On this week’s podcast, James and Fernando open with a discussion of the James Bond 24 cast and title announcements, as well as the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser, before launching into spirited defences of two recent franchise entries that they feel have been much maligned by the critical and movie-going public in general. Namely Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk and Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D. Enjoy!
00:00 – Theme Music
01:08 – Spectre – The Next Bond Film
14:25 – The Force Awakens – The Next Star Wars Film
31:40 – James Defends The Incredible Hulk
51:30 – Fernando Defends Resident Evil: Afterlife
71:13 – Farewell
Because it’s my favourite Bond film, and aafter listening back to my discussion of the film with Rudie Obias and West Anthony on The Auteur Cast I just had to watch it again. You can listen here
More prep work for an appearance on the Auteur Cast show meant revisiting one of the most ridiculous of all the Bond films. Roger Moore teams up with Lois Chiles’ CIA/NASA operative Holly Goodhead to foil an evil plot by Hugo Drax (a rather wonderful Michael Lonsdale) to poison the Earth from space and re-populate the planet with his own master race. Jaws (Richard Kiel) returns, but even he can’t help improve the quality of this hastily assembled cash-in on the post-Star Wars sci-fi craze of the late 1970s. Like all Bond films, Moonraker has its moments, but the film seems intent on undermining every decent action beat with slapstick humour and embarrassing innuendo.
You never need an excuse to rewatch a James Bond film, even a middling entry like Guy Hamilton’s Live And Let Die, but this time I was attentively revisiting the film in preparation for my appearance on podcast The Auteur Cast. I was a guest on the show a year or so ago when they discussed the Sean Connery and George Lazenby entries in the series, and I was to guest on the next seven episodes as we discussed Roger Moore’s tenure as 007.