âWait… three measures of Gordon’s; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel.â What is it about Casino Royale that works so well? Tune in for this in-depth look at the 21st Bond film.
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âFranz Oberhauser died twenty years ago, James, in an avalanche alongside his father. A man you’re talking to now, a man inside your head, is Ernst Stavro Blofeld.â Hang on tight, cause this exploration of the 24th Bond films ended up being a two-part episode!
âIt was all me, James. It’s always been me. The author of all your pain.â It was a tough film to review when it first came out, and now we’ve had some time to reflect on Spectre! How does the film hold up? In this episode, we revisit the 24th James Bond film!
Head of Section offers up his personal top five rejected Bond songs, by artists including Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys, Alice Cooper, Blondie, The Pet Shop Boys, Radiohead, and others. This is only an exhibition, not a competition, so please, no wagering.
Imagine yourself out on the open ocean. The night is clear, the air is warm, the breeze is steady, and there are many visible stars in the sky. When James Bond was ready to quit and float around the world with Vesper Lynd, from Montenegro to Venice, he turned to the fundamentals of Sailing.
“If I risk it all, Could you break my fall?” Welcome back to our good friend Scott! Being James Bond revisits the Music of James Bond, Part Two! In this podcast we discuss the theme music from Octopussy ‘All Time High’ through Spectre’s ‘The Writing’s on the Wall’.
Since September 11, 2001, many civilians and military personnel have found themselves going through more and more unique survival training, preparing the individual to escape situations that they may find themselves in in urban and non-urban environments. These are called High Threat Protection Training.
“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.” With the upcoming release of ‘Spectre’ in February, Scott and I had to scramble to get out our “Skyfall Revisited” episode. So in this episode, we revisit the 23rd James Bond film!
As Paul Kyriazi reminds us, living the James Bond lifestyle means never running out of cash! Being James Bond reviews the classic book, ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ by George S. Clason, and discusses the ‘Seven Cures for a Lean Purse,’ and how we can use these rules in the modern day.
“Welcome to Japan, Mr. Bond!” As Ian Fleming tells us in his book Thrilling Cities, Tokyo is an amazing, sprawling hive of activity! Long-time forum member Serge Gorodish takes us on a tour of one of the worldâs truly great cities.
“He didn’t even say, “Goodbye!” If you notice just how often James Bond gets thrown from an airplane, you might wonder if he ever considered actual skydiving training! But other films shows that Bond knows what he’s doing. Let’s discuss what you need to know to prep for your first time skydiving!
“You are a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr Bond.” Daniel Craig’s fourth James Bond film, ‘Spectre’ is out, and Scott re-joins Head of Section to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the 24th James Bond film! “It was me, James. The author of all your pain.”
“Strict rules of golf, Goldfinger!” To hold your own on the golf course, you will have to know the basic rules of the game. And to hold your own along side James Bond, you may have to know what strict rules might entail. “If that’s his original ball, I’m Arnold Palmer.”
Welcome back to our good friend Scott! Being James Bond revisits the Music of James Bond, Part One! In this podcast we discuss the theme music from the first 12 007 films, from Dr No through For Your Eyes Only.
From the Dom Perignon â53 that lost its chill in Goldfinger, to the Bollinger La Grande AnnĂ©e that Bond orders âfor oneâ in Casino Royale; the beverage thatâs most often enjoyed by James Bond, by a substantial margin, is a certain sparkling white wine more commonly known as Champagne.
At long last, our beloved Head of Section has returned from his secret mission! Jamie and Sandy interview Joseph Darlington about where he’s been, what’s next for Being James Bond, and of course theorize and discuss the James Bond series and the upcoming film, SPECTRE!
Think of Bond and his pursuit of Mollaka in Casino Royale again. He may not have Mollakaâs parkour skills, but he figures out ways to get where he needs to go to stay on the bomb-makerâs tail. Thatâs the essence of MovNat â knowing how to use your body to be useful and get the job done.
éŠăć ćŁ«éŠ …or in other words, âBond, James Bondâ in Mandarin Chinese. According to Ian Fleming, Bond had an excellent command of languages. Hello BJB listeners, this is Gorodish, Serge Gorodish, and today Iâd like to give you a few pointers and some encouragement on foreign language study.
Since the invention of the modern automobile in 1886, mankind has had a professed love affair with speed, wind in the hair and the open road. The romantic and hypnotizing lure of the road is something that draws us in and rarely letâs go once it has taken hold.
Travel with listener Liam McCarney to the Bond city of Geneva, Switzerland.Â It may not have graced the silver screen as a Bond movie yet, but its connection to Bond is strong in both the literary world and the atmosphere of this amazing city.
Join Jamie and Sandy as they present forum member John McGregor’s submission about your first trip to a shooting range.Â John is the cohost of the Gunfighter Cast and an instructor for Sig Sauer, so you are in for a real treat here!
Austrian locations for SPECTRE include the amazing skiing areas of Obertilliach near the Italian border, Lake Altaussee which also offers skiing, and the ski resort of SĂ¶lden, and also has several miles of winding roads, perfect for the new Aston Martin DB 10.
CrossFit is: Constantly Varied, High Intensity, Functional Movement. After looking at all sport and physical tasks collectively, Crossfit figured out what physical skills and adaptations would be the most universally useful in any given situation. So basically, the âspecialtyâ of Crossfit is in not specializing.
Christopher Columbus got it right when he said, âIt is the fairest island these eyes have beheld.” Travel to the birthplace of James Bond and the home of Ian Fleming – Jamaica!Â Join forum member Spartan RK and travel to this amazing Bond location and relive the famous scenes from Dr No.
“His eyes strained to see through the murk, but so far nothing more than ribbons of sunlight rippling through the green water. He could hear the cascade of bubbles exhausting from his regulator but the speed at which he swam left them behind.” Scuba diving is a sport integral to the Bond lifestyle!
Head of Section is on a secret mission for her Majestyâs government, but never fear, because two up-and-coming agents are here to bring back the podcast for your listening pleasure.Â Sandy Shepard and Jamie Fellrath are taking the reins until Head of Section returns.Â
“If he wanted a solid drink, he had it at Harry’s Bar, because of the solidness of the drinks, and because on his first visit to Paris at age sixteen, started one of the memorable evenings of his life, culminating in the loss of his virginity, and his notecase.” Make no mistake, Harryâs is a drinking manâs bar.
A Paleo Lifestyle is what takes the Paleo Diet and pushes it into all facets of your life.Â Itâs looking at the ways that our Paleolithic ancestors not only survived, but thrived, and uses evolution as a framework for the way you live your life. And after all, isnât that what Being James Bond is all about?
As the New York Times put it, âOnce you walk past the liveried doorman and set foot in Scottâs, the venerable seafood restaurant where even clarified butter is raised to an art, the world ceases to exist.â Scottâs truly takes fine seafood dining to the next level.
In my humble opinion, no existing James Bond location is as authentic, untouched, and accurate to how itâs portrayed in the film. If youâve seen James Bond walking through the Ocean Club in Casino Royale, then you can walk in the front door, and know exactly where you are.
When it comes to skiing, Switzerland is unmatched, and when it comes to Bond locations, there is one that is second to none; The grandfather of all Bond ski chases started at the magnificent Piz Gloria, and endured down the side of Mount Schilthorn, in Murren, Switzerland.
Welcome to âThe Cocktails of James Bondâ a six-part series on the specific cocktails that James Bond enjoyed. I focused on six signature cocktails that seemed to personify Bond, and also gave an understanding about the world of mixology in general. So here is the first, and possibly the most obvious, The Vodka Martini.
Hundreds of James Bond Fans, Secret Agents and Bond Girls have already renewed their License to Thrill for the 11th Annual James Bond Thunderball Gala taking place on New Years Eve 2013 in Washington D.C.
For many years, the Mâs real name was a closely guarded secret, but this wasnât always the case. In the beginning, Mâs identity was fairly well known, particularly by James Bond, going all the way back to the writings of Ian Fleming.
Regardless if your own perception about Las Vegas, one thing is for sure, it truly has something for everyone. Whether youâre looking for dining, activities, social life or scenery, itâs all there in this little city in the desert. If you canât find something that appeals to you, then you havenât started looking.
No doubt, James Bond is a connoisseur of great food. From cracked stone crabs with melted butter and pink champagne in Miami, to grilled ray with butter sauce in the Caribbean, Bond is a lover of its endless variety. Few notice that Bond’s diet is very close to what we would call The Paleo Diet.
Head of Section offers up his personal top five Bond songs. These are only opinions, and are definitely going to reflect my personal bias. As most of these are the songs I grew up with, they tend to choose songs from my own era. Please donât hold it against me Shirley Basey fans.
Tracking a gangster in the Big Easy, Bond enters a bar called Fillet of Soul with his CIA counterpart, Felix Leiter, and asks for âbourbon, no ice.â Leiter changes the order, requesting two Sazeracs. âWhereâs your sense of adventure?â he asks Bond. âThis is New Orleans. Relax!â
Few things can bring the James Bond lifestyle into your home like having a respectable home bar, and being able to create and serve cocktails to suit the setting and mood. In order to transform your amateur setup into a professional level home bar, youâll need a few good bar tools.
When James Bond travels to The Bahamas, he drops in on the ocean front estate of the sinister Emilio Largo, who offers Bond an afternoon of skeet shooting, a grand tour of his sharkÂfilled saltÂwater pool, and a refreshing Rum Collins, the essential balance of sour and sweet, and regarded by many as the perfect cocktail.
If youâre feeling bored and lazy thereâs only one thing to do â kick yourself out of it! James Bond lives like a playboy, yet still performs like a warrior. But while Bond may be able to stay in shape on champagne and caviar, but the rest of us are going to have to work at it.
To really stay motivated, you need to find what drives you personally. What is going to be your motivation? The first is obvious; Being James Bond. Thatâs why weâre all here, right? To truly live like James Bond and do all the things Bond does, we will have to be in good physical shape.
Itâs that wonderful time of year when you ultimately say to yourself, “I wish my family and friends knew what I really wanted this year!” Whether youâre in the mood to be a fan, or to be the MAN, these gifts will be welcome in any Bond fanâs stocking. Happy Holidays!
“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.” At long last, Scott Atkins rejoins Head of Section with a long awaited episode of Being James Bond, the review of Skyfall!
âI believe that the bourbon and branch water is rather splendid here.â While relaxing on the front porch of his home on Auric Stud, his Kentucky horse ranch, Auric Goldfinger offers James Bond a Mint Julep, commenting that the drink is âtraditional, but satisfying.â
Ianâs Flemingâs gentleman secret agent did not know how to fly an airplane, but the cinematic incarnation of James Bond is definitely a pilot. Though, it took many years before Bondâs piloting skills became apparent.
We catch up with Paul Kyriazi, the author of ‘How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar,’ which is now available on the Kindle. We talk about the elements of living like James Bond, including clothing, travel, women, and we discuss the hidden lessons of the film ‘Limitless.’
In Casino Royale, James Bond masterfully lures his opponents into doing exactly what he wishes them to do. How does he do it? We delve deeper into Texas Hold’em Poker by exploring how Bond handles bluffing and tells in Casino Royale!
Listeners asked it, so Being James Bond created an entire section called “Inner Bond”, where we discuss Bond’s ‘inner’ skill sets. So here ya go, our first discussion on the opposite sex!… When it comes to what women really want, it’s always the dreaded ‘C-Word’… What is it, and have you got it?
From ‘Thunderball’ to ‘Casino Royale,’ few places are such a part of the James Bond lifestyle as this little set of islands in the Caribbean. Being James Bond heads off to The Bahamas for our third Travel podcast, and keep an ear out for some upcoming special announcements!
“Corinne, I suggest you leave now. You contact your people, and you tell them to check their seals. They have a leak. Do it now, please. This man and I have some unfinished business. ” Scott’s back for Quantum of Solace Revisted! The DVD and Blu-Ray is out, so it’s time to revisit the 22nd James Bond film.
In this podcast, we delve into the world of James Bond inspired video games! The ‘Quantum of Solace’ video game is out for the Playstation 2, the X-Box, and now the Wii, and Head of Section brings in gaming expert Cooper-Hawkes to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the new game!
Welcome to your first podcast of 2009! This is my first radio appearance with on-air personality Curtis Sliwa, and author Deborah Lipp, which I did just after the release of ‘Quantum of Solace.’ We discuss the new film, and the James Bond films in general.
‘Well, I guess Tosca isn’t for everyone.’ Daniel Craig’s followup James Bond film, Quantum of Solace is out, and the fans are torn! So it’s time to bring back our good friend Scott to explore the few strengths and major weaknesses of the new film, and try to figure out what went wrong.
In this podcast, we talk with our good friend David Zaritsky about the James Bond lifestyle and how that relates to his collecting passion, with an emphasis on Bond’s clothing. And, as an apology for the serious lack of podcasts, look for a few musical treats at the end.
Hold on tight this is a long one. Our second interview is with Sandy Shepard, author of fEmpowerment: A Guide to Unleashing Your Inner Bond Girl. We also read e-mails, listen to phone calls, and lastly we announce the winners of the Being James Bond contest!
“James Bond had his first drink of the evening at Fouquet’s. It was not a solid drink. One cannot drink seriously in French cafes.” We’re back, and this time we’re traveling to the most romantic city in the world, Paris, France! “And there they would be, started on the myth of Paris in the Spring.”
Part 2 – In this podcast, Scott’s back with our first Bonus podcast for Season 2! Together, we discuss the theme songs of the first 21 James Bond films – we’re sorting out the great title songs, the awful, and everything in between!
Part 1 – In this podcast, Scott’s back with our first Bonus podcast for Season 2! Together, we discuss the theme songs of the first 21 James Bond films – we’re sorting out the great title songs, the awful, and everything in between!
‘For the last time Bond had laid eyes on her, he was holding a knife to her throat, but this time she was the one holding the upper hand.’ We’re back with Season Two! And we’re kicking it off with Blackjack, the second installment in our Gambling section! Double-down!!
Perhaps, one of the most beautiful women you have ever seen has just come riding up the beach on horseback. Whether your needs are pragmatic or romantic, this one skill will serve them both, so you had better be ready and skilled in the art of horseback riding.
“Now, having just met you, I wouldn’t go as far as calling you a cold-hearted bastard…” Scott’s back! Now that Casino Royale is out on DVD, we’ve had a chance to let it all settle in, so in this podcast we revisit the film, and discuss the special features (or the lack of) on the new two-disc set.
When Goldeneye was released in 1995, after a five-year hiatus, the filmmakers knew they had to bring it up a notch. Having tackled just about every traditional stunt known to man, Bond would have to venture into the world of extreme sports – The challenge would be bungee jumping…
Ian Flemingâs James Bond did not know how to fly an airplane, but the cinematic version of 007 is definitely a pilot. In this podcast, we learn about flying a plane, from taxi to takeoff, straight and level flying, and landing, and how to obtain your recreational or private pilot’s license.
In this podcast, we respond to some e-mail, and we go into the vault and dig out my first ever attempt at recording a podcast, as we delve into the world of James Bond inspired video games with this look at the latest game, ‘From Russia With Love’ for the Playstation 2.
âThere was the starting point of the Gloria Run, the metal notices beside it hatted with snow. Bond didnât pause. He went straight for it and over theedge. Bondâs speed was now frightening. Danger was momentarily forgotten in the joy of speed, technique, and mastery of the snow.â
Scott and I finish up by reviewing the new James Bond Ultimate DVD Collection â Volume 4, and we discuss the films that make up this collection; Dr No, You Only Live Twice, Moonraker, Octopussy, and Tomorrow Never Dies.
This time, Scott and I review the new James Bond Ultimate DVD Collection â Volume 3, and we discuss the films that make up this collection; From Russia With Love, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only, and Goldeneye.
In this podcast, Scott and I review the new James Bond Ultimate DVD Collection â Volume 2, and we discuss the films that make up this collection; Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, A View To A Kill, License to Kill, and Die another Day.
“Three measures of Gordonâs, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake very well until itâs ice cold then add a large, thin slice of lemon peel.” It’s hard to imagine James Bond without his signature medium-dry vodka martini, so this podcast explores Drinks and Mixology!
In this podcast, Scott and I review the new James Bond Ultimate DVD Collection – Volume 1, and we discuss the films that make up this collection; Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Living Daylights and The World Is Not Enough.
When you begin your mission of traveling the world, why not start at the same place 007 begins his missions? A city bustling with red buses and vintage black cabs, where centuries of tradition meets ultra-modern, and classic style still reigns. It’s not hard to see why James Bond will always call London his home.
“Well, I understand 00’s have a very short life expectancy, so your mistake will be short lived.” Daniel Craig’s first Bond film, and our first Bonus podcast with my good friend Scott Atkins, and as promised, we discuss the strengths of the 21st James Bond film, ‘Casino Royale’ (at great length).
“The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning.” Texas Holdâem is a game of risk that forces players to rely on skill, strategy, and even patience, rather than mere blind luck, making this the perfect game for the modern version of a classic James Bond thriller.
Welcome to Being James Bond, and to our first ever podcast! Being James Bond is dedicated to learning and exploring all we need to know so that we can live life the way James Bond does. If James Bond can do it, we can do it! Here is your new instruction manual!