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A highlight from STIR/SHAKEN: understanding the basics, how it works, how to get compliant, ClearlyIP Podcast
"This is Doug Greenan, I'm the publisher of TR Publications and I'm very pleased to have with us Tony Lewis, who's the co -founder and CEO of Clearly IP. Tony, thank you for joining me today. Hey Doug, thanks for having me. I look forward to it. It's been a long time since we had one of these. Well, I'm delighted we were able to get together and as we were just talking about, we're very excited to have you as a new client and that we're reporting on Clearly IP. You're doing a lot of interesting things, you're creating a lot of interesting content and a lot of new ideas, I think, for our readers' thoughts about how they can approach some of the problems and challenges they've had in growing and in delivering services and so on. Today we're talking about a topic that everybody's sort of been buzzing about and has different takes on it and it'll be great to have sort of a fresh take on Stir -Shaken. Let's start with, as much as we've been reporting on it for all this time, I always feel like there's some readers out there that are almost too embarrassed to say, I don't know all I probably should know about Stir -Shaken. Let's start with some basic stuff. What does Stir -Shaken actually stand for? Oh, geez. It's an acronym. The STIR portion stands for Secure Telephony Identity Revisited. Our government loves to come up with crazy names and acronyms and then they make the acronym fit some English words that are somewhat informative of what it's doing. The STIR portion stands for Secure Telephony Identity Revisited. And here I thought it was sort of James Bond kind of deal. Yeah, exactly. And then the signature based stands for, so the SHAKEN stands for Signature Based Handling of Asserted Information Using Tokens. How that comes out to SHAKEN is you got me. Well, that's how they got there. And as we know, it kind of rolled out with a lot of fanfare and a lot of promise. So we understand it as a technology to combat spam calls and robo calls, but does it work? Sure. In principle and what it does work. So the idea behind it is the carrier who's initiating the call signs that call with a unique token. So we go through a government agency or the government agency FCC has allocated a company called iConnective as the single token authority in the US. So we as a carrier have to go to iConnective and get a token issued to us. We then use that token to go buy a, for all intents and purposes, an SSL certificate from a certificate authority. It's not an SSL cert, but it works the same way. So we buy a certificate from one of the certificate authorities. And then we use that every time we make an outbound call from a customer makes an outbound call to us, we sign that call saying, hey, we are the carrier of record for this call. So we're placing this call onto the network. And we attest to a certain level of caller ID, either an a, a b, or a c. And we can talk more about that later, what that a, b, and c means. But this process only works if the originating carrier, so whoever owns the end customer is the one who signs the call. And what we're seeing a ton of in the US is it's actually a carrier or two above the carrier who owns the customer who finally signs the call. And what we're seeing in the US, again, is the know your customer, KYC. So how can a carrier who's two layers up know the customer who actually is placing that call the end customer? And that's where it's still struggling to be effective. So you know, I have a sort of civilian question. How does this technology benefit me other than the obvious that it's supposed to stop me from receiving those annoying calls? Well, it's actually not supposed to. That's a myth. It's not supposed to stop spam calling. It's supposed to give the industry a way of quickly tracing back spam call to figure out who originated it. So let's say you have a company who's doing spam calling. Prior to stir -shaking, let's say that company buys from a reseller, their VoIP services. And that reseller buys from a aggregate who takes numerous carriers and aggregates together. And then that aggregate used a CLAC finally to place that outbound call. And then that CLAC saw, oh, that calls an AT &T wireless number, and they might go straight to AT &T with it, or they might use another intermediate party to send it to AT &T. So then the customer who receives the spam call reports to the government or to AT &T, I got this spoofing call. They tried to pretend they were my bank. So the first thing the FCC would have to do is say, okay, contact AT &T. Who sent you this call? AT &T would say, this carrier XYZ. Then they go to XYZ and say, who gave you this call? And that carrier would take a day or two or three or a week or two to respond back, I got it from this carrier here. And they have to go all the way down the chain. It would take them weeks or months to find out who actually placed that call. And half the time, some intermediate carrier would never respond back to them. And now the chain was broken, and they couldn't figure out who actually placed that spam call trying to impersonate a bank. So with stir shaking, when that call makes it AT &T, AT &T can look at which carrier signed that call and goes and report that to this company or this organization called the Traceback organization, who can immediately come to the person who signed the call and said, this call was illegal. What do you know about your customer? Give us all the information about your customer so we can figure out what we have to do to stop this. Does that make sense? It does. And so that brings up the obvious question. Does this actually work in practice? Does this happen? It does. So the problem is, remember the first question we're asking about is, one of the first things I brought up is, the problem right now is too many of the small resellers who sit between the end customer and someone else aren't doing stir shaking still. And they're too small. They're flying under the radar. The FCC doesn't even know that they exist because they're not registered with the FCC because they're flying under the radar. So you're two or three layers up still half the time when that call is finally getting signed. So when Traceback group wants to go figure out who made this spam call, they're still a lot of times one, two, three layers deep from the end customer. So you know, no system is perfect, but and stir shaking obviously has its challenges. You know, how do you guys manage this? What's the difference if I go with clearly IP? So we manage it multiple ways. So as a VoIP reseller, we sign all of our calls with our own token. And when we sign those calls, there's three different layers or three different levels of optimization. There's an A, a B, and a C. I'll simplify it. An A says, this is where the know your customer comes in. I know who my customer is. So it's not just the business name. For example, we request a copy of a photo ID for the person signing up. We log the IP address they're coming from. We do some validations on their credit card and verify that that address matches the IP address they're signing up. There's all these things we do to help verify that the customer is legit. So as the carrier, we have to do a bunch of know your customer requirements. And then once we can attest that we know our customer, we then sign that call with an A or a B. An A says, I know my customer, and I can verify they have a right to use the caller ID they're sending. B says, I know my customer, but I don't know if they have a right to use that caller ID. So in our world, a right to use a caller ID is based off of, do you own that DID, that phone number with us? If so, we know you have a right to use it. If it's a DID with someone else, we don't know if you have a right to use it, and we sign that call with a B. Does that make sense? It makes sense. And why don't you connect the dots for me to your stir shaken, with stir shaken to your SIP trunking products and offerings? Yeah, so in our world, if we're selling to an end customer, we take care of the signing of that call with an A or a B. If we have a reseller involved who owns the relationship to the customer, they're supposed to sign that call. So they don't have their own SBC. So they can't sign that call because we're the ones taking the call from their customer directly to us a lot of times with resellers. Most resellers don't put in their own SBCs. So in that world, we offer a service where they can go get their own token and certificate. They upload it to us, and we sign their calls from their customers underneath them with their own certificate. So if the resellers don't trace back, they know that the reseller who actually sold that to the end customer. So we give a really simple way. Our resellers don't have to go put in their own SBCs. They don't have to go subscribe to some stir shaken service from some third party who will sign the calls. We'll sign it for them using their certificate on their behalf. And that's a big advantage by if you work with Clearly IP then? Yes, a lot. There are a couple other providers starting to do it. We've been doing it for two years. I think we're one of the first that would let you load your own certificate. We have a little form you fill out for it, provide it all, and within 24 hours it's loaded and we're signing your calls for you. Well, Tony, I really want to thank you for joining me. This has been interesting and taking a glimpse at stir shaken. I think I really appreciate you having the patience to lay out for us some of the basics. Maybe we heard back then, but I think a lot of us civilians may have lost track of it and all the excitement, and also laying out some of the advantages that Clearly IP brings to the table. Where can we learn more about stir shaken and the Clearly IP approach to this problem? You can go to our website. We have some information on our website under our products page, under our SIP trunking on the stir shaken for our resellers underneath us. Otherwise, if you're a reseller and you have your own SPC or PBX, we can send you the whole identity header on inbound calls so that you can see the identity header and make decisions based on the identity header. Sounds like we have a lot to look forward to, Tony. We're going to move on to the next one.
Fresh update on "james bond" discussed on Simply Bitcoin
"The daily culture brought to you by Swan bitcoin.com. Swan is the best way to build your Bitcoin stack with automated Bitcoin savings plans and instant purchases serving clients of any size from $10 to 10 million dollars. We love Swan because they incentivize self custody and dollar cost averaging. What are you waiting for visit Swan bitcoin.com today? All right. Well, you guys know the culture, you know what we like to do with the culture and Daniel not to put you on the spot and you told me in the pre show that we don't want to get too into the details of your rabbit hole story, but people love yeah, I know I know everyone wants to everyone wants to ask, right? So so so I know, you know, I go to, you know, Bitcoin conferences Bitcoin meetups, bit devs and people ask, oh, you know, how many years ago did you first hear about Bitcoin and you know, which is a good question. But what I started asking me was, you know, how many years were you waiting for Bitcoin before you heard about it? Right? So for me, this was something that I, you know, I was waiting for somebody to build it for a long time and I wasn't entirely sure it was possible. And then when I first heard about Bitcoin, I was like, okay, that's that's pretty neat, you know, but who knows, right? It's just it's just a wild experiment and you know, have to have to see where it goes. But I, you know, immediately like the idea, especially the idea of mining because if you've seen the 19 the movie from the 90s, the James Bond movie GoldenEye, the bad guy has this this layer in the jungle. That's this is giant like satellite dish basically. And that is a that is a real place in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and number of years ago. I went to to go see it and they built that to try to be able to, you know, get signals from outer space and they were getting all this data and they just simply couldn't process it, right? They they were getting so much data from outer space all these this radio signals and they didn't have the super computers that could actually look to see if they're repeating patterns that could suggest aliens trying to communicate with us. So in the 1990s, they came up with this idea SETI at home search for extraterrestrial intelligence at home where they would basically break that these data into chunks and then enthusiasts with their computers at home could download each of these chunks and have their computer use its processing power to try to find aliens. So, you know, I when I heard about that was like, okay cool, you know, I am the computer's not doing anything while I'm sleeping and I can try to I can try to find aliens and you know, unfortunately, I never found any aliens right would have been exciting, but whatever but then I heard about this one. It's like, okay. Yeah, I can actually just try to you know, sure turn this, you know electrical power into some kind of you know internet currency and and see where this goes. And you know one point I had a few a six, you know my apartment and I had them going in the kitchen while I was sleeping and then as soon as I woke up, I would unplug them all move them over to the bedroom and plug them back in and close the door and you know sound like a couple hair dryers going and you know, I'm lucky there was nobody in the apartment with me at the time or they would have been very very angry and they would be like, what is this sound? You know, this is unbearable droning and like that's the sound of money being made. You know, so I can't complain about it. And you know, then then over time, you know, I slowly I slowly learn more and again, you know, some of the you know, we don't have learning about Bitcoin back in the day was was definitely harder. There were less people there. We didn't have the kind of podcast and educational resources we have now and and it's just very very easy to lose Bitcoin as well. And you know, the price goes down on a bear mark and you think well, that's it. It's over, you know, and in this in this bear market didn't feel like it's over right. You can see some of these exchanges going under some of these other lenders that overextended themselves and miners that overextended themselves and like yeah, they they made a mistake but Bitcoin is definitely definitely here to stay at this point and really on a pretty amazing trajectory. So it's been it's been a really cool experience, you know, meeting all these interesting smart people in Bitcoin as well as trying to help regular people just get into Bitcoin and learn about it, right? Because there's no one place to go. There's no company. There's no official website. So you kind of have to hope you find somebody to onboard you who is a who is a real Bitcoiner and will point you in the right direction. So people say to me, do you mind repeating yourself? And I'm like no not to different people only only to the same people, right? So it's always really exciting when they get someone new who actually wants to learn and and then they just see it click for them. Although sometimes we end up going down the mining rabbit hole for a long time because it is interesting but you know right now it's not really the best way for the average person to try to get into Bitcoin simply because it's it's become very very competitive at this point. So unless you have that edge, right unless you're getting free electricity or super cheap electricity unless you actually need that heat already anyway to heat your pool or you know hot tub or something, you know your house or something there. I mean, I like projects like spa 256 someone's heating their hot tub with a six and think it's extra satisfying to know that that's how it's being warm. But generally for most people. Yeah, they're better off as they say Fiat mining doing whatever it is. They're actually good at and then then buying Bitcoin with it. Love it. Love it. And we did kind of talk about earlier before the show you mentioned it kind of here, you know, it's very I'd hate to say it's very easy to lose your Bitcoin. But if you don't do it properly, there is a real risk of losing your Bitcoin and someone that's been around for a long time. What would you recommend to someone new? What do you think is the best way for people to store their Bitcoin? It does depend on the person it depends on the amount of Bitcoin it depends on their level of technical proficiency and their budget, right? But but certainly one good hardware wallet and a steel backup is a really good option for for a lot of people, right? There's it's becoming easier and more practical to do multi SIG where you can actually have these essentially partial keys. And then some of those keys could be held by you in different locations could be held by friends or family could be held by companies that are specializing in this, right? And as that becomes more practical, I think that will eventually become the default way to do it as it's both more secure and more forgiving when done properly, right? But that's that's the key there. And I've helped people who are new go through this process of just, you know, creating their 12 seed words, write it down on a piece of paper, right? You know, you set up the hardware wallet and you would think that this is people think, oh, this is very easy. Yeah. Well people write down the words wrong. They just write down a different word. They misspell it. They're their handwriting's, you know, unreadable or they write them out of order or they write them on a piece of paper then take a picture and then put it on the cloud and without necessarily realizing, you know, I said to them, okay. No, you that you weren't supposed to do that and they say, okay, I deleted it like no, no sign up to delete it. You have to do the whole thing from the beginning again, right? These can never be on a general purpose internet connected device.
A highlight from 120: Part 1: Tim Cardwell is a Top Cop for Drug Interdiction but Nearly Loses His Life
"Hey, hey, hi, it's Fat Albert. I have no idea who it is this week because it has been a long week. But hey guys, amigos, amigos, players, playwrights, dududettes, everybody, welcome back. This is episode 120 constituting, again, the 120th attempt, I can't even say it, 120th attempt to keep us off the air, but you have all failed. We are back. That's right. You're stuck with us, sorry. That's right. We don't have our crosses to bear and we're yours. That's right. Gotta pay for your sins sometime and you're paying for them on earth. Here we go. That's it. All right, guys. Well, hey, welcome back. Morgan here, along with my partner in crime. Hey, guys, it's Murph. Glad to have you on back. Yes, sir. And hey, before we get started, let's just do some quick housekeeping. Hey, head on over to Apple Spotify. Hit those five stars. We don't know how it works. It's magic. If you used to listen to us on Stitcher, they're out of business change and Google is going away. So make sure you get on something that's not going to go away anytime soon. So Apple Spotify, hit those five stars. Also head on over to our website, gamercrimespodcast .com for everything you need to know about us, including when we have guests with books. We have an extensive book list, Murph. I was just looking at that because we've got another guest coming up with the book and it's like, you know, at least 40 % of our guests have had books. I tell you what, you know, we try to read everybody's book before we have them on the show. At least one book, because some of them have tons of books. I got to tell you, I didn't read this much in college and I'm being serious. You've read more books in the last two years than you have in the previous, how many, 79? 102? 102. 102. All right. Hey, speaking of that, you had a chronological, we both had a chronological increment recently, so... Yeah, except I started counting backwards, so I'm down to 62 now. Well, that's because you couldn't count that high, so you're running out of toes. That's it. But anyway, yeah. Hey, also guys, follow us on that thing they call social media, at Game of Crimes on Twitter, Game of Crimes podcast on Facebook and the Instagram, but where you gotta be is Patreon. Patreon .com slash Game of Crimes. We do a lot of fun stuff on there. We've got 911, what's your emergency? Murph, well, his house will burn down before he gets the number right. 199. Here we go. Here we go. Where you guys been? Where you been? We got stuff like You Can't Make This Shit Up. We've got our Q &A, our monthly Narcometer review. I thought last month, the Sicario, Day of the Soldado. Frickin', I mean, Benicio del Toro is in another movie. I think it's called The Reptile. He's good. He's good. I'll tell you what, he can just come and look at you and he's like, okay, here's my money, don't hurt me. He's scary. Motherfucker, scary. He is. And in real life, he's probably the nicest guy in the world. And that's the way most of them are. It's like Boyd Holbrook, you know, on some of his things like Justified and stuff. He looks like a killer, but then he's really nice in person. Yeah, even Logan and I mean, all the different things. He's been in a lot of stuff. Dial of Destiny, you know. So he was a bad guy in Dial of Destiny. But hey, guys, but that's where you're going to hear some good stuff. So head on over there, patreon .com slash Game of Crimes. Now, you also got to head on over. Our favorite mafia queen, Sandy Salvato, the iron fist with the velvet glove rules over all that is Game of Crimes fans. Just go to Facebook and look up Game of Crimes fans, answer a couple easy questions and gain admittance into the inner sanctum where all the hilarity ensues. There you go. Just what he said. That's right. Just what I said. But you know what else I said, Murph? What did you say? I said, guess what time it is? Do you know what time it is? I'm going to ask you one more time because you got to pack. You got a trip coming up and we're doing this kind of late. So guess what time it is, Murph? It's time for Small Town Police Blotter. A little bit of James Bond there. Hey, speaking of James Bond, he would have had nothing to do with this next guy. Murph, I'm telling you. Oh, this one. This one comes out of Nebraska. And I'm telling you, them corn fed farm boys are lonely. Uh -oh. Uh -oh. They're lonely. So there is a few. This just happened October 13th. It's just like today. A funeral home worker was responsible for transporting TED bodies in Nebraska County is under arrest. Well, the felony burglary complaint doesn't really do it justice. So Ryan Smith and a colleague were dispatched last week to a home in Omaha to collect the body of an individual who died there. Now, this guy who died there left something behind, which this guy tried to come back and get. So Ryan Smith called the property manager and claimed that the local sheriff had asked him to collect this item for evidentiary purposes. Now, the property manager's like, nah, I'm dumb, but not that dumb. He denied it, but he later came back and heard noises emanating from the unit which had been locked from the inside with a deadbolt and the chain. After Smith exited the home with his clothes disheveled, the property manager called cops who busted him on a felony burglary charge. So Murph, why do you think they would want to seek DNA samples? Oh, no. Because the item left behind was a sex doll. And this guy returned. Oh, that's not what I was thinking. That's not quite so bad. I was thinking cadaver. No, no, no, no, no. This was a sex doll. The guy was removed from the house, but he left his sex doll behind. I don't know, maybe that's why he died. Maybe it was a good time. Sally, I told you to get your ass in the car. Yeah, guess what? He came and went at the same time. Oh, that was terrible. That was terrible. You know, when I went through the West Virginia State Police Academy, they'd wake you up in the middle of the night. You had to go out and do searches for a lost child. And the doll's name was Sally Rotten Crunch. Oh, moving on. You hated that doll. So Murph, you've heard the term getting shitfaced, right? Yeah, but luckily I've never experienced that. Let's hope you don't experience this either. So a former woman is facing a felony charge for what she did to an elderly neighbor. Now, Callie Robinson, she's 28. She was arrested after a confrontation at the Mobile Home Park where she and the 76 -year -old victim live in separate residences. According to a complaint charging Robinson with battery on a victim 65 years or older, she became upset with Daniel Powell. You know what his crime was, Murph? He would always speak with her while she walked her dog. What, just to say good morning or how are you? Yeah, so guess what she did? She took an unsecured bag of dog feces and pushed it into his face. Oh, oh, that's nasty. So they matched the dog waste bag. Yeah, they matched the waste bag with bags in her possession and she ultimately admitted to the battery. How old was she and how old was the victim? She was 28, the victim was 76. That's why they charged her with a battery on a victim 65 years or older. Yeah, and the punishment should be the same thing she did to him. I'll tell you what, it gives a whole new meaning to the word shitfaced and she should get shitfaced. You're not kidding, there's no excuse for that. Well, speaking of Florida, Murph, what is the largest retirement home in the United States? The villages. The villages. You wouldn't believe the stories that come out of that book. Oh, dude, I would after this story. So a 77 -year -old Florida man was arrested. He was trying to peddle some things. Oh, yeah, that was on the news here. That's legit. He was trying to peddle $1 ,800 worth of black market erectile dysfunction drugs. Only in the villages. Now, he bought a slew of ED products, erectile dysfunction, including Snovitra 20, Villatra 20, and Kamagra oral jelly. Oh, my God. With the intent to sell them locally and outside the Sunshine State, according to several papers, now, Murph, this is going to shock you. It's not his first rodeo. Guess what else he's tried to hawk? Marijuana and cocaine. No meth? No meth. Oh, dude, you've got to step up. You're not going to do meth. I mean, that's just kiddie dope otherwise. Yeah, you've got to be in the big leagues. You want to run with the big dogs, you've got to get off the porch there, Cooter. Seriously, the stories that come out of that place are just... Connie said, if she passes away first when I moved to the villages, I don't think so. They have the highest rate of STD transfers infections in the United States. Hey, if you're that age and you're getting some, God bless you. Oh, my goodness. Yeah, but I mean, practice safe sex. Good Lord. Well, that's kind of a segue. I'm not sure how to segue into safe sex other than to saying the next guest is actually pretty safe. He's a really pretty good guy. And he was somebody that you have worked with in the past. And that's how you cornered this. By the way, you couldn't make fun of him. Guess what? He's a God -fearing, right -wing, rifle -carrying trooper. Are you talking about our guest today? Yes. You know what? This guy that you're getting ready to hear his story. I met this guy. He's one of the best interdiction troopers in the United States ever. I mean, he was well -known throughout. And he's going to tell you how he learned his trade and everything. But I got to meet him when I came back from Columbia and got stationed in Greensboro, North Carolina. And this guy, his nose is better than his drug dog's nose. We didn't talk about this on the interview, so I'll tell you real quick. He called me on a New Year's Eve. I was painting the laundry room in our house. The girls were little. He called me on New Year's Eve night, and he had pulled over a tractor trailer car carrier and found several hundred kilos of cocaine in one of the cars. I mean, how the hell do you do that, you know? Because he's a trooper. Yeah, he's good. And the driver was Colombian, so that might have been an indicator. But just a fantastic guy. I mean, one of my best friends all these years later, I met him in 94, and here we are in 23, and still stay in touch all the time. And if it hadn't been for him, your stats would have been for shit, man. Still a stat where he can. There you go. Wait a minute, that's another agency. Wait the fuck for agencies to do that. What other agency would do that? What other agency would go out and make a press release? Well, there's one, you know, that's called Adopt That Effer. You'll have to figure that out. They usually show up after the fire. But anyway, we digress some murph, but we can't hear the story of Mr. Tim unless I ask you the penultimate question. Are you ready to play the biggest, baddest, most dangerous game of all? The Carolina North accent game of crimes. That's right. Ladies and gentlemen, get in, sit down, shut up, and hold on, especially when it gets to the point where they took his gun away from him. This man is a big man. Bring on Mr. Trooper Tim Cardwell, retired, one of my best friends. If you would just like it if it was breathy, because we could talk to you that way. You freak me out when you do those voices, Morgan. Yes. We'll get you some professional help. The love doctor is in. Speaking of who's in, it's not the love doctor. It's me and Murph. Hey, and guess what? We have got somebody Murph can't make fun of. If he tries to, he's going to get in trouble, because he's another trooper. Yeah, so for all our listeners, you can feel my pain right now. Instead of one trooper on every interview, I got two troopers on here today. Who knows where this is going to go? If you hear snoring in the background, that'll be me, because we're going to be telling trooper stories. No, that'll be because you just took your medication. You were telling us of that, and you're about ready. You're going to go on the nod. I just got up from a good nap, so. You ought to be French. Our guest today is an old, old friend of mine that I met when I first came out of Columbia back in 94. I got stationed in Greensboro, North Carolina, and I don't know how we met. I don't remember now, but. I think you got a ticket, Murph. He could have given me one, I'm sure. Of course, I rode with him a few times. I could have given him one, you know? But our guest is Tim Cardwell. He's retired, North Carolina State Highway Patrolman. One of the leading interdiction troopers in the entire United States. was This guy so good at his job. He had a dog at one point. We'll talk about his dog a little bit. Who saved his life, I believe. We'll talk about that story. But who was so good, he didn't need a dog. I mean, he could sniff out coke better than anybody I've ever seen. So we've got some stories to tell him today, but what a pleasure to have you on here, Tim. Thank you, Steve. I appreciate it. Glad to be here. Kind of nervous, but I'm glad to be here. This is not an interview or interrogation. Nobody's going to advise you of your rights, but just in case, there's the door, Tim. You're free to go at any time, you know? Don't make me call your wife now. Ah, well. She keeps me straight, trust me. Don't they all? Yes. Well, let's talk as we do with everybody, Tim. First of all, one trooper to another. Thank you for your service out there to the great people of North Carolina. So think of ours, Coastal and Ulster. How did you get started in this thing we called law enforcement? As a Ute, did you fracture a few laws? Were you on the receiving end of some extra judicial punishment? Or how did you get started in this thing? Yeah, kind of. So I grew up in Madison, Medan, which is north central North Carolina, north of Greensboro, a small town, about 5 ,000, two towns combined, and just a little mill town. And I did have an encounter with law enforcement at a very young age, and it scared me, kind of like scared you straight. And I had just kind of gotten, you know, as a young boy, I was just very adventurous, rambunctious, and, in a way, got in trouble one night for throwing some rocks at somebody who had run us off from shooting basketball. And, you know, in a way, kind of retaliated in not the best way, and local law enforcement, of course, picked us up. No, no, you don't get to blow past that. What do you mean you retaliated in not the best way? We need some details. What was the nature of the retaliation? Well, so the rocks were the retaliation. So let me clarify. We were shooting basketball outside of a funeral home one night, and me and a buddy of mine, and anyway, long and short of it is, I didn't have a basketball court that had asphalt or concrete. I only had to shoot on dirt, and this local place had concrete, obviously. And so we were shooting late one night, and, you know, being young, maybe 12 years old, we really wasn't paying attention, and there was a funeral service going on. So, you know, of course, us playing caused a lot of echoing, and they come out and actually run us off, so to speak. And so kind of feeding off of each other, being frustrated, we decided to throw a couple rocks outside the building, and as such, we got the local law enforcement called, and they quickly found us and picked us up and took us to the station. And anyway, it absolutely petrified me. And anyway, they did us really good. They were very respectful and taught us a lesson, and, you know, didn't come out with any kind of criminal charges or anything. So it was my introduction to the criminal justice system in a personal way. So needless to say, I didn't want to experience it again. It scared me so much. I never heard that story. That's similar to one I went through when I was about 10 years old. Did any of those rocks happen to penetrate glass, or did they bounce off the building, or what was the nature of the damage caused by your retribution? There really was no damage. It just hit the side of the building. I wasn't that brave to throw it at a window, but, you know, it was just at a time where I was, I guess, getting out there and probably kept me from getting in trouble to a greater level, I guess. So it was good for me. So how did that factor into later then? You know, that was your first experience, but what led you into this thing of ours? Well, you know, as I look back, I can kind of recount the path. As a young man, we had growing up, the house that I grew up in didn't have a mailbox. We had a post office box. And so when I would go to the post office box to retrieve a mail with a parent or, you know, as I got a little bit older, allowed to go by myself, I caught myself reading those FBI most wanted bulletins that's displayed in all post offices, and they just seemed to capture my attention. And unbeknownst to me, you know, I never thought about a career in it, but I think that had a little factor. And then the house that I mentioned, my neighbor who had moved there in the third grade, he was a state trooper, and he spent his whole career in our home county, and he was very close with our family. He lived right behind me, and he watched me grow up, and, you know, I interacted with him quite a bit, and I was always impressed with him and respected him. And I used to see him, you know, when he would leave on a weekend working evening shift with that black and silver patrol car, it would be shiny, and, you know, he would go out. There you go. See, got to take care of that car. Even back then, it's got to take care of the car and the uniform. I think all you guys just want to be mechanics.
Fresh update on "james bond" discussed on Cinemavino
"Sorry. I really, this movie just made me want to watch loaded weapon. Basically. Yeah. Um, I got to see that streaming anywhere. Guys, if you've never seen loaded weapon one, it's, it's Samuel Jackson. It's Emilio Estevez Goldberg. That's the selling good old F Murray, Abraham Salieri himself. He shows up, uh, Tim goddamn Curry. Yeah. Tim Curry as a, as a deranged, uh, wilderness girl, like girl Scouts guy. Anyway, we're here to talk about lethal weapon. Um, so yeah, this is, uh, one of my favorite genres, which I don't know if you can say it as a, as a genre, but the Ebony and ivory, the, the like two things that apparently don't go together, but the buddy cop, uh, thing that they do all the time in this. And obviously they did it in diehard as well. Um, and I just, I, I love it. I love Gary Busey in this. He's, uh, only in it a little bit, but he's one of my favorite characters. Good old chompers. He just reminds me of Jaws and James Bond. Like he just shows up, choose up the scenery and, uh, just goes on his merry way. But can Mel Gibson is so over the top. You think like, Oh, damn it. The bad guy. He's in a car. I don't have a car. He got away. Not Mel Gibson. Fuck that. I've got my shirt off. I've got like a gun strap over here. Like I look buff. I'm going to run barefoot to the freeway, cut them off at the bridge. How he's on foot. John McLean would have done that. Yeah. Yeah. It just going apeshit like balls to the wall. Like really? He talk about that dude needed a red bull before it was invented. I needed something to like some kind of pick me up. Uh, but my favorite part about the movie is, uh, Murtaugh and his family. Like you get to see them, you get to see his family dynamic, all that bullshit. Uh, but what is great is that it builds on for the other films. Cause I remember watching lethal weapon and like, Oh, I need to watch all these. So I watched all four of them, uh, and you know, a couple span of days, but like you get to see his family like grow up. And then obviously they got what Chris Rock dating his daughter, the fourth movie, Joe Pesci is a fucking excellent addition in the later movies. Um, this one, it was good. I gave it a 7.5. Uh, I liked how their relationship grows and continuing to watch it. Like that's one thing I kind of wish some of the diehard movies had done. I needed more Carl Winslow hanging out with, uh, with, with, uh, John McLean. You need some like no stakes quips, you know? Yeah. Yeah. Uh, yeah. So 7.5 for me, I think I've interjected all my other thoughts into everybody else. So that, that's all I got. So 7.5 is like a serious movie or 7.5 is like a comedy. Uh, no, it's just 7.5 as being a, like you said, the, the proto, um, film that kind of a lot, all these other ones spun out from or took a cue from. Yeah. Yeah.
Are Women Smarter Than Men?
"Do you think, Rebellion, that women are smarter than men? Let's hear the response. No, I do not think women are smarter than men. I think women use their heads more. I think we, I believe women use their heads more than we do. They use their heads to do what? You don't want to go that route, TJ. I can tell you a mother woman that can hurt that. Now you're trying to spin me around now. She's going to lie with her head. I ain't going to lie. The way that I answered the question was, I believe women think more than we think. I believe men use our group strength more than we use our brains. So, I guess to answer the question, I might take whatever, you know, maybe I am saying yes. But I just know that men use more group strength than women are women. So they're thinking way more than we are. You mean they overly think. But okay, we're going to let you do that rock out with that. Alright, TJ, what was your answer? My answer, Rebellion's answer was no. I do not believe women are smarter than men. No. Okay, and TJ? I'm kind of on the same page with him a little bit. But I feel that they are, women are way more, like they use their heads better than we do. I'll say that. They also use their hands too, but we ain't going to talk about that. We can talk about whatever. You know, but they, you know, their brain is, I mean, all women are fucking nuts in the first place. This isn't on the table, they're all fucking crazy. Polko nuts. I've never met a normal woman. We were just talking about how women have a very strong active imagination. Women are fucking nuts, they're all fucking crazy. My mother was crazy, my sister, my wife was crazy. Tell him to answer the question. Tell him to answer the question. Stop dodging, man. Tell him to answer it now. All right. Women use, like I agree with Rebellion, women use their brains better than we do. I'm not going to say they're smarter than us, but they use their brains better than we do. Because we'll do shit that makes no sense and get caught. A woman right now could go cheat, and you will never know she's cheating unless you fucking get on some Mission Impossible, James Bond, Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer should catch him cheating, you know what I'm saying? You got to be something to catch him. If a woman want to get caught, she'll get caught. She'll get caught. If she don't want to get caught, she'll be shooting shit for you to find, and she don't care. But if she don't want to get caught, you ain't never going to find that shit. You got to be a million times ahead of them, and they're already a million times thinking about that before, so it's like, it's, you know, like, we walk around, you know, so yeah. I'm not going to say they're smarter, but they use their brains
Fresh update on "james bond" discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"Um, and I think you're going to see that much or more and what the NBA does next. So I think the same way the NFL moved digital and has had a lot of success, I can't imagine the NBA does anything. I think they do that or more, not less. So you're definitely going to see a shift in how these games and, and the other thing is, um, I think one thing that doesn't need to happen is one thing that frustrates the shit out of me as a fan. Is, you know, it's so hard to find out even where to watch a game. And it's like, it's, it's, it's too complicated. This needs to be simplified. Like I want to be able to, to go one place and be able to watch, you know, most of my sports. So, you know, that's obviously the dream we have for fanatics long-term, but we're not even thinking about that today. It's just, you know, it's a, a big bold dream and then you forgot how to make it happen over, you know, many years. The baseball playoffs were tough with that. Where it's like, as soon as it was time for a game, you had to do this basically roulette to see what channel it was on. It's not just, sports are tough for that. It's hard to find where you want to watch games. Is it TBS? Is it, what are, oh, we're on ESPN tonight. And by the way, I owned part of a basketball team before and I can't figure out where to watch a basketball game sometimes and where to watch a, a baseball game sometimes. And so, yeah, it's, it's, I think that's an opportunity as well. And the one thing, if there's one thing that I didn't know enough in the beginning of my career that I really think now is you got to think about the fan first and everything you do, and then back into the business model from that. And that is something that we talk about religiously for next today. That's a different conversation than five years ago. We're just, you know, you got to think about what's in the fan's best interest. And if you start there, I think you have a better business longterm. So you gave up your stake in the Sixers. I did. Is it true that being a minority owner just means that you have season tickets? No, definitely not. I mean, look, I was obviously, you know, this cause you follow this business closely. I was probably, you know, you were pretty hands on for minority owner. Yeah. And that wasn't by design. It's just kind of what happened. You know, look, business is about relationships. And, you know, I suck at a lot of things, but I generally have pretty good relationships. Seems like it. And so I think in the first five or six years, I wasn't that involved. And then as time went on, you know, I kind of got more involved. And look, my relationship with Josh Harris and Dave Blitzer was and is incredible. And I think, you know, we all kind of, you know, do what we do best. But I was very involved in the last couple of years. And, you know, certain things went as planned and certain things didn't go as planned. And I could tell you what didn't go as planned. We never want to have any guesses. Well, we never won a championship and that sucks. And, you know, when you own a basketball team, you own a sports team, you have one job, which is to win a championship. And each year that you don't win a championship, you failed. Right. And you should look at the end of the season and say, we didn't achieve our goal if you didn't win a championship. And so, you know, to me, I was involved with it for 11 years and, you know, we got bounced in the second round of the playoffs. You know, too many times. And so we never achieved our goal. And that's something I look at as a personal failure because I was deeply involved with it. You certainly owned an interesting team. We did. That's the story of my life. I mean, I think I'm used to having... You just spent the Pistons where like nothing happened year after year. Your team was like a soap opera. Yeah, well, I mean, sports has a lot of that that follows it. And I feel like I have a lot that just follows me with that as well. So, yes. Were you trying to mediate the hardened thing at the end or did you know this ship had sailed? Look, it's no secret that I'm incredibly close still with Josh Harris and David Blitzer and the Sixers organization and Daryl and also with James. I thought there could have been a really good solution in it. That didn't come to fruition. At the end of the day, I'm happy now that the Sixers are happy and doing great and James is happy. He got what he wanted. I'm more bullish than you are. I think the Clippers will be better than you just told me the Clippers were going to be. I'm the opposite of bullish. Yeah, you're very negative. So I'm un-bullish. Yeah, so I'm bullish and I'm going to put that out there. Look, James, James, you know, it's very easy. Bearish? What's the opposite of bullish? Bearish. Bearish. Yeah, you're showing the Clippers short. I'm sold already. Yeah, I have all the shorts on it. Okay, perfect. Perfect. Well, I'm more bullish than you are. I think it takes time. If there's one thing I learned that I didn't know in the beginning of the Sixers, to get multiple stars to play well together in jail, that takes time. And something that I think James doesn't get enough credit for is the way he adjusted his game to fit into the Sixers. And, you know, look, Joel is a incredible basketball player. He's, you know, great, not very good. And James came in there and figured out how to change his game to really, you know, support Joel and support the team. And I think that was working pretty well. What would be interesting is to watch, you know, and by the way, to see the way Reese is, you know, stepping up now is a beautiful thing. And he's, you know, he could be one of the best humans in the planet. I mean, that guy is a, you know, he's a born leader. He's always happy. He's always got a smile on his face. He's going to make the All-Star team. And by the way, no one deserves it more than he does. And he's working his ass off. But, you know, it's interesting. You got to get through a season, you know, without injuries or without, you know, season ending injuries. And you got to get through and, you know, shit goes wrong in any season, in just about any team. It's very hard to keep a team healthy for, you know, the key guys healthy for an entire season. So, you know, to me, you know, the measure of success for the Sixers is going to be how do we progress and, you know, not be bouncing the second round of the playoffs. And, you know, I'm rooting for great outcomes for both. I mean, for me, you're out. You're never owning a team again. I'm never owning a team again. I think, you know, fanatics is such a bigger opportunity. I'm fortunate to sit in the middle of sports, technology, the greatest athletes in the planet. I love what I get to do. I learned so much. I'm grateful for the opportunity. I did it from 2011 until 2022. And I'm so happy to not be part of it anymore. It doesn't sound that much fun. I mean, the ego part sounds great. You get sick court side. You get to potentially win the title. Those are the good things. And then the bad things are literally 90 things. The fact that players can become unhappy within six months and now your whole season's upended, or you have a basically 29 and 30 chance of not winning the title year after year. Here's the reality. It's not fun because if you think it's fun, you don't have the responsibility of every night going to bed and every morning waking up saying, how do I win a championship? And the stress and anxiety that goes along with that fans who are just like, they're looking at you, it's like they're doing their job saying, win a championship for me. God damn it. Right. And so, um, you know, I learned so much from it. I think it was actually helpful to me in the early parts of my career and from a development perspective. And by the time, you know, in the later part of it, it was so complicated with Fanatics getting into the online sports betting business with Fanatics, having direct deals with 3000 athletes, which is, you know, violates all the league rules. So it was definitely time for me to move on. It took, I had, in addition to the stress of wanting to win a championship and not succeeding for the city of Philadelphia, then I had the stress that I knew I was violating all these league rules and, you know, what legal letter was coming each day from it. And so it was very clean. It was time for me to move on. And now I'm in the best position in the world because if there's a situation I care about, I can help behind the scenes. And so, you know, my, and my relationship with, you know, I think still I joke around people all the time. People still like, if you were an NBA star, when I owned, you know, when I was the third largest owner of the Sixers in a very visible, you know, part of the organization, people looked at you a little bit sideways. Now, no one looks at you sideways anymore. Everyone just looks at you as neutral, which is the way I need to be as the leader of Fanatics. You occupy such a weird territory in the sports world because you have, you're probably, you could make the case you're the most powerful person in sports because you have the relationships literally with every league, every commissioner, all the, all the famous stars, right? But you, you don't have a lot of the negative responsibility of that, right? It seems like your role is additive in all of these different things. People call you, they ask for advice, or you're trying to help them from a business standpoint. There's, there's nobody quite like you, but I always wondered, like, I wish there was a sports czar that could basically be for the, for the sake of just how sports would run, things that make sense, that could just be like the sounding board for people, but we don't have that job. It doesn't exist. You're kind of like the de facto sports czar, even though you're not the czar. Does that make sense? Um, first, thank you for the kind words. I don't look at myself like that at all. The people that are the most important people in the sports organization are the athletes, these incredible talented athletes that do what they do. We'd have no, but we'd have no, we'd have no, like one thing I'm very aware and humble about without the thousands of incredible athletes that do what they do, we'd have no business. We'd have nothing to do. Okay. We wouldn't have people to buy merchandise from us, to buy collectibles from us, to buy, um, to bet on sports with us. We'd have nothing to do. And without the sports organizations, the leagues, um, we'd have no business either. That's it. I think what is where I'm finally in the right place in my life is I've got rid of conflict and that's a great place to be. You're the only one, everyone else has some sort of conflict. I think, you know, a lot of what I do is the behind the scenes stuff that, you know, we never talk about and that, that, that, and I enjoy that. And I learned from that and I grow from that. And, you know, I, look, I don't think there's a lot of people that have really good relationships with the commissioners and also really good relationships with the people who lead labor. Okay. Cause naturally there's tension, you know, between those organizations a lot of the time. And I think, um, you know, there aren't, you know, I don't have much complexity anymore other than I'm waking up every morning, going to bed every night, you know, focused on one thing, which is how do I better everything that we do for next week? We have so much to be better at. Um, but I think I look at it as a, um, as a opportunity and something that I love doing that so many people come to me and say, Hey, what would you do here? What do you think about this? You know, and, but I learned as much from each person, you know, the way I work and people don't really get this about me. People think I'm just being self deprecated. I'm not, um, I legitimately barely made it out of high school. It's a miracle that I graduate. I went to college. I posted my, you know, my, my 1.87 GPA that I had in the one semester. I'm a little like, I can't read. Like someone just said to me, yes, so you should read my book. And I said, I need to actually, um, without getting into who it was, I'm going to listen to it on audio. And I haven't even done that for, I haven't read a book since ninth grade. The way I learn is by getting great people around me and by they learn from me and I learn from them. So I'm always picking up different data points from people. So that's the way my brain works. You know, get a really differentiated group of people around you that all have different backgrounds and different things they can add and try to help make their lives better and then learn from them. And that's a lot of how the ideas that we get at Fanatics come from. That's how a lot of my growth comes from. But I want to make sure I'm always giving more than I get in every time that I can. Would you call yourself a problem solver? I think it's one of my best skill sets because I'm street smart. It's like, you know, look, look, you obviously, you can't be dyslexic, not be able to read a horrible student barely made it to high school, didn't go to college. And then also, you know, you have to have some positive traits. My positive traits are relationship skills and like common sense and common sense solves problems. So yes, I think I'm generally a very good problem solver. I've also learned you can't solve everyone's problems and you can't fix everything. And that's something where I work on average 18 hours a day, seven days a week. You know, people always see the fun microwave and they see the shit on Instagram. They see, you know, my white party, this Fanatics Super Bowl party. You know, they see me with, you know, some people that are strategically important to me or some good friends of mine. They always think I live a fun life. I'm like, what I love to do is get up, work my ass off and then do it again the next day because that's the one thing I'm good at. I'm not a good, I'm a terrible athlete, I'm a terrible student, but that's the one thing I like doing. And so, but you also learn at the same time, you can't, you know, you can't fix everything. You can't solve everyone's problems. The Vanity Fair just, or Vanity Fair wrote about the white party a couple months ago, which you revived. P. Diddy had it, like he, it stopped in 09 and then there was like a Hamptons white party void and then you stepped in and now this is like the party every, what's it, July 3rd every year? Well, it's your change. It depends on where the holiday falls. But you know, it's funny. I had not even thought about the Diddy had done the party. And obviously he had an amazing party, but it stopped in 2009. And at that point I was just working in my old company, you know, 24 seven. Nobody else did it for 10 years. I don't think so. Look, I bought a house in the Hamptons in 2020 and, um, I just decided to, you know, I think I just picked up from one of my friends said, Hey, Lorne Michaels used to have them in like the seventies. Right. Then you have a, like, there's like a tradition. I can tell you, like, look, it's a great idea. One of the things I love to do is bring people together. Yeah. I like, I actually really enjoy that. Whether it's different pockets of that's exactly where I was going. I love bringing people from different backgrounds together because what happens, you all learn from each other. And whether it's, um, you know, whether it's a dinner that's got, you know, a bunch of athletes from different sports, a bunch of friends, some, you know, really successful business people and some, you know, collectors and we're all learning from each other. Whether it's, you know, the, you know, I remember the first time I introduced Robicraft from Meek Mill together and we flew to Miami for something and they're learning from each other. So, but we, these are always, you know, I think what's a loss is if the really successful people in the relationship aren't always learning from everybody around them. So if you sat with Robicraft and you were on that flight, the first time they introduced them to Meek Mill and they were going and we were going to, um, Miami, I remember just listening to how many questions Robert was asking Meek. And it's like, Meek had all these questions you want to ask Robert, but this went on for two and a half hours. I barely said a word because I knew each of them. So you're just delighted. I was, I loved watching him. It's just like a great conversation. And, you know, Robert's learning about, you know, the culture in the background that Meek comes from and Meek's asking Robert business questions. And it's like, I love stuff like that. And so we do a lot of that. And the white party is really just a big manifestation of that in a lot of ways, because you have so many different people from different backgrounds. You've got some of the best and most iconic business people in the world, some of the best investors in the world and some of the most well-known athletes in the world. And then by the way, people get to have fun as well. And that's a fun thing. What's the single best story that's happened at the party or that you can tell, I guess. Great question. Single best story. There's been one where you're like, I can't believe this. I feel like I'm on Mars. Yeah. I mean, the whole event makes you feel that way, to be honest. I mean, you, when you see so many great people come throughout the world, I mean, I think just, you know, for me, um, I feel really fortunate and lucky that so many people just want to come together and, you know, hang for 12. It's actually a 13 hour party starts at 5 p.m. and goes till 6 a.m. in the morning. And most people go the entire time of it. Um, you know, uh, for me, I just like seeing the relationships get formed from the people told me, I met this person there. Um, you know, funny story. I just, Mo Obama's now in the Sixers. Um, he came the first year. He's now married or engaged the person he met, you know, at the white party. I love that, you know, it's amazing. Um, but I mean, there's so many incredible stories, probably none worse than when, uh, Camille, um, you know, um, fell off. The stage and had to go to the hospital in the middle, middle of the white party. Oh my God. But I knew she was going to be okay. She didn't know that. So I was trying to stay behind and make sure all my friends were having a great time. And, you know, I got, I was told I need to immediately go with her. I would be a bad for the relationship. Yeah. It's seen that way. Your guy, Bob Kraft, the Pats might have a chance to have the worst record in the league here. This is not, not what he's about. This is the worst Patriots year since he's owned the team. I'm a giant Patriots fan. This is part of the process. We knew when Tom Brady left, we knew we were in, we were in the first class of the airplane cabin for 20 years, having a great time with Tom Brady. And then eventually you get moved to the back of the plane. It's part of the process, but he's probably not handling this while I'm guessing. Look, here's what I'll tell you. To do what they did. Robert need to be the glue in a lot of places. And I watched that firsthand. Yeah. Okay. And I can tell you the person that I learned, learned the most from in sports ownership was absolutely Robert. It's not the stuff that people see. That's what happens behind the scenes is how you keep shit together. It's when people want to kill each other and they actually don't kill each other. It's when you stop bad stuff from happening. And so, um, for me, I was, I've always been a big student. Like I study, you know, lots of tricks that Robert has and I've watched lots of things. I can tell you he's a perennial winner. Yes. This has been a horrible season. He will be a perennial winner. Yes. Tom Brady, greatest quarterback, greatest NFL player of all time. There's to me, there's no debate about that, but I think if you asked Tommy, he would say he alone that Robert was, you know, glue and helped, you know, keep everything to where they were able to win six championships together. If it's a six Super Bowls, got to get my vernacular, right? If it's an absentee owner, do Brady and Belichick make it until through 2019? No. When do you think they break up? Um, I don't want to get myself in trouble, but, but far before 2019. It is amazing. But now it's like the big controversy in New England is, well, Brady won the Super Bowls and I, to me it was both of them. I think I give them equal billing in the six Super Bowls. So how about this? I give the three of them. Um, and look, you're going to say fair. The person who had the most responsibility is Tom Brady. I got to tell you something, I'm fortunate enough to really have got to know Tom really well in the last few years. I have never seen someone who, when you spend a ton of time with them, you see why they've got the outcomes that they've got. He's truly extraordinary. And I've seen other athletes that have won, um, a lot of championships. I think they've maybe been more athletically talented than Tom was. Tom did it from an absolute will to win. And I'm not going to fucking give up and I'm going to win that game. And just watching him and his work ethic, um, is truly, uh, extraordinary. And I will tell you, I don't think there's another person that's like from an, from a people who've played sports, he could be the person who motivates me the most. I hear from him the earliest in the morning. Yeah. Okay. There's, you know, there's generally a text before six AM for one of the, one of the two of us, but even in the West Coast, he's always. He's, he's just, and he's always working and pushing and whatever he's doing. And that, that's a, that you realize why he's got that outcome, but that said, he alone, um, would not have done that. I do think that, you know, addition to Bill, that Robert, uh, really, um, added, there's so many things that I know that he did that people will never understand to keep, to get the outcomes they got. Well, I hope at the next quarterback, it's somebody who's super competitive and a freaking maniac. Cause I, I'm convinced that's like 90% of it. For somebody to be great at that level, at that position, it can't just be about the talent. There's, there's these extra pieces that come with it and you can kind of tell when somebody doesn't have it and you can tell by the way people talk about them and their teammates and their coaches. look, the best confirmation of what you just said is what happened when Tom Brady went to Tampa. I mean, this guy went to Tampa. That was a very weird situation. Yeah. And he wins a super ball the first year he's there. With playing with a bunch of guys who he was 20 years older than we had nothing in common with. Yeah. And you watch that and you watch that leadership come through from him. And that's the thing again, like when we started, we do a company meeting once a quarter where we bring our 18,000 employees together and we bring a guest, uh, in front of our, um, you know, in front of the 18,000 employees. Every quarter, my first guest was Tom Brady. Yeah. And I think when Tom came on, people would say like, Hey, you just like trying to showcase, Hey, we have a great relationship with Tom Brady. No. What I want to do was ask Tom, okay, how do you deal with high pressure situations? Could you learn from someone better than Tom Brady on how to deal with high pressure situations? Um, you know, um, how do you, you know, what are the things you do to lead and get better results from getting people work together? What are you doing? People aren't working well together, you know, and his answers were spectacular. I asked him for an hour, all these different questions about leadership, management style, work ethic. And I mean, so many people were side texting me and email me saying that was spectacular listening to him. Um, and that's again, why he got the outcome. Did you ever hear him talk about playing in the Superbowl? How it took him like five or six times to realize that the halftime was longer and it was screwing up his mental whatever. And so then when he went into like the last couple of Superbowls, he figured out how to crest his energy after the halftime because he was too hyped. But for the first half, but then it would dip and then he couldn't get it back. So he like put all this weird mental energy into like, all right, here's what I have to do. And I have to be super calm and then do this. And then third quarter I crest. I didn't, but who else would think like that? But I just heard him tell the story, um, last week about what the different things he went through in his brain when they were down 28-3. Yeah. Against Alana and just listen to math and just listening to how, um, he first didn't want to be embarrassed. Yeah. And then he realized, okay, we can win this game. Let's go. Just we're down 19, six plus two, six plus two, three. We're there. Correct. Correct. And it's just, and just how he knew he was going to win that game. She's an incredible story. Um, since the last time we talked, which was almost two years ago and you were just getting into collectibles back then. Something I've cared about my whole life. But now you're like deep in and it seems like you have the book. I couldn't help. We're at your house. Couldn't help but notice. It's among cuts up. You have some proudly displayed cards, but do you have the bug? Are you in? I absolutely have the bug. I was as a kid, I training cards was my first bit. And I like remember terrible student, terrible athlete. I was the last person being picked on every team. I couldn't do well in school. So business was the only thing I was good at, but the business I loved the most as a kid was buying and selling trading cards to my friend's parents. That was the business. Okay. They had the money. I found the customer with the money and I bought and sold cards like crazy as a kid. I didn't get back into this until three years ago. I can tell you I've never had so much fun. I mean, this is a incredible industry. You know, collectors are the best fans in the world. Like there's nothing I love more than going to collectible shows, talking to, because these are the best fans in the world. You talk about someone. You're a collector. You're definitely buying a lot of sports merchandise. You're, you're investing in, in cards, memorabilia. I might've gambled a couple of times. I mean, this is, this is the fanatics. These are the fanatics most important. I'm your wheelhouse customer. Yeah, for sure. Absolutely. So you saw, you must've looked, you saw what everybody who was in the collector thing, and when I was at ESPN, I see the photo essays from the convention and part of the comedy of it was just, you know, it was out in 1973. You really felt like you were in a time machine. There was no woman to be seen. It was the most depressing place in the planet. And yet there's tens of millions of dollars of product in here and some of the best stuff and all these people who they've been waiting the whole year to go. And it's like, why isn't this cooler? What are we doing wrong? Why isn't this better? I've never seen an industry with more passionate collectors that have been so underserved than this business. And to me, that just creates so much opportunity. And we've done, look, we've only, we came up with this idea only three years ago. We only bought tops, January 1st of 2022. It's not even two years that we've owned tops and we've done so much so far. We haven't even got started yet. So you buy tops, everybody goes nuts. Then Panini's involved. Now there's been some battles with Panini, right? Like, how does that, how does that all work out? Different sports, like, is that an obstacle or is that something that eventually works itself out? Yeah, I mean, for me, we're just focused on doing what's in the best interest of the collector. So for us, like, let me tell you what we saw. Okay. When we looked at the business, we saw a business where you had sports properties and players giving the rights to, um, tops, Panini, upper deck. These companies were all selling cards to distributors who then picked where the cards go. And they weren't selling the hobby shops. They weren't serving the breakers. They weren't serving the retailers directly. It made no sense. Like would Nike ever sell to a distributor to sell it a footlocker or just sell it? Well, there were middlemen who used to like, just mark it up. Right. And so they were taking money away from the collector and the hobby shop. So the first thing we saw that we said, this makes no sense. We need to collapse that and service the hobby shops directly, the breakers directly, the retailers directly. I think when we bought tops, they served 300 hobby shops. I think today we service 800 hobby shops or something like that. They're all happy that you did this. Elated. They can't. Yeah. They're the, yeah, they, they want to get product directly from us because they, they need that direct relationship so they can get the allocation of what they need to build their business to best support their collectors. And we'd rather give them the margin. You know, if you'd say there was a big incremental margin to split, most of that margin went to the hobby shops, the breakers, to the collectors, you know, to the industry. It didn't sit with us. We kind of passed it on. So that was very obvious. The players were getting kind of shortchanged too. And now they're making a lot more money because we're paying them on a much higher sales. The second thing, and this was crazy. I didn't know what a redemption was. Okay. Now you're going to laugh at me and if you're not a collector, you know, people are going to bore people here. But, um, you know, everyone kept saying to me, Michael, you need to get rid of redemptions. And so it took me like a, you know, a couple of weeks to figure out what a redemption, which is basically an IOU, you know, I bought, you know, a case of cards, a pack of cards. And you know, in that card came, um, your, um, Joel Embiid year two, Zion, you know, card. And there's an IOU for it because they didn't have the card signed by them. And, um, there were so many redemptions out there that collectors were like maddened by this. So I went to, um, you know, baseball, which is our biggest business today. And I went to the head of the union, Tony Clark, you know, I went to our organization, said, we need to eliminate redemptions. And they're like, okay, explain to me how this works. What do you need to do? You need to have a much better relationship with athletes to give you an example, when we launched tops, you know, Chrome, this is a rough number. But like, you know, a year ago, we probably had 30,000 redemptions. And that means 30,000 I use this year with less than a thousand, we reduced it by 97%. That means when you buy cards and you're not chasing us for cards. It's part of the motto is they were hoping that people wouldn't chase for the card. And then they just got to keep the card. I can't speak to what other people do. What I can tell you is we want to delight our customer. Last thing we want to do is a customer chasing us for card. And by the way, if we need to get them a card, we want to get it to them very quickly. So we've reduced our redemptions as top since we bought the business is much bigger than it's called twice the size. And the absolute amount of redemptions is down by 75, 80%. And in all the new releases, it's down by 95%. So I was just like focusing on our relationship with the athletes to get cards signed more quickly, making it a better experience for the athletes because you're worried about the collector. So that's where your relationships help. And it's where fanatics relationships help. And by the way, we're focused on it because we care so much about the collector. The next thing was like product innovation. There had been no material product innovation. Like I remember this is actually basically just the Chrome cards. And it was what in the late 2000s, 2000s. Well, I'll just give you an, I just give an example of like how entrepreneurial we were. Mike Mahan, who's the CEO of our collectibles business. He called me last December. He said, Hey, I've got a great idea. Every time a baseball player takes the field for the first time, I want to put a debut patch for one game on the Jersey. When they get off of the field, I want to take that debut patch off and put it into a one-on-one card. I said, wow, that's an amazing idea. So what are we doing? He said, well, you know, I spoke to the tops organization. They told me it will never, ever happen. There's no possibility. Like, what do you even waste your time? Wait, you're going to try to put a patch on the uniform and like every rookie that ever played. You think, you think that the, the league's going to be okay with that and the player's going to be okay with that. He said, but I like, it makes complete sense. So I called Rob Manfred. I called Tony Clark that minute. I called Tony. I said, Tony, I got a great idea. I said, I want to put a debut patch on the Jersey for the first time, you know, a player plays their, their, their, their major league game. He said, that sounds like an amazing idea. You make the Jersey's go do it. Then I called Rob. Rob said the same thing. We launched that four months later. Wow. These are the most valuable cards today. There's each year, three to 400 people debut in major league baseball. They play the first game and think about if you got, so it's almost like the jump man card, but it's a debut. Oh, Tony's debut. If you, if you had the only one in the world, if he had a patch from his first game, that patch was in a card. You had that card. Okay. That card is worth millions or tens of millions of dollars more sense to me than when they would just grab, like, it's a piece of dare cheaters Jersey on a card. And by the way, a lot of times they say they're game warm because the guy put the Jersey on his body for one minute in the park. We stopping all that stuff. So look, by the way, do we still screw things up every day? Yes. Cause it's, you know, we've only owned tops for less than two years. And then we bought, there were so many problems just in the manufacturers. We bought the biggest printer of trading cards because there were so many problems. You were having misprinting of cards delays. Like you should watch trading cards. Like you launch a video game launch or shoe launch. Okay. So Nike says this Travis Scott shoe, or this Jordan's launching on this day. And that's an event when we launch cards today, we have a giant launch coming up on 12, 12 with Bowman Chrome and what's going to be Brady day for us. And it's going to be insane. You'll see all this. You're going to actually text me at 12, 12 and say, wow, that was awesome. Okay. Cause we take our launch and we turn them into events. Well, the basketball has been the opposite where it's like, it's coming out soon and you never know. And it's like, can I just get a Zion rookie box? Yeah. Can you just tell me when that's coming out? If you, here's what I would say. If Nike did the same thing every year and they just had evergreen business, the business would fade. Okay. But they keep innovating. So what we need to do is have great product breakthroughs. I'll give you another example. Um, in a base card. Okay. It like in baseball, on the base card, um, there are, you know, many base cards of, of a player. Okay. So, um, you know, our CEO and the team come up with something called the MVP buyback program where the cards used to trade for 50 cents or a dollar for these cards. And we said, Hey, we're going to buy the back. We're going to give the hobby shops a credit of $20 for every MVP each year. So, um, you know, uh, uh, Kuna, um, uh, Tony, we're going to, we're going to, we're going to give, um, last year, Pope, uh, Paul Goldschmidt, we're going to give a, um, you know, $20 credit through the store. So now you're driving all these people into the stores, um, who returning tens of millions of dollars at retail of these cards to get store credits. And what do they do? They buy that much more cards. It wasn't that complicated for, you know, our team to come up with that. But it's been like, if you ask a hobby shop, they'd say it's driving demand like crazy. And then just marketing, like we are marketing collectibles and trading cards for the first time. And so I think overall, this was a sleepy industry with no innovation. We're coming in and saying, we're going to innovate products like crazy. We're going to innovate, um, marketing, we're going to fix the consumer experience, and then we're going to worry about the collector and the hobby shops, uh, and the breakers. And so, you know, for a business that we came up with an idea three years ago, we had our first dollar of revenue less than two years ago. We're making great progress, by the way, there's lots of things to still fix. You know, you know, we bought, you know, this really big company that makes, you know, packages, a lot of cards, you know, we have to keep pushing quality and say, you know, the quality needs to be amazed. I told you a little bit ago, we're going to put a chip in all high end cards going forward with a unique identifier. So you can't counterfeit a card, so you can't steal cards. You know, there's so many things we can do to improve. So the counterfeiting is the biggest issue, which has been the biggest issue for 30 years. It's not the biggest issue, but it's a big, look, if you can't invest in something and know that it's authentic, okay, then why am I invested? So take that example. We created this debut patch and let's say, you know, you had, let's say we did that when Otani or Aaron judge, you know, had their rookie years and you had that debut. Well, that card is going to be worth millions of dollars. So we better put a unique identifier in that card to make sure that no one can, can, you know, come up with a counterfeit version of that card. So we're very focused on doing what's in the collector's best interest. It'll take time, but we are, I mean, we've doubled the team at TOP since we bought the company. Uh, we're, we've invested so many times the capital in, in the manufacturing. We, they, we just moved into a brand new facility to really fix quality, fix timeliness, eliminate theft, eliminate counterfeiting issues. And, you know, we're a lot better than we were, but you know, you still, you wake up certain days, you work up certain days, you're like, can't fucking believe this just happened. Like, you know, shit goes wrong. Cause you know, you've got new companies that you're working to perfect and get right. I told you I was on the TOPs board for a couple of years and I was always surprised. The goal, it seemed like of the entire card industry was just people like this stuff. Let's just keep serving the burgers and fries. Don't get crazy. Let's just keep going out. Let's try to turn a profit. Let's not, let's not think outside the box at all. And that was the case in the eighties, the nineties, the two thousands kind of protect your lead. And now you're, you know, basically throwing a chainsaw in the whirlpool here, but has the response been, have you felt like a little, whoa, whoa, this is too much. You guys are acting too crazy or you feel like everyone's welcomed the innovation? Neither. So I'd say it's been overwhelmingly positive. Yeah. But there's still negativity. First of all, collected, like I look at a collector, like the ultimate sports fan, they care about their hobby and it is their hobby. The same way, you know, you know, for a sports team, it's their team. They care about this more than anything in the world. You almost can't win with them. No, I think you could only lose. I think you can win, but they have really high expectations because they deserve to have, they're investing in this hobby. I think people give you a lot, like we're getting so much credit for the debut patches that we did and how much people love these cards and people love Finax live. The live commerce platform that we launched, people love the marketing that we're doing and, you know, hobby shops told us the MBB buyback program is the best thing that we've ever, that anyone's ever had in the hobby. People love the marketing we're doing. But then when you screw up, they tell you as well. But guess what? Great. That makes us better. You know? So what would I say? Well, one of the things that was the national with me, you would see thousands of people showing appreciation for what we've done, but when we screw something up and we still make mistakes, you know, you know, people tell you and they have the right to tell us. Yeah. One of the things now, and it's not with you guys necessarily, but just like these box breaks, it's a whole thing now about, did they fake, did they fake that one? Oh, how did that person end up with the card in this box? And here's what I'm going to tell you. So how do you, how do you fix that? So let me give you a great example. So, first of all, breaking is a big part of the collectibles industry. If a collector doesn't... A big part of Finax Live. Correct. And if a collector doesn't like that, then they're just not being realistic because you'd say there are three distribution points for primary cards, right? Breakers, hobby shops, and retailers like, you know, a Walmart or a Target. That's been, and before it was hobby shops and the retailers, it wasn't the breakers. The breakers now have a, you know, important, you know, and by the way, it's great marketing. So, you know, for us, we understand the math of you take like, you know, a big break or one guy's doing 15% of the business, they're going to get 15% cards. So what we did, people always question the integrity of what we do. So this year for the first time, we said, Hey, let's take our auditor. I think we hired Deloitte and Touche. It wasn't Deloitte and Touche. One of the auditors, we're going to hire you. I think it is Deloitte and Touche. We're going to hire you. We're going to pay you to audit all the results the same way the NBA audits their draft lottery. That's cool. And we did that this year. Okay. Now we haven't really broadcasted, but we started doing that this past year. We now have Deloitte and Touche coming in, auditing everything to make sure that everything is random as it's advertised. So that was a great thing for us to do. We just added a cost for the authenticity, the hobby. Does everyone know we did that? No. Did we make a big deal out of it? No. But it's important to do things like that. Absolutely. I always say anytime someone has a right, we should listen to it, figure out whether they're right or wrong. If they're right, we should act on it. If they're wrong, we should still hear their perspective. So what do you collect other than James Harden cards? Well, you only saw some of the new displays that we're working on. So you saw my 86 Jordan downstairs in the basement. And, you know, for me, I like to collect things with my friends. So, you know, big Brady collector, you know, obviously Joel, you know, I'm not friends with Jordan, but, you know, you can't be a collector, not have an 86, you know, 10, you know, Jordan card. And for me, what I want to actually collect, honestly, are the really interesting things that we're making for the first time. So we have some Brady cards coming on 1212 that are going to be spectacular. Okay. And we have some, um, you know, some of the innovations that are coming next year, just things that I'm like, I need to own this because they're so cool. Because it's more like, to me, like, you know, look, I've got into art in the last couple of years for the first time in my life. I feel like these are things that make me want to say, I want to own this instead of art because I can display it the right way. It's a piece of history. And that's what I think, you know, is so great about collectibles. Do you have a 2000 Brady yet? Um, I do. Just a couple, couple of good rookie cards that of course I didn't get in the moment. We didn't talk before we go, we got to talk about gambling quick. Cause you got into that too. What have, uh, would have been your, your thoughts as you dive into the business? What, what surprised you? I haven't been surprised to date if I'm being blunt. I think it's a really big industry. I think there's, you know, um, some really good companies and there's certainly FanDuel, DraftKings are, you know, really good at what they do. You know, a lot of respect to, you know, MGM, you know, the different competitors in the space. What I tell you is I think we do have some real competitive advantages. First, our offering to the fan is more rewarding. We give on every bet place. We give 1% on a straight bet up to 5%, depending on the type of bet back of the gross bet back to you in fan cash that you can then go place other bets by merchandise, by trading cards. Um, so we have the most rewarding offering of anyone out there. Cause if you say the rest of the economics are the same, but on every bet you make, you get, you know, you get fan cash, which is essentially cash back to either bet more or, you know, buy other things from the Fanatics ecosystem. I think that's incredible. You know what, look, I knew this was going to be really hard. People, you know, people said to me like, Michael, you know, FanDuel and DraftKings have 80% of the market. You really, I think you have a chance. I'm like, I can read I'm fully aware of it. Yeah, look, we have more than a hundred million customers. Right. Um, you know, we talked to those customers a fair amount of time. Um, we have a lot of relationships in this business and we're in it for the longterm. We want to be, you know, a real player in this longterm. We're going to be, by the spring of this coming year, we'll be in every state that FanDuel's in from an online sports betting perspective. We'll be in every state that, um, from an iGaming perspective. So we're going to have a full, you know, the Fanatics sports book will be out there in the middle of doing transitions now because we bought points, but we're transitioning that over the Fanatics brand. So it's going to take us a little bit of time. I think, um, I have no patience. That's not a strength of mine, but if I'd say, what have I learned? You just have to be a little bit patient, even though I'm not. Well, as you know, I have a giant FanDuel tattoo on my back, but there's room for more than FanDuel. And you were trying to have a Fanatics tattoo and you just somehow ended up with it wrong. You started with the right first letter, but then somehow, you know, it got screwed up after that. You had the first two letters, right? Were you surprised, first three, were you surprised that the, uh, the sports have embraced gambling like this? No. Even when you see it on the NBA, the studio shows? Not the slightest, because every conversation I was having five years early with everybody who mattered was already embracing it. Everyone knew it was coming. Guy gave Adam Silver tremendous credit for going out and being so open about why it made sense to embrace it, but it was the most logical thing on the planet. So it was obvious it was coming. It wasn't a question of if it was a question of when. Everyone knew it was coming, but ESPN. Um, I thought you said that. I had to. It was sitting there. It was a funny joke. It was relatively funny. All right. So you have gambling collectibles merchandise. Is there anything coming that you can't hint at yet? No, what's coming right now is deep focus on being great in each of those businesses. And we have a lot of work to do in each of those businesses. And then over time, when we're ready, when the businesses are more mature and we feel like, you know, right now we have so much to do, we haven't even launched the right shed. If you look in the collectibles business, you know, today we have baseball F1, Bundesliga, UEFA Live, UFC launches. Uh, next year, we still, then we still have to launch WWE. We have to launch, you know, NBA. We have to launch NFL. Uh, so we need to get all of those properties moved over. We need to do a great job. We need to all the product innovations that we've done in baseball. We know baseball when we bought tops was the number three player. Yeah. It's now number one by far and away. Okay. NBA and NFL have dropped quite a lot and baseball has grown tremendously. Um, because of the product innovations, the market innovations, the distribution innovations, the consumer focus, their elimination of, you know, such a high percent of redemption. So we needed that same thing in the, um, in the new sports that we're taking on. So we have so much to do in the three business room. We're not doing anything new for a long time. What do you gamble on? Cause you're, you're prone to a six AM Vegas. Yeah. So are you blackjack? I haven't gambled on sports since 2009. But you're, you're like a cards guy. I like blackjack and Baccarat. Baccarat cause how fast it is. What are you like James Bond? Yeah. It's just so fast. It's the, you get maximum amount of action in the least amount of minutes. And if you ultimately want to get back to work and just do it for a quick change in mental, you know, stress levels for something else. I like Baccarat cause it's the fastest game. But all that, the NBA players are mostly blackjack, right? Yeah. I mean, we, yeah, yes. There's a lot of blackjack and do you have a seat? Are you like a third base guy? Are you middle of the table? Where are you? Um, I generally have to be on, um, that's, that's, I think that's an individual sport. Gambling is an individual sport. So when I'm playing blackjack, I generally like to play on my own. Um, but if I'm, So nobody at the table. Look, I'll, I'll just play differently, more conservatively. I'm going with a big group. So you're one of those guys. I mean, you, you, you want everyone to do whatever they want and don't ever tell someone what to do. But if you're really going for, you know, a lot of action, then you want to, you want to control your destiny versus others. But so when I'm with my friends gambling, I'll probably gamble a little bit differently. And then someone puts too many drinks in me. I might not care and just go all in no matter what.
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"And welcome back to cinema vino. We've got a two man game going. It's me and Sean Jordan. Just one little handshake over here. Coming at you. We're like a garage band, two members just coming at you with some hard rock. Tenacious D. Yeah, exactly. Or the black keys, the white stripes. Yeah. Yeah. Both of those. Yeah. Yeah. There you go. Summer Chaos is now, this is the home stretch. Mine Meg. If this is the white stripes. Yeah. I think you're going to have to be. All right. Yeah. You're holding down, you're playing. Lying down the ones and the twos. Yeah. You're playing the quarter notes. That's about it. Yup. No fills. Which is how I like my drums anyway. She made the notes in the vamp up to the chorus. A little bit. That was one of the first songs I learned. There was a little bit of flavor. It was like a rice cake with a little bit of salt on it. Not a lot of salt, but a little bit of salt. Yup. So, this is a penultimate episode of Summer of Chaos. We're going to talk about legend. No, it's not penultimate. We've got this and then we've got Battle Royale. Oh, and then Dread. You're right. Dread. So, this is. And Robocop. This is penultimate to the penultimate. Yeah. Penultimate recording. And then I think Robocop's a gap. It's just kind of in between. Right. We just toss it in just because it sounds. Gap here. Yeah. Just a little bit of something to fill in. It's like a caulk that we used in between some tiles. Don't like that. But that's the metaphor I went for and there you go. It's a grout, ladies and gentlemen. Yeah. Drinking that imagery, won't you? So, we're going to talk about legend with Tom Cruise and we're drinking some white board dough. For those of you who are coming in late to this series, basically, we do a random wheel. We spin a wheel. We put a bunch of varietals on the wheel and also like beer and cocktails. Whatever the wheel picks, that's what we do for the Summer of Chaos. These movies were all picked out at random. We put random movies in the hat, drew them out. So, pretty much anything goes for this entire summer. And so, same thing with wine. Anything goes. So, for this one, we got white Bordeaux. This is Chateau La Fresnel. This is a 2022 white Bordeaux. Little bit of background for those who may not know. We were actually talking about this before the podcast that Bordeaux is now known as a red wine region. But up until about 50, 60 years ago, it was a white wine region. It was known for its white grapes. Bordeaux are going to be... White Bordeaux are primarily Sauvignon Blanc with some Simeon and some Muscadel. There's a few other grapes they mix in there, but those are the main three that you're going to see. Then they're mainly Sauvignon Blancs. Is this kind of like how like the Republican Party and the Democratic Party kind of switched identities somewhere in the like 40s, 50s? Around the New Deal? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Basically. Now, it's like five, six to one red wines to white. It used to be the opposite. You'll also see a type of wine made from these same grapes called a Sauternes, which is going to be... It's made completely differently. It's going to be a lot sweeter, a lot more sugary. Those are very fancy, high -end, expensive white wines. So, basically, just from the price tag alone, you'll never confuse a Sauternes with a white Bordeaux. These are going to be more affordable, you know, $15, $20 range. Not super sweet. It's a little more tart, a little peachy? Dry. And the first thing I think of is Sauvignon Blanc. And these will have some characteristics of the same characteristics of other Sauvignon Blancs in the world. They're going to be a little bit grassy, a little bit citrusy, grapefruity. They're going to have some of those same kind of flavors to them. The main thing that's going to distinguish these wines is going to be... I've heard it referred to as minerality. I've heard it referred to as wet concrete. I've heard it referred to as chalk. Tasty. Yeah, limestone. But kind of that dry, refreshing edge that you don't necessarily find in other parts of the world. Kind of like what brings the harshness of mineral water versus the softness of tap. Yeah, exactly. That's a good way to put that. Yeah. It's got like a bite to it. It's got kind of like a... Little edge. Yeah. And you don't find that... Like for example, New Zealand's often been known as grapefruit bombs. Big fruit bombs. And you don't see that as much. This is my favorite region for Sauvignon Blanc. They're balanced. That's why I love French wines in general. They don't go out of the way in any one direction. They're nice and balanced. And so it's great for that. This one has that nice... It's got some grassiness to it. It's got some fruit. But it's dry. And so this would be great. I mean, people say seafood. I'm not a big seafood fan, but kind of a lighter seafood meal is perfect for that. You're not a big seafood fan? Not a big seafood fan. Period? Not really. Shrimp? I mean, I don't mind shrimp. It's not my first thing I go to. Lobster. Yeah, same. Bass. Catfish. I don't mind catfish. I've had some catfish. That's garbage. Catfish is garbage. But I remember when we went to Barcelona, we took a cooking class. It was on our honeymoon. My wife and I, we did a... It was all seafood. We had some paella. We made some paella. We did octopus. We did squid. I mean, we tried the gamut of seafood stuff that they had in the Mediterranean. It was like... That was a good indication. It's like, I don't like this. This is not for me. Yeah, not my taste. It's fair. It's fair. But I will say that we did a wine kind of similar to this, a Spanish white. And yeah, this would be perfect with a wide variety of seafood. Some of the stuff that's bigger and more buttery, you might want to go for a white burgundy, like a chard. But this is a good hot weather, outdoor type of wine. It's nice and refreshing. I like it a lot. Yeah, 25 bucks, not a whole lot of money. But yeah, any good wine store, you should be able to find a nice white Bordeaux section. So look for those while the weather's still warm. But now, legend. Talk about this movie a bit. This was released in the United States April 18th, 1986. So... You say in the United States. Where did it come out before? It was released in Europe the year before. This had a very difficult production. This was a difficult movie to realize. It has a lot going on. So this grossed worldwide $23 million against a $25 million budget. In 86? That's a big budget. Huge. And for several reasons. A big reason for that is that when they started filming, a fire broke out and burned down the 007 studios where they were filming at Leaves in England. So pretty much had to build new sets. That's probably all the magic. Exactly. Yeah, some of the Sprite costumes caught fire. Or the unicorn hair. I can imagine, yeah. It's one wrong look, that unicorn horn. Yeah, it's gone. But they had to build new sets. And Ridley Scott's original cut of the movie ran for between two and a half, three hours. So... Jeez. And the final cut was like, what, hour and a half? Yeah. The version that I watched, I don't know if you saw the original 89 -minute version or if you watched the director's cut. I think I watched the 89 version. Okay, I looked around. I had trouble finding it. That's the version I know the best, so I went back to that one. The director's cut? No, the original. Oh, the original. Yeah. There's a director's cut out there. Is it like two to three hours? No. So basically, when the final cut of this print was released, Ridley Scott watched this cut and freaked out and thought that basically American audience couldn't grasp this much plot. And so he cut the film basically in half, down to 89 minutes. And when it came out, it got mediocre reviews. Obviously, he didn't do well at the box office. He just watered it down too much? Yeah. Gene Siskel put this as one of his worst movies of that year. And the international cut that came out the year before was 93 minutes. And it got a little bit better reviews, but still not great. And then in 2002, somebody found a full work print of the movie in a can somewhere. And so they took that out and restored it, remastered it, and really Scott added about 25 minutes to the cut that the director's cut. So it comes in at like 115 minutes, give or take. And he and Tom Cruise have gone on the record saying that's the version to see. I was going to say, I was reading that Tom Cruise saw the movie in theaters and was like, that's not the movie we filmed. Yeah. That's not it. I mean, you could imagine with that much cut out, it's going to be almost incoherent. It's like a whole other act. Yeah. Yeah. And so basically, the director's cut, yeah, it's a whole other fleshed out thing. And I have seen that once. I saw it when it came out. I think I've got that on DVD somewhere. And the one thing I would say is it does, it adds a few scenes. It makes the motivations a little bit deeper, especially for the character of the darkness and his relationship with the princess, Lily, and the stuff there. It's kind of just, not to cut to the chase, but it just kind of comes out of nowhere. He's just like obsessed with her. He's just like, oh, I must have her. It feels very rushed. It feels like a plot of necessity, not like a plot of, you know, any reason. They're just like, we need to stall him. How do we do it? Love interest. Yeah. And it's like, it's like I'm telling a story to my three -year -old and it's like, I got to kind of get something else in here. You got to kind of yada, yada, yada over motivations. We're coming in for a landing too quick. We got to just shoot. Pull up. Yeah. But so basically, this is a fairly straightforward fantasy story. Tom Cruise plays Jack, who is a protector of the forest. I was a little vague on what exactly he is. Is he a bard? Is he a ranger? I mean, he'd be more druid than anything. Is he a druid? Yeah, I couldn't place what he was supposed to be. It's like, this is where we need Travis. Yeah, he would be. And if Travis had an answer to that, I would be impressed. Because to me, they don't spell that out at all. I guess he would be more of a ranger. Yeah. Because he didn't really have any sort of like shape -shifting ability or had any ability to talk with trees. Really, his only thing was he had like one -on -one connection with the sprites, right? That's about it. Yeah, he had good buddies. A working relationship. And he wore a loincloth. Yes. So there was that. Dude, he was showing that thing off. He was. And that's what I, you know, in that situation, it's like, check out my hairless legs. My supine body. Yeah, check out these smooth legs. But, so Mia Sarah plays Lily. Now, this is her starring debut. Next year, she would go on to play in Ferris Bueller, amongst other things. Her hair when she transforms into a dark version. Awesome. Now, this great production value is great. Everything, costumes, hair. For 25 million, it better be. Yeah. Yeah. And those are real unicorns. Yeah, they better be. Yeah, I mean, now it's like, that'd be 100 million plus to make this thing. Easy. Easy. Easy. So yeah, Lord of Darkness, played by Tim Curry, who is unrecognizable in the mountain of makeup. Honestly, but might be one of my favorite representations of the devil. Yeah. Like, this makeup job is incredible. And in theory, we'll get to this later, that should be great casting to have Tim Curry. Yeah. I almost want to see more of Tim Curry in the face. Like, see more of him, you know. Almost, you know, Faustian devil and Daniel Webster kind of thing, where it's like, you can see like him being rascally or whatever. But yeah, so Lord of Darkness seeks to cover the world in darkness. Plot out the sun. Conveniently, yeah. Typical plot device. For that, he needs the horn of a unicorn, which is the most sacred and majestic of all fantastic creatures. Basically, he wants to take the unicorns out of the world, take the horns out of the world, and the world. The representation of purity. The horn of the unicorn. Yes. The world goes dark. Everything turns into kind of a barren, frigid tundra of darkness. He just has goblins that work for him inexplicably? Yeah, incompetent goblins. Yeah. It's nice. But they rhyme. They talk in riddles. They do. They do rhyme. But you know, he kind of has the James Bond villain of incompetent people working under him, you know. If anything, that's the thing that slows him down as much as, you know, these James Bond villains. Like, you hired a bunch of idiots. He also has, like, the Bond villain thing of, like, doing a lot of monologuing? Yes. Let me vamp for five minutes while you prepare your thing to destroy me. Yeah, let's me blather.
John Catsimatidis: People Want to Hear Pres. Trump, Not Biden
"John, it feels like the whole country's talking about the town hall last night and Trump's performance. Do you think his good night makes it tougher to for desantis to emerge? It got even better this morning. The president was on with Sid Rosenberg this morning at 8 o'clock. Right. And the ratings were like double or triple with their normally are. Wow. And people just tuned in. People want to hear it because they know that President Biden is not doing a great job for our country. A lot of our allies. A lot of, look, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia hates The White House right now. We're losing Brazil. Well, losing election kina. We're going to lose the free world. What was it on your old James Bond movie? Specter. Well, there's a new Specter run by China and Russia. And they're gathering up everybody else. And the free world is not going to be free unless we have the right leadership in Washington. And that's the important thing.
Larry Loftis Describes His Journey to Writing Biographies
"Your background? How did you find yourself writing stories about espionage and World War II? How did you find your way into that? Yeah, I'm a lawyer by background. So, but I spent a career there, but I've paid my penance. My purification is complete. So I wanted to write books and I had been a political science major and of course I love James Bond, who doesn't grow up with James Bond when we were young and watching Sean Conrad. So I thought I would do a book on a big spy. So I was thinking of historical fiction and I found this guy dusko popov, who was Ian Fleming's inspiration for Bond. And submitted it to my agent. And he said, well, is most of this true? And I said, it's all true. And he said, well, just do it as straight narrative nonfiction. And I structured it as a thriller because I like thrillers. I Vince Flynn was sort of what me got on got me onto the kick of writing drama, you know, exciting Hitchcock type, drama. And so I use as my rule of thumb what Hitchcock said is suspense. It's the life with the boring parts taken out. Again, because I'm a writer, I'm really interested in this. So when we
"james bond" Discussed on TIME's Top Stories
"The trouble with the rewrites to the James Bond books by Armani syed. The James Bond literary franchise written from 1953 to 1966 will receive a sensitivity review ahead of a reissue in April of the 14 novels, which will mark 70 years since Casino Royale, the debut book, was published. Ian Fleming publications limited the company that retains literary rights to the series about 007, the iconic British Secret Service agent, commissioned the review that will see some racially offensive language and outdated stereotypes removed from the works written by the company's namesake. Racial slurs toward black people will be removed, but depictions of other ethnic minorities, such as a Korean character called odd job and goldfinger, the 7th book will remain. According to the telegraph, the new additions will be published alongside an accompanying disclaimer that reads this book was written at a time when terms and attitudes which might be considered offensive by modern readers were commonplace. This disclaimer mirrors those put in place by streaming services like Disney+, which added warnings before content with racist depictions, such as the jungle book. A number of updates have been made in this edition, while keeping as close as possible to the original text and the period in which it is set. It adds. But critics say that despite the proposed refresh for contemporary readers, many references to gendered violence and sexual assault will remain in the texts. Ian Fleming publications did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The amendments come fresh off the heels of puffin books announcement that they will modify rolled dolls, children's books, so they continued to be enjoyed by all children today. The changes entail removing language related to race, gender, weight, and mental health, that today's readers deem offensive. The news invited a wealth of backlash from those who view such modifications as censorship. As the publishing industry faces increased scrutiny for revising texts, here's what to know about changes to the James Bond novels. What racist content has been removed from in Fleming's novels. According to the telegraph, most of the revisions pertain to the way black people are described, one such instance is bonds assertion that suspected African criminals are pretty law abiding chaps, I should have thought, except when they've drunk too much, which has now been shortened to pretty law abiding chaps. I should have thought. Another passage that has been completely removed sees Bond witnessing a couple arguing in Harlem in New York City. Fleming wrote that the man and woman spoke in an accent that was straight Harlem, Deep South with a lot of New York thrown in. The novels were also littered with well-known racial slurs for black people, which have been changed in the new additions to black person or black man where relevant. Overall, racial descriptors have been significantly reduced, and doctor know the 6th Bond novel, characters whose race was once identifiable, have now become gangsters. While in goldfinger, black servicemen in a Second World War logistics unit, the red ball express simply become ex drivers. What sexist content has stayed in the books. While some readers may welcome the removal of racial slurs and stereotypes, the franchise also has a reputation for outdated one dimensional gender roles, as well as female characters with sexual innuendos for names. References to the sweet Tang of rape, blithering women and failing to do a man's work will reportedly not be removed from the books. Additionally, homophobic statements, including the idea that homosexuality is a stubborn disability, will reportedly remain. This selective approach to updating the text is deliberate, says Australian author Clementine Ford, who has written about the sexism behind on screen Bond girls, of which there have been over 75 so far. It seems to me that the reason a sensitivity edit is being solved for racially charged language is not just to retroactively erase the racism of the Bond universe, but to ensure Bond remains both admirable and popular in a modern climate. Ford tells time. Given that, one has to ask why sexism and the dehumanization of women is not considered anathema to bonds appeal, but central to it, Ford ads. The sexism of the James Bond character. Bond girls, an umbrella term given to the love interests of the fictional British spy. We're typically portrayed in movies by young female actors clad in bikinis, or dramatic evening gowns, and are typically seductresses. While these roles have historically come with sassy or witty lines, and the women are villains as often as they are heroes, they are ultimately plot devices to be killed off at a moment's notice. Ford wrote in a 2015 essay, they are beautiful, intelligent, often duplicitous, and are highly discardable, she added. Ford's essay also said that the efforts of contemporary directors, such as Sam Mendes, have brought the Bond girl into the 21st century by casting age appropriate women, such as a then 51 year old Monica Bellucci and Specter in 2015, opposite Daniel Craig, who is four years her senior. But as times eliana doctor man wrote when Craig exited the franchise in 2021, the character has a history of raping, objectifying and using women. And Bond movies often glamorized that behavior. The character taught generations of men that misogyny was cool. Ford's comments echoed that sentiment. Consent is an absent concept in bonds world. But somehow audiences and women in particular are expected to embrace this as part of his cultural appeal, she says. Are we to have a bond who rails against the scourge of white supremacy, yet somehow overlooks the impact misogyny has on women?.
"james bond" Discussed on Milk Crates and Turntables. A Music Discussion Podcast
"84. I'm thinking freshman year. Freshman year in high school. You've already tied your record. You have plenty to go. We were fired. I got a bunch of them. Here we go. Now the second half of these questions are James Bond questions. Oh. Yeah. What year did The Killers release? And I asked Jack this one time. I was surprised when I saw the date. And that's not to throw you off. It's just in what year did The Killers release is the bright side? Coming out of my cage and I've been doing just fine gotta gotta be down because I want it all. I'm gonna go with 2012. 2003. No, really? Yeah, is that long? That long ago? Fuck yeah. Something's wrong with me. When I saw that the first I asked Jack this probably last year. Because like I had said, this is episode 79. The first episodes were released, February, or as I say, the proper pronunciation, February, all right. 26th, 2020, 2021. Yeah, so I'm coming up on two years. A couple months, I know. So let me see. And The Killers are an old band already. Yeah, yeah. Get them into The Rock and roll hall. I asked them this, it's 2003. Wow. And what year was the song YMCA released? I'm going to go with the tail end of the whole disco era. I'm going to say 78. Look at you. That's because I
"james bond" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Minute. Over the years, our tastes like James bonds. Have changed. 50 year old Michael. Particular favorite of users. And that was in 2012. Now, ten years later, you might find James Bond ordering something like mezcal or tequila, both agave based. It has been the growth segment in spirits in recent years. Ben steinman, editor of beer marketers insight indicates these days tequila or MS Cal is a perfect fit for James Bond. There's an image component to it. It really has a cool factor right now. So much so research by IWS says for the first time this year, Americans will spend more money on agave based alcohols than on U.S. made whiskys, and while beer makes up the largest segment of alcohol sales right now, that's expected to end next year. So how are beer makers coping? One thing they're doing is making spirit. He says right now, that's a very small part of brewer's businesses. Joan doniger Bloomberg radio. Not completing high school is more of a social thing than it was in academic thing. I came out in the 11th grade. Nobody was embracing you. The kids were cruel. It was very difficult to be gay. Even though all these years have passed, I still had that longing to have my diploma. The hard part was determining that I was gonna do it. But I definitely didn't do it alone. At age 30, with the help of her mentor, Carissa finished her high school diploma. I have a mentor, Maria. She convinced me to continue my education and finish what I started to get my diploma. Just never judges. She's a true role model. If
"james bond" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Our tastes like James bonds. Have changed. 50 year old Macaulay. Particular favorite of using? And that was in 2012. Now, ten years later, you might find James Bond ordering something like miss Cal or tequila, both agave based. It has been the growth segment in spirits in recent years. Ben steinman, editor of beer marketers insight indicates these days tequila or mezcal is a perfect fit for James Bond. There's an image component to it. It really has a cool factor right now. So much so research by IWS says for the first time this year, Americans will spend more money on agave based alcohols than on U.S. made whiskys, and while beer makes up the largest segment of alcohol sales right now, that's expected to end next year. So how are beer makers coping? One thing they're doing is making spirit. He says right now, that's a very small part of brewer's businesses. Joan doniger Bloomberg radio. What is dedication? The thing that drives me every day is a day is very annoying. We call them day to day for short. Every day he's hungry for something, whether it's attention, affection, knowledge, and there's this huge responsibility and making sure that when he's no longer under my wing, that he's a good person. I think the advice I would give is you don't need to know all the answers. The craziest thing was believing that your dad knew everything. So as a dad you felt like you had to know everything and you had to get everything right. It's okay to make mistakes. As long as it's coming from love, then, you know, it kind of starts to work itself out. I want him to be able to sit back one day and go. We work together. We did a good job. That's dedication. Find out more at fatherhood dot gov. Brought to you by the U.S. Department
Is Pure Evil the Reason Behind Mass Murderers?
"But you have to ask yourself how is it explainable other than the existence of pure evil You say oh it's mental health is it Is it mental health Because let me tell you something again I hate citing education two days in a row so it's going to have to stop for at least another 6 months Because it's just weak people cite their education when they can't explain an argument without relying on their CV right But for a moment forgive me folks there are a lot of people who have serious mental health disorders Schizophrenia is schizoaffective disorders personality issues bipolar disorder TBIs There are a lot of people who have serious cerebral damage They don't go out and murder a bunch of 9 year olds You know and you say well maybe it's just like the video games and the entertainment Well like I said yesterday I don't think a lot of that stuff helps but I don't blame them I mean I like video games growing up I used to watch Chuck Norris movies and James Bond movies You know my dad let me watch invasion USA when I was I don't know how old I was 8 9 There was a lot of dead bodies in that I never went out and be like wow that would be cool if I could whack a few people That never happened either So if it's not the mental health and it's not the video games it is not the violent movies Is it some combination of it all I mean maybe evil is the explanation
"james bond" Discussed on Keep Calm and Cauliflower Cheese Podcast
"We said decide. Well how are we going to do this. You know all we going to cover this in one episode and you know you probably realize most of keep coming color. Fly flower cheeses off script. This is being completely off script. This is me talking about bond from memory. Good memory but from experience from reading i mean i. I should be a mastermind for james bond. This without the this is a completely off off script and you probably we. But we came to the lost roger moore movie and i remember at the time. I wanted a wolfer k. Gun and You could buy it Toy stores the james bond gun from view to a kill and you had it with bond was on the eiffel tower and my parents bought me the wolf of k. Replica gun with roger moore tau behind and had holster as well. I could put under my my foe sort of fake tuxedo. Jacket absolutely lovely. But at that. Point roger moore did look very old had the facelift. The skin was pristine very tightly tightly together there while john. But now i think daniel craig may look older than roger moore did in hundred thousand five with you to kill but it was is an interesting movie is. It was an amusing movie as all the roger movies were. You had grace jones at playing a marvelous marv's villainous. You had christopher walken playing zarin. Who is Basically put together in a nazi lab and They created an arian bond villain ins always tremendous all the movies You had the very lovely tanya. Roberts savvy died recently. Who i mean. I think underrated the bongo definitely. And she had a sort of sultry presence. She first introduced in. Charlie's angels and and you soar in view to kill as well. I mean it was a gain humorous romp times. Some of it was brutal. I mean roger moore hated the machine gunning of zarin to the people in the mind. That was sort of brutal for jamal. Movies and then it had the most brilliant of soundtracks with view to kill and the eighties wanted that. Were so at this point in the cost getting to close it for today. We're gonna continue with our sort of almost. Like tolstoy warren peace look at bombed. We're gonna covered timothy dalton. Next time we're going to cover piz brosnan navas favorite. I mean i think my my mother. You'd never let pays brandon gunman near my mother. Because she would like feed him out yorkshire pudding. Stews should never let him escape. Basically i mean she's he's her milk tray man name. We have daniel craig. What craig movies. But as i said. I just do one james bond edition of the keep coming off of the well. You know what let's do to let's indulge with two additions of this most superb film series. And we're going to finish off with a little james bond poem and As i said you can listen across all the platforms apple. Music spotify iheartradio. We have james bond musical edition as soon different mixes that have bombed version of your is only just some version of all time. High wood pulp from the david arnold collection. So there's a lot going on in the music emporium if you like james bond if you like spy music but coming up next the bom poem. This was the next head of the poem from sky. Full lord alfred tennyson ulysses. We have not now that strength. Which in old days moved earth and heaven that which we are. We are one equal temper. Heroic hearts made weak by time and fate but strong in will to strive to seek to find and not to yield so that closes the bond special pocus a first edition. We move into the eighties. Nineties and two thousands noughties does get nausea. That's for next time. But thank you for listening to the podcast and until tomorrow chappie will be back true.
"james bond" Discussed on Keep Calm and Cauliflower Cheese Podcast
"To have that huge ass under my clothes and glosses kent and remove of. I wanted to be james bond. I wanted to be roger moore. I wanted to carve out my right eye eyebrow and get that raised quizzically. How could i do that. But i absolutely loved it for the beginning of the movie and that tremendous seen with that. Many christoph jet flying from a military base. So we're maybe in cuba to the military base exploded the end the pre titles credit sequence and then bombed escaping landing. And there's an old man on some sort of rocking chair at a gas station and bombed trundles in out of gas in this little maniacs jet and he says to the bid guy he could've been z. Tov actually flora please. As i said this isn't a traditional review or celebration of the baugh movie series. Because no time did is out the new daniel craig. The lost daniel craig movie in his sequence of five films. Longest-serving james bond over the course since two thousand six. I mean it has been that many. That's being five over the course of the same period and probably a little bit less time about the as roger moore made seven bomb movies. So they'd be more to savor very different style of bone moves between those two longest serving bombs. Maybe maybe back to the classical retrial. You've sean connery in some ways craig. We'll maybe even more brutal than connery. But you know what. I think in home aaj today hamas hamas. You have to go get throat going this morning and the anyway can do that is with t- i've no-shirt on today and i do have a pair of very blue swim trunks but insteading coming out of the caribbean sea..
"james bond" Discussed on Keep Calm and Cauliflower Cheese Podcast
"Today we have a very very special edition of keep common cauliflower cheese. It's a celebration. Memoriam off the james bond movies. It's gonna be your typical Off to the ball movies sixteenths pastiches seventy s over the last fifty years fifty years. We've had the james bond movies but we're going be delving into my own memories wine. I see the movies as little milestone cornerstone and nugget in each of our lives of gold nugget in each of our lives that really bring back tremendous memories and a get the moines starring in so many different ways so my first experience of a james bond movie was very very seminal nineteen eighty three huger i mean. We came very very close to a nuclear war exchange with russia in america. Look into that. that's very interesting story. Have the toilet another day. So right in the height of the cold war when russia didn't have a lead For a while there leader was in hospital. He was sick. He was dying and the military is in control. So it's quite an interesting time. I mean as a child. You didn't suspect this you didn't realize this. The whole world is taken by. But i mean nine hundred. Eighty three was a seminal moment in terms of world. History piece reagan before goal which all and also. It has an amazing litany of movies year. So i think one of the first movies i saw was that the movie theater was attended. The janai one of the weaker early star wars movies and again people will probably try to cap tight me in that way also et. And i haven't seen since. I was very impressed with a as a child. I remember crying but that wasn't the movie that really stood my senses and so the shape my life and times might interest. My sense of humor tori degree the sort of movies. I would like forty four years later. That movie believe it or not. And i don't think many people would admit to. This probably is the title of the movie more than anything else. But the movie that really got me interested in cinema spike. Capers general nonsense. Escapism was octopussy octopussy. Now when they came up with the movie name the star of the movie. The bongo more adams could set embarrassed to say as was one of the coast christina when they didn't want the sad and the tv audience in america. The movies that earnings in america were very unsure with could be used as a title very suggestive. Bonzo is being a little bit suggested by pushing the boundaries in terms of violence. Innuendo film-noir. All of that but octopussy was very city. Capa- i loved it. You had an funkier aging roger moore very charming made me It's interested in tuxedos and safari suits. I mean seven year old boy..
"james bond" Discussed on Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!
"Yeah i think most fans would agree with that. And i he said i'm gonna go out having a british background too. Yeah and i think it tells the crucial video grounds although fleming because he likes sean connery so much when he wrote the last couple of things. He gave them a scottish background. Quintessentially english gentlemen in any ways. James bond in effect really has doesn't have an english background. He's right he's a swift scottish. He's not english at all. Yeah which is why he retreats the sky fall. You know so. Yeah so that was fleming's nod to Sean connery which he he. We didn't like in the in the first doctor. No when he was feeling like us. Not the guy and then he. He loved them in from russia with love. He thought i. This is the guy. Actually when you're talking about the the treatment of women. There was a article in may of two thousand nineteen or phoebe. Waller bridge made this comment. She says it has just got to grow just as to evolve..
"james bond" Discussed on The Dork Forest
"The online outlets and then if just people if people go to ogs stone dot com, they can link to all of your different stuff, obviously, right? You're building. Because that does sound lovely. I kind of want to read it. Awesome. I should probably yes, yes. And I should read some James Bond, maybe. The last. Series that I read about spies was this woman who wrote British woman, they made books out of movies out of four of her books. She was living through the blitzkrieg, while she was writing a spy novel about just before Britain entered the war. So her name is Helen McGuinness. I believe. Yeah, I think you would there's she's written. She also wrote some. Romance novels, but they could not be more sad sack. They are literally the most tragic I mean. People should get together, but the thing is is when you look at what her life was during those. Spot during when she was writing. It I am this is a real clock either you guys have just Googling something. Yeah. So it's MAC. And ES, and she had books that were made like let's see her yeah. So above suspicion was made into a film of the same. That sounds vital. Assignment in Brittany was also another film of hers. A fruit Brittany. Campaign. Free pretty, yeah, yeah. That's completely about that. And during the war, and during the prophecy, that'd be amazing. But the war was sadly Iraq. And so in the first war. The but she wrote all of these books that were from and she wrote literally from 19 41 to 19 76 and the spine novels are kind of fascinating. And her characters are very interesting. She probably has, I think she did the same thing that Ian Fleming was like, I got bills. I think we have a couple of kids here. We've got to pay some. And so she was like, you got to turn the page. You got to turn the page. And so I read probably 6 of those books right when right before that would have been 27, yeah, it would have been 2015, 2016, and then they got super intense because she was living through World War II, writing about World War II. And she couldn't see the end. Oh yeah. And so, you know, when you read books that were written after, it's all, you know, you know who wins. But if you're, if you're spending, you know, nights in the dark and sometimes underground in London, things like a lot of bleak and you're like, we kind of believe, kind of believe. Got to believe and there's that sort of feel to it that was kind of amazing in her first three.
"james bond" Discussed on The Dork Forest
"Of any of this. I but I want to scream, but all I did was start swearing. And it's like, I'd roller coasters, I swear. I don't scream. I just tend to just a mantra of fuck. Fuck. Fuck, I'm gonna die. I'm gonna die. Screw this and goes like that. So whatever, and this is the last thing I'll say is whenever I'm on a roll coaster and it's like there's like three people that have gone to the park. And so sometimes I would end up sitting with a child or a stranger. I would always warn them before we took off of like, I swear. I am so sorry. If this is genuinely scary, you will just hear me swearing over here. Some poor 8 year old. Okay. All right. Picking up lots of new words. Adding some to my own. But so, yeah. So I didn't temple of doom is a prequel getting back to it. That's insane. Right? Yeah. Have you read up on that at all or did you just notice it and go, that just blew my mind? I don't even know what to do with that. Yeah, basically. And then I think I posted it on the Internet about it. There's like ten years ago when everyone was like, I think you're making too big a deal out of this, but some people got it. Oh, you are not. I literally. I will be going down a rabbit hole after this podcast to figure out what the hell. And then the next Indiana Jones movie ties it back to bond is we got Sean Connery coming in as his father. It's true. Yeah. That one might be my favorite Indiana Jones movie. It's a really good movie. I love that one too. Yeah. It's a really good movie. And Holy Grail, you know, I'm always good. I'm always on board, whatever there's some sort of weird Bible crossover. The scariest movie I ever saw was the omen. And that was all by the way, too. And you're like, no. But I'm not psyched. But it is always kind of fun with the Holy Grail and the Chalice. I often say, that's not the cup of a Carpenter. Just in conversation, just everyday life. Yeah..
"james bond" Discussed on The Dork Forest
"No. Oh. Which for many years. And this isn't. To add it to apropos of anything. I got doctor Nolan doctor strangelove mixed up. The two movies, two very different movies, but both doctor strangelove, much more serious, weirdly enough than doctor. No, I think. Okay, so James Bond is he's a guy with a licensed, does he have a license to kill the books? He does. Yes. He is in the show below section, which you have the section with the license to kill. There's only like three or four of them. Okay. And okay, so there's three or four O's. And it's at their discretion. They can just they're like, oh, this has to this needs lethal force. I can murder somebody. And I think bond is very conscientious of the fact of what it means to take somebody's life even if it is an enemy. And you can see, especially in the Daniel Craig films, how this haunts him. Okay. Like the reason he tweaked so much and tries to drown himself women and alcohol is I think. Yes. Yes. Nobody ever drowns themselves in good works. It's always weird. Nobody's like, you know what I got to do? I got to feed the homeless. And entirely different Bond film. It really would. It would be it would be a Bond film where you're like, nah, I just gotta go get laid. And literally we're talking about 11 minutes of Cersei's. I mean, it is not like it's not a long, I mean, maybe some tantric sex. You know, if you decided to get into like an 11 hour sting kind of situation or, you know, the kamasutra. Yeah, we should write this, you know? Metric sex Bond film in which he decides to leave the homeless when he's done with all the tantric snacks. Those are two different books. Those are two different. Right, right. Maybe it's a double O 9. And maybe there is one of the os that was decided to use his haunted presence for good instead of the double O 6 9 who's like right below double up. Wait a minute. And so what do you reread them? Are they a pretty good reread? Yes, I read them when I was a kid. My introduction to Bond was I remember I grew up in Connecticut and my extended family were very close, we'd always gone vacations together. And one weekend, we all went down to Atlantic City. There's less than a couple hour.
"james bond" Discussed on The Dork Forest
"You can listen to a lot of ones they're free from pre 2000 9 when I start a prerecording. And then there's a live episodes that cost me a couple of bucks. So I charge you a couple of bucks. There's also some stand up. There's a story album that's very exciting there. And other than that, I have a lot of merch in my garage. Feel free to order if you know anybody who doesn't have any CDs or the DVD. And you can follow me everywhere at Jackie occasion. Let's get into the show. Hey, Jackie K here very exciting. This we have never met, but you do music and you do comedy and all the things. And it said young southpaw. Dot com. I'm going to assume you're left handed. Welcome to the program. Thank you, Jackie. There we go. Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you, too. And it's at ogs stone on Twitter, but it's at ogg X stone on Instagram, correct? Somebody took ogs stone and they haven't used their Instagram in like a decade and I tried to reach them to get all the stone as it was, but no response. You know what? There's a certain amount of street cred, having that X in there. That brings and if I can think of anyone who doesn't have any street cred, it's you. You need all the street cred. I have been watching some videos I've been listening to some songs. You got a band camp with a pile of albums and stuff. And that's just sort of young southpaw dot bandcamp dot com. That's right. Okay. Yes, it's a pile of albums. And so go to band camp and check them out, you guys. And then part of an hour is the name of your podcast, right? The young southpaw part of an hour. Yes. Oh, the young self proud of an hour. Okay, rangers. That's it. Yeah, let's do the full title. But it's so that's all of it. Just so people can find you again, because people will enjoy your doctor. I have not..
Vera Atkins' Role in the Special Operations Executive
"The early nineteen forties. Vera caught the eye of the british secret service. Aside from her fluency in german english. French and romanian she also had multiple family members who had passed confidential information across europe in between world wars. One and two. She was the perfect candidate for covert operation responsibilities. Vera joined britain's special operations executive or the esso in nineteen forty one as a secretary. The sos was set up by prime minister. Winston churchill with the intent of conducting espionage sabotage and reconnaissance throughout occupied europe vero worked diligently to rise through the ranks. She moved from secretary to intelligence officer to principal assistant to the director. Colonel maurice buck master. She was assigned to the majority of the operational planning for the france section of the sob e although never confirmed by author ian fleming. It's believed that colonel. Buck master is m. In the james bond series and vera was an inspiration for the character of miss moneypenny. That said vero did not share miss money. Pennies romantic love struck nature fears. Primary job was to recruit and deploy british agents into occupied france. Vera interviewed the candidates in a stark dimly lit hotel room with just a desk. Two chairs into lightbulb. If they passed that stage vera put their french to the test to ensure they could pass as a native and finally vera closed out the interview process by informing the candidate. This role had a fifty fifty chance of survival and giving the potential agent a few to consider this fate. Vera did not sugar coat. The dangers of the
"james bond" Discussed on The Family Podcast
"Ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another episode of the family pocock favorite my name. Is sammy my name is don and we have a special special bessul special. Guess yeah so. Welcome on how you doing. I'm fine. thank you everyone Thanks for coming on so john. If you just stopped by telling people what you do and go okay. I'm a music producer of being amused abusive quite some time. Now i run exterior in who clicked productions built german nasa built. Dm so. i gave it to the elise soundproofing Acoustic treat needs to be a professional studio about twenty years ago since developed and announced fully commercial exterior that signet as in back so obviously me and don that before twenty years ago i bought you say that i was going for each even listening to some of the stuff that we did together and this like five years ago. Yeah yeah what the for five years. It just seems so okay. Yes seem so for me. It was yesterday. People still onto me So you and your just have these bangers that nobody's released. Nobody's nothing clear about year. Led passenger thomas Even in the studio you know when you get in the book for hours and this needs to be going in a couple of hours in real life excitement. Yeah that is very i am getting each combat though all day long story behind john and you know this was always going to happen like when i announced that i was leaving me behind his life. You'll be back everyone's high thing. Okay let me explain to everyone year where we are. Because we're talking about display at could be Offshoot by dahlia bob. Because he has yet. No commitment is I love the right in on the creating process and stops there really. It just stops there and we all we all because of that that. That is the major sticking point. I've already because of the way you kinda cross needs. It gives you come across the writing side rover than i wanna get on performance. Oh exactly it might be. Maybe as a young child you're thinking like getting on stage. Looks a little hassle. But i'd like to write a book about it. Yeah exactly you could. You could actually eat. I put your thoughts down with them to display them. Yeah and law speaking to someone in are saying oh you know i don't want see go through the whole thing of you know that now don't wanna be coming in late not doing open mic here. Go in here and she was like. Maybe that's more you're supposed to do. Maybe what you're supposed to do is just record it and to see what happens from this. John you know we'll see this podcast about me because that's the reason i'm here because of you guys. Yeah that that is true. That is fantastic out pin. You're with issue. Because i remember we had a long road of get into you because we used a couple of guys exclusive. Fill up this network. Could be very exclusive issues like shadow league in bed waiting to spring so we will work with a bunch of people when the sound wasn't really right and the creativity was really and then i was talking to christine at the time and she was like call you. Have you have to go to john. Jones the does a lot of my stuff in a trust them with my work and so say was fully skeptical. Yeah and that's the thing he he because we bounced around law studios and it was a night and they couldn't really do what we wanted them to do. He was kind of like a novel one. Okay oh and we have to go to kilburn when when not get to lack a lion a lot is that is this what within so what happens if we go there. And you're gonna move me again. And i went there and then the rest is history. Came like seven frequently anecdotal stories about people saying but you put coming up and watch only took me a couple of months and i saw cooling some of the stuff that is confusing something. Valya go sign hard. 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What Does It Mean for Amazon to Buy MGM Studios
"Got a question from someone who was asking. If it's true that amazon had bought mgm studios and the impact this has on streaming and lexi. Well it is. Indeed true amazon bought mgm studios for eight point four five billion dollars and that makes it the company second largest mission since amazon acquired whole foods and that was back in two thousand seventeen so studios. They're the ones that. Make the james bond series along with four thousand other films and seventeen thousand. Tv shows. So what does that mean. Well it means looks like going forward. We're going to be seeing a lot more video content. That is going to be available on amazon prime for streaming. And what does that mean. Well course it means that you will be able to access these types of films and tv shows on your echo show devices so yes it is true and this is setting amazon to be even a bigger competitor when it comes to other services like disney plus. Hbo netflix
Amazon to Buy MGM in $8.45 Billion Deal
"Listeners. It's brett molina. Welcome back to talking tech co. Mike snyder is off today. So how's this for a summer. Movie blockbuster amazon confirmed on wednesday that it will acquire movie studio. Mgm in a deal that's valued at eight point. Four five billion dollars in a statement amazon said they will help preserve. mgm's heritage a films which includes more than four thousand titles including a lot of names. That i'm sure many of you are familiar with james bond. The magnificent seven raging bull rocky legally blonde a lot of very popular very well known films. Mgm also owned several popular tv shows including the handmaid's tale which is currently in the middle of its fourth season on hulu. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval amazon. Didn't say when they expect to steal to close and when they would officially own mgm but clearly. This is a pretty significant step on several factors it highlights a lot of consolidation that we're noticing in the streaming market These there are a lot of these Different services out there and it's getting very competitive and we're seeing a lot of consolidation here. One example of this is a t and t. They announced that deal earlier this month to combine its media business with discovery so that brings together stuff like. Hbo max and then cnn tbs tnt with discovery networks like food network hdtv now if you are a subscriber to amazon. This is an interesting proposition because now if you have a subscription to prime video you have this new collection of movies and tv shows the you can draw from if you subscribe to other services. I don't know exactly which. Mgm movies are available in one which services. But it's possible. Maybe some of those movies. We'll transition
Amazon to Buy MGM Studios for $8.45 Billion
"MGM for a $0.45 billion MPR's mentally Del Barco reports. It's a second largest acquisition for the company after purchasing whole foods. Amazon already runs a film studio, prime video streaming service and a video game streaming site. But the MGM deal is its biggest move into entertainment. Amazon will assume MGM is debt, and it will also get the rights to the Golden Age Studios, film and television library. With its mascot Lion roaring logo, MGM made such movie classics as singing in the Rain and 2001. A Space Odyssey. MGM also owns the epics Cable Channel and runs a TV studio that produced the Handmaid's Tale and Fargo. Bond. James Bond. MGM also shares the James Bond movie franchise with a family that controls the double. Oh seven movies. Mandali del Barco. NPR News
Amazon to Buy MGM, Studio Behind James Bond and 'Shark Tank'
"Amazon is buying MGM studios in an eight point four five billion dollar deal Amazon which owns prime video already has its own studio with shows like the marvelous Mrs Maisel but adding MGM means access to thousands of films like the James Bond franchise along with TV shows and the opportunity to develop more from intellectual property Amazon will also get cable channel epix which MGM owns the deal still needs the customary approval from regulators it's the latest media industry deal that's aimed at boosting streaming services to compete against Netflix and Disney plus a TNT and discovery announced earlier in the month they were combining I'm Julie Walker
Amazon Nears Deal to Buy Hollywood Studio MGM
"Report exclusively. That amazon is nearing a deal to buy the hollywood studio. Mgm for almost nine billion dollars including debt. People familiar with the matter. Say an agreement could be announced as early as this week. Mgm's library includes classics. The james bond franchise rocky and the pink panther as well as hit shows like lose the handmaid's tale and affects is fargo. Those shows could help drive subscribers to amazon prime streaming service if the deal goes through the second biggest acquisition in amazon's history after its purchase of whole foods in two thousand
Amazon Nears Deal to Buy MGM Studios for Nearly $9 Billion
"We report exclusively. That amazon is nearing a deal to buy the hollywood studio. Mgm almost nine billion dollars including debt. People familiar with the matter. Say an agreement could be announced as early as this week. Mgm's library which includes classics. Like the james bond franchise rocky and the pink panther as well as hit shows. Like hulu is the handmaid's tale fx is fargo would be a valuable asset to drive subscribers to amazon's prime streaming service. It goes through. The deal would be the second biggest acquisition and amazon's history after its purchase of whole foods in two thousand seventeen
Tesla Is Updating Roadster Design
"All right so let's get into the roadster the roadster starting yesterday has been on display at the petersen automotive museum in l. a. And once you know it on the display sign they actually broke some news on the tesla roadster so this was shared out by black model. Three on twitter says quote demonstrating the versatility of electric power and adding extra distinction to the cars already. High-performance unannounced space x package would output the roadster with cold air rocket thrusters position at the rear allowing for a zero to sixty acceleration. Time of one point one seconds rate largely unprecedented modern road cars and so not sure why they added largely unprecedented. I think they would have been safe to say completely. Unprecedented there since they do specify road cars. But anyway while we've obviously heard about the space x package before. This is the first time that we've seen the actual mention of a true zero sixty time at a mind blowing one point one seconds yulon today did confirm this on twitter saying quote. Yes with the spacex rocket thruster option. Package it will be safe but very intense probably not wise for those with a medical condition same as hardcore rollercoaster. And it's also been a little bit up in the air in the past how these thrusters gift tussle doug on this path yuan today saying on twitter quote it will have high pressure air rocket thrusters behind a license plate that flips down bong james bond and so that concept is an idea that you on has brought up in the past but i think when he talked about it on the joe rogan podcast. Maybe a couple months back. He still sounded a little bit uncertain with that. So it sounds like based on this tweet and also them now confirming this one point one seconds zero to sixty time. Maybe tesla's made a little bit of progress. In terms of finalizing the design of these spacex option roadster in this tweet thread on also had replied to someone asking question about the model s. and had referred to the thrusters. So just for clarification sake. In case anyone saw that you didn't clarify that he was talking about the roadster there so no space package for the plat or platte plus model s. and then also replied to you a photo of the roadster on display at the museum saying and i think he got. Autocorrect here. production article look different parentheses. Better presumably meant vehicle there instead of article.
"james bond" Discussed on Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!
"And you know he kind of has the cell slide by just kinda walks off goes out and you do something wrong. He was married once. That was a long time ago. I love that connection just calls back to that film. And it's kind of goes back to my original point where majesty seeks just had that thing that just kind of pops up randomly in later installments. That just really solidifies. A sort of like gum continuity of the series. The only thing i felt was kind of kind of really put it down a little bit. Was it came out in the summer. That had some serious blockbusters with a batman of eighty nine came out that year. He had like the ghostbusters sequel. You had you know lethal weapon while this came out that year. That was it. We're up against some biggies number. James bond you know over things. I do like how they updated it and who's a very eighties feel to it. So i think of like eighty s james bond film he kind of look at view to kill like with grace jones more and a licensed dalton and the thing is where if you to kill wasn't abc film if for more like a sixty s retrospective in. Might you know in terms of me. Because i think of like patrick matinee. And hadn't that avengers connection once again somewhere. How said diana rigg and i felt good close out to like the sixties version of bond whereas licensed to kill. It was like a eighties. Now look at the bar scene a look at like the clothing styles they wore and also just like the hyper realism of it. It really felt like an eighties action movie and you can really point to like the plot you can look to the villains. Look the way that you know things are going about. It just really stood out in that sense. And i really felt that even though was like a piece of its time because the way the story was written and just like robert davies acting and you know and the dogs exploited the character. I thought that that really put it all together nicely. Yeah i agree fantastic movie. I loved robert. Davi and benicio del toro as dario guy was frightening. I even love you know if you go out. Carrie lola's pam absolutely. Yeah love with her. Very strong woman strong way newton character. I guess you're okay with wayne funny but godless because it was wayne but i love the character and then having him do it just it just took over the top for me. Bring away and that one. Yeah i'm glad you brought it up a few videos on our youtube channel on that on. Actually we went to felix lighters house and where he works. He throws the garden. You mentioned the brian and we actually ring the bell. There and their address is seven hundred seven. And it's got he's got the gun at bond gun coming out of the last seven they were bond fans After after the house sold about six or seven years ago now i. I don't know who owns it now but no one answered when we were there. But we're we're gonna actually go look in the yard. Did look at us though yes camera. We made sure we showed our shirts as standard equipment in..
"james bond" Discussed on Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!
"I love that connection between the avengers and james bond and so i think by bringing that any kind of eased into the role and really helped him could just lead any picture he wanted to put anybody with them and it just word. Lazenby didn't really have the star power. But by bringing indian venture star in savannah's even look at salicis potentially the greatest blow forever. But that's a whole other discussion. You know i liked him really helped the whole flow of the film. That transition everything. Yeah absolutely all right now. I think we're finished round one. That was fun so we're going to go back to scott and he's going to tell us about his second favorite movie. Tomorrow never dies. Yeah back your chain s tomorrow never dies. Probably pick the to bind films that have like the nine acid martin and vehicles in them and also buy films that have Bond partnering with a female allied right. So i thought that was interesting. Okay but tomorrow never dies. I'm here representing pierce. Brosnan this panel. I don't think i'm only pierce brosnan person. And i think pet so this film to me is conic It's it's maybe not the best bantam. It's maybe not the most iconic golden golden is probably truthfully curse brosnan's best bond film. I would not disagree with that and but this film does has some things that i don't think people think about one. This does set a paradigm shift in the bond series. This is actually probably the first. Modern technology fuel cell phones are introduced in this film. You know you've got this the seven fifty. I l which i know is like the latest car. But i i love this car. I used to drive around. Parking garages and just city. Like pretending. His bond and driving. Around crazy i probably. I'm sure don't i. I wouldn't admit that as an adult but like you know as a teenager. Also i was like a. I was in my teenage years when this film came out. So this is he. He played a very impressionable bind for me. I used to work at upscale department store and where black suit and i would obviously walk around the store thinking. I was pierce. Brosnan playing james bond. So it's kind of a kind of a side note there but ultimately i like this film judi dench makes her return in this film and i think one thing that was thought was really interesting as i watched this film the other day at the opening scene where they're in the there's like a terrorist flee market. If you owe their buying and selling goods and bind doesn't speak for like almost the entire i..
The 2021 Oscars' Best Original Song Nominees
"Get to this year's oscar nominated songs in a minute but before we weigh in on those songs and their chances. Stephen can you talk a little bit about the common themes we've seen from some of the oscar winners and nominees of the last few years. Well each year this category has been a different kind of mixed bag. Depending on what sort of movies are coming out. In a given year you often have a song or more from disney musical. You often have a song from a big blockbusters like all stars from black panther from a couple years ago. Big songs from big movies often wind up making their way into these nominations. And then they'll be mixed in with. Sometimes it's a song you've never heard of by an artist you've never heard of from a movie you've never heard of so. It really is a very very mixed bag from year to year with some recurring themes diane. Warren is very often nominated as a songwriter very often. Especially in recent years. You have a lot of songs that i call for lack of a better term. Glory corn so named for the song. Glory by common and john legend from movie. Selma a few years ago songs that play over the closing credits of movies about social justice all of which have titles that kind of together to form this. I will rise and fight and raise my voice to stand for you and so this year is a little bit of an unusual year for a bunch of obvious reasons. Many of them related to the pandemic. You didn't have a big disney musical so you didn't have a let it go into the unknown big disney banger. And you didn't have a lot of blockbusters you didn't have for example. No time to die. The james bond movie which had a theme song by billie eilish which came out which was pretty well received. And i think would have been a shoe in at least to be nominated and probably win. Had the movie actually come out and thus been eligible so that has kind of opened this year's field to what has turned out to be a whole lot of glory.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Joins New 'Indiana Jones' Movie
"Any engines. Five has hired an actor to join the movie cast. And it's someone. I'm i'm very very excited about it. Is phoebe waller bridge. you're unfamiliar with. She wrote created and starred in fleabag. She also wrote the new james bond movie. That's coming out. And she is going to write and star in the new. Mr and mrs smith with donald glover. She's a she's incredible person. She's going to be joining the cast of indiana jones. Five for obviously. We don't know anything about the roles of the pot or anything like that except that harrison ford will be returning as jones. Because he's i'm indiana
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
"Me to talk about barbara star. Is rachel sign a staff writer for the new yorker. Hey rachel her so thanks for joining me for this one. I really was excited to talk about this one with you because you wrote something about it a little view in appreciation of it for the new yorker that i really love and i felt really tapped into some of the things that are special about this movie. I'm going to read a tiny bit of it back to you. Maybe that can inspire conversation so this comes early in what you're writing about it when you talk about the transition from what i would think of as the setup the first twenty minutes or so where we beat barbara starr in their hometown of soft rot nebraska and how it then it then transitions to town of title of vista del. Mar in florida. And so you're right. There solid jokes from the get-go but it's not clear right away. What the movie is up to our. Wigan molo denizens of los angeles where they first met as part of the l. Sketch comedy troupe. The groundlings taking the piss out of flyover over forties then skipping ahead of bit is talking about the the that transition you say but as barbara starr unfolds. It's quirky heroines fuel. Less and less like stand ins for certain kind of tj maxx shopper. Instead the film goes for something far more specific and silly loving often lovely. Where so many comedies are either retreads old ideas or feel designed by committee to hit newsy talking points. Barbara starr is the rare film. That feels sue generous in both conceit an execution barbara starr or such finely drawn characters that they could be nobody else but themselves so that really spoke to me and exactly what i love about this movie and this was going to frame it to you. Is that this movie gets compared a lot to bridesmaids which of course was written by the the co writers and co stars of this movie and malone christian wig and another movie that sprung to mind was spy which is this wild sort of a spoof of james bond films. That's also a female friendship bonding movie with incredible performances by melissa mccarthy and rose byrne i love both bridesmaids an spy but i found this movie far more original than either one and in a way more exciting i mean i can see why bridesmaids changed comedy history. It's an important movie. it's still a very funny movie. But this sui generis quality that you point to i think is is so much more vibrant in this movie which really could only have come out of the imaginations of these two women who are friends in real
"james bond" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Heart radio F This is the Mo Kelly Show. If you're just tuning in, I'm continuing my conversation with Steve Rubin. The book is the James Bond movie Encyclopedia. I would say the complete cinematic history contained there in Steve. Let's talk about this. And if someone hasn't seen it, they may not know that this is building on other building blocks. If you will, that you've put together over the years and I first saw your books maybe 40 years ago, I think was maybe 1981 1982. You've been at this for a while. That's the point. I'm trying to make How do you go about making sure you have everything in a James Bond movie encyclopedia? It's very challenging. The information is out there, although I have to test say that the producers of the current James Bond movie No Time to die have been very cagey about, you know, giving out any information, so was very challenging this time because I was all set to see the movie in April. Because the book was coming out in November side plenty of time to record everything. And then, of course, Cove ID through that for a loop, So it's been challenging. One of the biggest challenges is getting the photographs and I had to go literally around the world. Not physically, but I didn't take a nice trip to Europe. With my wife. We actually celebrated our anniversary or 25th wedding anniversary in Paris, where I was acquiring film stills from some of the local archives went to Sweden. I went to England. The fans are very, very demanding when it comes to new art. There are a lot of bond books out there, but I think that This is a very special book. For me. It's the first book. I have a lot of color in, and I also have contributions from some wonderful artist named Jeff Marshall and Brian May. Who gave me these wonderful, evocative paintings from the Syriza's that just add tremendous value to the book. When I think about James Bond going back to some things we discussed earlier. I think about Roger Moore Because the spy who loved me was the first bond film that I saw. My father took me to see it and Star wars. That same year. I think about the evolution of the character and how the character has been able to remain current with the times as we've kind of Talked about my favorite movies are Goldfinger and Casino Royale. For you. What do your favorites I'm right with you, Mo. I mean Goldfinger and Casino Royale are right there at the top. I think from Russia with love, Doctor, No and Thunder ball are also very strong with me. Interestingly, I'm a fan of Roger's movie Octopussy. You know, even though it gets disparage the lodge from dressing like a clown, etcetera. I think it's ah, very, very exciting movie in many ways, in terms of Pierce Brosnan's films that by the way, I thought that Pierce Brosnan did a terrific job, and I think golden I The first one was probably the best. But even though everybody disparages Denise Richards, because she was in the world is not enough. I actually liked that film as well. And I thought she was a terrific nuclear scientists. I give kudos to do these for doing that role I have to say as we talk about villains and In adjacent way. I thought part of the problem of the struggles of the bond serious where the villains became or cartoonish as years went on and less believable, whereas the Daniel Craig villains made the more believable and more sinister. Would you agree with that? Yes, I would. Because the Daniel Craig movies have been mostly about international terrorism. I think that the crimes now are not megalomaniac guys taken over the world or blowing up the world. They're really about stories that we kind of pulled from our own newspapers. So m I six as a British intelligence outfit is operating in the real world. And I think that has made the Syriza's work a lot for the 21st century because you're absolutely right. No, the those kind of cartoonish villains. I don't think people want the same look, by the way, they're kind of getting those villains and all the superhero movie..
"james bond" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"The world's moved on, Commander Bond, you double 02 years, So stay in your leg. You get in my way. I walked her to fill it in your knee. The ones I think the character of James Bond is I agree with you. It is separate from 07. Because you well, we know for a fact, in the new bond movie that James Bond has retired from the Secret Service, so his almost seven designation has been transferred to another person played by Luciana Lynch. They could do them forever. I mean, the frankly, any number of actors could play them, just like any number of actors of played Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes. Have to say this. My favorite bond of all time will always be Sean Connery. And I was not going in before I had seen him on screen. I was not a fan of the idea of Daniel Craig as James Bond. But since I've seen him in the movie sense, I would say he's if Sean Connery's one, eh, then I would say that Daniel Craig is one B for me. How would you list them? I'm right with you there. It's funny. Generally, it's axiomatic that you embrace the bond you grow up with Sean was my first bond. I love Shawn. And I will always love Shawn. We were disparaging of Daniel Craig when he first got the job, that blond bond come on, right. But after Casino Royale yes. Blown away, blown away Love that movie, just the whole poker scene with Mads Mikkelsen and Jeffrey Wright. You re raise two million and it's up to you. Moment. It's fucking me living $500. It's up to you, Mr Bond. We'll have to go all you to call his bluff. Cold cold, Gentlemen, showdown, please Full House kings and aces. Phyllis, you fit. It's four checks the solution if it wins. You must have thought I was bluffing, Mr Bartlett. Fantastic. Just great. He's you know, Daniel Craig has Dunmore for reviving the fortunes of the bond Syriza than anyone because he's kind of competitive and positively competitive with all the other competitors. I mean, right now, these didn't exist back in the sixties, but we've got the born Syria's. We've got the mission impossible. Syriza's We've got the King's men Syria, which I say our Children of James Bond, as far as I'm exactly exactly even the fast and the furious. Those crazy car movies are competitive because you've got to compete with this stunt and all that kind of stuff. But Daniel Craig has been fabulous. The movies have been a little bit up and down. I think that I'm really looking forward to don't know Time to die because it looks like it's gonna be Daniel's last one. And I think they've pulled out all the stops. If you're just tuning in joining me via Zoom right now is Steve Rubin. We're talking about the James Bond movie Encyclopedia. Keep it right here, Maurin. Just a moment. This is the Mo Kelly. Show. Kay. If I am 6 40 we are live everywhere on the I heart radio app. Now let's go to the newsroom for an update. I'm Danny Max live from the KO Phi 24 hour news room. The cover 19 death toll in California is nearing 30,000 with more than 1000 deaths reported just this weekend. The fourth employee at the LAPD has died from covert 19 and red flag warning has been put in place across so Cal because of gusty winds and low humidity, increasing the risk of fire. We have trouble on the 60 coming up next. What are you doing to keep your nose clean. After all the nose is your body's air filter the first line of defense against airborne diseases. I'm Martin Hoke and I invented Lavash. The powered suction knows cleaner..