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This issue: Stephen, Rodrigo, and Matthew talk up James Bond; the movies, the actors, the good and the bad, and what they like and don’t like about the series.


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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. My favorite James Bond is Sir William Samuel Stephenson. Who was a Canadian soldier, airman, businessperson, inventor, spymaster, and the senior representative of British intelligence for the entire western hemisphere during World War II. He was best-known by his wartime intelligence codename Intrepid. Many people consider him to be one of the real-life inspirations for James Bond. Ian Fleming himself once wrote, “James Bond is a highly romanticized version of a true spy. The real thing is … William Stephenson.”

    * I stole that off his Wikipedia page

    He’s also from my home town of Winnipeg .

  2. Best Bonds: Timothy Dalton & Daniel Craig
    Best Movies: OHMSS & Casino Royale (new)
    Best Female: Diana Rigg & Jane Seymore

    Note: Octopussy was based on a short story about an octopus.

    Casino Royale is the only movie which was faithful to the Ian Fleming novels. No (or little gadgets). No (or little) womanizing. Long time periods spent on the game (gambling/golf/etc). Bond is actually hurt (and we believe it). I haven’t read Bond novels for 30 years, and I still remembered the torture scene which appears in the Casino Royale movie. When they starting cutting the seat out of the chair, I could see what was coming.

    Hate about James Bond: the lack of faithfulness to the books. Too many gadgets. No spy training. Too many women. The Bond films were good/bad compared to other Bond movies, but they don’t hold up well compared to other spy movies. The absolute worst was when Roger Moore needed a gadget to unlock a window which you could probably stick your finger between the window frames (as seen in the movie theater).

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