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Cracking the Code of Spy Movies podcast is designed to enhance your viewing experience when watching any spy movie covered from the 1930s to present!

Scene analysis, complete reviews, no-spoiler reviews, interviews with stars and crew, pre-title sequence analysis, gadgets, character spotlights, movie influences, real-world influences and lots more.
Decoding: Classics through James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Harry Palmer, Kingsman and new releases!

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    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

Cracking the Code of Spy Movies podcast is designed to enhance your viewing experience when watching any spy movie covered from the 1930s to present!

Scene analysis, complete reviews, no-spoiler reviews, interviews with stars and crew, pre-title sequence analysis, gadgets, character spotlights, movie influences, real-world influences and lots more.
Decoding: Classics through James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Harry Palmer, Kingsman and new releases!

Discover something new in every episode!
“If you’re a spy movie fan, you’re going to really enjoy these. The hosts make it fun and offer some fascinating trivia about the movies we all love.” - Apple listener

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    Chicago 007 Fans May 2024 Meetup - Fan Interviews

    Chicago 007 Fans May 2024 Meetup - Fan Interviews

    Chicago 007 Fans May 2024 Meetup

    Dan and Tom held their first Chicago 007 Fans Meetup on May 9, 2024, at Ma O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Chicago.


    Part of the event was a James Bond trivia quiz and people from all over the world played, including those in the pub. The questions ranged from fairly easy to "nobody got this one". The winning score was 18 out of 25.  Congratulations to William Kanas for the win.


    This episode highlights the interviews they streamed of some of the 007 fans in attendance. In fact, one of the fans we talked with, stuntman Ross Scharphorn, placed second in the trivia quiz.  He answered the same number of questions as William Kanas, but Kanas answered faster for the win.


    In addition to Ross, we interviewed Scott Winterroth and Brandon about their favorite Bond movies, actors, and the direction they would like Eon Productions to take the franchise.


    Finally, we talked with Leonard Johnson and Chris MacGregor from the Ian Fleming Foundation.  They talked about the foundation, its charity focus, and how they obtain and refurbish James Bond movie vehicles. 


    We also held a drawing with James Bond tchotchkes awarded to the winners.


    A big Thank You goes out to all who attended our Chicago 007 Fans May 2024 Meetup and those who agreed to be interviewed. 


    What do you think?

    What did you think of this episode? Also, please let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and if you want to be notified of our next event. Just drop us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!


    You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well.


    Webpage: https://bit.ly/4avMfR0


     

    • 42 min
    Maestro John Morris Russell Talks James Bond Concert

    Maestro John Morris Russell Talks James Bond Concert

    John Morris Russell Talks Shaken Not Stirred

    Dan and Tom interview Maestro John Morris Russell (JMR) about his Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert, “Shaken Not Stirred,” musical scores, and James Bond music.  As you might have guessed, the concert’s focus is the music of James Bond.   You may know JMR from his work as the conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for the past 13 years. 


    Joining JMR in the concert is the amazing vocalist Capathia Jenkins. She possesses the wide vocal range needed to cover the various styles of singers from the James Bond catalog.


    We will be attending the concert and we’re sure James Bond fans will enjoy this one.  


    In this episode, JMR talks about what to expect in this concert and how they put it together.  He also talks about his career, why he decided to conduct instead of play an instrument, some influential composers, and film scoring in general.  If you’ve ever wanted to know what a composer has to deal with in scoring a movie, JMR gives you a good idea.  It is really amazing how they do it.


    One other area we discuss is how technology has made composition more efficient.  Much is the same as it's been for hundreds of years.  But, some of it is streamlined today.


    Raymond Benson with an assist

    Dan and Tom wanted some expertise for this interview, so they asked Raymond Benson for an assist.  Of course, Raymond graciously agreed. Raymond helped us delve into other composers' works and JMR’s experiences with them.  Plus, Raymond tells of a very scary experience he had with composer John Barry.


    What do you think?

    So, we’re excited to be going to this concert and see John Morris Russell put what he told us into action.  We think this will be a good one.  Do you have plans to go to this concert?   If so, let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!


    You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well.


    Webpage: https://bit.ly/3UxXUJ2


    Credit: John Morris Russell pictures courtesy of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.


     

    • 35 min
    SPY HUNT – 1950 Cold War Espionage Classic Decoded!

    SPY HUNT – 1950 Cold War Espionage Classic Decoded!

    Dan and Tom decode SPY HUNT, a 1950 espionage B movie.  And they don’t agree on this one.


    SPY HUNT was based on the book “Panther’s Moon” by Victor Canning. It has espionage, a MacGuffin, a train, a dead drop, escaped black panthers, a budding romance, and quite a few interesting characters.


    Dan and Tom call out some interesting plot points that may have been influenced by earlier movies such as THE LADY VANISHES, THE 39 STEPS, and others. 


    In addition, you’ll find out what a black panther really is.  We’re sure you’ve lost sleep trying to figure that out.


    Above all, they look at some places where SPY HUNT may have influenced spy movies that followed, including one very interesting piece of dialogue.  How much influence did this movie have on the James Bond franchise?


    So, if you’ve seen SPY HUNT, do you agree with Dan or Tom on one? What did you think of this episode, SPY HUNT – 1950 Cold War Espionage Classic Decoded?


    Overall, if you hadn’t seen SPY HUNT did this episode encourage you to watch it? If so, let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode. Just drop us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!


    You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well.


    Webpage: https://bit.ly/3JMn8OO

    • 33 min
    Diamonds Are Forever Las Vegas and Octopussy Utah Filming Locations with Matt Sherman

    Diamonds Are Forever Las Vegas and Octopussy Utah Filming Locations with Matt Sherman

    Dan and Tom talk with Matt Sherman about the DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER Las Vegas and OCTOPUSSY Utah filming locations.


    Besides being a James Bond expert, Matt Sherman leads tours to many different James Bond filming locations – check his website https://bondfanevents.com/.


    In this episode, we discuss what we experienced on Matt’s tour of two relatively close filming location areas for two movies, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (DAF) and OCTOPUSSY. 


    Much of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER was filmed in and around Las Vegas, Nevada in the U.S. For instance, the casinos, the desert, the mortuary, the car chase and more are all there.


    Surprisingly, if you take a 2-hour drive from Las Vegas into southwestern Utah, you’ll end up in some key locations from OCTOPUSSY. Much of the OCTOPUSSY pre-title sequence was filmed in this stunningly beautiful part of the U.S. Some of the scenes toward the end of the movie were filmed here as well.


    Some of the filming location questions we answer are:


    DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER LAS VEGAS

    What airport did James Bond arrive in when he came to Las Vegas?

    How many locations were used when Plenty O’Toole was tossed from the hotel window?

    Where is the location of the parking lot from the car chase?

    Why is visiting the Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary & Cemetary not enough to experience the mortuary scenes? 

    What game can you still play at the Circus Circus arcade area?


    OCTOPUSSY Utah

    Where was the gas station that James Bond’s jet pulled up to when Bond said “fill ‘er up”?

    How did they film the take-off and landing of Bond’s jet?

    Where is the bridge the plane flies under?

    Where did James Bond jump from his horse onto Kamal Khan’s plane?

    When standing near the bridge, you can see places portraying what countries from what movies?


    This is a fun discussion.  The next time you are in Las Vegas, go visit these sites.  You’ll be glad you did.


    So, have you been to any of these sites? If so, let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!


    You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well.


    Webpage: https://bit.ly/3wdPJt9


     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    SPY x FAMILY CODE: White Review - No Spoilers!

    SPY x FAMILY CODE: White Review - No Spoilers!

    SPY x FAMILY CODE: White Review - No Spoilers!


    Here’s our NO-SPOILER review of the new spy movie, SPY x FAMILY CODE: White.


    This anime movie is the first movie in the SPY x FAMILY franchise.  If you are familiar with the Manga or anime series versions of SPY x FAMILY, you will feel right at home with the movie.


    EPISODE GOALS

    Provide you with our no-spoiler opinion of the movie

    Enhance your viewing experience of the movie We look at your viewing options (subtitles or dubbing)

    Why it has a PG-13 rating here in the US

    We fill in some of the details from the anime series that aren’t included in the movie.  These are designed to give you more detail if you haven’t seen the Manga or anime series.  We still keep this a no-spoiler review

    We talk with a Japanese Culture and Language college student who is part Japanese.  He helps fill in some of the nuances in the language and culture of this movie.

    We discuss some of the movie tropes in this movie that we have seen in earlier movies.  We love pointing out the relationships of scenes in movies.




    In a nutshell, we like SPY x FAMILY CODE: White.   We think you might too, so take a listen to hear why.


    So, had you seen SPY x FAMILY CODE: White before listening to this review? When you see the movie, please let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!
    Check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well.


    Webpage: https://bit.ly/49QWTkK

    • 29 min
    The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare Review - No Spoilers!

    The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare Review - No Spoilers!

    THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE Review – No-Spoilers!

    Here’s the full NO-SPOILER review of the new spy movie, THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE. This movie opens in theaters on April 19, 2024.


    Guy Ritchie’s THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE is a dramatization of real-world events that helped shape the outcome of World War II.   Of course, it has an excellent cast starring Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, Eiza González, Til Schweiger, and many more. 


    This review will enhance your viewing experience of the movie.  We keep the spoilers out but give you nuggets of background information. And, given this movie’s historical background there is much to know: real-world characters, places, and vessels behind the movie, and, there is an Ian Fleming tie-in as well. 


    What other movies come to mind while watching THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE?    


    We liked this movie a lot and think you will too.  Listen to find out why. 


    So, had you heard of Operation Postmaster prior to our discussion? When you see THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE, let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode! 
     
    Check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well. 


    Webpage: https://bit.ly/3TYeYaS 

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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37 Ratings

37 Ratings

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I have enjoyed Robert Davi’s performances, for years, especially as Franz Sanchez, but hearing his stories about “Licence To Kill”, his interactions with Cubby Broccoli, Timothy Dalton and Barbara Broccoli was enjoyable.

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Interview with Roberto Schaefer, Quantum of Solace

Belatedly listened to all 100+ minutes of the interview - superb, with many new (to me ) insights on the making of QoS, and confirmation of the difficulties that I feel are poorly understood by Bond fans - MGM, the Writers strike, the proposed Actors strike and of course the Great Financial Crisis. Great guy, fantastic cinematographer and above all, a very easy listen. Congrats guy!

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