Music

Chris Cornell dead at 52

May 18th, 2017 by

Chris Cornell died suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday night at just 52, a representative announced. Cornell is best known to Bond fans for You Know My Name, the theme song to Casino Royale in 2006. Cornell is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead […]

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Birthday of James Bond Theme guitarist Vic Flick [1937]

May 14th, 2017 by

Vic Flick, the musician who played the guitar riff on the James Bond Theme as part of John Barry’s Orchestra, was born on 14th May 1937 in Surrey. The track was recorded on 21st June 1962 with an orchestra that consisted of five saxophones, nine brass, solo guitar and rhythm section. On the original recording for Dr No Flick […]

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Live And Let Die composer George Martin died on this day in 2016

March 8th, 2017 by

George Martin, who was sometimes known as “the fifth Beatle” due to his influential work as producer with the Fab Four, died on 8th March 2016. As well as working with The Beatles and a whole host of other pop stars of the 1960s, Martin produced Shirley Bassey on Goldfinger. On Live And Let Die he composed […]

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John Barry died on this day in 2011

January 30th, 2017 by

John Barry, who arranged the James Bond Theme and scored a total off eleven films in the 007 series, died on 30th January 2011. Following the success of the James Bond Theme, Barry was asked to provide the score from From Russia With Love and in doing so created the sound of the early Bond films. […]

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Birthday of 007 composer John Barry [1933]

November 3rd, 2016 by

Composer John Barry, whose arrangement of the James Bond Theme is indelibly etched on the eardrums of us all and created the memorable soundtracks for many of the early Bond movies, was born in York on 3rd November 1933. Photo: John Barry in concert by Geoff Leonard. Licensed under CC BY-SA 1.0.

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Additional music in SPECTRE

April 20th, 2016 by

One of the best scenes in SPECTRE takes place after Lucia Sciarra returns to her villa following her husband’s funeral. First we see her  shows her car arriving (around 30:56 into the film) and switching on the light in her classically decorated house. She turns on some music and pours and drink, walking through the house to the rear garden. […]

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George Martin dies aged 90

March 9th, 2016 by

Today the internet lit up with the sad news that George Martin has died at the age of 90.  Sometimes known as “the fifth Beatle”, Martin is best known for signing The Beetles to EMI, and as producer he helped shape their sound. As well as working with The Beatles and many other artists, Martin also […]

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Book on 007 theme songs kicks off crowdfunding campaign

March 8th, 2016 by

A brand new book on the music of James Bond themes has just kicked off a crowdfunding campaign on Unbound. The Complete James Bond Themes is written by Nick Parkhouse, who wrote a fantastic series on the Bond movie soundtracks for The James Bond Dossier. As well as offering early pledgers a number of rewards, Nick is offering readers £5 off […]

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The Nation’s Favourite Bond Song on ITV tonight

December 17th, 2015 by

For over 50 years, the James Bond films have provided us with some of the most memorable and exciting songs in movie history. This 90 minute special tells the stories behind 20 of the very best as it counts down to The Nation’s Favourite Bond Song – which has come out on top in an […]

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SPECTRE theme song makes UK no. 1

October 3rd, 2015 by

Writing’s on the Wall, Sam Smith’s theme to SPECTRE, has become the first ever James Bond theme song to reach the top spot in the UK music charts. According to the BBC the two previous highest-charting Bond themes were Adele’s Skyfall and Duran Duran’s A View To A Kill, which both made second place in the […]

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