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James Bond 50th Anniv. Gala Concert

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    Posted by Chris Rogers (U10129711) on Friday, 14th December 2012

    ...just finished on BBC4 but repeated in a few hours. Anyone else see it? Had it on in the background as, to be honest, was a bit poor - like a K-Tel record version of all those great songs.

    Never heard of the vocalists, Lance Ellington and Mary Carewe; he was ok, she was better on some than others - the phrasings were annoyingly off much of the time, and the arrangements were either too slow or too fast.

    Weirdly the best one by far was Another Day to Die, done as a duet just like the original, and really good.

    Trivia fact: The opening bars of License to Kill are identical to those of Goldfinger, and the writers paid a fortune for the rights to use those few notes.

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    Posted by GSTQ (U15296822) on Friday, 14th December 2012

    ...just finished on BBC4 but repeated in a few hours. Anyone else see it? Had it on in the background as, to be honest, was a bit poor - like a K-Tel record version of all those great songs.

    Never heard of the vocalists, Lance Ellington and Mary Carewe; he was ok, she was better on some than others - the phrasings were annoyingly off much of the time, and the arrangements were either too slow or too fast.

    Weirdly the best one by far was Another Day to Die, done as a duet just like the original, and really good.

    Trivia fact: The opening bars of License to Kill are identical to those of Goldfinger, and the writers paid a fortune for the rights to use those few notes. 
    I thought the guy wasnt a bad singer but the female was making my ears hurt with his screaching and murdering of classic Bond themes... she was shockingly bad i thought

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Saturday, 15th December 2012

    ...just finished on BBC4 but repeated in a few hours. Anyone else see it? Had it on in the background as, to be honest, was a bit poor - like a K-Tel record version of all those great songs.

    Never heard of the vocalists, Lance Ellington and Mary Carewe; he was ok, she was better on some than others - the phrasings were annoyingly off much of the time, and the arrangements were either too slow or too fast.

    Weirdly the best one by far was Another Day to Die, done as a duet just like the original, and really good.

    Trivia fact: The opening bars of License to Kill are identical to those of Goldfinger, and the writers paid a fortune for the rights to use those few notes. 
    I take it, since you mentioned the duet, you meant Another WAY To Die as opposed to Die Another Day? Well done for getting that far, anyway. I lost patience with it much earlier. I even found Honor Blackman jarring, which was disappointing.

    Mary Carewe does a lot of vocal work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, often conducted by Carl Davis, conducting this show (albeit with the Philharmonia Orchestra). They did record a “Best of Bond” LP together in 2008. I’ve got it. It’s not very good.

    I believe Lance Ellington is one of the four murderers of song on Strictly Come Dancing.

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Saturday, 15th December 2012

    I was also suprised to hear Never Say Never Again performed...that must have been getting some of the hardcore Bond nerds reaching for the off button. smiley - smiley

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    Posted by Chris Rogers (U10129711) on Saturday, 15th December 2012

    I was also suprised to hear Never Say Never Again performed...that must have been getting some of the hardcore Bond nerds reaching for the off button. smiley - smiley
     
    I did indeed mean Another Way to Die, thanks. And yes, the whole thing wad pretty poor, that aside. Thanks for the info, my mum dislikes him on strictly now you mention it. Oddly, they omitted You Only Live Twice, didn't they? And presumably Chris Cornell and Madonna disallowed use of lyrics to their songs.

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    Posted by clootiedumplin (U14281026) on Saturday, 15th December 2012

    I was also suprised to hear Never Say Never Again performed...that must have been getting some of the hardcore Bond nerds reaching for the off button. smiley - smiley
     
    I did indeed mean Another Way to Die, thanks. And yes, the whole thing wad pretty poor, that aside. Thanks for the info, my mum dislikes him on strictly now you mention it. Oddly, they omitted You Only Live Twice, didn't they? And presumably Chris Cornell and Madonna disallowed use of lyrics to their songs. 
    Yes I noticed that too!! You Only Live Twice has a lovely melody. It's one of the Bond songs that stays in my head long after i've heard it.
    Another of my favourite Bond songs is Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me.
    My favourite Bond is TImothy Dalton.
    Have to say I do think Roger Moore filled Connery's shoes very well. Poor George Lazenby didn't get much of a shot at it and for me Daniel Craig is too pouty.

    The following progamme about John Barry was very interesting too. What a talented man.

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    Posted by henry crun (U14339711) on Saturday, 15th December 2012

    In the interests of balance, my wife and I thought that the concert was fab.

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Saturday, 15th December 2012

    in the interest of balance, I thought the female singer was not up to the occasion. How on earth did she get the gig?

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    Posted by catherineM (U15017478) on Saturday, 15th December 2012

    I read somewhere recently that a Bond song has never won
    an oscar for the best song from a film. I find this really
    strange as there have been some good ones. My favourite too
    is Nobody does it Better from The Spy Who Loved Me. I think
    Marvin Hamlish, who died recently, wrote it.

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Saturday, 15th December 2012

    I read somewhere recently that a Bond song has never won
    an oscar for the best song from a film. I find this really
    strange as there have been some good ones. My favourite too
    is Nobody does it Better from The Spy Who Loved Me. I think
    Marvin Hamlish, who died recently, wrote it. 

    Maybe the songs are just too good? Everyone on this planet knows immediately when they hear a sound track from a James Bond theme, It is sexy, brooding, thrilling and unsettling. It's impossible to disassociate it from the films, and vice versa.

    I suspect it doesn't need the endorsement of any award bodies?

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    Posted by Chris Rogers (U10129711) on Saturday, 15th December 2012

    Everyone on this planet knows immediately when they hear a sound track from a James Bond theme, It is sexy, brooding, thrilling and unsettling. 

    Well, you say that, but interestingly about 10 years ago The Main Commercial Channel showed a superb, serious documentary that covered and analysed every Bond song. David Arnold explained how they fall into different categories, based on the mood and style. It was also the first time I was made aware of the fact that – at least then – different artistes compete for Bond songs, which is why you find a song called For Your Eyes Only on Blondie’s album The Hunter.

    A few months back I found this superb page: soundtrackfan.com/bl...

    which gives you the full monty on every rejected Bond song and free MP3s of all of them. Wait till you hear Lorraine Chandler’s screamingly full-on Sixties’ You Only Live Twice, or Swann Lee’s exquisite Tomorrow Never Dies or Phyllis Hyman’s stunning Never Say Never Again.

    The prog that followed the concert had a really good compilation of the ORIGINAL Bond songs, with a fascinating mix of sources – Tom Jones live at the Hilton in 1966, Sheena Easton live on Saturday Live, Marvin Hamlisch doing an instrumental of Nobody.

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    Posted by Pancho Wilkins (U1158194) on Sunday, 16th December 2012

    Everyone on this planet knows immediately when they hear a sound track from a James Bond theme, It is sexy, brooding, thrilling and unsettling. 

    Well, you say that, but interestingly about 10 years ago The Main Commercial Channel showed a superb, serious documentary that covered and analysed every Bond song. David Arnold explained how they fall into different categories, based on the mood and style. It was also the first time I was made aware of the fact that – at least then – different artistes compete for Bond songs, which is why you find a song called For Your Eyes Only on Blondie’s album The Hunter.

    A few months back I found this superb page: soundtrackfan.com/bl...

    which gives you the full monty on every rejected Bond song and free MP3s of all of them. Wait till you hear Lorraine Chandler’s screamingly full-on Sixties’ You Only Live Twice, or Swann Lee’s exquisite Tomorrow Never Dies or Phyllis Hyman’s stunning Never Say Never Again.

    The prog that followed the concert had a really good compilation of the ORIGINAL Bond songs, with a fascinating mix of sources – Tom Jones live at the Hilton in 1966, Sheena Easton live on Saturday Live, Marvin Hamlisch doing an instrumental of Nobody.  
    I'm glad you've posted this, Chris.

    Unfortunately, the link to mediafire leads to a copyright message. I'll delve deeper as it would be great to hear the songs.

    I agree the follow up programme was great.

    Robbie Wiliam's production team knew what they were doing sampling a Bond riff for "Millennium"

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    Posted by Little Mel (U13844840) on Sunday, 16th December 2012

    Although understandably the music did not quite match up to the original James Bond scores I thought they did a good enough job. Honor Blackman was a class act and had so many great anecdotes that I had not heard before about making Bond. My disapointment was that Live and Let Die really did not work well without any backing vocals to back Lance up.

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    Posted by Tom Adustus (U9467814) on Sunday, 16th December 2012

    Watched it for about 10 minutes. Couldn't belive how bad it was. Turned over.

    Why was this substandard concert broadcast?

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    Posted by Chris Rogers (U10129711) on Sunday, 16th December 2012

    Unfortunately, the link to mediafire leads to a copyright message 

    Darn, yes, I see - sorry about that; it was clear when I re-linked to it there had been copyright issues but didn't check thru the full depth. Sorry. Might be worth searching for each title and/or emailing the guy? I was lucky enough to get the full file months back - all 69Mb!

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    Posted by Anglo-Norman (U1965016) on Sunday, 16th December 2012

    On the whole I enjoyed it, though it could have been much better. Anyone know why a couple of the vocal numbers were rendered as purely instrumental?

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Sunday, 16th December 2012

    On the whole I enjoyed it, though it could have been much better. Anyone know why a couple of the vocal numbers were rendered as purely instrumental?   Possibly copyright issues with the lyrical content...though I understand Die Another Day was one of those so could only be improved as an instrumental.

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    Posted by The Tower Bridge Fox (U6480633) on Monday, 17th December 2012

    I really enjoyed this !!!!!

    Every on has heard the Originals so much it nice to hear some different interpretations

    I particularly like nobody does it better and

    A view to as kill

    I will be watching this a few more time on bbc I player.

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