That Time Amstrad Casually Rewrote James Bond | Nostalgia Nerd

19 jul 2020
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[The first 1000 people who click the link will get 2 free months of Skillshare Premium:] The Sinclair ZX Spectrum James Bond 007 Action Pack; a bit of a mouthful (no crude Bond jokes here pls). Released in 1990 by Amstrad, this was a computer and game bundle which pushed the ZX Spectrum technology into the 90s, and in doing so, actually did something even more drastic; it rewrote the story-line for James Bond's The Living Daylights. It may not be canon, but the whole pack, and the way it went about things is both a curious tale, and an interesting thing to inspect. So let's delve in.
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  • Please check out Light Gun Reviews for some more excellent Light Gun videos

    Nostalgia NerdNostalgia Nerd9 månader sedan
    • Love the way they have the original ‘q’ but can’t get the music right, it’s like the simpsons version of ‘Beverly hols cop’

      Andrew DyndorAndrew Dyndor9 månader sedan
    • The prices, people complain now, but think of inflation the prices were insane, we get things much cheaper now.

      Daddo And Son.Daddo And Son.9 månader sedan
    • Living Daylights is my favorite Bond movie. It came out when I was a kid and I loved everything about it.

      Roxy RainyRoxy Rainy9 månader sedan
  • I always found Timothy Dalton to be the most handsome and intense James Bond. Even though License to Kill isn't a particularly good movie, it's still one of my favorites. And The Living Daylights is one of those Bond movies that is actually sophisticated enough that adults who aren't stupid can enjoy it. In a way it kinda harkens back to the early Bond films (Cold War plotline) and IMO, it's one of the best Bond films since the Sean Connery films.

    Matthew McReeMatthew McRee26 dagar sedan
  • People were much more creative and just had more talent back then. The kids today don’t know their history, barely learn how to speak proper English in school and are so coddled that they fudge their way through everything or worse the parents do their assignments for them and by the time they get hired by these companies they have no Idea how to actually work/follow instructions and most of them are creatively bankrupt. Look at the state of television and movies today...garbage! People are hired not on their abilities but depending on their victimhood status and what boxes they check. It’s sad really. This box set, even with its inconsistencies was very well done and super creative, especially with what they had to work with. There is no imagination out into things today. Everything is just a formula: screw the consumer out of as much extra money in micro transactions as possible rinse and repeat. Ugh...sorry for the rant. Great video as always!

    Reagan DowReagan Dow3 månader sedan
  • I love the whole aesthetic and presentation of spy documents and shit with the top secret stamp etc. It's just such a cool concept/theme. Never get's old. The way it comes with audio tapes too for that realistic spy experience is just 👌 Shame that the game is (as all Speccy games are!) absolute dog shit! We need a new James Bond game that comes with loads of spy documents and shit (PDF format will suffice, don't mind reading and looking at them on my iPad while playing)

    R69NiXR69NiX5 månader sedan
  • When I heard the gunshot on the Audio track, I expected to hear Eazy-E say "Str8 off Tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton".

    WeekbluesWeekblues6 månader sedan
  • Timothy Dalton as the best Bond? That's an opinion I can respect, although I'm a Craig man myself.

    The Smart-Casual Gamer.The Smart-Casual Gamer.6 månader sedan
  • My dad bought me this after many years of asking for an Archimedes. It was great but I could never find a way to use the light gun in my basic programs. It used the rs232 port and now, 30 years later I probably could get it to work using some pokes I guess.. now though I'm almost 40 and have kids and no time for that kind of nonsense. Cest la vie

    John HuntJohn Hunt7 månader sedan
  • 10:18 - at the time Eon, the owners of the Bond franchise were in a lawsuit with Kevin McClory who owned the rights to SPECTRE and also claimed to have created the cinematic James Bond and was the rightful owner of the franchise. I imagine that their legal department made sure no reference to SPECTRE was made so that McClory didn't have more ammunition for his court case.

    knotsandcrosses1knotsandcrosses17 månader sedan
  • O man, this does remind me of some confusing (story) games from (end of ) the '80s... Hey that's funny. Almost at the end of this episode there is an actual commercial about te 25-th Bond movie No time to die. Cool. :)

    Jeroen de JongJeroen de Jong8 månader sedan
  • Why does Q's voice sound like it would be sampled in a Hideki Naganuma song?

    Nikku4211Nikku42118 månader sedan
  • The SPECTRE name change was due to a long running legal dispute with Kevin Mcclory who part owned SPECTRE and Blofeld and wanted obscene amounts of money for them to use them again.

    nightwishfan60nightwishfan608 månader sedan
  • Havent heard this for 30 years

    djhillfingerdjhillfinger9 månader sedan
  • 69k views. Nice

    RandomLegoFan12RandomLegoFan129 månader sedan
  • Tough talk time: I think Pierce Brosnan was the best Bond.

    scottydu81scottydu819 månader sedan
  • "Impotent blue passports appeal to some" *chef's kiss*

    Chris BillingChris Billing9 månader sedan
  • Shoot him in the body you say....Whitiker says to Bond - your PPK is not match for the latest body armour. He's wearing body armour!

    LordBorak316LordBorak3169 månader sedan
  • The Amstrad‘s Light Gun looked amazingly similar to the Sega Master System‘s one. Is it the same with light optical changes?

    apri79apri799 månader sedan
  • Rodger Moore and Sean Connery were the best.

    Aaron SnowdenAaron Snowden9 månader sedan
  • Great video as always. Never knew how well the pack was held together with the theme. I also share your own fave bond. Timothy Dalton was criticized for playing the role too seriously but he was the best BECAUSE of that. And yet here we are in the "amazing more realistic" Daniel Craig era. Sigh.

    005 AGIMA005 AGIMA9 månader sedan
  • I couldn't get past the guy with the balloons!

    Krissy Mark LewisKrissy Mark Lewis9 månader sedan
  • True story - Timothy Dalton is awesome in everything he's ever been in.

    Stuart CoplandStuart Copland9 månader sedan
  • Octopussy is rare? Bloody hell I know I have a copy of it somewhere!

    Captain DildofaceCaptain Dildoface9 månader sedan
  • This video gets a like purely for stating Dalton was the best bond ever!! Told people this for years, they thought I was crazy, finally exonerated!

    QuaddersQuadders9 månader sedan
  • Timothy Dalton the best Bond? nah..Sean Connery was the best Bond.

    ChristopheChristophe9 månader sedan
  • stop joking! connery is the top bond

    aldo baldo b9 månader sedan
  • Overall it looks like a solid package. Thanks for this Peter.

    thenodfatherthenodfather9 månader sedan
  • Have to disagree with you there, never once have I thought Timothy Dalton made a good Bond. But as they “your experience may differ”

    Nigel DraycottNigel Draycott9 månader sedan
  • Wow, somebody other than me thinks that Timothy Dalton is the best Bond. So rare and I am so glad to hear it. He was amazing Bond, movies he stared in weren't the best, sadly. The Living Daylights is alright, Licence to Kill has interesting premise but feels bland, even great Bond girl, good villain and Q in action cannot save it completely. Brosnan is Bond that I grew up with but Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton are my favourites. Daniel Craig is right after them but only Casino Royale was really notable in my opinion. Others are alright.

    Jakub LulekJakub Lulek9 månader sedan
  • The Living Daylights was one of the short stories. It starts at the shooting range, then goes to the sniping scene outside the orchestral concert, which the movie pretty much copied verbatim. The story ends at the part where Bond says, "whoever she was, I must have scared the living daylights out of her."

    Ken KnightKen Knight9 månader sedan
  • Fun Fact: "License To Kill" was initially named "License Revoked". The title was changed when a study showed that most American audiences didn't know what the word "Revoked" actually means.

    Petros LaoudikosPetros Laoudikos9 månader sedan
    • bruh smh my head

      Noah GentryNoah Gentry6 månader sedan
    • @yaohunter In Italy, it was titled "Vendetta privata", translating to "Private revenge" or "Private vendetta" because "Agente 007 - Licenza di uccidere" ("Agent 007 - License to kill") was already the title to "Dr. No". Now THAT sounds cool!

      AledownloadAledownload8 månader sedan
    • To be fair license to kill sounds cooler anyway

      yaohunteryaohunter8 månader sedan
    • Rumor has it that the studio also felt it was too close to John Gardners title, license renewed. You have to admit, license to kill sounds a lot cooler.

      mat5267mat52678 månader sedan
    • Yes, I know, but I also read that many mentally linked the title to driving licences.

      AledownloadAledownload9 månader sedan
  • I find it interesting how in the advert at 1:31, there are no shots at all of the game being played. I wonder why that is?!

    CPC Game ReviewsCPC Game Reviews9 månader sedan
  • i had that tape recorder, they dont make them like that anymore ;)

    Christopher CrumpetChristopher Crumpet9 månader sedan
  • Good graphics I had no idea the people were so detailed in those days.

    Qlqn JeffeyQlqn Jeffey9 månader sedan
  • License to Kill was GREAT.

    Taxi RobTaxi Rob9 månader sedan
  • I had this pack but don't remember the games at all. Probably played them once, thought they were shit and loaded up Chaos or Skool Daze instead

    Chuck HabeggerChuck Habegger9 månader sedan
  • I got one of these packs for Christmas when I was a kid, it seemed sooo good at the time. Used to love getting the Spectrum magazines where you got a cassette on the front with demos and free games.

    minkymootwominkymootwo9 månader sedan
  • Pierce brosnan is my all time favorite bond

    Ansel MeltonAnsel Melton9 månader sedan
  • Ahh the memories, i have this exact version of the Spectrum

    CrashMCrashM9 månader sedan
  • The Dead Eyes Opened!

    redsmeg74redsmeg749 månader sedan
  • Please tell me I'm not the only person who heard him say the zx spectrum was 80 years old lol

    metaleggman18metaleggman189 månader sedan
  • Could you have played the audio side of those tapes in the ZX Spectrum?

    modembuddymodembuddy9 månader sedan
  • Dalton and Brosnan are my favorite Bond actors

    Micah BlomgrenMicah Blomgren9 månader sedan
  • That Spectrum was purchased from my local Dixons store :)

    Matthew BeamanMatthew Beaman9 månader sedan
  • Enjoyed that Z. Was a good review. Timothy Dalton was underrated, I quite like his Bond too. Who at Brentwood HQ should be fired then? I also quite like James Pond: Licence to Giil.

    Jason SmithJason Smith9 månader sedan
  • I want that classic Dixons cat.

    oxo goodoxo good9 månader sedan
  • Impotent blue passports?

    Jet Set WillyJet Set Willy9 månader sedan
  • Na Licence to Kill on the Amstrad CPC128k was my first James Bond game I played. Took me years to complete it. 😂 Flipping those tapes reminded me of my MSX and MGS 5 🤔

    Tim KingTim King9 månader sedan
  • “Imoetus” - I wonder if you meant “gravitas”…

    MatchstalkManMatchstalkMan9 månader sedan
  • I got that James Bond Spectrum pack in the thumbnail for Christmas when it came out. It was my first computer, and the greatest gift I ever received. I'm now a professional programmer, and I owe it all to that awesome present. Thanks, mum and dad.

    superscatboysuperscatboy9 månader sedan
  • The Light gun looks very similar to the Sega Master System one.

    WarraxWarrax9 månader sedan
  • The Spectrum + 2 was based one the Amstrad CPC 464 except it has the same memory as the Amstrad CPC 6128

    Cricket EnglandCricket England9 månader sedan
  • Wait a minute. In the Dixons brochure that is shown a Commodore 64C is 159.99 GBP as is the Spectrum +2. But the Spectrum was a poor mans C64. Who in his right mind would buy that piece of sh*** for the price of a C64?????? With the color clash and games as meager as the Atari 2600 (well, some would argue that the Speccy was worse than the 2600)?

    meneerjansen00meneerjansen009 månader sedan
    • You had to buy a datarecorder with that C64 I believe. The Spectrum +2 had one build in. Keep in mind that a datarecorder for the C64 wasn't as cheap as the ones you could use for other systems.

      Theo BuunermondTheo Buunermond9 månader sedan
  • Only you will be able to use the gun. Bio identification failed, please try again is exactly what I want in a shootout

    iamagiiamagi9 månader sedan
  • Oh man , Q was always so awesomely grumpy 😅

    TomiTomi9 månader sedan
  • By FAR the best Bond

    dvdmike007dvdmike0079 månader sedan
  • 1990 and they are still using cassettes, ugh! Careful that audio tape might self destruct in 5 seconds.

    GrandeTacoGrandeTaco9 månader sedan
  • 👍

    MiamiMillionaireMiamiMillionaire9 månader sedan
  • In a few years, you can bet people will be finding this video and noting how Hollywood rewrote James Bond history by making him originally and primarily a woman.

    Asterra2Asterra29 månader sedan
  • On the topic of Bond, Sean Connery is my personal favorite. However, of all the actors who played 007, in my opinion Roger Moore is the best AS James Bond. If that makes any sense? Lol

    blackhawks81Hblackhawks81H9 månader sedan
  • Does that stereo means we have the ghetto blaster in this game?

    Pedro SilvaPedro Silva9 månader sedan
  • I like how the memo has a P.S from Moneypenny

    Badre BallyBadre Bally9 månader sedan
  • How much! Wasn't the Mega Drive £190 at launch? I can also see listings from 1989 of a Master System with Light Phaser for £100. I never knew these old (at the time) systems cost so much, the C64c was also £160 in that catalogue, I understand now why there were none about when I was a kid in the early 90's (it was all Nintendo/Sega).

    mcrecordingsmcrecordings9 månader sedan
  • Any chance we can get a scan of that Dixon’s book??

    Matthew DoddMatthew Dodd9 månader sedan
  • Well this was A wonderful TRIP!

    Daniel LopezDaniel Lopez9 månader sedan
  • it looks so bad, maybe in 1985 it would be cool but not 1990!

    RicwashereRicwashere9 månader sedan
  • Appeal to most likely the majority of your country. Get used to it lol

    Orange ArchipelagoOrange Archipelago9 månader sedan
  • “Jew to the games”

    Taffy AdamTaffy Adam9 månader sedan
  • when l read "rewrote" lve thought it was for the better.

    hard modehard mode9 månader sedan
  • Dalton was a brilliant Bond shame he never made more 007 movies but yeah Brosnan was very good for a while but his later 007 movies were as bad as the Daniel Craig ones

    Christine AyresChristine Ayres9 månader sedan
  • A light gun that fire's armor piercing shells? Does it only work on 'light armor'?

    kenstr321kenstr3219 månader sedan
  • sick passport burn.

    cam the foolcam the fool9 månader sedan
  • The audio tape is a fascinating touch. Brings to mind the rarely used feature that the Atari micros had. Atari tapes were actually stereo, but on the vast majority of tapes the left channel is blank. this is because the right audio channel has the data, while the left is an audio track that the computer plays directly. Combine this with the fact that the computer has software control over starting and stopping the tape motor, as well as the ability to use sync marks on the data section of the tape, and the computer can actually play tape audio in time to program specified prompts. It's finicky, but fascinating. In a way, it's a cruder and more limited form what we'd later see with games that have CD audio tracks... Would have worked really well with something like this... But, the Atari, owing to it's lack of popularity likely wouldn't have seen a pack like this. Given the era though, would have been funny to see an equivalent pack for an XEGS...

    KuraIthysKuraIthys9 månader sedan
  • "SPECTRE" was likely changed to "SPIDER" due to the legal battle between film rights holder Danjaq and Fleming's friend, "Thunderball" co-author and "Never Say Never Again" producer Kevin McClory, a battle destined to end only in 2015. Even the "From Russia with Love" video game or the earlier "James Bond Junior" sub-franchise were forced to change the terrorist organisation's name (into "OCTOPUS" and "SCUM", respectively). Also, even the original screenplay for "The Spy Who Loved Me" included Blofeld and SPECTRE, but they were both deleted.

    AledownloadAledownload9 månader sedan
  • Replacing Spector with Spider was because of the legal issue with the author of thunderball and ION the plan might have been when the first game was made to use the Iconic group but ION legal refused and spider was looped in.

    Jeffrey PiattJeffrey Piatt9 månader sedan
  • The Living Daylights is my favorite Bond movie, but Roger Moore is the best Bond.

    Clay3613Clay36139 månader sedan

    iRdMooseiRdMoose9 månader sedan
  • I have always felt the same way. I rather loved timothy dalton's portrayal of bond. Sure there wasn't gadgetry, but the story and the dark depth to bond I really liked and appreciated. To me, I wasn't really into the cheesiness of the previous bond movies. I mean I still liked them for what they were and still do, but it felt like hating batman for not being as cheesy as the originals or as ridiculous as mr. freeze. I always found them to be my favorite, along with goldeneye. It may be confirmation bias, but I have appreciated when people give recognition to timothy dalton's role and I wish there could have been more. I have seen half in the bag agree that these were actually really good movies and one of their favorites.

    Jeordie WhiteJeordie White9 månader sedan
  • In the 90s we used to have this phone game thing where you could call in to the phone number and they had these choose your own adventure type stories. It would read a story and come to a fork and you would have to press a key to make a decision. They sounded exactly like they audio tape, brought back memories lol.

    Chris FaulknerChris Faulkner9 månader sedan
  • I like how the 128k logo looks worn out in the advert :).

    MJMJ9 månader sedan
  • You had me at Timothy Dalton

    The Bacca That ChewsThe Bacca That Chews9 månader sedan
  • 20:10 Is that soviet officer wearin a pair of doc martens??

    honestguy77 !honestguy77 !9 månader sedan
  • This very pack was my Christmas present in 1989, and my god it was amazing. Everyone wanted to play it. Start of my live of spectrum. Then my one set of my grand parents got me a cheetah 125 joystick and others got some code master games for me. Honestly it was amazing.

    Robson Rover RepairRobson Rover Repair9 månader sedan
  • As a Bond aficionado, I've enjoyed the Dalton films and find them to be underrated but the plots of the movies are well... typical of late 1980s fad of every villain being a drug kingpin. Your synopsis of The Living Daylights film is spot on.

    KeoniPhoenixKeoniPhoenix9 månader sedan
    • well, between the soviet union becoming weaker and weaker, them running out of Flemming material, and the AIDS epidemic making it less suitable for bond to sleep around, they had to change something. And drug kingpins chainsawing people apart helped make Dalton to be a more serious bond, to help washdown years of Moore camp.

      anon videoanon video9 månader sedan
  • The kid points the gun right at his head - cracking

    ShelbyShelby9 månader sedan
  • Even with James Bond who the fuck would buy the Spectrum when you could get a C64 for the same price???

    SMIFFYSMIFFY9 månader sedan
  • This was my first games machine. I remember being in awe at the fact they got Desmond Llewellyn to do the mission briefings, and with the other extra bits that came with it. I also remember the Mission Zero game being a bit shit, so I played the other two titles much more. My dad said that putting the light gun near the screen was cheating, little did he know just how bad the hit detection of that thing was.

    MarkMark9 månader sedan
  • Good video but typical can't avoid a whinge about a blue passport!

    James MJames M9 månader sedan
  • That Yellow VCR Combo.... That is the exact TV I had when I played my PlayStation as a kid!!! Like... The Exact model and colour! The memories are flooding back from that!!!

    Edison YorkEdison York9 månader sedan
  • Interesting that Q’s target range is in Brentwood.....Amstrad’s old HQ!

    KingofPotatoPeopleKingofPotatoPeople9 månader sedan
  • I agree Dalton was the best James Bond!!

    Paul0 ski19Paul0 ski199 månader sedan
  • Spectre is from some of the old Bond movies. The name is actually an acronym. It stands for SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Torture and REvenge.

    Jeff MullenJeff Mullen9 månader sedan
  • Dalton is an underrated Bond as well as Lazenby

    james brookingjames brooking9 månader sedan
  • Desmond Llewelyn ? Any relation to Robert Llewellyn from Fully Charged Show ? Or is it a common Welsh surname? - Btw i' m Greek, i don't know S#|t about British names... PS: The best James Bond Game on my beloved Amstrad CPC 6128 was Sly Spy! An American spy J.B. rip - off game like many of that era...

    Manpet EpetropManpet Epetrop9 månader sedan
  • Well it's no Golden Eye 64

    TVperson1TVperson19 månader sedan
  • Im not a huge James Bond fan but I would rather go without scenes of bond being whacked in the nads or the final boss scene and a good bit of the movie surrounding a poker game. I have nothing but respect for Daniel Craig though. Its not his fault they screwed up horribly in bits of the movie. Sure get experimental with the formula but thats taking it too far. The parkour bit was the best part of the whole movie and it was the beginning. It just went downhill from there. Sorry just I cant imagine what halfwit thought it ok to show the crappy bits. They could have segued to the world poker tour and it wouldn’t have made much difference. Really sorry not meant to be on a bond movie rant but ever since I saw that one I really just think they need to fire all the writers and get a new team.

    VapeyGamerVapeyGamer9 månader sedan
    • ​@VapeyGamer Well that is my interpretation but the poker setting during a poker hype on its peak seemed most def intentional. Anyway I think Daniel Craig was really well casted. Not exactly the usual "good guy" Hollywood Bond. I also enjoyed the le parcour stuff, etc. Overall I found he movie not too bad.

      Florian RabeFlorian Rabe9 månader sedan
    • @Florian Rabe Wow seriously? Just the thought of it even kinda working makes me uneasy. Im usually not so critical of james bond movies. I actually didnt hate any of them till they made that one.

      VapeyGamerVapeyGamer9 månader sedan
    • Oh no you are pretty much right. It was a shameless cash grab to make that kind of movie during a poker craze and it even kinda worked.

      Florian RabeFlorian Rabe9 månader sedan
  • pierce brosman was also their choice for bond originally, the 2nd choice was reluctantly dalton after he got renewed for Remington Steel. in the end it worked out as both embodied their own seperate eras, dalton the escalating end of the cold war and the 80s, brosman got to depict the fall of the ussr, realignment of global powers, and the 90s

    PsychoLucarioPsychoLucario9 månader sedan
  • Wow, that Dixon’s catalogue!

    namakudamononamakudamono9 månader sedan
  • poop game

    BenBen9 månader sedan
  • He lost all credibility in that first sentence. DALTON? BEST? Never. Not in any universe.

    Derek LesterDerek Lester9 månader sedan
  • Love the "impotent blue passports" joke.

    Nick PatemanNick Pateman9 månader sedan
    • *cue Russell Howard shouting "BREXITT???!!!"*

      sausagesausage9 månader sedan