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they're doing Live and Let Die today


if anybody can figure out how to save the audio as a file to our hard-drives, please let us know

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Listening  to it now  ajb007/bond  sadly no idea how to record it, but
It will be on BBC iplayer for a few weeks.

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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is it actually live at this moment?
some keelhauling about to begin!
I sure like hearing Fleming's actual plots dramatized properly

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here's the credits for this one:

Martin Jarvis directs his eighth James Bond for radio. It's 007’s most exotic adventure - New York, Florida, Jamaica - with a stellar international cast, recorded on location in America. Dramatised by Archie Scottney and with Toby Stephens as Bond. Bond tracks down monstrous Mr Big in Harlem. Big is importing priceless gold coins to finance Russian spy operations and captures Bond. Beautiful, mysterious Solitaire is also a prisoner. Bond escapes. Solitaire follows. They pursue the source of the gold, first to Florida where Solitaire is captured by Mr Big's minions. 007 continues on to Jamaica. But can he survive the barracudas? Will he rescue Solitaire, recover the treasure and bring Mr Big to justice? Well, there’s a fair chance. He is James Bond!

Cast:
James Bond…..Toby Stephens
Mr Big…..Kevin Daniels
Solitaire…..Rutina Wesley ‘M’ …..John Standing
Leiter…..Josh Stamberg
Tee-Hee…..Michael A. Shepperd
Whisperer/Blabber….. Lovensky Jean-Baptiste
Quarrel…..Ron Cephas Jones
Baldwin…..John Cothran
Strangways…..Jonathan Cake
‘The Robber’…..James Morrison
Dexter…..JD Cullum
Halloran…..Jake Green
MC/Maitre d’…..Gilbert Glenn Brown
Connie/Operator…..Anna Louise Plowman
G-G/Waitress…..Janine Barris
Flannel/Conductor…..Larry Powell
Mrs Stuyvesant…..Anna Mathias
Voice of Ian Fleming…..Martin Jarvis
Other parts: Darren Richardson, Alan Shearman, André Sogliuzzo, Matthew Wolf

Written by Ian Fleming
Dramatised by Archie Scottney
Sound Design: Mark Holden
Specially composed music: Mark Holden and Julian Nicholson
Producer: Rosalind Ayres Director: Martin Jarvis
A Jarvis and Ayres production for BBC Radio 4

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Can UK users can download the replay on the bbc website ?

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moneyofpropre wrote:

Can UK users can download the replay on the bbc website ?

Yes, you can download any BBC radio programme on the BBC Sounds app. It will usually delete itself after 30 days, but that depends on the show.

Live And Let Die is available for download here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0004sb9

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Well unfortunally, I'm not from UK ajb007/frown

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I've just listened to it (first chance I had).

1) Tee-Hee's part is expanded from the novel, much as it was in the film
2) The racial elements seem to have been removed entirely (I may have missed one or two on first listening)
3) It's very faithful to the novel otherwise
4) There may have been a very small in-joke when a meal is listed- an emphasis on the word "broccoli"?  ajb007/lol
5) The cast were all excellent
6) My usual feelings about the music (see above)

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Agreed, I was wondering how they'd handle the 50s racial elements.

“I didn’t lose a friend, I just realised I never had one.”

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I've listened to a few of these radio plays starring Toby Stephens and have enjoyed them a lot. I really must catch up and listen to them all.

On a related note I recently bought the complete collection of BBC Radio adaptations of Le Carre's George Smiley books on Audible. I hope that when they've finally completed all of the Fleming books that the Bond collection will be officially released in the same way.

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They're all on YouTube, just search the title and BBC4.

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Links provided upthread.

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Update: LALD now included (see upthread).

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Barbel wrote:

Update: LALD now included (see upthread).

Barbel which post has the download link for Live and Let Die?
its not post 21, where you compiled the links for the earlier radioplays
and emtiem's link in post 31  leads to Page Not Found

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You can listen to it here if you want:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBT0SLN6_ew

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thanks emtiem
I should have just thought to do the search myself

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Thanks emtiem. Caractacus, it's in post 10. I've now added it to post 21 as well.

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Barbel wrote:

Goldfinger (2010) Sir Ian McKellen plays a wonderful Goldfinger, though the image of Gert Frobe (and the voice of Michael Collins) still reign. Being a faithful adaptation, we don't get "Do you expect me to talk? No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die!" but we do hear most of Fleming's ruder original (unbroadcastable, covered by sound effects). Rosamund Pike (Miranda Frost) as Pussy Galore! This production has an almost unique distinction among all other James Bond film/TV/radio/etc adventures- can anyone identify it?

No takers? Well, unless you count the 1967 version of Casino Royale (and who wants to?), this is the only James Bond dramatic production in which the actor playing James Bond does not get top billing. That honour goes to Sir Ian McKellen as Goldfinger, rather than Toby Stephens as Bond. Perhaps understandably- I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Stephens himself had insisted upon it. Or his mum  ajb007/biggrin ..

I've been watching the Jack Ryan TV series, in which the part of Jim Greer (memorably played in the movies by James Earl Jones) is played by an actor called Wendell Pierce. Other than being a little short, it has struck me that he would have made a great Mr Big and possibly better than Kevin Daniels in the Radio 4 production mentioned above (where obviously height wouldn't have mattered).

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From Russia With Love coming just before Christmas. Although I’d that a repeat? They’ve done that one, haven’t they?

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emtiem wrote:

From Russia With Love coming just before Christmas. Although I’d that a repeat? They’ve done that one, haven’t they?

Indeed they have, in 2012. I think that was the first one was I listened to.