Modesty Blaise

Episode 34

– Oh, I’m sorry about the explosion. It doesn’t happen every day.
– I don’t come every day.

This month, we’re watching the camp 1966 spy-fi classic Modesty Blaise, starring a very attractive Italian lady, Dirk Bogarde and Bernice off Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. There’s diamond smuggling, spycraft and racist comedy Arabs, but it’s mostly all there to get in the way of the lovely location work in Amsterdam and Italy and the upsettingly psychedelic wallpaper.

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No one seems to want this film on their streaming services or digital stores, for some reason, but you can still buy it on Blu-ray or DVD. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, Richard is @RichardLStone and James is @ohjamessellwood. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @Bondfingercast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at bondfinger.com. And if you rate or review us on iTunes, we’ll consider rewatching this film until we undertand it enough to make up a funny and relevant promise to put in the show notes.

Five Miles to Midnight

Episode 33

– Where do these guns keep coming from?
– I get ’em wholesale.

This month, we’re watching The Persuaders! Season 1 Episode 17, Five Miles to Midnight, in which TV’s Roger Moore and sometime lady saxophonist Tony Curtis team up with Joan Collins to smuggle some guy out of Italy, accompanied by a series of excellent jokes written by Terry Nation.

And in the process, we answer the age-old question, “What did Tony Curtis call Joan Collins during the production that got her so annoyed?” Over and over again, I’m afraid.

The upsetting Joan Collins interview to which Richard refers can be found here.

See the episode

Well, no one has taken down the illegal copies of this that are up on YouTube, so why not try watching it here.

Otherwise — and this is the course of action we recommend — buy the Blu-ray box set of The Persuaders. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

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Nathan is on Twitter as @nathanbottomley, Brendan is @brandybongos, Richard is @RichardLStone and James is @ohjamessellwood. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @Bondfingercast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at bondfinger.com. And if you rate or review us on iTunes, we’ll overlook that time you destroyed a hotel bar on the Côte d’Azur and send you on a series of groovy adventures instead.

The Ipcress File

Episode 32

– The Americans have put a tail on Palmer.
– Have they? How very tiresome.

This month, we head back in time to 1965. While James Bond is in the Bahamas enjoying some painfully slow underwater harpoon fights, Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) is having a much more prosaic time spying for the Ministry of Defence, trying to locate a kidnapped scientist. That is, until the psychedelia kicks in.

The Ipcress File was produced by Bond producer Harry Salzman. The score was by our very own John Barry, and the production designer was our beloved Sir Ken Adam.

See the film

Buy the Blu-ray of The Ipcress File. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

It’s also available on iTunes and Google Play.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Richard is @RichardLStone and James is @ohjamessellwood. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @Bondfingercast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at bondfinger.com. And if you rate or review us on iTunes, we’ll have you over for dinner and cook you some delightful foreign muck with capsicums in it.

The Girl from Auntie

Episode 31

– Steed! I thought you were an old lady with a bale and knitting needles.
– They do say I take after granny.

This month, we go back to Richard and Brendan’s first love — 1960s spy-fi classic The Avengers. Brendan has taken up knitting, James is achieving better living through self-help books, Nathan is wondering why Graeme Garden left his computer here, and Richard is relaxing in a leotard and a giant birdcage. Watch out, everyone: it’s The Girl from Auntie.

See the show?

The Girl from Auntie is the 17th episode of Season 4 of The Avengers. It’s a bit hard to find now, to be honest, but the existing episodes have been released on boxed sets and can be found on your local version of Amazon. It can’t be watched online, alas. I’ve tried.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Richard is @RichardLStone and James is @ohjamessellwood. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @Bondfingercast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at bondfinger.com. And if you rate or review us on iTunes, we’ll knit you a lovely bungalow.

Carry on Spying

Episode 30

– All ready to get off a slick draw like that.
– Oh, Mr. Simpkins, that was wonderful. I’m sure I’ll never get my drawers off as slickly as that.

This month, Richard leads a bumbling troupe of trainee Secret Service agents on a mission to retrieve a top-secret chemical formula. But Brendan faints after his first martini, James keeps accidentally giving the formula to enemy agents, and Nathan is altogether too enthusiastic about disguising himself as a dancing girl. Which is why there’s nothing left for us to do but Carry on Spying.

See the film

Buy the DVD of Carry on Spying. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

It’s also available on YouTube, but you have to pay.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Richard is @RichardLStone and James is @ohjamessellwood. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @Bondfingercast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at bondfinger.com. And if you rate or review us on iTunes, we’ll try to remember that the secret STENCH base is located just under your house before we turn on the self-destruct.

SPECTRE

Episode 29

Goodbye, James Bond.

This is our last James Bond commentary podcast for now, as we finally catch up to the end of the series.

Tell me is this where we give it all up?

Well, probably not, I’m afraid. If you’re a fan of the action/spy genre, you’ll want to keep us in your podcatcher. We’ll be Bondfingering some classic spy films from here on in, and — who knows? — we might find an excuse to do yet another commentary on Casino Royale (1967)?

See the film

Buy the Blu-ray of SPECTRE. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

It’s also available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, Richard is @RichardLStone and James is @ohjamessellwood. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @Bondfingercast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at bondfinger.com. And if you rate or review us on iTunes, we’ll tell those reporters that you’re absolutely not too old for us to date.

Skyfall

Episode 28

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

It’s James Bond’s fiftieth anniversary, and so we’re celebrating by introducing him to Q and Moneypenny, casting doubt on his fitness for the job, shooting him in the chest, burning his house down, and killing his Mum. Take it away, Adele!

See the film

Buy the Blu-ray of Skyfall. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

It’s also available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

Follow us!

Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Todd is @toddbeilby, Richard is @RichardLStone and James is @ohjamessellwood. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @Bondfingercast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at bondfinger.com. And if you rate or review us on iTunes, we’ll help you tidy up your ancestral seat in preparation for some long-awaited guests.

James Bond Jr

Episode 27

In 1991, MGM brought to the small screen a 65-episode series called James Bond Jr, in which James Bond’s nephew James teams up with a forgettable bunch of Saturday morning cartoon sidekicks to defend democracy against a forgettable array of Saturday morning cartoon villains. Or some shit. Stop hassling me.

In 2017, Brendan, Nathan and James decided that it would be a good idea to watch an episode of that series and discuss it. And that discussion has languished for months in a forgotten corner of Dropbox.

Until now.

Don’t see the episode

This week, we’re watching Goldie’s Gold Scam, Episode 48 of the series. You can watch it here. And if you hate yourself, and have nothing better to do for a solid 22 hours, you can watch the entire series on YouTube.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, and James is @ohjamessellwood. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @Bondfingercast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at bondfinger.com. And if you rate or review us on iTunes, we’ll never do another commentary on James Bond Jr again. We promise.

Quantum of Solace

Episode 26

Hello. We’re teachers on sabbatical and we’ve just won the lottery.

After two years of doing commentaries on various versions of Casino Royale, Brendan, Nathan and James spring back into action with a totally incomprehensible but mercifully short commentary on 2008’s Quantum of Solace.

Our writers are on strike, so that’s all the show notes you get. So go and watch the alternative Quantum of Solace theme instead.

See the film

Buy the Blu-ray of Quantum of Solace. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

It’s also available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

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Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, and James is @ohjamessellwood. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @Bondfingercast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at bondfinger.com. And if you rate or review us on iTunes, we’ll cover ourselves in oil and surprise you in your hotel room.

Casino Royale (2006)

Episode 25

– Vodka martini.
– Shaken or stirred?
– Do I look like I give a damn?

Hello, and welcome back to Bondfinger, the only James Bond commentary podcast consisting entirely of commentaries on various versions of Casino Royale.

This month, it’s Daniel Craig’s first outing as Jimmy Bond. Accompanied by sidekick Clarence Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) and love interest Eva Green (Ursula Andress), the American agent must defeat dangerous card shark Die Ziffer (Peter Lorre) in a psychedelic game of old maid that will take Jimmy to the very edges of sanity and beyond.

See the film

Buy the Blu-ray of Casino Royale. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

It’s also available on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

Follow us!

Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Richard is @RichardLStone and James is @ohjamessellwood. You can follow the podcast on Twitter as @Bondfingercast.

We’re also on Facebook, and you can check out our website at bondfinger.com. And if you rate or review us on iTunes, we promise finally give Casino Royale a rest, and do a series of increasingly unhinged commentaries on Die Another Day instead.