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Eggs and Espionage: The Origins of James Bond

35 EpisodesProduced by Flashback ProductionsWebsite

Exploring Ian Fleming’s James Bond, through the novels that made him.

35 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Moonraker Movie Review - BONUS!!

March 5th, 2022

42:41

Ian and Chris take a little (too much) time to reflect on the 1978 film and Roger Moore's portrayal of Bond. Once again the movie steers well clear of any plot relating to the book, but maybe for good reason this time? …

S3E11: Moonraker (Chp 23-25) - "Both business ends"

January 2nd, 2022

44:42

The crowd gathers and Drax presents his gift to Great Britain. As the countdown begins, Bond makes great haste to save London (but mainly himself). The aftermath will be a giant cover up but Bond will ride out the storm …

S3E10: Moonraker (Chp 21-22) - "Another tangible victory"

December 26th, 2021

40:25

Bond and Gala, hopelessly tied up, endure one of the longest monologues that take them through Drax’s English childhood, WWII antics, and adolescent …

S3E9: Moonraker (Chp 19-20) - "Soft crawling fingers"

December 18th, 2021

36:09

No one knows where Gala is. She didn’t report to headquarters and, worse yet, is absent from a dinner with Bond. Everyone agrees, Bond is their only hope and he sets off pursuing Drax with everything his 4 ½ liter …

S3E8: Moonraker (Chp 17-18) - "A soft, distinct 'plep'"

December 11th, 2021

39:03

Gala and Bond wipe off the dust and recover in a nearby town. They return to find only 3 places set for dinner. The next day, on a drive to London, …

S3E7: Moonraker (Chp 15-16) - "Humdrum of a slow afternoon"

December 4th, 2021

31:21

Krebs is caught snooping in Bond’s room. Gala and Bond spend an elegant afternoon along the white Cliffs of Dover but their time is cut short by an unexpected explosion.

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S3E6: Moonraker (Chp 13-14) - "Don’t be a goose"

November 27th, 2021

38:28

Bond digs through the remains of the dead officer’s room, he and Gala size each other up, and they all discuss Krebs and his creepy inclination for snooping.

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S3E5: Moonraker (Chp 11-12) - "50ft of polished chrome"

November 20th, 2021

36:23

Bond arrives at Drax’s compound and meets his Ms. Gala Brand, a bright and professional policewoman he’ll need to befriend quickly, and a staggering, …

S3E4: Moonraker (Chp 8-10) - "Pack of cards and a joker"

November 13th, 2021

40:26

Bond ruminates on how to spend a small won fortune, decides Drax is crazy, nearly misses lunch, and spends his afternoon at police headquarters …

S3E3: Moonraker (Chp 5-7) - "A combination of remarkable circumstances"

November 6th, 2021

40:06

A smokey, expensive gambling den and private club for gentlemen brings Bond to his happy place where, after a meal of course, he sets his sights on winning big against the nation's most prized citizen...by cheating of …

S3E2: Moonraker (Chp 3-4) - "Men in smoky rooms playing cards"

October 30th, 2021

35:46

Bond is invited to play Bridge in one of London’s finest card den for Gentlemen. Excited to be out of the office, enjoy a fine meal, and figure out why a millionaire cheats at cards.
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S3E1: Moonraker (Chp 1-2) - "It was easier for the men"

October 23rd, 2021

36:50

Back from the Caribbean, Bond dives deep into his weekly office routines and mastering his inbox and outbox. We also learn about a self-made …

S1E1: Casino Royale (Chp1-3) - “A lot of trouble over details”

September 24th, 2021

26:10


Many of the well known Bond characters are introduced here for the first time in these 3 chapters. We set the scene for Bond’s love of gambling, …

From a View to a Kill - BONUS! - Short Story E1

May 21st, 2021

1:06:51

An odd but deftly executed motorcycle murder captures some important dispatch information.  It just so happens that Bond, James Bond, is in Paris licking his wounds and dreading his return to England where his career …

Live and Let Die - Movie Review BONUS!

December 28th, 2020

21:23

Ian and Chris take a little time to reflect on the 1973 film, Roger Moore's first time portraying Bond. With it's stark (very stark) differences form the novel they mostly wonder, "why?" For those who haven't seen the …

S2E11: Live and Let Die (Chp 21-23) - "Sexy man-servant"

December 16th, 2020

35:37

Bond and Solitaire are lectured by Mr Big on how they will both die, you know, for the purposes of science. Unbeknownst to Mr Big however, a limpet …

S2E10: Live and Let Die (Chp 18-20) - “Whiskey and Benzedrine”

December 13th, 2020

32:58

In a montage-like flurry, Bond trains his body and mind before diving into the dark waters with nothing but his witts, stimulants, and oodles of spy …

S2E9: Live and Let Die (Chp 16-17) - “A little monologue about life and death”

December 9th, 2020

35:44

After a jaunty and distressing plane ride to Jamaica, Bond has a new lease on life. He meets with Quarrel, a skilled islander and amateur biologist …

S2E8: Live and Let Die (Chp 14-15) - “72 oz of American Beef"

December 6th, 2020

37:09

Both Bond and Leiter make solo attempts to approach “The Robber”. Only one gets out with all his limbs intact.

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A Small Tribute to Sean Connery

November 5th, 2020

18:25

Unscripted, unedited, and potentially unnecessary, Ian and Chris provide some meandering thoughts in reverence of the late Sean Connery. His gift as …

S2E7: Live and Let Die (Chp 12-13) - “Soft spot for Pelicans”

October 25th, 2020

32:55

Bond and Solitaire decide last minute to switch trains, discuss their dislike of the elderly, and reunite with Leiter. The two boys get right to work …

S2E6: Live and Let Die (Chp 10-11) - "Train porn"

October 25th, 2020

34:22

Bond boards a train to Florida with a cliche disguise, alias, and his enemy’s slave girlfriend, revels in the romance of the American railway, and curses his broken finger.

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S2E5: Live and Let Die (Chp 8-9) - “A cure for a broken finger”

October 25th, 2020

32:38

Separated, Leiter is too hip to be hurt, Bond endures a world class monologue, they make plans to get out of NYC, but Bond makes an "unpardonable …

S2E4: Live and Let Die (Chp 6-7) - “A great characteristic in a super-villain”

October 25th, 2020

27:42

Bond and Leiter take in a Harlem striptease. Captured, Bond finds himself eye to eye with the Voodoo Baron of Death but is spared by an unexpected …

S2E3: Live and Let Die (Chp 4-5) - “Rampant Abuse of Power”

October 25th, 2020

37:09

Leiter lectures Bond on the African-American community, before exploring Harlem late into the evening with all their judgements and prejudice on hand.

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S2E2: Live and Let Die (Chp 3) - “A certain degree of Americanization”

October 25th, 2020

25:50

Bond and Leiter discuss their target with the FBI, Bond educates himself on voodoo rituals and practices, and receives an ominous message about the beatings of his heart.

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S2E1: Live and Let Die (Chp 1-2) - "A dark and insensitive nature"

October 25th, 2020

30:34

Refreshed after a long respite from his “casino job”, Bond touches down on American soil with some “mental reservations” on American ways, reunites with his best new friend and CIA counterpart, Felix Leiter, and is …

Live and Let Die - A Prologue

October 25th, 2020

2:56

Some background on the novel, the period it was written, and the hosts recording it. 

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S1E7: Casino Royale (Chp23-27) - “The sweet tang of rape”

February 17th, 2020

20:54

Bond and Vesper enjoy some R&R on the Riviera but Vesper is too preoccupied to enjoy herself. Bond’s mind is made up but his sex vacation takes an unexpected turn.

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S1E6: Casino Royale (Chp18-22) - “It’s in the job description”

February 17th, 2020

25:05

Bond recovers from his wounds, goes on an existential crisis, a sex vacation, and contemplates early retirement.

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S1E5: Casino Royale (Chp14-17) - “The blue-ball treatment”

February 17th, 2020

24:50

Vesper is captured and Bond pursues in a high speed chase. Outsmarted and outnumbered, Bond is tortured both mentally and physically

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S1E4: Casino Royale (Chp9-13) - “The game is baccarat”

February 17th, 2020

31:37

Bond sits down to gamble with $25 million Francs and the free world at stake.


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S1E3: Casino Royale (Chp7-8) - “It’s a virtue to be so expensive”

February 17th, 2020

33:29

Bond meets Leiter, enjoys a pernickety dinner with Vesper, and introduces a drink that would be copied and reimagined by bars everywhere.


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S1E2: Casino Royale (Chp4-6) - “Flashback!”

February 17th, 2020

19:47

Bond’s cover is already blown, we meet “the girl”, Bond escapes death, and the 007 cure for a concussion.

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