The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years

Posted: October 10, 2012 by filmmusicreporter in Film Music Events
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Last Friday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences celebrated the music of the James Bond series at the event The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Academy has published a couple of video clips from the event, including guitarist Vic Flick’s live performance of the James Bond theme on the same Clifford Essex Paragon Deluxe he used 50 years ago, as well as an excerpt from the interview with Flick talking about working with composer John Barry on Bond films including Dr. No and Goldfinger. Both videos can be checked out after the jump. Also embedded is a video clip from the interview with Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black talking about his work with Barry and a story about the theme song for Diamonds Are Forever, as well as an excerpt from the talk with composer Bill Conti on writing the Oscar-nominated title song to For Your Eyes Only. The evening was hosted by film music historian Jon Burlingame who recently wrote the book The Music of James Bond, which will be released on November 1, 2012 and can now be pre-ordered on Amazon. Also added below is a video with Burlingame discussing John Barry’s arrangement of the James Bond theme and the title songs for Goldfinger and Thunderball.