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James Bond & Friends - Episode 0020

6th August 2019

How have Bond’s key allies translated from page to screen?

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How have Bond’s key allies translated from page to screen?

This episode of 'James Bond & Friends' is hosted by Paul Atkinson with guests Marcos Kontze, James Page, David Leigh, Bill Koenig, and Ben Williams.

Observing the passing of David Hedison - two time Felix Leiter - we note how he became the first man to return to the role some 10 years later with the long-serving ally’s pivotal role in ‘Licence to Kill’. We continue by discussing Leiter and Bond’s relationship and how the re-casting has lead to some inconsistent characterisation. Along the way, we stumble on Leiter’s drinking habits, Felix’s faux pas, his Kennedy impersonation, Jack Lord’s moisturiser, Felicia Leiter, big livers, the martini olive scam, an ill-fated fishing trip, Le Chiffre’s undead exit, rewrites whilst boozing, and the Leiterverse.

You can contact the show via the Twitter hashtag #askbond

The recording took place on July 26th, 2019 in the USA, New Zealand, Spain, and Portugal.

Paul Atkinson and James Page are co-founders of MI6-HQ.com and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Marcos Kontze is creator and editor of jamesbondbrasil.com

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

Bill Koenig runs the Spy Command at hmssweblog.wordpress.com

Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential

Music credit 'Spy & Die' by Jay Man

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2019

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