Now Playing: The James Bond Movie Retrospective Series


In celebration of James Bond's 50th Anniversary in film and the release of the upcoming Bond thriller Skyfall, Now Playing will be reviewing every James Bond film! Join us at to hear all the reviews!


  • Spectre


    12/11/2015 Duración: 116h16min

    Despite being a box office draw for 50 years, James Bond's last outing Skyfall shattered all expectations, making over $1 billion worldwide. That set expectations exceedingly high for the next Bond adventure -- Spectre. The movie brings back the classic cadre of Bond baddies, as well as the star and director of Skyfall. Did this film hit its target? Join Brock, Arnie, and Stuart to find out!

  • Skyfall


    22/11/2012 Duración: 118h15min

    After reviewing 25 movies released over the span of 50 years, Now Playing reaches the conclusion of its James Bond retrospective series--Skyfall. Continuing the rebooted spy stories starring Daniel Craig, Skyfall has already become the top-grossing film in the James Bond franchise, and there is even rumblings of Academy Award honors. But can it really best Craig's Casino Royale, and how does a life long Bond fan warm to this new take? Listen to Now Playing's ultimate James Bond review to find out! Plus the hosts reflect on all 25 Bond films, picking the best and worst actors, film, and songs from the franchise!

  • Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace

    20/11/2012 Duración: 01h16min

    In 2006 we got a new take on an old hero with James Bond in Casino Royale, but while the film told of the spy's first adventure questions were left unanswered. Who were the mysterious people to whom Le Chiffre owed money? Who is the mysterious employer behind Mr. White? These answers were to be revealed two years later in the follow-up film Quantum of Solace. With Daniel Craig returning and a title taken from an original Fleming story, can this film live up to the high praise given to Casino Royale? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Brock's review to find out in Now Playing's penultimate James Bond review leading directly to this year's blockbuster Skyfall!

  • Casino Royale (2006)

    Casino Royale (2006)

    16/11/2012 Duración: 01h22min

    James Bond made his first appearance in Ian Fleming's novels in 1953 in the novel Casino Royale, and in 2006 a brand new James Bond makes his first appearance in a film based on that novel. Rights issues had prevented Eon from adapting the original James Bond story as part of their film series, but with the rights obtained they used that opportunity to present a new James Bond for a new generation. Not just a new actor in the role, but an entirely new take on the MI6 agent, showing his origin, his obtaining his double-oh status, and going on his first mission to win a high stakes poker game against international terrorist Le Chiffre. But did Bond need a reboot? And how does Craig stack up against the previous Bond? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Brock's review to find out!

  • Die Another Day

    Die Another Day

    13/11/2012 Duración: 01h14min

    It's James Bond's first adventure in the 21st century, and Pierce Brosnan's last time playing the role of the British secret agent. Partnered with Halle Berry's NSA agent Jinx Johnson, can the two stop a North Korean terrorist's nefarious plot? It's a film celebrating the lore of Bond, but not very celebrated by Bond fans. Is the reputation deserved, and what final impression does Brosnan leave as Bond? Listen to Now Playing to find out!

  • The World Is Not Enough

    The World Is Not Enough

    09/11/2012 Duración: 01h04min

    In Pierce Brosnan's third outing as James Bond he must protect an oil heiress against a mercenary out for revenge, and uncovers a plot that involves a nuclear bomb being detonated in Istanbul. Notorious for having Bond girl Denise Richards, is this movie enough to earn a recommend from Arnie, Stuart, and Brock? Listen to Now Playing to find out!

  • Tomorrow Never Dies

    Tomorrow Never Dies

    06/11/2012 Duración: 57min

    Bond has taken on evil in many forms, from expansionist communist regimes to maniacal villains who wish to destroy Earth, but can Bond take on the villain of the 90s--the media? In Brosnan's second film playing 007, he goes against Elliot Carver who hopes to foster a war between England and China to raise the ratings of his cable news network. The film has kung-fu, a helicopter chase, and a remote-controlled BMW, but is it Bond at his best? Listen to find out!

  • GoldenEye


    02/11/2012 Duración: 01h18min

    After the longest hiatus in the history of the James Bond flm franchise, Bond is back and now portrayed by former Remington Steele actor Pierce Brosnan. In a post-Cold War era, can Bond remain relevant to modern audiences? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Brock's review to find out!

  • License to Kill

    License to Kill

    30/10/2012 Duración: 01h13min

    Dalton is Bond, but no longer 007 when his License to Kill is revoked! When a drug lord goes after Bond's friend, the spy will stop at nothing for revenge. It's a Bond for the 80's, but does it hold up in the 21st century? Listen to Brock, Arnie, and Stuart's review to find out!

  • The Living Daylights

    The Living Daylights

    23/10/2012 Duración: 01h04min

    With Roger Moore retiring as James Bond the mantle was passed to British actor Timothy Dalton. Portraying a more modern version of 007, Dalton's Bond had a harder edge and a more action movie feel. Is The Living Daylights the living end for Arnie, Stuart, and Brock? Listen to their review to find out!

  • A View to a Kill

    A View to a Kill

    16/10/2012 Duración: 01h22min

    In 1985 Roger Moore set two records--at 57 years old he was the oldest actor to portray James Bond, and with A View to a Kill his seventh Bond film he played Bond in the official films more times than any other actor to date. A View to a Kill would be his last film as James Bond, but with Christopher Walken as villian Max Zorin, Grace Jones as Zorin's goon May Day, and a rocking theme by 80's rockers Duran Duran, is Moore's last Bond film worth a view, or a kill? Listen to find out!

  • Never Say Never Again

    Never Say Never Again

    09/10/2012 Duración: 01h08min

    You Only Live Twice declared "Sean Connery IS James Bond"...and then Connery quit and Roger Moore was James Bond. But due to legal wrangling a competing James Bond film was released in 1983 and once more Sean Connery WAS James Bond. Is this the long awaited return of the true James Bond, or a desperate cash grab? Listen to find out!

  • Octopussy


    02/10/2012 Duración: 01h10min

    After For Your Eyes Only many people thought Roger Moore's Bond was at an All Time High, and with the impending revival of Sean Connery as a competing James Bond Eon was sure to bring back Moore as their golden gun for another adventure. This time Bond must team up with a group of smugglers to stop a crazed Russian general from taking over the world. Does Bond's clowning around work for Arnie, Stuart, and Brock? Listen to find out!

  • For Your Eyes Only

    For Your Eyes Only

    25/09/2012 Duración: 01h09min

    After an out of this world adventure, Bond faced a more grounded foe in 1981's For Your Eyes Only. A British spy boat is sunk and Bond must get to its missile control system before the Russians do, but his quest is stymied by crime boss Aris Kristatos. Is the quality of this film as high as Kristatos' mountaintop fortress? Listen to Arnie, Stuart, and Brock's review to find out!

  • Moonraker


    18/09/2012 Duración: 52min

    James Bond has traveled the world in name of Queen and country, but for his eleventh official movie he has to go where no MI6 agent has gone before--outer space! In Moonraker Bond goes up against space shuttle manufacturer Hugo Drax and stop his plan to kill most life on Earth and breed a new master race. With a return of Bond baddie Jaws, a laser gun battle, and CIA agent Holly Goodhead, Moonraker is one of the most polarizing entries in the Bond franchise. Will it achieve liftoff with Arnie, Stuart, and Brock, or does it crash and burn? Listen to find out!

  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    11/09/2012 Duración: 01h05min

    When both British and Russian nuclear subs disappear, 007 must team up with Soviet Agent Triple X to investigate. But when X discovers Bond killed her lover, things get more complicated. Can they work as partners to stop aquatic anarchist Karl Stromberg? And is this movie, directed by Lewis Gilbert, as good as his previous Bond--You Only Live Twice? Listen to Stuart, Brock, and Arnie's review to find out!

  • The Man with the Golden Gun

    The Man with the Golden Gun

    04/09/2012 Duración: 01h02min

    For Roger Moore's second Bond film every attempt was made to recapture the magic of Goldfinger. With the return of Goldfinger's director Guy Hamilton, another character carrying a golden pistol, and a plot full of twists and turns, it certainly seems like all the right ingredients were brought together. Add in classic Hammer horror icon Christopher Lee as a master assassin aided by diminutive aide Nick Nack, did this film live up to Bond's gold standard? Listen to Stuart, Arnie, and Brock to find out!

  • Live and Let Die

    Live and Let Die

    31/08/2012 Duración: 01h15min

    They tried replacing Sean Connery once and failed. But with Connery's determination to move his career beyond Bond, United Artists had to once again recast the British spy. With the adaptation of Ian Flemming's second James Bond novel, Live and Let Die, English actor Roger Moore stepped into the tuxedo. Moore was already familiar with playing a spy, having played Simon Templar on television's The Saint for eight years, and Moore continued that success becoming the longest-serving James Bond actor, holding the role for twelve years. Now Brock, Stuart, and Arnie review Moore's first Bond film as he travels to America to investigate a drug lord from the Bahamas. Did this voodoo-themed adventure cast a spell on the Now Playing hosts? Listen to find out!

  • Diamonds Are Forever

    Diamonds Are Forever

    28/08/2012 Duración: 01h57s

    Never Say Never Again isn't the only time Connery played Bond after leaving the role. After George Lazenby's one outing, United Artists decided to take Bond back to its original formula, bringing back the director, the writer, and the star of Goldfinger for one last Bond adventure. It's Connery's last official appearance as 007, facing off one last time against SMERSH and Blofeld. Which is better, Diamonds or Gold? Listen to Stuart, Brock, and Arnie to find out!

  • On Her Majestys Secret Service

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    24/08/2012 Duración: 01h02min

    James Bond is back, but Sean Connery isn't. Instead, wearing the tuxedo and tossing the hat, is George Lazenby, an actor who would play Bond only once. Lazenby was long a punch line for the Bond franchise, but some Bond fans consider this film one of the best. Does Lazenby escape Connery's shadow, and should he have had a second shot playing the British agent? Listen to this episode of Now Playing and find out!

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