Meeting Mr. Wint: Bruce Glover Interview | Podcast #056

We’re honoured to have a legendary member of the James Bond family on the show this week, Bruce Glover. We talk Bond, Diamonds Are Forever, Sean Connery, Putter Smith and a whole lot more besides. Outside of the 007 world we hear equally fascinating stories all about Bruce’s life growing up in depression era Chicago, the hilarious story behind his very first acting job and we discover the process Bruce would use to get into character.

Big thanks go out to Bruce for being so generous with his time. Not only is he amazing to talk to, he’s also one of the most down to earth people you could ever wish to meet.

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  • Jeff Silence

    Absolute banger of an episode and a really awesome get for the podcast. I’m sure he had many many more stories he could tell. My favorite one was him giving career advice to Warren Beatty. Great interview, Tom. Great show as always.

  • Stephen Wadsworth

    Great interview. Well done Tom for sticking with Bruce on the longer anecdotes!

    Another (possibly tenuous) ‘shoot to miss’ moment is in the series’ nadir of 2002 – when Bond, whilst wearing the simulation glasses or whatever the fuck they were, shoots and wounds M instead of killing her. Just recently watched Die Another Day actually as prep for Spectre. And yes, my memory of it was not false – it IS, apart from maybe 15 minutes after the credits, truly awful. Like a parody that is neither lovingly-done or funny.

    I agree completely that Quantum.. does grow on you. Scenes between Bond and Mathis, and of course at the opera, particularly good.

    Just one small pedantic final point: when you say that Largo bests Bond in the final punch-up of Thunderball I think you have to qualify that with the fact that Largo did have two of his henchmen with him. I feel I have to stick up for the underdog!

  • Jack Lugo

    This will definitely go down as a legendary episode for JBR. Well done!!!

  • GerardoValero

    Great interview. When you talked about doing a “killer interview” I was thinking you might be talking to Mr.Kil !
    You do realize that Bruce Glover is the father of Crispin Glover (George McFly in “Back to the future”)?!?!?!?
    An addtional Bond miss to those you discuss……………the answer to that is currently a spoiler (though all you have to do is put two and two together) so I’ll leave it at that. Perhaps you guys should bring the subject up in a few weeks time. Let’s just say that it is ironic that Sam Smith included that line in “Writing’s on the Wall”
    The “Complete the sentence” answer to “Then I must die”……….General Pushkin to Timothy’s Bond at the Tangier Hotel..
    The new “Guess the music Que” comes from the Orient Express scene when Connery surprises Tatiana with the nightie.
    Completing the lyric:.Another tricky little gun giving solace to the one……… that’ll never see the sunshine…… from “Another way to die”.

  • Edgar Chaput

    Fantastic interview. It took a couple of minutes for me to adjust to Glover’s personality. For some reason he sounded at first like a bit of a rambling old man (sorry if that sounds cruel) but he’s actually pretty funny and witty. His story about making Connery think he really was gay was great. An all around great personality.

  • Paul Coulthard

    Glad that Quantum’s growing on you, Tom. I’ve just watched the 3 Daniel Craigs (Spectre prep) and I honestly believe that all 3 are amazing. Quantum is best watched soon after Casino. It gets better every time I see it. As does Skyfall.

    The main problem I have with it is the slight anticlimax when Bond’s with Yusaf at the end. I wanted Bond to do the guy some major damage.

    Casino has been utter perfection since day 1 though.

  • Baldwin Collins

    great interview tom. Hope we see many more Bond celebrity guest interviews.

  • Björn Magnusson

    What an interview! Bruce seems to be able to talk about any subject and make it interesting. Great job!

    There is an alternative answer for your quote this week. “Meine Damen und Herren” is also heard in QOS before the opera performance.
    I went to Bregenz this summer and got a ticket to the opera. It was an amazing experience to visit the opera, especially for a Bondfan!

    After walking around the opera house looking for camera angles and taking photos, the performance was about to start and I went to the bathroom. Then suddenly I heard a womans voice in the speakers. “Meine Damen und Herren… Ladies and gentlemen, tonight’s performance of… will begin shortly.”. I hadn’t really payed much attention to that bit of the movie before, but when I stood there in the bathroom I got a mental Bondgasm! I realized that that is the exact message from the movie and that it is played when Bond went into a similar bathroom only 10-20 meters away from me! I guess people must have wondered why I left the bathroom with such a huge smile on my face.

  • Bryant Burnette

    I hope Glover writes an autobiography; sounds like he’s got no lack of material. Fantastic interview!