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Special Edition: The Secret History of the James Bond Attaché Case

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james-bond-attache-caseStephanie and Bob are joined by Mike Antonucci on this special edition of Talking Comics. Mike has uncovered the secret history of a very cool toy from 1965. That toy is the James Bond Attaché Case that sold like GANGBUSTERS. The toy now sells on eBay for upwards of at least $400 and is a rare collector’s item that mega-fans are on the hunt for.

We chat with Mike about why the toy is so special and get into the man behind the toy, a man that hasn’t been publicly associated with the toy in all of this time and a man that deserves to be known for creating one of the most iconic toys in our time.

Take a listen and learn about The Secret History of the James Bond Attaché Case.

Mike is a native of New York, lifelong journalist, more than 31 years at the San Jose Mercury News in a wide variety of roles (15 years as a sportswriter, covering the NFL, Olympics, etc. and a stint writing about telecomm/Internet/Silicon Valley issues) that included a substantial stint as the pop culture writer, heavily reporting/opining on video games but also comics, toys and more. The last 7 and a half years at Stanford University, as the senior writer for Stanford magazine (goes to all alums and others) writing about faculty research (recently the ethics of DNA editing), significant alums (early eBay pioneer Jeff Skoll; another who’s a noted Wizard of Oz memorabilia collector) and the athletic programs, just to name some of the many areas that make great stories at the University.

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Managing Editor, Community Manager and Podcast Co-Host

Stephanie is [obviously] a comic book fan, but she also considers herself an avid gamer, movie watcher, lover of music, board games fan (although she doesn’t find nearly enough time for them…) and being snarky. Oh, and Twitter. Twitter’s a hobby, right? Stephanie is a purveyor of too many projects and outside of Talking Comics she’s done work for, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd, C&G Magazine, Dork Shelf, Misfortune Cookie (her personal blog for words and pictures) and more. She wrote a story for the anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls (coming in October 2016 from Dark Horse) and she also runs Toronto Geek Trivia in her home city. She can be found helping out at other “geek” community things around there.

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