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!

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Buy the Blu-ray of Quantum of Solace. (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 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.

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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.

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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 promise finally give Casino Royale a rest, and do a series of increasingly unhinged commentaries on Die Another Day instead.

Casino Royale (1954) Episode 24

Good evening. This doesn’t look dangerous, does it? But it’s killed plenty of men and women. It’s made beggars of many and millionaires of a few, mighty few.

We’re finally back, and we’re taking a break from either recording commentaries on the David Niven Casino Royale or simply not podcasting at all, in order to release a commentary on the first ever appearance of James Bond on screen: a live television adaptation of Casino Royale, first broadcast on American television in 1954.

See the film

It’s just possible that you don’t have a DVD version of this in your collection, so you can watch it along with us in this version which has been released on YouTube. (Illegally, probably.)

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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 promise to do yet another commentary on Casino Royale literally every day for the rest of our lives.

Casino Royale (1967) Redux Episode 23

It’s depressing that the words “secret agent” have become synonymous with “sex maniac”.

In this Very Special Holiday Episode, we right one of the greatest wrongs in the history of the Bondfinger franchise — Richard’s exclusion from our commentary on Casino Royale (1967), which is a film that Richard knows and loves and a film about which has many hilarious and insightful things to say.

So drop a tab of acid (no, no, don’t), throw away your script, wave goodbye to your leading man, and cast your mind back to 1967, or at least to Bondfinger Episode 6. It’s time for us to revisit David Niven and basically everyone else in Casino Royale.

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.

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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 promise to do another commentary on Casino Royale literally every day for the rest of our lives.

Die Another Day Episode 22

— I see you handle your weapon well.
— I have been known to keep my tip up.

This month, special guest star Todd Beilby joins us as we huddle together for warmth in the melting ice hotel that is Die Another Day. Todd’s brandishing a hell of a rapier, Brendan’s fighting Richard for the microphone, Nathan is completely computer generated, and James is shaking his head in disbelief at Basil Fawlty’s invisible car. Way to kill the franchise, Brosnan!

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Die Another Day is available for purchase on Blu-ray. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

You can also get it on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

Follow us!

Brendan is on Twitter as @brandybongos, Nathan is @nathanbottomley, Richard is @RichardLStone, James is @ohjamessellwood, and Todd is @toddbeilby. 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 get you some tweezers and help you to pick those diamonds out of your face. There’s no real need for those to stay there, you know.

The World Is Not Enough Episode 21

– I don’t know. But the world’s greatest terrorist running around with six kilos of weapons-grade plutonium can’t be good. I have to get it back, or somebody’s gonna have my ass.
– First things first.

After a series of violent and expensive elocution lessons, Robert Carlyle returns to the big screen as the villainous Renard, whose terrifying plans to destroy Istanbul nearly inspire Pierce Brosnan to attempt his first facial expression in his role as Bond. Oh, and Mummy gets tied to a bomb or something.

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The World Is Not Enough is available for purchase on Blu-ray. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

You can also get it on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

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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 put you in touch with Goldie’s orthodontist. Trust us, you won’t be sorry.

Tomorrow Never Dies Episode 20

– You were pretty good with that hook.
– Thanks. It comes from growing up in a rough neighbourhood. You were pretty good with the bike.
– Thank you. It comes from not growing up at all.

We’re straight on to Pierce’s second film, in which he teams up with Nathan’s cousin-in-law to defeat a villain who is in equal parts Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch and that guy who played the Master in Doctor Who that one time. It’s like a bunch of previous Bond films rolled in to one violently stirred vodka martini, really.

See the film

Tomorrow Never Dies is available for purchase on Blu-ray. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

You can also get it 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 won’t release the video of you with the cheerleader and the quarterback in the Chicago motel room. Unless you want us to, of course.

GoldenEye Episode 19

– Good morning, Mr Bond, sit. I’m Defense Minister Dimitri Mishkin. So, by what means shall we execute you, Commander Bond?
– What, no small talk? No chit chat? That’s the trouble with the world today. No one takes the time to do a really sinister interrogation anymore. It’s a lost art.

This month, the entire franchise is retooled and the lead has been recast from the menswear department from Grace Brothers, but somehow we all manage to find these facts less compelling than the recent and terribly upsetting death of Sir Roger Moore. Cheerio, darling!

See the film

GoldenEye is available for purchase on Blu-ray. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK)

You can also get it 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 to devote at least half an hour to each of our remaining commentaries to eulogising the wonderful Sir Roger Moore. (Actually, I think we’re planning to do that anyway.)