Bonding

007Muri and I often say that when we are in Arizona, our time is not ours.   It belongs to our daughter and our grandkids.  It’s not that we’re with them all the time, just that when we’re not with them, we’re waiting to see when we will be next.   Yes, we usually manage to reserve a few evenings for Date Nights, and last week, when the kids had strep throat, we found ourselves with an extra night for the movies.  What did we see?  Bond … James Bond.  Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig as the latest incarnation of 007, is the 23rd James Bond Film.  Checking the list on Wikipedia, I found that I have seen 20 of the 23 films, which is surprising, since I haven’t cared for several of the choices of actor to play the iconic intelligence officer.   Evenconnery though he appeared in only 5 of the Bond films, if you mention 007 to someone my age, we will think Sean Connery, even though Roger Miller appeared in more films (7  during the 70s and 80s).  While Connery always gave his portrayal of Bond the light touch, Miller played it a little too much for laughs in my opinion.  I’ve never cared for Pierce Brosnan who played Bond in the 90s.   craigTimothy Dalton and George Lazenby are mostly forgotten footnotes to the Bond saga, as is David Niven, who played Bond in a 1960s spoof of the genre, Casino Royale.  For my money … which is as good as anyone else’s, I suppose … Daniel Craig, who portrays a grittier Bond than his predecessors, is the best Bond since Connery and casting Judy Dench as Bond’s handler, M, has made me a fan again.

In addition to fast cars, beautiful women, exotic locations and high tech gadgets, a constant in the Bond series has been music that has penetrated the pop charts.   In addition to the James Bond theme, written by Monty Norman, the films have featured songs by major artists which played over the opening titles or closing credits: Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, and Carly Simon, to name a few.  The whole list is on Wikipedia*, here.  So, can you name the three songs nominated for Academy Awards (answer below**)?   Six songs reached the Top 10 on the U.S. Charts.  Can you name the only one that reached Number One (answer below***)?   The theme to Skyfall is performed by Adele, the second single-named artist to record a Bond theme. Can you name the first (answer below****)?  You can probably guess that even though it’s not a Friday, I have a Favorite.  That would be Sheena Easton’s recording of Bill Conti’s For Your Eyes Only from the 1981 film of the same name.

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** Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney and Wings), Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon), and For Your Eyes Only (Shena Easton)

*** A View to a Kill (Duran Duran)

**** In 2002, Madonna recorded Die Another Day

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  1. territerri Says:

    The Bond movies have never really called to me. I’m not sure I’ve seen ANY of them, though I would probably give them a chance if anyone in my family were fans. I tend to “happen” to see a lot of movies based on what my family is “in” to. But I have been very aware of some of the music that accompanied these films. “For Your Eyes Only” and “A View to a Kill” were definitely on my radar during their time. And who could miss the new Adele song? She’s got such an amazing voice. Movies often wouldn’t be nearly as stunning without the music that accompanies them. Think of “The Artist.” No words… but the music helped make the movie.

    • oldereyes Says:

      Interesting that you never got into the Bond movies, but then again, I’m not sure Muri would have one of it weren’t for me. I was really struck by how many well-known artists, some of whom you might not associate with an action movie genre, recorded for the Bond films. Also funny … neither Muri or I cared much for The Artist.


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