of respect for his 007. I also acquired all of the Bond sountracks around this time, further immersing me into the world of 007.
    In 1983, the world at large enjoyed all three actors who played Bond for Eon Productions reprising the role of James Bond again. Roger returned in Octopussy, Sean Connery in the maverick remake of Thunderball, Never Say Never Again, and George Lazenby, the one off Bond, cameoing in The Return of the Man From UNCLE. The issue in which Roger and Sean appeared on the cover of Starlog Magazine (albeit a composite) will always be my favorite of the publication, which years before the internet, was the only real source of genre news. The press tried to make a great deal of some sort of battle of the Bonds, but the fact is that Roger and Sean only said good things about each other made it all kind of a lark, with NSNA’s release delayed until the fall of that year, with Octopussy being a real summer blockbuster, which I saw on opening day at Cinema 150 with my Uncle Dan Lynch, with the whole theatre decked out with posters from all of the previous films, and a huge marquee, which could be see for what seemed like miles on Jericho Turnpike, featuring the font from the movie poster. I loved the movie, and needless to say, Octopussy was a far better film then NSNA!
    Two years later, Roger appeared for the last time on the big screen as 007 in A View To A Kill. I remember seeing the trailers for it, with the very cool opening ski montage, and saw it several times that summer. While not his best Bond, it was a worthy swan song for Moore to leave the series.
    However time proved he never actually left the series for good. Most of the 25th anniversary special on ABC in 1987 was featured him throughout, appearing in little vignettes to introduce different aspects of the films, with only the last ten minutes devoted to the new 007, Timothy Dalton, a few weeks before he gave the world a new and different Bond in The Living Daylights.
    Three years later, I wrote my senior thesis on 007, discussing the role of James Bond in popular culture, focusing on the political aspect of the books, comics, and, of course the films, in the Cold War era. I have my friends Jerold Duquette, Chris Munley, Michael Joseph and the man who still has not seen a Bond film, Dan Birmingham, to thank for encouraging me to do so. Writing that was the gateway into meeting Bond luminaries in subsequent years, and allowed me an invitation to speak at the Hofstra Conference on 007 in 2007, which was a real honor, but that is, as they say, another story.
    Roger Moore would continue to be associated with Bond, recording DVD commentaries for all of his films, as well as appearing in countless documentaries and interviews discussing the sheer joy of playing James Bond.
    When Pierce Brosnan became the new 007, I was thrilled to see Roger showing up on set to cheer him on, and his appearances at the memorial services for such Bond veterans as Cubby Broccoli and Desmond Llewelyn made me appreciate him all the more. His love of the series carried right into the present era, with no bigger supporter for Daniel Craig then him.
    I had the absolute honor and pleasure of meeting him a few times. The first three times were in the fall of 2008, when he was doing a book tour to promote his autobiography, My Word is My Bond. I took the day off from work to go down to Barnes and Noble in Manhattan where there was a line of several hundred people out the door. My brother in law. Brian Reilly, was in town and we went together to see him. It was terrific meeting him and his lovely wife Kristina, having him sign the book and shaking his hand. It was very brief, but I knew I would see him twice more that weekend. The following Saturday I went to the Book Revue in my home town of Huntington, New York, where he gave a very informative Q&A, when I got to ask him how it was working with Desmond Llewelyn, as while I had heard the stories of his joking with Desmond, deliberately confusing him with made up lines, all in good fun, many times, I did not think the audience had. Once again, I got another book signed, and said a brief hello.
    The next night was the spectacular evening at the Player’s Club, hosted by another good friend, and Bond expert, Lee Pfeiffer, who secured me an invitation to the black tie affair wherein Roger was inducted as a member. It was thrilling walking into the club and seeing Roger there, dressed as Bond, of course, chatting with his former co-star, Lois Chiles, who played Holly Goodhead in Moonraker. The dinner was excellent, and it was truly surreal watching Roger in the audience, watching himself on the big screen, as clips were played of his career. Lee did his usual excellent job at the follow up Q&A, and at the end of the evening, I took part in the group photo, taken by my friend Tom Stroud, and was able to thank Roger for everything, to which he appeared very grateful.
    I last saw him in 2012, when he was at the Player’s Club again, this time at an event hosted by the Hudson Union Society. It was another excellent night, with a Q&A when, I think, I was able to ask him about Desmond again, if I remember correctly, and my friends and I, such as Lanaia DuBose and Michael Negoianu, got to speak to him later on and he even took photos with us, as he signed his book solely devoted to 007, Bond on Bond. I remember seeing him leave that night, and saying good night to him. He was really a gentleman.
    One should also not forget his other works, from his action films to The Saint and The Persuaders television shows. He was unflappable in all of them. He also worked tirelessly for UNICEF, and even contributed to such efforts as supporting us in Desert Storm. My friend Max Pizarro and I watched his interview with William F. Buckley, Jr. and it was refreshing to hear him speak of his belief in conservative principles.
    I do not think we will ever have another like him. Sir Roger Moore—Rest in Peace. Nobody Did it Better.

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    Bill kanas