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Richard Hammond joins us for Breakfast

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 26 October 2012

Motoring broadcaster, writer, and journalist Richard Hammond takes a pit stop in our studio to tell us about 'Top Gear: Fifty Years of Bond Cars' over a croissant and a cuppa.

As Bond celebrates his half century, Top Gear looks at his amazing history with cars. Richard Hammond drives some of the most iconic Bond motors from the Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger, Goldeneye, Casino Royale, Skyfall) and the Lotus Esprit (The Spy Who Loved Me) to the Citroen 2CV (For Your Eyes Only) and the AMC Hornet (The Man with the Golden Gun), and tells the stories of how these cars came to be part of the 007 legacy.

Richard also takes a trip to the set of the new Bond film Skyfall in Turkey and talks cars, gadgets explosions with Daniel Craig. And what Top Gear Bond Special would be complete without Richard's attempt to build his own Bond car, on a budget...!

Richard lives with his wife Amanda Etheridge and their daughters in Herefordshire... in a mock castle! Now here's a man we need to talk to!

Music Played

22 items
  • Image for Electric Light Orchestra

    Electric Light Orchestra Don't Bring Me Down

    Light Years - The Very Best Of ELO, Epic, 4

  • Image for Pnau

    Pnau Solid Ground (Too Much Worth Living For)

    Soft Universe, ETCETC Music, 1

  • Image for Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

    Martha Reeves and The Vandellas and Martha Reeves Nowhere To Run

    Motown - The Hits Collection Vol.2, Motown

  • Image for The Cars

    The Cars My Best Friend's Girl

    The Cars, Elektra

  • Image for The Who

    The Who Squeeze Box

    The Who - Who's Better, Who's Best, Polydor

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie The Jean Genie

    David Bowie - Best Of Bowie, EMI

  • Image for Sweet

    Sweet Blockbuster

    Blockbuster! Sensational 70's (Va), Castle

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Candy

    (CD Single), Island, 1

  • Image for AC/DC

    AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long

    AC/DC - Back In Black, EMI

  • Image for Bobby Vee

    Bobby Vee The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

    Bobby Vee - The EP Collection, See For Miles

  • Image for Jessie J

    Jessie J Price Tag

    (CD Single), Lava Records, 1

  • Image for The Magic Numbers

    The Magic Numbers Forever Lost

    (CD Single), Heavenly

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Doom & Gloom

    (CD Single), Polydor

  • Image for Aloe Blacc

    Aloe Blacc I Need A Dollar

    Good Things, Stones Throw Records, 1

  • Image for Iggy Pop

    Iggy Pop Lust For Life

    Trainspotting O.S.T.(Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for Honey Ryder

    Honey Ryder Worlds Away

    Marley's Chains, EMI, 1

  • Image for ZZ Top

    ZZ Top Gimme All Your Lovin'

    Top Gear 2 - Various Artists, Columbia

  • Image for The Jam

    The Jam A Town Called Malice

    Jam Story, Universal

  • Image for Sam & Dave

    Sam & Dave Soul Man

    Shades Of Soul (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Adele

    Adele Skyfall

    (CD Single), XL

  • Image for Tanita Tikaram

    Tanita Tikaram Good Tradition

    The Best Of Tanita Tikaram, East West Records

  • Pause for Thought

    With Canon Ann Easter, Chief Executive of a Charity and Chaplain to the Queen.

    It’s Radio 2’s Faith in the World week and we’ve been talking about morality and how our faith affects it.
    It’s easy for me to show my faith to the world – my business card proclaims ‘The Reverend Canon’ - though it must be said that there are some who don’t know what a Canon is – I was interviewed by a national newspaper who referred to me in their report as ‘Carol Ann Easter’ – and most people that I know have seen me dressed for liturgical action in my cassock and clerical collar.
    Then, of course, I work for a charity which is a Christian foundation and so our basic principles of working with people and money, and our expectations of our staff, are, I hope, crystal clear – loyalty, openness, accountability they all go to make our work as good as we can possibly make it.
    Of course, there are times when even people of faith disagree about what’s right and what’s wrong; I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve been told ‘It’s religion that causes half the wars in the world’ and there is a faith-fuelled argument about pacifism that will go on as long as men have weapons, and you don’t even have to go as far as other faiths to disagree because there are Christians who think that, because of my gender, it would be wrong for me to be a Bishop.
    But I really do believe that, overall, faith has lots of positive influence on this world and its morals; if nothing else, I’d like to think that people of faith have access to a moral code and most of them try to live by it.
    Unfortunately, we tend forget it when we get into our cars…….


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