James Bond in Phineas and Ferb: Part I

James Bond in Phineas and Ferb: Part I

Pop Bond: James Bond in Disney’s Phineas and Ferb

On Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, the two titular brothers create wild new inventions for each day of summer. Meanwhile their pet platypus named Perry moonlights as Secret Agent Perry the Platypus working for the American counterintelligence agency O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym — where all the secret agents are animals) fighting his evil nemesis Dr. Doofenshmirtz. The James Bond influence permeates the entire animated series, which ran on Disney XD from 2008 until 2015. Beyond “Perry’s Theme,” an obvious reimagining of the Bond theme, there have been six individual episodes in the show that have specifically referenced the James Bond series of films, but none more vividly than…

Season 4 Episode 32: “Live and Let Drive”

The title of the name riffs Live and Let Die, but the episode itself is littered with classic Bond reference and allusion.

1. Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s disguise resembles Dr. No’s Nehru jacket. (Dr. No)

dr. no phineas and ferb

2. Perry teams up with British agent 0-0 (left) for the third time to thwart Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s latest scheme. Later Agent 0-0 battles Doofenshmirtz in a game of tic-tac-toe, thus revealing his complete tic-tac-toe futility. Perry must step in to beat Doofenshmirtz.

dr. doof agent 0-0 phineas and ferb

3. Dr. Doofenshmirtz trades lairs with a guy that resembles Ernst Stavro Pleasancefeld. (You Only Live Twice)

blofeld phineas and ferb

4. The newly acquired lair might look familiar as well. (You Only Live Twice)

you only live twice phineas and ferb

5. Norm, Dr. Doof’s mechanical henchman, gets a brand new set of metal teeth. (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker)

jaws phineas and ferb

6. When Dr. Doofenshmirtz introduces Perry to his new hideout through a song called “Doof’s Evil Hideout Vacation Swap” sung by a very Shirley Bassey-like crooner. The tune, as one might expect, recalls the Goldfinger theme.

shirley bassey phineas and ferb

7. Perry pulls off his wetsuit to reveal a tuxedo. (Goldfinger)

goldfinger wetsuit phineas and ferb

8. Perry’s spy car is a 1963 Olson Martin. (Martin Olson is a writer on the show, which provides the impetus for the Aston Martin gag.)

olson martin phineas and ferb

 

You can view the whole episode below:

 

James Bond in Bob’s Burgers

James Bond in Bob’s Burgers

Pop Bond: James Bond in Bob’s Burgers

I started watching Bob’s Burgers last week and even selected it as The Best Thing I Watched – Bob’s Burgers on my other bl-g. In the sixth episode of the 1st season, a delicious James Bond / Live and Let Die reference pops up on the Burger-of-the-Day board, which is sort of like the chalkboard in The Simpsons. The “Olive and Let Die Burger” appears in what is still my favorite episode of the series (and not just because of the Bond pun). You can watch the entire episode by clicking through the above link to my 30Hz Bl-g where the episode appears in its entirety.

Every day in Bob’s Burgers, there’s a different fabulous burger pun/reference on the chalkboard. After the first couple of episodes the BOD (Burger of the Day) isn’t even mentioned by any of the characters. You’ll just have to remember to keep your eyes peeled when it pops up in the background.

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