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Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!

Cracking the Code of Spy Movies podcast is designed to enhance your viewing experience when watching any spy movie covered from the 1930s to present! Scene analysis, complete reviews, no-spoiler reviews, interviews with stars and crew, pre-title sequence analysis, gadgets, character spotlights, movie influences, real-world influences and lots more. Decoding: Classics through James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Harry Palmer, Kingsman and new releases! Discover something new in every episode! “If you’re a spy movie fan, you’re going to really enjoy these. The hosts make it fun and offer some fascinating trivia about the movies we all love.” - Apple listener Social: Follow them on • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpyMovieNavigator • X (Twitter): https://twitter.com/SpyNavigator • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spymovienavigator/

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Maestro John Morris Russell Talks James Bond Concert
John Morris Russell Talks Shaken Not Stirred Dan and Tom interview Maestro John Morris Russell (JMR) about his Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert, “Shaken Not Stirred,” musical scores, and James Bond music.  As you might have guessed, the concert’s focus is the music of James Bond.   You may know JMR from his work as the conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for the past 13 years.  Joining JMR in the concert is the amazing vocalist Capathia Jenkins. She possesses the wide vocal range needed to cover the various styles of singers from the James Bond catalog. We will be attending the concert and we’re sure James Bond fans will enjoy this one.   In this episode, JMR talks about what to expect in this concert and how they put it together.  He also talks about his career, why he decided to conduct instead of play an instrument, some influential composers, and film scoring in general.  If you’ve ever wanted to know what a composer has to deal with in scoring a movie, JMR gives you a good idea.  It is really amazing how they do it. One other area we discuss is how technology has made composition more efficient.  Much is the same as it's been for hundreds of years.  But, some of it is streamlined today. Raymond Benson with an assist Dan and Tom wanted some expertise for this interview, so they asked Raymond Benson for an assist.  Of course, Raymond graciously agreed. Raymond helped us delve into other composers' works and JMR’s experiences with them.  Plus, Raymond tells of a very scary experience he had with composer John Barry. What do you think? So, we’re excited to be going to this concert and see John Morris Russell put what he told us into action.  We think this will be a good one.  Do you have plans to go to this concert?   If so, let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode! You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well. Webpage: https://bit.ly/3UxXUJ2 Credit: John Morris Russell pictures courtesy of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  
35:37 5/14/24
The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare Review - No Spoilers!
THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE Review – No-Spoilers! Here’s the full NO-SPOILER review of the new spy movie, THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE. This movie opens in theaters on April 19, 2024. Guy Ritchie’s THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE is a dramatization of real-world events that helped shape the outcome of World War II.   Of course, it has an excellent cast starring Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, Eiza González, Til Schweiger, and many more.  This review will enhance your viewing experience of the movie.  We keep the spoilers out but give you nuggets of background information. And, given this movie’s historical background there is much to know: real-world characters, places, and vessels behind the movie, and, there is an Ian Fleming tie-in as well.  What other movies come to mind while watching THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE?     We liked this movie a lot and think you will too.  Listen to find out why.  So, had you heard of Operation Postmaster prior to our discussion? When you see THE MINISTRY OF UNGENTLEMANLY WARFARE, let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be!  We’ll give you a shout-out in a future episode!    Check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well.  Webpage: https://bit.ly/3TYeYaS 
33:26 4/16/24
"007 Science: Inside the World of James Bond" Exhibit Preview!
“007 Science: Inside the World of James Bond” is a new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Dan and Tom became big fans of this exhibit while attending the Press Day viewing.   They take you inside and highlight many of the items displayed. And they let you know why you will want to attend this exhibit. What's in the exhibit? We won’t give everything away. But there are screen-used gadgets from the James Bond movies. These are some of the most well-known gadgets in the James Bond history.  Plus, there are James Bond movie vehicles. Vehicles like the Aston Martin DB5 used in GOLDENEYE, and the Lotus Espirit which was used in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.   And, there are real-world spy gadgets that the CIA has used to showcase how the Bond gadgets may have had some real-world background. Who did we talk with? Includes a quick interview with Meg Simmonds, Archive Director for Eon Productions, and Eric Andersen, Project Manager of Featured Experiences and Special Projects at the Museum.  They help us understand what is in the exhibit and why.  Meg talks about one gadget that was from a very early James Bond movie. She had never seen it before but was able to track down. And, that gadget is on display in this exhibit!  Which one?! Eric focuses on is the fact that this is the Museum of Science and Industry. So, they want to make sure the exhibit highlights Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) throughout.  There are interactive activities and Eric helps us understand what is there, and why kids will like this too. Finally, Chris Corbould, who was the Special Effects Supervisor on all of the James Bond movies from GOLDENEYE through NO TIME TO DIE was there. A separate episode will come out with that interview!  So, take a listen.  Dan and Tom think the “007 Science: Inside the World of James Bond” exhibition is extremely well done. It is a must for any James Bond fan!  Have you gone to see it yet? Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be! Where is the exhibit? The Museum of Science and Industry is located at 5700 DuSable Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.  Check out their website to find out more details.   The exhibit runs from March 007, 2024, to October 27, 2024. You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well. Webpage: https://bit.ly/3ISOnXL
34:58 3/12/24
Steve Oxenrider One of the Biggest James Bond Memorabilia Collectors!
Steve Oxenrider is One of the Biggest James Bond Memorabilia Collectors! Are you a James Bond memorabilia collector or interested in James Bond items? How big is your collection?   Well, in this episode, Dan and Tom talk with Steve Oxenrider, whose name you have  seen -  as he is credited on some of the “Making of” James Bond documentaries and has contributed images for numerous books and articles. In case you didn’t know, Steve is auctioning off his over 30,000-item collection of James Bond memorabilia. Take a listen to find out where the auctions are being held, what is being auctioned off, and why he is auctioning his collection.  Steve, who is obviously a big James Bond fan, also explains how he got started collecting and the tremendous connections he has made. Oh, and his story about talking to Rosa Klebb (twice) is very funny.  Would you have the guts to do what Steve did?  He’s done it more than once and even talked with Harold Sakata using the same technique. So, take a listen to Steve Oxenrider’s fascinating story!   It might get you started collecting if you don’t already!  Let us know your thoughts, ideas for future episodes, and what you thought of this episode by dropping us a note at info@spymovienavigator.com.  The more we hear from you, the better the show will be! You can check out all of our CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Check out our YouTube channel as well. Webpage: https://bit.ly/49Vdg0j  
64:06 3/5/24
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Filming Locations in Sardinia!
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Filming Locations in Sardinia! Your covert field operatives Dan and Tom trace their exploits in visiting the filming locations in Sardinia, Italy from the James Bond Movie, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.  Many people love going to James Bond filming locations. Dan and Tom do as well. Many times, these locations are very cool.  Sardinia, Italy is one such place – simply beautiful and a destination which made the trip that much more fun! Not everything went smoothly for them:  Issues with their rental car, places that were closed for the season, and, hey, a balcony was missing – all made the trip that much more memorable. That said, they got to all the sites and only needed a 2-night stay to do that. For the most part, all the Jemes Bond filming locations are all fairly close to each other on Sardinia.  The ferry dock in Palau is the farthest drive from the beaches and hotels from the movie and it is only about a 30-minute or so drive away. Everything else is closer together.  So, get the whole story and tune in! The sites they talk about are: The hotel where James Bond and Agent XXX stay, using the pseudonym Mr. & Mrs. Sterling (in 2 bedrooms because Moneypenny was being overly efficient).  This is also the place where they meet Naomi as she pulls up in the boat. The ferry dock where Q brings Bond the Lotus Espirit The church and village square where the motorcycle chase starts The pullout on the side of the road where Naomi pops up in the helicopter The pier where the Lotus plunges into the water The beach where the Lotus drives out of the water They give you some tips about the area and what to look for when hunting these sites. So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know” about traveling to James Bond filming locations in Sardinia, Italy! You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. Please send any comments about your visit to these sites or any other filming locations at info@spymovienavigator.com. We’ll give you a shout-out on a future episode! Webpage: https://bit.ly/3tKrnpk  
36:51 10/24/23
Uwe Brosamle Interview – How to visit James Bond filming Locations!
One of the leading experts on traveling to James Bond filming locations worldwide joins us at Cracking the Code of Spy Movies for this amazing segment, our Uwe Brosamle interview!   Uwe Brosamle estimates he’s traveled to over 80% of the James Bond filming locations - and he’s done it in just 10 years. Most James Bond fans love discovering and visiting James Bond filming locations - and certainly, it is a passion for Dan and Tom - so it is great to talk with an expert on how to do it right. Tips from Uwe Brosamle In this fascinating interview, Uwe tells us how he tracks down the locations, meticulously plans his trips (this takes A LOT of time), and gives all of us some tips for planning these special trips which can save us all some serious time. It is great to be able to learn from an expert. Uwe also talks about some of the challenges in getting into a location once he’s located it. He’s had to deal with renting boats, big dogs, trying to get onto private property, government property, and properties that are just hard to get to (expect that you will have long walks to get to some locations).  Of course, he gives us some suggestions for dealing with these issues. In his travels, he has come across many very helpful people.  Often by accident.  He tells some stories about these interactions, including one where he knocked on the door of a famous actress.  She was most gracious. Finally, Uwe talks about some of the artifacts he has found at filming locations.  Apparently, after a shoot, let’s just say, clean-up isn’t quite thorough. That can work to a filming location traveler’s benefit! So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know” about traveling to James Bond filming locations! If you want to see Uwe Brosamle's fantastic pictures from his filming location travels, check out his Facebook page. You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. Reach out to us If you enjoyed this episode, the Uwe Brosamle Interview, please let us know at info@spymovienavigator.com.   We’ll give you a shout-out on a future episode! Webpage:  https://bit.ly/3QhHkME  
67:49 10/17/23
DR. NO – James Bond’s Critical Choices at end Decoded!
DR. NO - James Bond's choices: At the end of DR. NO, James Bond has to make several potentially life-threatening decisions to escape from Dr. No’s captivity.  What are the choices he needs to make?  How does he decide which path to take?  Was it just luck that he got out of there alive (and with Honey Rider)?  Dan and Tom break down James Bond’s path and the choices he made from his holding cell to the boat in which he and Honey flee. They discuss Bond’s decisions and the odds against his path working.  Some of the things he encounters are almost comical: others, deadly.  So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know.”    You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES.   Ideas/Comments? info@spymovienavigator.com Webpage:  https://bit.ly/45nY4pz  
36:53 10/4/23
Joe Caroff: The most famous designer no one knows - James Bond and beyond!
Today we talk to the most famous graphic designer no one knows: Joe Caroff!  62 years ago, Joe created one of the most identifiable movie logos in history - the 007 logo! In this episode, we talk with Joe about his work on not just the 007 logo the entire world knows, but his other contributions to the James Bond movie legacy, his non-Bond design work, and more about his background.   What Joe Caroff has designed in his career will astonish you!! And he tells us about many of his designs: WEST SIDE STORY, THE LAST TANGO IN PARIS, MANHATTAN, ZELIG, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, and THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD, to name just a few.  Joe is 102 years of age and still sharp as a tack.  This is a fascinating person and discussion.  So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know.”   After listening to this episode, you will want to check out the documentary on his accomplishments currently streaming on MAX.com.  This documentary is called BY DESIGN: THE JOE CAROFF STORY which was written and produced by Marc Cerulli whom we spoke with in last week’s episode.  You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES.  Ideas/Comments? info@spymovienavigator.com Webpage:  https://bit.ly/3Zs9lnL  
24:24 9/26/23
SPY KIDS: ARMAGEDDON - FIRST REACTIONS - NO SPOILERS!
SPY KIDS: ARMAGEDDON is the just released kids spy movie. You can find it on Netflix. We give you our non-spoiler look at this movie and let you know if we think this is worth watching. We also talk about why it has a PG rating and is family friendly. SPY KIDS: ARMAGEDDON is the fifth installment in the Spy Kids franchise. It has an all-new cast and characters. As with the first Spy Kids movie, it is a story about a boy and a girl who don't know that their parents are spies. This time, there is a video game, lots of gadgets, a villain, a lair, tension with the parents over technology use, and a new character called Bronson. Are there any spy movies that may have influenced SPY KIDS: ARMAGEDDON? We give you a few. This movie released on Netflix on September 22, 2023. So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know” and get up to date on all things spy movies and series.   You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES.  Ideas/Comments? info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/46eHppG  
10:05 9/23/23
Mark Cerulli on The Making of GOLDFINGER and THUNDERBALL
Mark Cerulli is a writer, producer, and director who helped create the “Making Of” series giving us the behind the scenes look at GOLDFINGER and THUNDERBALL. Mark tells us how the series was made, behind the scenes stories, his interactions with Sean Connery, and much more. Mark also discusses his documentary BY DESIGN: THE JOE CAROFF STORY.   We KNOW every James Bond fan is familiar with Joe Caroff’s work.  Yet, you probably have never heard of him.  Mark fills you in on Joe’s major contributions to the James Bond movie franchise as well as other places you will have seen Joe’s work.   The documentary is available for streaming on MAX. Finally, Mark discusses his upcoming movie, AREA 5150.  This is the first full-length movie that Mark Cerulli has written and produced. So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know”. We had a lot of fun with this interview.   You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website page: https://bit.ly/44XruL5  
49:30 9/19/23
GOLDFINGER - Oddjob Character Spotlight, played by Harold Sakata
GOLDFINGER - Oddjob Character Spotlight: Today we dig deeply into the character of Oddjob  in GOLDFINGER - superbly and memorably played by Harold Sakata! GOLDFINGER set the standard for the James Bond formula. Oddjob is a character that must be placed in our Character Spotlight, as Harold Sakata’s portrayal of Oddjob is flawless. Yes, he's one of the James Bond series most notorious henchman, he doesn't speak, and he'll do anything so support his boss, Auric Goldfinger. So, how does Harold Sakata make sure you, the audience member, knows he's menacing? Sakata's portrayal of Oddjob gives us an excellent example as to how this should be done. We look at the various expressions Harold Sakata uses in different scenes in GOLDFINGER. In addition, we'll talk through how they gave us the first look at Oddjob. Just like the slow reveal of new James Bond actors or the first time we see Quarrel in Dr. No, Oddjob doesn't just appear on the screen front and center. It is a powerful way to introduce us to this important character. Plus, we talk about some of the differences between Oddjob's portrayal in the movie GOLDFINGER versus how he's portrayed in Ian Fleming's novel. Finally, we discuss Harold Sakata's background and why he was a great choice to play Oddjob. And was there a bet involved in helping him get the role? So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know”. Get up to date on all things spy movies and series. You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. So, enjoy our GOLDFINGER - Oddjob Character Spotlight, played by Harold Sakata episode. We’ll continue the series looking at the actors and roles that help shape spy movies and deserve an encore! Ideas/Comments? info@spymovienavigator.com Episode page: https://bit.ly/3sNgnae  
37:30 9/12/23
HEART OF STONE - First Reactions - No Spoilers!
HEART OF STONE - First Reactions - No Spoilers: Another spy movie with Artificial Intelligence at its heart, it has explosions, double crosses, an excellent cast, and most spy movie tropes you can think of. We’ll look at these and other components of the just-released Netflix movie starring Gal Gadot, HEART OF STONE.    Listen as we give you our no-spoiler review. We’ll keep the spoilers out but give you our opinion and some background to help you determine if HEART OF STONE is worth your time.  Are there any spy movies that may have influenced HEART OF STONE? We give you a few. This movie released on Netflix on August 11, 2023. So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know” and get up to date on all things spy movies and series.   You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. We hope you enjoyed our HEART OF STONE - First Reactions - No Spoilers.  Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/3KDUrnZ  
10:47 8/12/23
Character Spotlight: Quarrel played by John Kitzmiller in DR. NO 
With "Quarrel Played by John Kitzmiller in DR. NO", we are kicking off our new series where we look at character profiles of supporting roles in spy movies. We'll look at the actor, the role, and how this character enhances and enriches the movie. So, how does Quarrel's role develop throughout DR. NO? How did John Kitzmiller's acting bring out the character of Quarrel? His facial expressions, straightforward approach to the role, and how Quarrel has contributed to shaping the success of DR. NO - are all decoded! Plus, we talk a little bit about John Kitzmiller's resume and call out some movies you may like if you like Kitzmiller. So, have a listen and you'll "Be in the Know". Get up to date on all things spy movies and series. You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. So, enjoy our Character Profile: Quarrel played by John Kitzmiller in DR. NO. We'll continue the series looking at the actors and roles that help shape spy movies and deserve an encore! Ideas/Comments? info@spymovienavigator.com Episode page: https://bit.ly/3KlzDBN  
35:25 8/1/23
Spy Movie News - July 25 2023 Edition - MR-9 DO OR DIE, AMATEUR, MAGGIORE, RED NOTICE 2, and more!
MR-9-DO OR DIE, SALAAR, AMATEUR, SPY X FAMILY CODE: WHITE, MAGGIORE, RED NOTICE 2, and BLINDSPOT are just some of the upcoming spy movies or series that we’ll fill you in on today in our Spy Movie News - July 25 2023 edition.  Take a listen as we talk about these movies or series that you may not yet have heard about. We also discuss some industry news both for spy movies/series as well as some news affecting the podcast industry. So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know” and get up to date on all things spy movies and series. You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on ourwebsite. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. We hope you enjoyed our Spy Movie News - July 25 2023 edition.  You can find the written versions of this and our other Spy Movie News episodes on our website. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/3O9L7cE  
15:32 7/25/23
Cracking the Code of Spy Movies' Fourth Anniversary Show - 2023!
Welcome to our fourth anniversary show! Yes, SpyMovienavigator.com and our podcast show, Cracking the Code of Spy Movies have just passed their fourth anniversary. Thanks to all of you for listening and getting us here! Join Dan and Tom as they look back on the past year. It has been an exciting one with interview highlights with Trina Parks, Robert Davi, Julian Glover, Del Singh, James Bond Movie Quizzes, movie reviews, and more. We focused and decoded a lot more classic spy movies, or movies from decades ago. Many of them you might not have experienced. We talk through these in this episode. You might discover a movie you didn't know about and find a new favorite!  We will help “navigate” you there! Do us an anniversary favor and Subscribe to our show – and Be in the Know! So, once you've listened to our fourth anniversary show, please let us know what you think. Is there anything you'd like to see us add for the coming year? You can let us know at info@spymovienavigator.com. You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/3Oj2rgs  
33:36 7/18/23
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One First Reactions! No Spoilers!
Dan and Tom just saw MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - DEAD RECKONING PART ONE. Take a listen as they give you their no-spoiler first impression of the movie.  Is it dead-on or dead-wrong? Is it worth your time and money to go see it? Does the plot work? How's the acting, the score, and the cinematography? How were the stunts? Did the marketing spoil some of the thrills? We answer these questions and provide our guidance on the movie. Once you've seen MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - DEAD RECKONING PART ONE, let us know what you think at info@spymovienavigator.com. Are Dan and Tom right? You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/3XQNNAq
22:49 7/12/23
Mission: Impossible Arc with Mike Reyes of CinemaBlend.com!
What is the Mission: Impossible arc that covers the first six movies with Ethan Hunt? Really? Is there an arc? If so, was the arc always there but needed to be exposed in the most recent Mission: Impossible movies? Or did they create the arc after the first couple of Ethan Hunt Bond movies? Well, take a listen as we talk with Mike Reyes of CinemaBlend.com to hear his take on it. Mike writes about movies with a passion toward spy movies. So, does he think there is an arc? If so, what is it? Let us know what you think at info@spymovienavigator.com. Do you agree with Mike? Has he nailed the arc for the series? You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/43cHyrB  
72:15 7/5/23
Spy Movie News June 27 2023 - FUBAR, TRUST NO ONE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE and more!
In this Spy Movie News June 27 2023 edition, we look the upcoming spy movies or series; Trust No One, Fubar, Heart of Stone, Argylle, The Wild Wild West, and of course, Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One and more! Speaking of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, what is it's real release date? Take a listen to find out. It's convoluted. Also, we talk about the effect the releases of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny on June 30, Barbie and Oppenheimer on July 21st and Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One all happening within 30 days means. You have a lot of blockbuster choices to make. But there some industry implications as well. Take a listen to find out what they are. So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know” and get up to date on all things spy movies and series. You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. We hope you enjoyed our Spy Movie News June 27 2023 edition. You can find the written versions of this and our other Spy Movie News episodes on our website. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/spy-movie-news-june-27-2023  
17:53 6/27/23
Restoring the James Bond Vehicles with the Ian Fleming Foundation
What would it be like to help work on and restore the actual James Bond vehicles used in the movies long before they go the public exhibits and shows, like Bond in Motion?   Well, we were invited to a work weekend to do exactly that! THE WEEKEND Dan and Tom recently were privileged to attend the Ian Fleming Foundation work weekend. This is one of the times that the Foundation spends working on its inventory, restoring the vehicles, and having a great time telling James Bond stories. It was a blast! We’ll take you backstage and let you hear about how they get these vehicles and what they have to do to restore them so we can all see them in exhibits like Bond in Motion. THE JAMES BOND VEHICLES One of the vehicles we discuss is Goldfinger’s plane.  This is a huge and fascinating restoration job. Steve Targosz discusses this massive project. Another one was one of the Kenworth trucks from LICENCE TO KILL.  Colin Clark walks us through this one. These are two that they are still restoring so you wouldn’t have seen them in a museum yet. But, we also saw some vehicles that have been restored that we saw.  Leonard Johnson discusses getting and restoring the fire engine from A VIEW TO A KILL. Colin Clark walks us through getting the plane Sanchez escapes in from LICENCE TO KILL and what shape it is in. Plus, we talk about, Zao’s green Jaguar from DIE ANOTHER DAY, the helicopter from FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, and lots more! We’ve included audio clips in this episode from the people who make this happen. GOING FORWARD We will be releasing a video version of this episode on our YouTube Channel, Cracking the Code of Spy Movies on June 30, 2023, so you see the videos and vehicles. You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/Restoring-James-Bond-Vehicles  
58:43 6/20/23
Trina Parks Talks Thumper And Her Fascinating Career!
Today we are excited to talk with Trina Parks! She played Thumper in the James Bond movie DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. In this wide-ranging interview, Ms. Parks discusses: - Her upbringing by her father, Jazz Saxophonist Charles Frazier - Her stage career - Her experience filming her iconic scene as Thumper in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER - Meeting Sean Connery for the first time - Meeting George Lazenby for the first time - Her experience filming THE BLUES BROTHERS, DARKTOWN STRUTTERS, and THE MUTHERS - What she is doing now This one is a lot of fun. So join us as Trina Parks talks Thumper and her Fascinating Career. You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/trina-parks  
67:02 6/6/23
Spy Movie News - May 30 2023 Edition - NEITHER CONFIRM NOR DENY, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, and more!
Here in our Spy Movie News – May 30 2023 edition we discuss the upcoming spy movies or series: Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning, The Sympathizer, The Black Kaiser, Butterfly, Classified, Fog of War, Neither Confirm Nor Deny, Birdseye, and more. We'll keep you updated as these movies progress. Some are in early development and other are already filmed. So, have a listen and you’ll “Be in the Know” and get up to date on all things spy movies and series. You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. We hope you enjoyed our Spy Movie News - May 30 2023 edition. You can find the written versions of this and our other Spy Movie News episodes on our website. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/434cICd  
15:22 5/30/23
KANDAHAR - No-Spoiler Review!
Join us for our KANDAHAR - No-Spoiler Review. The spy movie KANDAHAR just released this weekend. Is it worth your time and money to see? We discuss the actors, cinematography, the portrayal of religion, the political statements, and how there is no place like home in the movie KANDAHAR. Gerard Butler stars in this one. But, we think Navid Nehahban steals the movie with his role of Mo. Plus, what is the similarity between KANDAHAR and THE COVENANT, which is still in theaters? So, take a listen and tell us what you think of our KANDAHAR - No-Spoiler Review! Subscribe to our podcast show, Cracking the Code of Spy Movies, through your favorite podcast app or listen on our website. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/3MFTmMJ
10:34 5/29/23
Best Bond Pre-title Sequences with Mike Reyes
What are the best Bond pre-title sequences in your mind?  Well, today Mike Reyes of Cinemablend.com joins us to share his thoughts on this. In 2020, Mike wrote a column called the 11 Most Memorable James Bond Pre-Titles Openings (link in our episode notes on SpyMovieNavigator.com)  So, what are his thoughts 2 1/2 years later?  We know that our James Bond top lists change frequently, so here we dig into 8 pre-title sequences that Mike thinks are definitely noteworthy today.  So, take a listen and hear how Mike Reyes justifies his list while Dan and Tom comment on the pros and cons and add a couple of pre-titles they think Mike may have missed! So, join the lively debate! Subscribe to our podcast show, Cracking the Code of Spy Movies, through your favorite podcast app or listen on our website. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/45mbTGv  
70:31 5/23/23
THE TRAITORS - A British B Movie Makes the Grade
Join Dan and Tom as they discover THE TRAITORS, a 1962 British B Spy Movie. Does it make the Grade? Low budget B movies were made, for the most part, to be the second billing on double features. Low-budget doesn't necessarily mean a bad movie. In this episode we dive into THE TRAITORS without giving away the movie. THE TRAITORS has a good cast starring Patrick Allen, James Maxwell, Jacqueline Ellis, and Zena Walker. We look at the high-level plot, what makes this a B movie, how espionage is portrayed, the music and more. For the most part, this is espionage! At Spy Movie Navigator, one of our goals is to identify Influences. Specifically, where a movie was influenced by or has influenced other spy movies and real life. THE TRAITORS has significantly influenced parts of THE FOURTH PROTOCOL, ALLIED, the the Harry Palmer Series, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, THUNDERBALL, LICENCE TO KILL and more. Take a listen to find out about these influences. THE TRAITORS is a fairly common name for movie titles and television shows, including the currently airing games show. So, to be clear, we're examining the 1962 movie here. So, join Dan and Tom for their THE TRAITORS - A British B Movie Makes the Grade episode. You can also check out all of our podcasts on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/3pzwzdM
45:15 5/16/23
NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH - Decoded!
Join Dan and Tom for their latest episode, NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH - Decoded! This 1940 spy thriller stars Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, and Paul Henreid. And, it received an Oscar nomination for writing. In this episode we look at some fun and interesting parts of the movie. Are these real cable cars in this spy movie? What are Charters and Caldicott doing in this movie? Did the major events depicted here really happen?  Was this another propaganda war movie?  What influences do we see for future spy movies?   And more. So, hop aboard the NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH!   You can check out all of our podcasts on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/3B6jJGf
43:23 5/9/23
CITADEL - First Reactions & Insights
CITADEL is Amazon Prime's most recent spy series. The first two episodes were released on March 28, 2023. Dan and Tom have a no-spoiler discussion about these episodes. They give you guidance as to whether you should watch CITADEL and offer insights into the series, looking at the actors, directors, cinematography, sound effects and movies that may have influenced CITADEL. So, join Dan and Tom for their CITADEL - First Reaction, no-spoiler review. You can check out all of our podcasts on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/3LmNCqr 
39:13 5/2/23
AGENT - No-Spoiler Review
Join us for this episode, AGENT - No-Spoiler Review. India's spy movie machine is cranking on all cylinders. AGENT is just the latest with many more in the works. In this review we give you guidance as to whether or not we think you should see this movie. We do not, however have any spoilers in the review. We give you some guidance and tell you some things that will enhance your viewing of this movie but keep the spoilers out. So what's AGENT all about? Well, it's key components are Espionage, Revenge, Fights, Dreams, Explosions, and Love. Oh, and is there a THE WIZARD OF OZ component to this movie as well? There is no place like home. We look at these, the cast, as much plot as we can without spoilers, some of the ways Indian spy movies are different from US or UK based spy movies, and some areas where AGENT may have been influenced by earlier movies. Yes, including THE WIZARD OF OZ. AGENT is released in Telugu with English subtitles in the US. We hope you'll like our AGENT - A No-Spoiler Review. You can check out all of our podcasts on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!: AGENT - No-Spoiler Review (libsyn.com)
16:09 4/29/23
Spy Movie News April 25 2023 - AGENT, DAVOS, GHOSTS OF BEIRUT and more!
NEVER TOO OLD TO DIE, THE SYMPATHIZER, GHOSTS OF BEIRUT, THE GRAY MAN 2, AGENT, DAVOS, MAUDE VS. MAUDE, TIGER VS PATHAAN, and SLOW HORSES are just some of the upcoming spy movies or series that we’ll fill you in on today in our Spy Movie News April 25 2023, edition.    We also have an update on two actors and some industry news. So, have a listen and you'll "Be in the Know" and get up to date on all things spy movies and series. You can check out all of our podcast episodes on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Our channel name is CRACKING THE CODE OF SPY MOVIES. We hope you enjoyed our Spy Movie News April 25 2023 edition. You can find the written versions of this and our other Spy Movie News episodes on our website. If you want to listen to more spy movie podcasts, check out this page on our website. Ideas/Comments? Info@spymovienavigator.com Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/3oEBV6S  
17:26 4/25/23
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!
In this episode, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!, we answer some intriguing questions from this 14 ½ minute sequence. Is this a great pre-title sequence? What is Bond doing in a Swiss bank? When is Cigar more than a cigar? How was that bomb detonated? Was the Millennium Dome even open when they filmed this movie? How many pesetas did Bond collect for Sir Robert King? Can Bond survive the jump out the window? Join us as we answer these questions and more. Please give us your comments/suggestions on this episode, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH Pre-Title Sequence Decoded!, at info@spymovienavigator.com. Furthermore, you can check out all of our podcasts on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Website Episode Page: https://bit.ly/40gj8vK
32:21 4/18/23
The Ian Fleming Foundation - Doug Redenius Interview
The Ian Fleming Foundation procures James Bond memorabilia, especially the vehicles from the movies. If you've been to Bond in Motion or many James Bond exhibits, you've seen their work. Here we talk to Doug Redenius, one of the founders of the Ian Fleming Foundation. They are dedicated to the study and preservation of the history of Ian Fleming's literary works, the James Bond phenomenon, and their impact on popular culture. So, if you like the Hiller UH-12 helicopter used in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Goldfinger's Lockheed US VC-140B Jet Star, the Auto-Rickshaw Tuk-Tuk from OCTOPUSSY, the plane that Sanchez flies in LICENSE TO KILL and many more, take a listen. Doug tells us about these and many other items that the Ian Fleming Foundation has secured. In addition, find out what Doug's favorite find has been. The hunt for these items is fascinating. Doug tells us what vehicles they have, how they find and procure the vehicles, and how they get the vehicles restored if necessary. Be a listener, and send us your thoughts on this episode at info@spymovienavigator.com. Here is The Ian Fleming Foundation's website. Furthermore, you can check out all of our podcasts on your favorite podcast app or on our website. Website Episode Page: http://bit.ly/3GxGxC0  
74:56 4/11/23

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