The World of Bond According to Smershpod

PART OF THE Feeling Festive ISSUE

‘The first sound we hear is of radio interference. Then a gun barrel unfurls into view. And there he is. . . James Bond (in this instance Bob Simmons, a stuntman standing in for Sean Connery). he walks across the viewfinder and then suddenly he spins and fires a shot that rings out like the Big Bang. And much like the Big Bang, a new universe is created.’

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a few Bond films on the telly. One Bond superfan, John Rain, cannot get enough of 007, turning his fandom into a podcast and now a book. We asked John about his favourite Bond moments.


Thunderbook: The World According to Smershpod
By John Rain
Published by Polaris Publishing


First Bond film you saw

Live and Let Die – saw it on TV as a little kid and loved the snake in the bathroom.

Jane Seymour, Roger Moore,Yaphet Kotto, Julius W.Harry, Geoffrey Holder and Earl Jolly Brown on the set of Live and Let Die. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)


Last Bond film you saw (this can be a rewatch)

Spectre – for the book!


Favourite Bond film

Heart says Licence to Kill, head says The Spy Who Loved Me.


Favourite Bond girl

Pam Bouvier – Licence to Kill. She can handle herself, and isn’t afraid of Q’s hands.


Favourite Bond gadget

The Lotus Submarine – it’s a beautiful thing.


Favourite Bond double-entendre

“I am now aiming precisely at your groin. So speak or forever hold your piece.”


Favourite Bond villain

Hugo Drax: face like Dracula’s accountant, dialogue like Shakespeare.


Favourite Bond death scene

Bond shooting Elektra in The World is Not Enough. Cold and hard.


Favourite Bond theme song

‘Live and Let Die’ – it’s a masterpiece, and a beautiful combination of McCartney and Martin.


Favourite Bond

Head says Roger Moore, heart says Timothy Dalton. Love them both so much. Daniel Craig probably the best, though, just hasn’t had the best films.

Timothy Dalton, Maryam D’Abo, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, 1987 (Photo by Sportsphoto/Alamy)


Thunderbook: The World According to Smershpod by John Rain is published by Polaris Publishing, priced £16.99

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