BondCast: James Bond 007 Reviews and Commentary

Laird Malamed brings us an amazing discussion with musician Warren Ringham from the 007 inspired UK band Q THE MUSIC. On this special edition of For Your Ears Only, Laird and Warren talk about the evolution of the band and the music itself, along with several tracks of Q THE MUSIC doing what they do best, the music of James Bond!

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The "Moonraker" soundtrack gets the "For Your Ears Only" treatment in the final part of our look back at Roger Moore's fourth outing as 007. We go through the most important John Barry compositions from the film including Shirley Bassey's return as vocalist on the Main Theme and more. Plus, we review some tracks that didn't make it to the official release along with Shirley Bassey's performance at the Academy Awards a few years ago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bond.

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In the second of our two-part review of "Moonraker", we talk about the antagonist Drax and his motivational drive to kill 007 and create a master race in space. We also review the Bond Girls of "Moonraker", including the lovely scientist Dr. Holly Goodhead. We also discuss the special effects, the fights, the gadgets, the space station hideout, and an odd cameo by the theme to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". Sound strange? Welcome to "Moonraker!" 

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BondCast is back for 2018 with our breakdown of 1979’s “Moonraker”, Roger Moore’s fourth outing as 007. It’s Bond in space! Cashing in on the space craze of the seventies fueled by Star Wars, “Moonraker” sends James Bond to the stars. From the excitement of the opening sky jump without a parachute sequence, to the wacky slapstick moments featuring the villainous Jaws, we talk about it all. Plus gadgets! Boat chases! Assassins in caskets! Even a double-taking pigeon! Our discussion about “Moonraker” is sometimes as wacky as the film itself!

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We review the music from the tenth film in the James Bond series, "The Spy Who Loved Me", including the popular title track by Carly Simon and the upbeat and funky "Bond '77". Plus, we take a deep dive into Marvin Hamlish's official movie soundtrack and even review the incidental music from from the film itself. Plus, Laird always has a few surprises up his sleeve for the end of the show. Celebrate 40 years of "The Spy Who Loved Me" with BondCast! 

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It’s part 2 of our look at THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and this time around, we dive deeper into the plot and the character that puts everything in motion, the villain Stromberg. We get critical talking about the web-fingered bad guy, from his dialog to his motivations. Plus, the evil henchmen, especially Richard Keil’s iconic character Jaws. We replay an interview we had with Darth Vader actor David Prowse who reveals he was almost cast as Jaws in “Spy”. Plus, the Bond Girls, most notably Barbara Bach’s “Triple X” and some humorous trivia and plot holes big enough to drive a Lotus Esprit through. 

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BondCast is back with our review of 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me", a film many consider to be Sir Roger Moore's best Bond film. We talk about the Moore's passing and discuss some of the things that made him such a great Bond. Jonathan recently saw "Spy" on the silver screen and he shares his experiences seeing it again for the first time. Then we take a deep dive into the film itself. From the villainous Stromberg to Ken Adam's set design to even the fashion seen in the film, we talk about it all. We also discuss all of the Star Wars actors who made cameos and appeared as extras in the film and more.

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Laird and Jimmy Mac return to BondCast to review the score for "The Man With The Golden Gun". From the new take on the gun barrel sequence, to Lulu's title track, to Alice Cooper's scrapped opening number and more, we dig deep into the score for the ninth 007 film. 


UPDATE: The original upload of this episode was missing some music at the beginning and end of the show. This is the corrected file. Thanks for your patience!

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We continue our discussion about THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. In this episode, we talk about Herve Villechaize's evil Nick Nack and the other henchmen. We also talk about the Bond Girls from GOLDEN GUN including Maud Adams and Britt Ecklund, the plot, and the action sequences, including the amazing twisting boat jump.

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The Moore-era continues as we take a deep look at 1974's THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. We discuss Roger Moore's evolution as 007 and the similarities and differences to Sean Connery. Plus, Bond's motivations in this story, Christopher Lee as the sophisticated, triple-nippled villain Scaramanga, Bond girl Maud Adams, the differences between Fleming's novel and the film, and more.

Plus, we talk about the future of the Bond franchise and the possibility of Daniel Craig returning to the role. 

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