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Bond By Numbers is a canonical tour of the official James Bond franchise. More an enthusiast's journey than an expert's quest, each episode investigates the world of a different 007 production with in-depth conversation, opinion and regular fun features. If you like your podcasts well-researched but crave the down-to-earth energy of amateur minds, join hosts Scott and Josh (Bowman and the BFG) as they team up with Jeff the Roommate for a fresh look at one of the entertainment world's most successful franchises.

Bond By Numbers is a canonical tour of the official James Bond franchise. More an enthusiast's journey than an expert's quest, each episode investigates the world of a different 007 production with in-depth conversation, opinion and regular fun features. If you like your podcasts well-researched but crave the down-to-earth energy of amateur minds, join hosts Scott and Josh (Bowman and the BFG) as they team up with Jeff the Roommate for a fresh look at one of the entertainment world's most successful franchises.
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Bond By Numbers is a canonical tour of the official James Bond franchise. More an enthusiast's journey than an expert's quest, each episode investigates the world of a different 007 production with in-depth conversation, opinion and regular fun features. If you like your podcasts well-researched but crave the down-to-earth energy of amateur minds, join hosts Scott and Josh (Bowman and the BFG) as they team up with Jeff the Roommate for a fresh look at one of the entertainment world's most successful franchises.

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English


Episodes

Literary Gunbarrel #2: Tie-In Episode

5/11/2019
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In this bonus ep, the second of four trips through the pages of Ian Fleming's 007, Bowman and the BFG share further selections from their review series of 2017. With little Fleming source material on show for Skyfall, The World is Not Enough or Tomorrow Never Dies, your hosts instead introduce and present healthy chunks of their literary adventures with For Your Eyes Only and The Man With the Golden Gun. So grab a cuppa and join in as they offer insight and context into the stories that made...

Duration:02:39:56

The World is Not Enough (1999)

4/28/2019
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Patricide, boat chasing, parahawks, caviar farming, oil pipelines, buzz-sawed BMWs, revenge-napping and a nuclear sub out to destroy Istanbul: is that your idea of explosive fun or a 00-plot headache? Some say the Bond producers didn't know when to stop in party-planning for Y2K with this film, Brosnan's penultimate, while others guffaw at the very notion of a bond film without excess baggage. Wherever you sit on the fence, one thing is certain: The World is Not Enough offers the BBN panel a...

Duration:03:02:05

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

4/15/2019
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Don your snowsuits and wax your skis, Bond fans, it's time to cut edges around the slopes of "For Your Eyes Only"! A new decade brings in a new director as veteran Bond craftsman John Glen is handed control and helms his inaugural adventure. In a conscious effort to return sobriety to the series after visiting outer space in "Moonraker", Glen & Co. gravitate towards some key Flemingian sources for their script. But FYEO also famously introduces us to Bibi Doll, a plot-motivating parrot and a...

Duration:02:48:30

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

3/31/2019
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Iron out your safari suits and affix those superfluous papilla, it's time to take on "The Man With the Golden Gun"! This is the first Roger Moore film selected by the BNB roulette and your hosts leave no stone unturned in showcasing their mammoth dive into one of 007's most publicly polarizing adventures. Weighing in at nearly 4 hours, Episode 12 offers plenty of features to dine comfortably on - best served with a bottle of Phuyuk '74, of course!

Duration:03:42:43

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

3/17/2019
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What do you get when you combine a stealth ship, the world's fastest no-look typing megalomaniac, shameless product placement, endless rounds of ammo and more techno-buzz than even Q can handle in his rent-a-Hertz crimson coat? It's Tomorrow Never Dies, of course, the 18th entry in the official James Bond series! In spite of some shortcomings and egregious call-backs, this film is full of surprises and freaky connections to real-world culture and curios. Join your hosts as they deconstruct...

Duration:03:22:05

Skyfall (2012)

3/4/2019
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For Bond's 50th Anniversary in 2012, Sam Mendes was brought on board to help Craig & Co. deep dive into the complex relations of MI6 and the vengeful nerds it leaves behind. Join your hosts as they explore the finer points of surrogate maternal love and the many other features that help to make Skyfall a fan favourite. Don't forget your hairpiece and Heineken!

Duration:02:38:03

Literary Gunbarrel #1: Tie-In Episode

2/20/2019
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Sifting through the archives of our Ian Fleming series from 2016-17, we have pieced together a sample of our conversations based on the literary source material for the movies being discussed throughout BNB. Appearing every 6 episodes or so, these bonus shows throw chronology to the wind and are cut to follow the order of our BNB roulette, inviting you to learn a bit more about the stories behind the films. For this first bonus ep, we dive deep into the source material for The Living...

Duration:02:00:15

Casino Royale (2006)

2/10/2019
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Now heralded as one of the best 007 actors, Daniel Craig was much maligned by the public and press when news of his replacing Pierce Brosnan was announced in 2005. "Casino Royale" ushered in a newly dark and gritty era for James Bond and solidified the "contemporary edge" that Barbara Broccoli was hoping for in steering the franchise forward. Join your hosts as they knead the dough on this quick-rising character reboot inspired by Ian Fleming's first novel. From pretentious first impressions...

Duration:02:47:22

Diamonds are Forever (1971)

1/31/2019
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With 1971's "Diamonds are Forever", Bond producers encouraged moviegoers to forget the recent past of OHMSS's character arc and tragic love by resurrecting earlier moves and establishing a zanier tone. And how better to erase awkward feels than to bring Sean Connery back for the greasy and bling-studded stateside adventure? Not without its charms, DAF remains one of the series' more distracting entries that never fails to generate opinion. Join your hosts in rolling the dice around this...

Duration:02:52:42

Quantum of Solace (2008)

1/12/2019
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Daniel Craig's second outing as 007 is our first of his films to be explored (...yeah, we get that it's a sequel but the roulette wheel doesn't care). So grab your Tosca tickets and ear-pieces - it's time to unpack the convolutions of this controversial entry.

Duration:02:26:36

Goldfinger (1964)

12/28/2018
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The fickle BBN roulette leads the team towards another canonical gem. Held by many as the gold standard of Ian Fleming's character on-screen, 1964's Goldfinger presented Sean Connery at his most confident as the franchise poised for irreversible worldwide success.

Duration:03:05:41

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

12/15/2018
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The BBN roulette spins the crew into 1969 and OHMSS where 007 pits wits against an earlobe-less villain who stands in the way of his happiness. Just in time for the holidays, Scott, Josh and Jeff ponder the mysteries of Christmas trees, Swiss locales and, of course, George Lazenby's controversial outing as they cut shapes around the powdered slopes of Peter Hunt's neatly structured cult classic.

Duration:03:01:06

The Living Daylights (1987)

11/25/2018
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Josh and Scott welcome back Jeff the Roommate and scare the living daylights out of each other in a discussion that tips its hat to one of Ian Fleming's best (short stories) and Felix Leiter's worst (... sorry, John Terry!). The short tenure of Timothy Dalton began here and brought to the franchise the iciest 007 to date. Bungee-cables are traded in for cello-sleds as the team explores a conversation full of "what ifs?" and "how comes?" concerning John Glen's penultimate directorial bid.

Duration:02:27:54

Goldeneye (1995)

11/10/2018
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BBN's in-house roulette table has delivered us unto Pierce Brosnan and 1995's "Goldeneye" for our inaugural episode!

Duration:02:46:50

Welcome to BNB: Introduction & Parameters

10/27/2018
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Having previously explored the literary and musical landscapes of the 007 world, Bowman & the BFG here lay out plans for their mightiest (if inevitable) James Bond adventure yet - the films themselves!

Duration:00:41:32