Friday, 22 November 2013
THE SOUND OF BOND: SOUNDTRACK COVER GALLERY - PART ONE...
I saw my first BOND double-bill at my local cinema on Saturday
afternoon, November 25th 1972. I know for sure because I had THE
MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL #9 with me, newly purchased that
very morning. It was dated December 2nd, but as everyone knows,
comics were usually dated seven days ahead of when they went on
sale to give them a full week's shelf-life in the newsagents.
What I can't tell you is precisely what two movies I saw, but
there's a reason for that. My local cinema had a Bond matinee every
Saturday afternoon for what seemed like months, and they repeated the
same movies, but always in a different sequence from one screening to
the next. For example, one week it was FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
and YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE; the next week might then be DR. NO
and THUNDERBALL; the week after, it could be any combination
of those flicks, including GOLDFINGER and DIAMONDS
ARE FOREVER flung into the mix.
One day, I'll have to see what movies were listed in my local news-
paper for that date and ascertain once and for all what were the first two
I saw. I'd like to know for certain, just to satisfy my own personal curiosity
if nothing else. At least I got to see all six SEAN CONNERY Bond films
on the big screen before they were sold to TV, even if the new boy, the
saintly ROGER MOORE, had already begun filming his first entry
in the iconic series by the time I did.
One thing's for sure 'though - one of the ingredients that helped
secure the success of the franchise was the music. MONTY NORMAN
composed the theme number (although not for Bond), but while his orig-
inal version is recognisable, it was really rather a tame little tune. It was
JOHN BARRY's arrangement and orchestration that gave the theme its
power and passion, its might and majesty, that has endured down through
the decades to this very day. And Norman is big enough to admit that
Barry was the man responsible for the definitive sound.
Who amongst us hasn't felt the hairs bristle on the back of our
neck and our heart pound a little faster in joyous anticipation upon
hearing the opening bars of that rousing theme? However, it wasn't just
the theme tune that stirred (but didn't shake) one's blood; the incidental
music was also a force to be reckoned with, and John Barry left a legacy of
which he can be proud. I soon started collecting the soundtrack LPs of the
films, as much for the covers as the music itself, and, a few years ago, I
updated to CDs. (Don't worry, I kept the vinyl.) It's from those CDs that
I now present the first instalment in a cover gallery of JAMES BOND
original motion-picture soundtrack albums.
Posted by Kid at Friday, November 22, 2013