40 episodes

Hosted by three lifelong James Bond fans – film journalist Tom Butler, journalist Tom Wheatley, and improviser Brendan Duffy – The James Bond A-Z Podcast is an introduction to the people behind the world’s greatest spy film franchise.

Each episode covers the key creatives and characters from every James Bond film from 1962’s 'Dr No' to 2021’s 'No Time To Die', talking about Ken Adam to Max Zorin, and everything in-between (and yes, that includes 'Never Say Never Again'). The show shines a light on every aspect of the filmmaking process answering many of the questions you always wanted to ask about the 007 films.

Note: This podcast is not affiliated with the James Bond brand, Eon, MGM or the Ian Fleming estate.

The James Bond A-Z Podcast The James Bond A-Z Podcast

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Hosted by three lifelong James Bond fans – film journalist Tom Butler, journalist Tom Wheatley, and improviser Brendan Duffy – The James Bond A-Z Podcast is an introduction to the people behind the world’s greatest spy film franchise.

Each episode covers the key creatives and characters from every James Bond film from 1962’s 'Dr No' to 2021’s 'No Time To Die', talking about Ken Adam to Max Zorin, and everything in-between (and yes, that includes 'Never Say Never Again'). The show shines a light on every aspect of the filmmaking process answering many of the questions you always wanted to ask about the 007 films.

Note: This podcast is not affiliated with the James Bond brand, Eon, MGM or the Ian Fleming estate.

    We've been expecting you: Xan Brooks on Diamonds Are Forever

    We've been expecting you: Xan Brooks on Diamonds Are Forever

    On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by author, journalist and film critic Xan Brooks to talk about 'Diamonds Are Forever'.

    In 2012, Xan wrote a story for the Guardian in which he named Sean Connery's 1971 007 swan song as his favourite ever James Bond film, so we invited him on to tell us why.

    Xan talks about his love for James Bond films, and explains why he described 'Diamonds Are Forever' as: "the Bond series' unlucky number seven: punch-drunk and paunchy, wanton and woozy."

    He discusses the cinematic context in which the film was made, how Connery's age affected the film, and why he views it so lovingly.

    We also explore the themes of the film, the music, its colourful characters, setting, and set pieces.

    We also talk to Xan about the challenges film critics face when reviewing a cultural behemoth like Bond, and his recent time covering Venice Film Festival.

    Follow Xan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/XanBrooks

    Read Xan's Guardian article here: https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2012/sep/27/favourite-bond-diamonds-are-forever

    James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Do you expect us to talk? 003: No Time To Die preview

    Do you expect us to talk? 003: No Time To Die preview

    On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley go off-script for an informal and spoiler-free chat about the upcoming release of 'No Time To Die'

    The team discuss whether the film will really hit its release date this time, share their thoughts about the new trailers and tie-in promotions, hopes for the film.

    They discuss their most anticipated scenes, characters, set pieces, tropes and more, and talk about their hopes and expectations for Daniel Craig's swan song.

    We hope to return for a spoiler chat once the film has been released in North America.

    James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast.

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    • 54 min
    Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

    Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

    On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley do a deep dive into the making of Sean Connery's final official outing as James Bond: 1971's 'Diamonds Are Forever'.

    In this wide-ranging show you'll learn about:

    The context in which this film was made, how Sean Connery was lured back to the role, and the other actors they considered for 007.

    How the script was developed, who worked on the film, and why the majority of it was shot in America.

    The team do a deep dive into the cast, the locations and the set pieces.

    They also look at the work of production designer Ken Adam, composer John Barry, and of course, the film's iconic Shirley Bassey theme song.

    Finally they explore the release of the film, its promotional art, premiere, box office, awards, and its 007 legacy.

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    • 1 hr 47 min
    D Part 2: Roger Deakins, Len Deighton, Tracey Di Vicenzo and more

    D Part 2: Roger Deakins, Len Deighton, Tracey Di Vicenzo and more

    On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley tackle more filmmakers, characters and topics from the letter D.

    In this show you'll learn about:

    Sir Roger Deakins, the award-winning cinematographer of films such as 'Blade Runner 2049', '1917', 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'Fargo', who earned an Oscar nomination for his work on 2012's 'Skyfall'.

    Len Deighton, the acclaimed spy fiction writer on 'The Ipcress Files' who had many brushes with Ian Fleming and Bond, including writing an unused screenplay for 'Never Say Never Again'.

    Paul Dehn, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of the 'Planet of the Apes' sequels who was co-writer on 'Goldfinger', and instrumental in changing the tone of the 007 films.

    Max Denbigh, AKA C, the Spectre agent embedded at the highest level of the secret service in 'Spectre', played by Andrew Scott, star of 'Sherlock' and 'Fleabag'.

    D**k, the Bond girl played by Margaret Nolan who enjoyed a short but memorable scene with Sean Connery in 'Goldfinger', and went on to have an astonishing art and film career.

    Tracey Di Vicenzo, considered by many to be one of the best ever Bond girls, and played with considerable aplomb by the late, great Dame Diana Rigg. She won Bond's heart, but broke it too.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    We've been expecting you: James Page on Timothy Dalton

    We've been expecting you: James Page on Timothy Dalton

    On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley are joined by James Page, the co-founder of MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential, and co-host of the James Bond & Friends Podcast, to discuss the legacy of Timothy Dalton.

    The gang discusses Dalton's resurgence among fans, and the impact of his two films.

    They also decide Dalton's best action scene, his best Bond villain, his best kill, his best Bond girl, his best one-liner and his best non-Bond film.

    We also quiz James about 'No Time To Die', his dream interview, his hopes for the future of 007, and who should play Bond next.

    Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen.

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    • 52 min
    Timothy Dalton - Part 2/2

    Timothy Dalton - Part 2/2

    On this episode of The James Bond A-Z Podcast hosts Tom Butler, Brendan Duffy, and Tom Wheatley further explore the life and work of Timothy Dalton, the fourth actor to play James Bond in the movies.

    Covered in the first part of this two-part special:

    'Licence To Kill', the James Bond that took the series in a bold new direction, but would ultimately be Dalton's last outing as 007.

    Timothy's performances after 'Licence To Kill' which he did while he waited for his third Bond film to come unstuck from its legal mire, including the excellent 'The Rocketeer'.

    The legal troubles that stymied Timothy's third Bond film, and the decisions that led to his exit from the series in 1994 ahead of 'GoldenEye'.

    We look at Dalton's relationship with Cubby Brocolli and Eon after his departure, and what he's said about the subsequent 007 actors Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

    We explore Dalton's renaissance among Bond fans and the general public, first with the reappraisal of his two 007 films, and then his pop culture performances in 'Hot Fuzz', 'Doctor Who', 'Toy Story 3', 'Chuck', 'Penny Dreadful', 'Doom Patrol' and more.

    Please rate this podcast and leave a review wherever you listen.

    James Bond will return... in next week's James Bond's A-Z Podcast.

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    • 1 hr 27 min

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