James Bond & Friends – Episode 0021: Richard Burton’s Bar Tab

The latest episode of James Bond & Friends is now available on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere.

How much money does a Bond film really cost to make?

With the news that one of Bond 25’s distribution partners Annapurna is having some money troubles, we dive deep into the murky waters of the business of the movies, how much films really cost, and who pays for them. Ajay shares his professional expertise on film financing and Bill recounts the history of United Artists at the start of the Bond series. Along the way we stumble on Telly Savalas’ hair, Cleopatra’s expense account, Q-Branch pet food, Hai Fat’s inspiration, Ian Fleming’s animal rights, the James Bond goat, and the faded glory of a Wimpy hamburger.

The recording took place on August 9th, 2019 in the USA, UK, New Zealand, and Spain.

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

Ajay Chowdhury (co-author with Matthew Field) of Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films

David Leigh runs thejamesbonddossier.com

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

This podcast is copyright Pretitles LLC © 2019

Music credit ‘Spy & Die’ by Jay Man

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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