James Bond | The changing world of 007
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 16 November 2003
DURATION | 18 minutes 25 seconds
When John Barry, the composer whose music enhanced a dozen Bond movies, decided to retire, the hunt was on to find someone to fill the great man's shoes. David Arnold was eventually chosen and, here, he tells 'Back Row' about some of the difficulties he faced as the first composer since Barry to score more than one Bond film. There's also an exploration of where the secret agent's adventures might take him next, featuring contributions from writer and comedian Mark Gatiss and former KGB man Oleg Gordievsky, among others, who pitch their ideas to the producers of the franchise.
French composer Eric Serra created an electronic score for 'Goldeneye', the first film to feature Pierce Brosnan (pictured) as Bond. David Arnold was hired for Brosnan's subsequent films, 'Tomorrow Never Dies', 'The World is Not Enough' and 'Die Another Day'. Arnold also rearranged Monty Norman's legendary theme tune.
A masterclass for thriller writers.
Sean Connery introduces Geoffrey Boothroyd, the man who armed 007.
A part exchange with a difference.
From Pinewood to Japan on the trail of 'You Only Live Twice'.
Directing James Bond.
On location with 'Moonraker'.
High living, fast cars and beautiful women.
Has feminism finally caught up with 007?
Miss Moneypenny's guide to the theme songs of the James Bond films.
The shifting identity of James Bond.
What does the future hold for the gadgetry of 007?
How the score can seal a box-office success.
Celebrating the centenary of James Bond's creator.
Who was Ian Fleming's inspiration for 007?
A literary renaissance for James Bond?
On the set of the tenth Bond movie.
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