Angels of Death

In the foreground, Purdey is in shadow, looking fixedly ahead. In the background, a dark-haired woman is pointing a gun at her.

Episode 50
Saturday, 29 May 2021

– Do I look like a burglar?
– No. You look rather ch— Don’t move, stay where you are, put your hands over your head and lean against the wall.
– Nor am I a contortionist.

This month, it’s a queasy mixture of the Swinging Sixties and the Punching-People-in-the-Face Seventies, as Steed, Purdey and Gambit try to discover who is encouraging so many sweaty government security personnel to discotheque themselves to death, and why. It’s The New Avengers in Angels of Death.

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No luck finding this one for free online, but the Region 2 version of the DVD box set is still available on Amazon. (Amazon US) (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 Apple Podcasts, we’ll take you down the pub for a pint of beer. There are lots of pubs outside.

Download · Open in new window · Duration 1:08:27 · 65.90 MB · Recorded on Thursday, 28 May 2020

The New Avengers

License to Steele

Pierce Brosnan is standing in an office in a lovely suit and red tie  smiling smugly. Stephanie Zimbalist is looking up at him admiringly.

Episode 49
Saturday, 1 May 2021

Then he’s blessed. I’m forever plucking stray hairs from my comb and brush. Positively demoralizing, but an inescapable part of the human condition. Hmm? Does any of this say anything to you Miss Holt? It does to me. It fairly shouts Remington Steele is an elaborate ruse. He does not exist. You invented him.

This week, we answer the eternal question, “Why the hell are we watching this?” with a resounding “Dunno”, as we plumb the depths of Reagan-Era film-noir-lite with the first episode of the TV show that gave the world Pierce Brosnan — Remington Steele.

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You can watch the episode on DailyMotion, for the time being. Richard bought the whole season on Apple TV, for some reason.

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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 Apple Podcasts, we’ll give you five years of top-quality TV work, even though you struggle to do a posh English accent convincingly.

Download · Open in new window · Duration 1:07:52 · 65.45 MB · Recorded on Thursday, 30 April 2020

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A Room in the Basement

A black and white photo of two women in a bedroom. In the background, a woman in a nightdress is looking out the window with binoculars. In the foreground, a woman (Kate O'Mara) is talking conspiratorially  on the phone.

Episode 48
Saturday, 20 March 2021

– Oh well, sir, in that case, some of the credit must go to Drake here. I mean the men in the field.
— Rubbish, the glamour boys always get all the credit. I hope you don’t mind my saying this, Drake.
– On the contrary Mr. Ambassador, it is the man behind the desk who does all the planning, all the real thinking. We just carry out orders.

This month, we’re off to Geneva to rescue the handsome Captain Munro from Spearhead from Space, who has been abducted and held captive in the Romanian Embassy by some people who are apparently doing the accent. It’s a jolly old heist, involving Patrick McGoohan, the lovely Jane Merrow, Mr Range from Frontios and, in the true spirit of the Kate O’Marathon, Kate O’Mara herself. For a few minutes.

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You can catch up with the episode on YouTube. In fact, huge numbers of Danger Man episodes are still there. But not all of them, for some reason.

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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 make you a lovely lunch — nothing fancy, just some smoked ham, sausage, cheese…

Download · Open in new window · Duration 1:05:49 · 63.23 MB · Recorded on Friday, 19 March 2021

Kate O’Marathon

Read and Destroy

There are two young women in the woods, standing in front of a car: a tall blonde woman in a furry hat, and a short dark woman (Kate O'Mara) in a fur-lined hood.

Episode 47
Friday, 22 January 2021

– You wouldn’t trust your mother, would you?
– Her least of all. She used to spy for the Egyptians.

This month, we resume last year’s abortive Kate O’Marathon with an episode of The Persuaders! from 1972, in which Tony Curtis and Roger Moore join forces to fail to recover a retired spy’s sensational memoirs, while Marla and Melania conceal a dark secret about their husband’s astonishing hairpiece.

See the episode

I couldn’t find The Persuaders! on streaming in Australia, but a beautifully remastered box set is available. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

Of course, you can always just watch the episode on YouTube.

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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 Apple Podcasts, we’ll write such lovely things about you in our memoirs that you’ll be really disappointed when Roger Moore and Tony Curtis eat them.

Download · Open in new window · Duration 1:05:07 · 62.56 MB · Recorded on Wednesday, 22 January 2020

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The Avengers (1998)

A publicity photo for The Avengers. Ralph Fiennes is wearing a suit and  a bowler hat and carrying an umbrella. Uma Thurman is posing in a  black leather catsuit. Sean Connery, sporting a grey moustache, is wearing a dark suit and looking villainous.

Episode 46
Saturday, 12 December 2020

Oh, I discovered then, nothing beats a good lashing. (Mind your head.) Take India. You can have a good ten inches overnight there. You know, one should never fear being wet.

This month, we commemorate the death of Sean Connery by revisiting the first nail in the coffin of his movie career, the 1998 film The Avengers, starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman as crude robot replicas of John Steed and Mrs Peel, who go up against the wet sporran of Connery’s single most villainous role, Sir August de Wynter — a man who selflessly tries to provide the population of Great Britain with something interesting to make small talk about.

See the episode

Despite all this, The Avengers is not a bad-looking film. You can almost certainly find it — or a completly different film of the same name — on one of your streaming services. And the DVD is sort of still available (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 Apple Podcasts, we promise not to eat the last macaroon.

Download · Open in new window · Duration 1:36:12 · 92.84 MB · Recorded on Friday, 11 December 2020

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A Touch of Brimstone

Emma Peel is standing in a Regency-styled room. There is a statue holding burning torches in the foreground.  She is wearing low-cut fetishwear and a spiked collar. She looks bored.

Episode 45
Saturday, 31 October 2020

– I’ve come here to appeal to you, Mister Cartney.
– You certainly do that!

This month, we all don our flattest Regency trousers and head underground for an evening of wrestling, wassailing and wenching to support the admirable cause of bringing down the British Government. And Peter Wyngarde is here too, looking as devilishly handsome as ever. It’s Part 2 of our Diana Rigg marathon: the 1966 Avengers episode A Touch of Brimstone.

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Of course, Series 4 of The Avengers is also available in a lavish Blu-ray box set. Which is how we watched it. Again. (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 Apple Podcasts, we’ll give you one of these expensive cigars that were given to us by that lovely Mr Kartovski.

Download · Open in new window · Duration 1:06:44 · 64.25 MB · Recorded on Friday, 30 October 2020

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Epic

Emma Peel in a stylish green jacket is sitting in a chair smiling wryly to herself. Around her head, superimposed on the picture,  are the words

Episode 44
Saturday, 26 September 2020

– You’re not feeling the part, Mrs Peel.
– I have a feeling I will be feeling it.

This month, we celebrate the life of the late Dame Diana Rigg, who left us earlier this month. And we do this by watching one of the most beloved — and one of the most disliked — episodes of The Avengers. It’s Epic, in which Mrs Peel is kidnapped by three washed-up actors playing two washed-up actors and a washed-up director, who are awful enough to believe that it’s fun to watch Mrs Peel being repeatedly threatened with certain death. And, turns out, it is.

See the episode

Of course, Series 5 of The Avengers is also available in a lavish Blu-ray box set. Which is how we watched it. (Amazon US) (Amazon UK) (Amazon AU)

Follow us!

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 Apple Podcasts, we’ll take you on a lovely country drive to see some horses and a picturesque vicar.

Download · Open in new window · Duration 1:02:58 · 60.63 MB · Recorded on Friday, 25 September 2020

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Stay Tuned

Kate O'Mara is standing in the living room of a suburban house, pointing a gun at someone. Her hair is even more massive than usual.

Episode 43
Saturday, 5 September 2020

– You know the Chinese have a marvellous way of releasing tensions. Better than any tranquilliser.
– Hm.
– You just hold it, fondle it, stroke it. You’d be surprised how quickly the tensions drain away.

This month, our Kate O’Marathon continues with an episode from the final series of The Avengers, in which Steed gets repeatedly punched in the face, while some hot O’Mara-on-Tara action takes place in the next room.

See the episode

Delightfully, Series 6 of The Avengers is available in a lavish Blu-ray box set. Which is how we watched it. (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 Apple Podcasts, we’ll take you with us on a lovely trip to Bermuda. Sometime in 2024, probably.

Download · Open in new window · Duration 1:10:00 · 67.38 MB · Recorded on Friday, 28 August 2020

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To Trap a Rat

Three people are sitting in a small car: a blond man with his back to us, a blonde woman with dark glasses and a dark-haired woman, Kate O'Mara, who looks a bit dishevelled and distressed.

Episode 42
Saturday, 1 August 2020

– Well, it’s going to be a lovely day.
– Why not, it was a lousy night. Where were you? I left a message for you at midnight.
– Chasing a bag of peanuts.

This month, our Kate O’Marathon commences with a 1968 episode of The Champions, in which Miss O’Mara does some light shoplifting in the hope of scoring some deadly crack for the weekend, and the four of us team up to use our slightly racist superpowers to stop her.

See the episode

You can watch this for free on Dailymotion, or in French (inexplicably) on YouTube. The series is also available on iTunes and Amazon Prime Video (in some regions).

Follow us!

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 Apple Podcasts, we’ll use our psychic powers to help you escape from the hotel room they’ve got you locked up in so that you get the chance to score whatever stuff you need to get through the next agonising week.

Download · Open in new window · Duration 0:57:19 · 55.20 MB · Recorded on Friday, 31 July 2020

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The Midas Touch

Joanna Lumley as Purdey is sitting on the staircase of a suburban house. She is wearing one of her flowy diaphanous dresses, and looking  sideways dreamily.

Episode 41
Sunday, 12 July 2020

– We shall be gone from here in a few hours. You back to your own country in triumph, me to the foothills of South America. They say there is gold there.
– It didn’t do Humphrey Bogart much good. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Most people think Walter Huston directed it. It was John.

This month, we head back to the gritty and hardbitten 1970s to check in on one of our favourite Bond girls, Joanna Lumley (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond Meets Black Emmanuelle), in the show that made her a household name, The New Avengers.

See the episode

It’s hard, but not completely impossible, to find this for free online. However, you can find a Region 2 version of the DVD box set on some versions of Amazon. (Amazon US) (Amazon AU)

Follow us!

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 cook you an omelette with fines herbes so delicious that you’ll forget your lifelong obsession with gold and opt for a long, quiet and socially distanced life with your handsome French boyfriend.

Download · Open in new window · Duration 1:00:15 · 58.01 MB · Recorded on Saturday, 11 July 2020

The New Avengers