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Why James Bond sounds like James Bond

Why James Bond sounds like James Bond from Dan Golding on Vimeo.

Across the entire franchise, there's still an unmistakable sound to the music of James Bond. So why does James Bond sound like James Bond? And how do you write a new Bond song?

This video was made by Dan Golding: http://www.twitter.com/dangolding

I also do a podcast about film music called Art of the Score. We've just done a three part series on the music of James Bond! http://www.artofthescore.com.au

For educational purposes only.
The James Bond theme is by Monty Norman, arranged by John Barry.
Film excerpts from all James Bond films are copyright EON and their respective owners.

Excerpts from
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Jay Roach, 1999
Johnny English, Peter Howitt, 2003.

All films, performances, and music owned by their respective rights holders and are used here only for educational purposes.

Skewered. One sympathizes.

Vesper walks up to Bond and seats herself across from him

Vesper: I'm the money.

Bond puts down his menu and regards her with an amused smile.

Bond: Every penny of it.

Vesper puts her business card on the table.

Vesper: The Treasury has agreed to stake you in the game.

Bond: ‘Vesper’? I do hope you gave your parents hell for that.

Vesper takes menu from porter.

Vesper: (to the porter) Thank you. (to Bond) Your boss must have some influence. I’ve never seen so go much go out the door so quickly.

Bond: Or so stylishly. May I ask where it is?

Vesper: Ten million was wired to your account in Montenegro, with a contingency for five million more, if I deem it a prudent investment. (as if curious) I suppose you’ve given some thought to the notion that if you lose, our government will have directly financed terrorism. (re:menu) What looks good?

Cut to exterior of train. Back to Vesper and Bond in dining car. Clear that they have just finished their meal. Bond fills Vesper's wine glass

Vesper: So you’re telling me it’s a matter of probability and odds; I was worried there was some chance involved.

Bond: Only if one assumes that the person with the best hand always wins.

Vesper: So that would be what you call ‘bluffing’?

Bond: You've heard the term. Then you may have also heard that in poker you don’t play your hand, you play the man across from you.

Vesper: And you’re good at reading people.

Bond: Which is why I’ve been able to detect an undercurrent of sarcasm in your voice.

Vesper: I am now assured our money is in good hands.

Bond: You don't think this is a very good plan, do you?

Vesper: So there is a plan? Excellent. Somehow I got the impression we were risking ten million dollars and hundreds of people’s lives on a game of luck. What else can you surmise?

Bond: About you, Miss Lynd?… Well your beauty is a problem. You worry that you won’t be taken seriously…

Vesper: Which one can say of any attractive woman with half a brain.

Bond: True, but this one overcompensates by wearing slightly masculine clothing and being more aggressive than her female colleagues, which gives her a somewhat prickly demeanor and, ironically enough, makes her less likely to be accepted and promoted by her male superiors, who mistake her insecurities for arrogance. Now I would normally have gone with only child, but by the way you ignored the quip about your name and your parents I would have to go with orphan?

Vesper: All right… by the cut of your suit you went to Oxford or wherever and actually think human beings dress like that. But you wear it with such disdain, my guess is you didn’t come from money and your school friends never let you forget it, which means you were at that school by the grace of someone else’s charity, hence the chip on your shoulder. And since your first thought about me ran to orphan, that's what I’d say you are. (sees a slight reaction) Oh, you are. I like this poker thing. And it makes sense since MI6 looks for maladjusted young men who’d give little thought to sacrificing others in others to protect queen and country. You know... former SAS types with easy smiles and expensive watches. Rolex?

Bond: Omega.

Vesper: Beautiful. Now having just met you I wouldn’t go as far as calling you a cold hearted bastard.

Bond: Of course not.

Vesper: But it wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine that you think of women as disposable pleasures rather than meaningful pursuits, so as charming as you are, Mr. Bond, I will be keeping my eye on our government’s money and off your perfectly formed arse.

Bond: You noticed.

Vesper: Even accountants have imaginations. How was your lamb?

Bond: Skewered. One sympathizes.

Vesper rises to her feet and gathers her bag.

Vesper: Good evening Mr. Bond.

Bond: Good evening Miss Lynd.

Bond watches her leave, smiling.

"Spectre": Este Bond é muito mais Bond

Dei uma contribuição ao SAPO Mag sobre o novo Bond e foi assim:

 

“Spectre” parece um Bond para acabar com todos os Bonds. Pisca (bastante) o olho aos fãs de longa data da série de filmes, ambicionando ser mais espetacular do que nunca antes.

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Locais exóticos? Tem. Vai do México a Londres, Roma, Áustria, Tanger e de volta a Londres. Bond Girls? Tem. E não propriamente novatas a começar mas sim Monica Belluci e Léa Seydoux. Vilão maníaco? Tem. Christoph Waltz, outro grande ator, já oscarizado. Carros rápidos? Sim, claro, em perseguições por Roma, um Aston Martin exclusivo e um Jaguar de sonho. Explosões? Mais que muitas, algumas das maiores jamais vistas em ecrã gigante.

E aquele plano-sequência de abertura no México, à Orson Welles a transformar-se em combate em helicóptero em vertigem permanente? Bond is back.

“Spectre” enche as medidas dos fãs antigos, integra um pouco mais os fãs mais recentes e espera conquista ainda mais espectadores para os filmes de Bond. Os primeiros resultados de crítica e bilheteira parecem anunciar o sucesso da aposta e a continuação do mais duradouro fenómeno de entretenimento da história do cinema.

A estreia mundial do primeiro filme da saga Bond, “Dr No”, ocorreu a 5 de Outubro de 1962, no mesmo dia em que era lançado o primeiro single dos Beatles, “Love Me Do”. Começavam os anos 60, a Inglaterra recuperava aos poucos pelo menos parte do seu lugar cimeiro na cultura popular mundial.

A antestreia de gala de “Spectre”, o vigésimo quarto filme em que James Bond é herói e protagonista aconteceu na segunda-feira 26 de Outubro de 2015 no Royal Albert Hall, numa superprodução que fechou ruas para estender o tapete vermelho à passagem de elenco, equipa, convidados e príncipes, com gente à espera de um autógrafo junto às grades desde o sábado anterior.

Era provavelmente possível fazer uma história cultural pop do Reino Unido no pós-Segunda Guerra através dos já 53 anos de filmes Bond e mesmo antes disso, com os romances do espião Fleming que se idealizou em 007.

Os filmes Bond ajudaram a definir em parte aquilo que hoje domina grande parte da produção cinematográfica mundial, o conceito de “franchise”: obedecem a um conjunto mais ou menos vago de regras em relação a ambientes, personagens, sequências do guião, “gadgets”, sentido de humor, “bond girls”, “product placement”.

Depois há os atores, de Sean Connery a Daniel Craig, cada um querendo trazer algo de si para o papel. A mudança de protagonista foi acontecendo por motivos vários e trouxe aos filmes personalidades próprias. Daniel Craig reinventou um Bond mais moderno, mais inseguro mas também mais violento, com menos caricatura e “brinquedos”. Os fãs de longa data franziram o sobrolho mas o sucesso foi real. E agora em “Spectre”, Craig volta a parecer um Bond mais Bond.

“Skyfall” ultrapassou os mil milhões de dólares em receitas globais e ganhou um Óscar pela melhor canção onde antes a série só tinha conseguido estatuetas pelos efeitos visuais e sonoros. O realizador, Sam Mendes, era também ele já um oscarizado. A fasquia foi colocada mais alta que nunca.

Vá, vão ver “Spectre” e deliciem-se. Depois perguntem o que pergunta qualquer fã de Bond. E agora, como vai voltar 007?

 

Today is the day.

Watch the final trailer for SPECTRE. A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.
Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.
As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.


Released in the UK on October 26, and in the US on November 6, 2015.