34 episodes

Bond By Numbers is a canonical tour of the James Bond world. Come for the films, stick around for the subject spin-offs! More an enthusiast's journey than an expert's quest, each episode investigates the world of a different 007 production or topic with in-depth conversation, opinion and regular fun features. If you like your podcasts well-researched but crave the down-to-earth energy of amateur minds, join hosts Scott and Josh (Bowman and the BFG) as they team up with Jeff ("the Roommate") for a fresh look at one of the entertainment world's most successful franchises.

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Bond By Numbers is a canonical tour of the James Bond world. Come for the films, stick around for the subject spin-offs! More an enthusiast's journey than an expert's quest, each episode investigates the world of a different 007 production or topic with in-depth conversation, opinion and regular fun features. If you like your podcasts well-researched but crave the down-to-earth energy of amateur minds, join hosts Scott and Josh (Bowman and the BFG) as they team up with Jeff ("the Roommate") for a fresh look at one of the entertainment world's most successful franchises.

    The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

    The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

    With a script tailored to his unique brand of 007, Roger Moore delivered what many feel was his best of seven EON performances. Complemented by outstanding stunts, evocative sets and the world's largest sound-stage, TSWLM is still held up as a favoured instalment. Nevertheless, controversies loom large like Liparus over elements of production. Grab your ticket for the Good Ship BBN and let it guide you through the fabled fathoms of Moore's third Bond adventure! All aboard!

    • 3 hr 49 min
    Literary Gunbarrel #9: Tie-in Episode

    Literary Gunbarrel #9: Tie-in Episode

    Regarded by its author as a "cautionary tale" (...uh, sure, okay Ian...) Bond's 1962 literary adventure, set in leafy upstate New York, is anything but classic 007. Narrated by a vulnerable female protagonist trapped in a motel with libidinous ghouls, "The Spy Who Loved Me" has more in common with Hitchcock's "Psycho" than the EON production of the same name. Maligned by critics and fans alike, Fleming's experimental novel is here put through the BBN apparatus ahead of their upcoming review on the 1977 film. So, fill up the Vespa and sharpen the ice-pick, it's time to meet Vivienne Michel!

    • 2 hr 39 min
    Literary Gunbarrel #8: Tie-In Episode

    Literary Gunbarrel #8: Tie-In Episode

    Expectations were high when Fleming's "You Only Live Twice" hit the shelves in 1963. The anticipated follow-up to "OHMSS" did, indeed, return James Bond to the field after tragedy befell him but how fitting was the resolution? Set exclusively in Japan, this controversial conclusion to the Blofeld trilogy is as much travelogue as dramatic denouement. Asking a lot from his readers, Fleming straddles dangerously the boundary between his own indulgence and his audience's satisfaction. Bowman & the BFG unpack the pages in this fulsome conversation, originally recorded in November 2016.

    • 2 hr 54 min
    You Only Live Twice (1967)

    You Only Live Twice (1967)

    Given Ian Fleming's fascination with Japan, detailed for readers in his final novel, it was destined that the cinematic Bond would soon delve into the culture's offerings. But with a new director at the helm, a tiring star in the lead and diverse challenges facing the production team, no one knew how "You Only Live Twice" would measure up to previous successes of Sean Connery's 007 run. Join BBN as the panel katana-cuts through the franchise's fifth instalment with ambitious precision and offers up a generous serving of sake... at 98.4 degrees Fahrenheit, of course!

    • 3 hr 41 min
    Literary Gunbarrel #7: Tie-In Episode

    Literary Gunbarrel #7: Tie-In Episode

    If "Casino Royale" marked the cool and understated edge of a careful new spy writer courting the literary scene, then "Live and Let Die" was that writer's caution-to-the-wind stag party. Rowdy and unforgiving, Fleming's follow-up narrative offers high adventure, colourful characters and social commentary deeply rooted in challenging cultural conceptions. In spite of its shortcomings, "Live and Let Die" is regarded by many critics and fans as the finest of the Fleming Bond plots. So what's the deal? Join Bowman and the BFG as they explore the workings of this much-discussed story.

    • 2 hr 3 min
    Live and Let Die (1973)

    Live and Let Die (1973)

    Roger Moore's first outing as 007 remains, for many fans, his best. Reading Blaxploitation trends of early '70s cinema, Saltzman and Broccoli gambled on there not being a better time to adapt Ian Fleming's racially-charged second novel. The film was a financial success and heralded Moore's hold on the role for a new era. From cultural misappropriation to Bond sans Barry, inflated villains to catalytic convertors, BBN plows the poppy fields of this controversial instalment.

    • 3 hr 36 min

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Strangely, they like to waste time bashing President Trump instead of reviewing Bond movies.

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