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Episode 54: Ian Fleming, Dr. No


Another listener pick this week: Ian Fleming’s Dr. No, the first Bond novel to be turned into a movie (though it was the sixth book in the series). We discuss the book’s imperialist politics, Fleming’s decision to use dialect for his Jamaican characters, and “the mount of Venus,” which is evidently the quickest way to a woman’s heart (or at least her pants).


In the second half of the show, we debut a new feature: Mike’s Fan Fiction Corner. This week it involves going deep down the rabbit hole of Bond-Q slashfic, and into a word of Alphas, Omegas, knotting, and self-lubrication. It also involves grossing Tom out a little.

Finally, this week’s MATR segment tests Tom’s knowledge of Philadelphia sports. Is he truly the expert he’s always made himself out to be? We’ll find out.

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6 thoughts on “Episode 54: Ian Fleming, Dr. No

  1. What’s this? Did I hear the words Muppet Fanfiction?

  2. Oh god, I knew I shouldn’t have clicked that.

  3. As a fan of both the James Bond books/films and the fanfictions, I found this episode thoroughly entertaining and endearing. You guys are great for reviewing the fanfics in an open and curious manner.

  4. Hello there! Here’s a fan of 00Q (yes, that’s the name of the Bond/Q paring), and also an artist in the fandom! Loved your fanfiction corner, it was nice to finally hear a respectful and curious commentary. Keep up the good work! 😀

  5. Thanks for the encouraging words re: fan fiction. We find some of the stuff odd, for sure, but it’s also interesting, and we’ll definitely keep exploring it (well, I will, anyway …. Tom will be just unwillingly subjected to it).

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