In each season of Billions, at least one episode has featured a song and t-shirt of a metal band that are Axe’s favorites. (Even an Axe-less Season 6 featured Mötley Crüe’s “Wild Side“.)
The writers of Billions make purposeful choices with music placement, so we know that these decisions are made to tell a story, shine a light on who the character is, or to set a tone. (Gingersnap and I are still holding out Season 7 will finally be the year of Iron Maiden but it’s getting close to the wire!!)
So, let’s take a look back at a man and his music, and maybe make some predictions!
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Reel People Film Group
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 18, 2023
Big screen cinema entertainment returns to Kilmersdon Village Hall in Somerset on Friday, 20th October as the local community film group, Reel People Films open their new season with a screening of the wonderful, Dream Horse.
Reel People’s opening film, Dream Horse (Cert PG, 1hr 42 mins) is a ‘feelgood’ choice to start your weekend. Set in a Welsh mining village, the film tells the ‘true’ story of an unlikely racehorse, ‘Dream Alliance’, raised by a local bartender with very little money who needs to convince the local community to support her. Starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis. Doors and bar open at 7:15 p.m. for a drink and a chat, with the film at starting 8:00 p.m.
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The Unbeatable, Unstoppable, Unparalleled MVPs
by Staff | Fan Fun With Damian Lewis | October 18, 2023
Billions is back and so is our MVP series! We continue to award our Most Valuable Players for Billions season seven in our series compilation, the ‘Billions MVP Fanbook,’ which commemorates all those in honor of achievement for the utmost brazen, uber shameless, ultra scheming, unmatched bad asses from the episode – from sports references, music and tasty food to pop culture remarks, shocking twists and ultimate paybacks. In case you missed it, catch up with the MVPs of the season seven premiere Tower of London, episode two Original Sin, episode three Winston Dick Energy, episode four Hurricane Rosie, episode five The Gulag Archipelago, episode six The Man in the Olive Drab T-Shirt, episode seven DMV, episode eight The Owl, and episode nine Game Theory Optimal.
Now let’s dive in. Here are the Billions MVP awards for Season 7, Episode 10, “Enemies List.”
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Exclusive Sneak Peek
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 16, 2023
Join an exclusive early screening of the series finale of Billions, featuring a panel with co-creators Brian Koppelman, David Levien and executive producer Beth Schacter on October 23, 2023 at 92nd Street Y. The screening begins at 8:00 p.m. EST and the talk begins at 9:10 p.m. EST. Register for free tickets here, but if they are sold out, be sure to join the wait list! The event will be moderated by Variety’s Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Littleton.
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Axe is Back and All the World is Right Again
by Damianista | Fan Fun With Damian Lewis | October 14, 2023
Well, the world is upside down, ladies and gentlemen! Who would have guessed we would see Chuck Rhoades saying the following words to Bobby Axelrod?
“Thank God, you’re here.”
YES! Axe is back and all the world is right again!
Bookended with two showdowns between the King and the Prince in London and New York, Episode 10 Enemies List gives us a tale of two cities that sees Axe and Chuck work together to free Wendy from Prince’s trap and ultimately get their alliance together with the goal of stopping Mike Prince from being the next POTUS.
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An Exit Interview
by Steve Knopper| Billboard | October 13, 2023
Few TV series show off their creators’ favorite songs and artists as explicitly as Billions, which outfits its characters in Metallica and Slayer T-shirts, makes a point of airing a Bob Dylan song every season, lovingly quotes Bruce Springsteen lyrics and integrates rapper Killer Mike into elaborate storylines. Writer and co-creator Brian Koppelman has a history in the record business, having worked A&R for Elektra in the late ’80s, then as a senior vp for EMI in the ’90s; he and longtime friend and co-creator David Levien unashamedly plug their influences into the show, through synchs, character development and dialogue.
As the show winds down — the 10th episode of the seventh and final season airs Sunday on Showtime — the showrunners discuss their musical choices, and clearing the rights for them, in a call from their New York-area homes.
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by Staff | TV Gids | October 13, 2023
Actors Damian Lewis and Matthew Macfayden and director Peter Kosminsky come together to look back at the 1999 BBC drama Warriors and the roles that brought Lewis and Macfayden international success. The critically acclaimed series explored the role of British soldiers working as UN peacekeepers in Bosnia, confronting the moral realities of war and the horrors of ethnic cleansing.
The three share the stories behind the making of the programme, from casting process to location filming, and how cast and crew let off steam to help deal with the harrowing storylines. They also discuss the critical response, how the series stands up today and why, for all three of them, Warriors remains a career highlight even over two decades later.
Warriors (cultural programme) airs on BBC 4 on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 22:00 BST. Rebroadcast can be viewed here.
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by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | October 13, 2023
Season 7, Episode 10: ‘Enemies List’
To borrow some terminology from professional wrestling, an art form much beloved by the traders and lawyers of “Billions” (to say nothing of the show’s writers), Mike Prince is a monster heel champion. He is a bad guy at the top of the heap, gold around his waist and his last defeat a distant memory. Seemingly impervious to attack, Prince steamrolls every babyface contender who comes his way. He is an effective villain because he has been booked to be unstoppable — all to better set up the moment when he is stopped.
This week’s episode of “Billions” is that moment. And the babyface responsible for handing Prince his first real setback? Bobby Axelrod.
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by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | October 13, 2023
Bobby Axelrod just doesn’t work as a supporting character. With two episodes left in Billions, Axe has finally returned stateside after an almost two-season absence, but good God, getting him here was harder than pulling an abscessed tooth. And that was just this episode alone!
In case you couldn’t tell, I’m conflicted by the Axe homecoming. On the one hand, Billions is infinitely better whenever Damian Lewis is onscreen. That is an undeniable fact. On the other hand, every one of his appearances this season has been little more than a glorified cameo. Even now, with Axe firmly aligned with Team Wendy-Chuck-Wags-Taylor, I’m still scratching my head over why the four of them needed him so badly. Chuck giving Axe the “Thank God you’re here” cliché? Insert eye roll emoji.
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Master of the Cork
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | October 13, 2023
Photo by Adam Lechmere
Damian attended a party on Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 67 Pall Mall to celebrate the life of wine expert Steven Spurrier, author of A Life of Wine. The 67 Pall Mall Group is a collection of private Members’ Clubs devoted to fine wine. Spurrier is the founder of the Académie du Vin, France’s first private wine school established in Paris in 1973. I can’t help but think of Damian’s Billions co-star Paul Giamatti with his memorable quote from the film Sideways, “If anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!” 😉
It’s Friday, so it’s time for “From the Trader’s Desk” to dive into Billions S7E9 “Game Theory Optimal.”
This was a great episode that had all the characteristics of what we love about Billions – drama, double crosses, and bold moves. I chose the lyrics from Black Sabbath’s “Hand of Doom” because as a viewer, I felt the impending doom of Wendy, Taylor, and Wags. Time caught up with our brave trio, but they have two aces in the hole that will hopefully help them save the day.