Bond & Beyond
By James Batchelor & Alex Boucher
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A new podcast dedicated to the world's favourite secret agent. Every fortnight, Alex Boucher and James Batchelor delve into the world of Bond - not just the films that made him famous, but the original novels, video games and the many, many other characters inspired by him. Read more at http://bondandbeyond.libsyn.com/#yQaoV4owttKsy5el.99
||CleanDossier #41: Universal Mailbag||With EON Productions finally announcing both a distributor and a director, it's time to start speculating about Bond 25 (again). Trainspotting and 127 Hours director Danny Boyle takes the helm, meaning we can expect a very different Bond film compared..||6/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #40: Octopussy||With apologies to Gobinda. Bond & Beyond finally gets round to reviewing one of Alex's favourites, and perhaps a hidden gem among Moore's various outings as 007 - and no, that's not a jewellery smuggling pun. Alex and James discuss the strangely...||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #39: Richard Jacques interview||Alex and James are joined by British composer Richard Jacques – best known for his work on countless video games, including 007: Blood Stone. Recorded in his own studio, this episode discusses what gives soundtracks that Bond-like quality, Jacques'...||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #38: Diamonds Are Forever||Alex and James are once again joined by author and Bond fan Mark O'Connell to discuss Sean Connery's (sort of) swansong as Ian Fleming's 007. Once again recording in a secret (and absurdly professional) location, we discuss Diamonds Are Forever -...||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #37: Mark O'Connell interview||Alex and James are joined by very special guest Mark O'Connell, author of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan. Recording in a top secret location (hence the much better sound quality), we grill Mark about his earliest experiences with 007, his...||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #36: Christmas Mailbag||Alex and James wrap up 2017 with a few of the emails that have been piling up in the Bond & Beyond inbox. Listen in as we answer your questions about what makes a great callback to earlier Bond films, and which of 007's ladies we'd like to settle...||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #35: For Your Eyes Only||Having vowed to keep this reviews a little shorter, Alex and James rattle through Roger Moore's fifth outing as 007: For Your Eyes Only. Join them as they attempt to make sense of the seemingly endless and random string of incidents in which people...||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #34: You Only Live Twice||James and Alex share their thoughts on what is perhaps Sean Connery's grandest outing. You Only Live Twice has everything: a sinister plot that threatens world dominations, great music, great locations, great action scenes, and plenty of insignificant..||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #33: Bond in Concert||Alex reports back from Casino Royale Live at the Albert Hall, which gives James another excuse to geek about how good James Bond soundtracks - particularly David Arnold's - are. The duo also touch on other Bond concerts they've been too and...||10/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #32: Spectre||We finally attempt to review Spectre properly, two years after our initial impressions - plenty of time for the hype to die down. Listen as we discuss Blofeld's lack of socks, the finale's lack of tension, and the soundtrack's lack of effort. We also...||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #31: Bond 25 Update||We're back after another apologetically but unavoidably long absence. Having finally been drip-fed the first details on the next James Bond film and Daniel Craig's confirmed return, we ponder what we can expect from the future of the series. We also...||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #30: Die Another Day||Strap in and brace yourself - the Bond & Beyond review for Die Another Day is almost as long as the film itself (but hopefully better thought out and considerably more entertaining). Unquestionably the low point of the entire series and the...||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #29: Moore and mailbag||Alex and James offer a belated tribute to Sir Roger Moore, reflecting on his time at James Bond as well as some of the other, more unusual roles he has played. We also discuss his contributions beyond acting and our favourite memories of the legendary..||6/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #28: Moonraker||James and Alex are reunited with friend of the show Gez to discuss what is unquestionably the daftest entry in the entire series (though not necessarily the worst). Recording in our guest's London-based Bond Villian-style headquarters, we...||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #27: Thunderball||Join us for an unusually negative Bond & Beyond Review as we embark upon the fourth round of this classic series. This time Alex and James are joined by friend of the show and GameBurst co-host Gary 'Xantiriad' Blower to discuss Thunderball....||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #26: Skyfall||Here it is, at long last: the Bond & Beyond review of Skyfall, Daniel Craig's third outing as 007. Alex and James discuss the many highs and occasional lows of Skyfall, as well as the many pressures it faced: following the flawed Quantum of Solace...||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #25: The World Is Not Enough||The Bond & Beyond Review tackles the final 007 adventure of the 20th Century. Join Alex and James as they finally start to disagree on something: Denise Richards. They also weigh up Brosnan's third performance as Bond and whether it makes up for...||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #24: Bond 17||James Batchelor and Alex Boucher track down the early screen treatment for what would have been Timothy Dalton's third Bond film: an adventure that takes 007 to Hong Kong in pursuit of a cat burglar who may be the key to investigating mysterious...||12/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #23: The Spy Who Loved Me||Alex and James are joined by returning guest Gez to discuss arguably Roger Moore’s greatest outing as 007. When a nutter with barely noticeable webbed hands plans to start a nuclear war between the US and Russia, apparently the only hope for...||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #22: Goldfinger||The Bond & Beyond Review comes to perhaps the most classic film of them all. Alex and James discuss Goldfinger, Sean Connery's third adventure and the source of so many 007 tropes - and parodies. While we might not tackle it in the most sensible...||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #21: Quantum of Solace||The Bond & Beyond Review takes an in-depth look at Daniel Craig's second outing at 007 – a film beset by problems, not the least of which were the 2008 Writer's Strike and the burden of following the acclaimed Casino Royale. Alex and James...||9/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #20: Tomorrow Never Dies||In our longest Bond & Beyond review yet, we revisit Pierce Brosnan's second adventure in which a mad media mogul brings the globe to the brink of war - to, er, sell some newspapers. Arguably one of the weaker entries in the series, there's still a...||8/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #19: Licence To Kill||The Bond & Beyond Review turns its attention to what many consider to be the black sheep of the Classic 007 family. Timothy Dalton's second and (sadly) final outing as Ian Fleming's iconic secret agent sees him defying Queen and country to settle...||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #18: The Man With The Golden Gun||This time the Bond & Beyond Review turns its eye to the highly questionable The Man With The Golden Gun. Alex and James discuss whether a truly wonderful performance by Christopher Lee - plus some great M moments - are enough to make up for the...||6/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #17: All the usual refinements||Bond & Beyond is back with a quick news update on Daniel Craig’s alleged departure (we still haven’t heard it from him), thoughts on the Bond In Motion exhibit and an in-depth discussion about the cars of the series. As one of the...||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #16: From Russia With Love||The Bond & Beyond Review moves on to the second round of films, starting with Sean Connery's return in From Russia With Love. Arguably the true beginning of the franchise, we discuss the groundwork laid by their globetrotting spy adventure, the...||4/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #15: An Alternative View On Bond||James and Alex are joined by a very special guest this week: James' wife, Penny. Having endured as much as she can of Old Bond, and as a massive fan of New Bond, she's here to discuss her take on the series, it's high points and low points, the appeal..||4/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #14: Casino Royale||Alex and James are joined by returning guest Gez to discuss Casino Royale, the debut of Daniel Craig and the beginning of the new Bond era. Ten years on, how well does this film stand-up? Does it overcome excessive product placement to become the...||3/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #13: The Next Bond||With rumours abound that Daniel Craig has hung up his tuxedo for the final time - we'll believe it when we see it - James and Alex discuss the potential contenders to be the next James Bond. They're joined by honourary Bond & Beyonder and friend...||3/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #12: Goldeneye||This week's Bond & Beyond review brings us into the Pierce Brosnan era with the fifth Bond's first (and perhaps best?) outing. Alex and James discuss the long wait fans had to endure before this film arrived, the new MI6 cast, the best of the...||2/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #11: Bond's Buddies (or The Felixes and Not Felixes)||This week, we discuss Bond's allies in the field, the informants and foreign agents that help him complete his mission. Chief among these is, of course, Felix Leiter: a character that has appeared to be both comically incompetent and unapologetically...||1/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #10: The Living Daylights||The Bond & Beyond Review tackles the first of Timothy Dalton's two movies, in which a plot to make money spans over two hours, several countries and some excellent action sequences. A personal favourite of Alex's, hear him and James discuss...||1/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #9: Live and Let Die||Our third Bond & Beyond Review marks the debut of the most divisive 007 of all: Roger Moore. Live and Let Die is an odd mix of supernatural powers, voodoo tricks, blaxploitation, racist sheriffs, crocodiles... and some genuinely great...||12/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #8: Bond 25||Following our initial impressions of Spectre, we ponder the film's ambiguous ending and wonder what lies in store for the inevitable Bond 25 (yes, it's inevitable - Bond makes too much money for them to stop now). We look specifically at each of the...||12/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #7: Spectre - Initial Report||Bond & Beyond is back! And we return with our initial impressions on the long-awaited 24th James Bond adventure, Spectre. Has the film been worth the wait? How does the classic villainous organisation fit into the grittier world of Daniel Craig?...||11/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #6: What makes a good Bond song?||Alex Boucher and James Batchelor discuss the musical enigma that is the Bond song. With 24 official title themes, unofficial and alternative themes, additional songs and parodies, there's a wide range of music with that certain level of...||10/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #5: On Her Majesty's Secret Service||For the second Bond & Beyond review, Alex and James discuss On Her Majesty's Secret Service, George Lazenby's one and only outing as Ian Fleming's iconic secret agent. In addition to judging Lazenby's performance, they also touch on the...||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #4 - Reconnaissance: SPECTRE||We share our thoughts and hopes for the upcoming new James Bond adventure Spectre||9/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier#3 – Dr No||A Bond & Beyond Review||9/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #2: Who is James Bond?||Timelines, the multi-Bond theory – we shoot them all down!||8/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDossier #1: Mission Briefing||An introduction to Bond & Beyond||8/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Clever, thought-provoking, and hilarious
Alex and James surpass any other Bond-themed podcast or book. In their spare time, they have produced commentaries almost as long as the films themselves. And you will want to hear every minute.
Of the most popular podcasts about cinema history, “Bond and Beyond” reaches the perfect mix of gravity, criticism, and fun.
“Bond and Beyond” explores the series in context: from sexist and redundant plot lines to action and espionage that reflect the modern world. They have chronicled Bond’s evolution from a snarky sexual predator to a solemn but smart superhero.
Alex and James pay close attention to music, and how it has enhanced—or sometimes detracted—from the action.
Their humour is especially noteworthy when it comes to absurd scenes, such as Bond’s magical ability to find Miss Taro’s house with curiously voiced-over instructions or James’ rendition of Countess Lippy’s French accent (“James, that coffin has your initials!”)
My only regret is that there are a finite number of Bond films. Alex and James will need to explore new avenues for their podcast talent.
Alex and James really know their Bond. I highly recommend this podcast!
A great James Bond podcast.
If you love the James Bond films you’ll love what Alex & James offer in the podcast. An entertaining podcast that covers all area of the films from the cold open/gun barrel to music, plot & the third act. Everything you want & need in a podcast about everybody’s favorite British Spy.
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