About This Show
Matt and Matt. Bond over Bond.
Matt Gourley and Matt Mira love James Bond so much they decided to make a podcast about it. Each episode they invite a guest to dive deep into one movie from the greatest film franchise known to man.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 034: The Music of James Bond with Andrew Secunda
3 days ago
Matt and Matt return! We decided it's been a while so why not sit down with our friend Andrew and rank every single James Bond theme 24 thru 1.
Rated 5 out of
Long Lost Love
This podcast has reconnected me with an oeuvre that I had forgotten I really dug. Each time I see a Bond, I enjoy (or despise, which is great too!) something else I hadn't seen before. The Matts are a great couple. I hope you guys find a way to keep this going; the music episode idea sounds like a blast... maybe a goofs/trivia show? Anyway... Thanks for the good times!!
Date published: 2013-12-13
Rated 5 out of
From Bond Fans With Love
Great show. Very entertaining. Perfect for Bond fans.
Date published: 2013-10-23
Rated 3 out of
Go into it with the right expectations.
Check it out if you want to hear Bond movies getting riffed on from start to end, stream-of-consciousness style.
Avoid if you were hoping to hear something informational from guys who clearly liked the movie.
I'll preface this by saying that I generally enjoy this Podcast because these guys are talking about some of my favorite movies.
Each episode is about 90 minutes long. I was hoping that a lot of this would be spent on behind the scenes stuff or discussions around the movies, but for the most part, they basically just recap the entire movie and talk about how silly or ridiculous it is.
I've read a lot of the criticism saying that these guys don't really come off as fans of the movies, and while I don't completely agree, I certainly get where that opinion is coming from. This Podcast is basically "How Did this Get Made: James Bond Edition" minus the guy who says "You guys - this movie... is insane" every episode (great podcast, by the way!).
Why is that a bad thing? Well, if you're a fan of the movies, you already know that they're ridiculous and over the top. Making that point for two hours per movie gets redundant. It's still entertaining to listen to them riff on it and I appreciate the plot run-through, but this could've been so much better if they had more production stories or contextual stuff about the movies and it feels like a missed opportunity that they didn't make this a little more informative rather than a stream of consciousness thing. When they play those alternate songs? When guests talk about their first movies? When they talk about other movies that some of the actors were in? Awesome. Wish there had been more material like that.
Extremely subjective - the other downside of this podcast for me is listening to some of Matt Mira's mannerisms. He's the main host of the show and does the majority of the talking. For a guy running an audio show, he says "Uuuuuuuh" WAY too much. Once you start noticing it, you're doomed. He also has a really unfortunate tendency to yuk it up. His brutal fake laughs ("AH HA HA HA!" and the worse "nyyyyaaaAAAAAH!") are right down there with Jimmy Fallon's. For most episodes, it really isn't bad, but once you listen to the "Best and Worst of James Bond" episode you won't be able to un-hear it and it gets distracting and cringy. Not saying "DON'T LAUGH, MATT!", but he really overdoes it at times and it detracts from the show.
The Goldfinger episode was, indeed, terrible. I really didn't mind the feminist angle to it, but it became entirely too overbearing to the point where they were barely talking about the movie itself. I had to turn it off when they started going on about what they liked to order at bars after having already strayed away from talking about the movie for twenty minutes.
Last thing I think could've been improved is the excessive amount of clips from the movies being used that are inherently visual. I totally get that they had guests on and that it would help them out contextually, but the show goes on tears with these where you hear innocuous clips featuring background noise and maybe a few lines of dialogue for awkwardly long amounts of time.
That's a lot of complaining, but I think I'm coming more from the position of having enjoyed the show but would've loved it if the above were improved.
Date published: 2016-11-03