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Episode 24 brings us the answers to the questions no one really asked. Just who is behind the scenes pulling all the strings? What connects the Craig-a-verse? Can you phone in an entire film? And can we pretend we didn’t make this one? Yes, it’s Spectre! Joining me to draw some smart blood are stars of The Football Ramble and the Luke and Pete Show, Luke Moore and Pete Donaldson, who can found on Twitter as @LukeAaronMoore and @PeteDonaldson, respectively.
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We will be joined by John Rain and his guests, comedy actors Paul Litchfield and David Reed, who will be discussing and dissecting the Bond canon live on stage.
We will also be screening the 1990 comedy-crime-classic BULLSEYE! Starring Michael Caine (bringing his best American accent since Cider House Rules) and Roger Moore (doing some excellent accents of his own) as two con-artists who look staggeringly like a pair of renowned scientists – there will be hijinks, kilts and jokes that never get anywhere near the middle of the dart board.
This time it’s personal, again, as Daniel Craig’s grumpy spy takes on the bloke from No Country For Old Men, using only an Aston Martin he absolutely definitely shouldn’t own and an old DVD of Home Alone (for survival tips). John Rain is joined by Robin Ince (The Infinite Monkey Cage) – who can be found on Twitter as @robinince – to discuss the 23rd Bond, and possibly duet on Adele’s biggest hit about apple crumble.
Some call it the greatest Bond of all. Those people are both incredibly small in number and obviously mad. Here comes Daniel Craig’s second outing, Quantum of Solace (2008). Joining John to check into an eco-hotel and drown in a barrel of crude oil is actor and comedian Alison Ward, who can be found on Twitter as @ItsAlisonWard.
Die Another Day is Pierce Brosnan’s last outing but, while often cited in the lists of the worst Bond film of all time, does it deserve its terrible reputation? Joining John to analyse this like Sigmund Freud is Joel Morris, the BAFTA-winning comedy writer and author of the bestselling Ladybird Books For Adults, who can be found on Twitter as @gralefrit.
The World Is Not Enough – the nineteenth Bond film, the third outing for Pierce Brosnan, and the single worst innuendo in the entire series. Joining John to ram the fishing boat of conversation through the restaurant of your ears is the broadcaster, writer and all-round scaramouche Jon Holmes, who can be found on Twitter as @jonholmes1.
The tagline: “The man. The number. The licence….are all back.” Urgh, it’s so bad. To talk Tomorrow Never Dies – and let’s see how he responds to my touch – I’m joined by comedy writer and perfomer Nathaniel Tapley , who can be found on Twitter as @.
This week I am joined by television presenter and DJ Alex Zane, who can be found on Twitter as @alex_zane.
Back once again with Empire film journalist Chris Hewitt, @chrishewitt, for the concluding part of our epic Licence to Kill chat.