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Moonraker Theme

[Performed by Shirley Bassey]

Where are you? Why do you hide?
Where is that moonlight trail that leads to your side?
Just like the Moonraker goes in search of his dream of gold,
I search for love, for someone to have and hold…

I`ve seen your smile in a thousand dreams,
Felt your touch and it always seems,
You love me!…You…love…me.

Where are you? When will we meet?
Take my unfinished life and make it complete.
Just like the Moonraker knows, his dream will come true someday,
I know that you are only a kiss away,
I`ve seen your smile in a thousand dreams,
Felt your touch and it always seems…

You love me!…You…love…me!

Live And Let Die Theme

(Written and performed by Paul McCartney and Wings)

When you were young and your heart was an open book,
You used to say, “live and let live,”
(You know you did, you know you did, you know you did)
But if this ever changing world in which we live in,
Makes you give in and cry,
Say, “Live And Let Die!”

Live And Let Die…Live And Let Die…Live And Let Die.

What does it matter to ya`,
When you`ve got a job to do you gotta do it well,
You gotta give the other fellow hell!

You used to say, “live and let live,”
(You know you did, you know you did, you know you did)
But if this ever changing world in which we live in,
Makes you give in and cry,
Say, “Live And Let Die!”

Live And Let Die…Live And Let Die…Live And Let Die.

License To Kill Theme

(Performed by Gladys Knight)

Hey baby, thought you were the one who tried to run away.
Ohh, baby, wasn`t I the one who made you want to stay?
Please don`t bet…that you`ll ever escape me,
Once I get my sights on you…

Got a Licence To Kill…And you know I`m going straight for your heart (Got a Licence To Kill)…Got a Licence To Kill…Anyone who tries to tear us apart (Got a Licence To Kill)…Ooh, Licence To Kill.

Hey baby, think you need a friend to stand here by your side?
(Yes you do, your side).
Ohh baby, now you can depend on me to make things right, things right.
Please don`t bet…that you`ll ever escape me,
Once I get my sights on you…

Got a Licence To Kill…And you know I`m going straight for your hear (Got a Licence To Kill)…Got a Licence To Kill…Anyone who tries to tear us apart…(Got a Licence To Kill)

Say that somebody tries to make a move on you,
In the blink of an eye, I`ll be there too.
And they better know why, I`m gonna make them pay,
`Till their dying day!
`Till their dying day!
`Till their dying day!

(repeat chorus `til fade out)

License To Kill: “If You Asked Me To”

[Performed by Patti LaBelle; lyrics by Diane Warren and remade quite successfully by Celine Dion in 1992]

Used to be that I believed in something,
Used to be that I believed in love.
It`s been a long time since I`ve had that feeling,
I could love someone,
I could trust someone…

I said I`d never let nobody near my heart again, darlin`,
I said, I`d never let nobody in…

…But…If You Asked Me To…I just might change my mind…And let you in my life forever…If You Asked Me To…I just might give my heart…And stay here in your arms forever.

Somehow ever since I`ve been around you,
Can`t go back to being on my own.
Can`t help feeling, darlin`, since I`ve found you,
That I`ve found my home,
That I`m finally home.

I said I`d never let nobody get too close to me, darling,
I said I needed, needed to be free…

…But…If You Asked Me To…I just might change my mind…And let you in my life forever…If You Asked Me To…I just might give my heart…And stay here in your arms forever…If you…

Ask me to and I will give my whole world,
to you baby, I need you now (I need you now).
Ask me to and I`ll do anything (anything),
For you, baby…For you, baby…

If you ask me to,
I`ll let you in my life forever,
If you ask me to,
All you gotta do is ask me to…All you gotta do…All you gotta do is ask me to!
I`ll give you my world!
I`ll give you my whole world! (chorus repeat)

License To Kill: “Dirty Love”

(Performed by Tim Feehan)

You`re going nowhere, you stumble and fall.
You`re moving too fast, and you can`t take it all.

Oh yea, She`s no good for you,
She`s no good for you.

Here comes the woman, that sneaked out behind you.
If it makes you weak, and you fall apart,
Then let it go before it breaks your heart.

It`s Dirty Love…Dirty Love!…Dirty, Dirty Love!…It`s Dirty Love…Dirty Love…Dirty, Dirty Love!

We look for someone, that captures our eyes,
What we don`t count on, becomes a surprise.
She`s no good for you,
She`s no good for you.

Daylight gets slammed in, with no place to hide!
It`s gonna tear you up, when it`s so hard!
When it`s time you know, that you`ve gone to far…

It`s Dirty Love…Dirty Love…Dirty, Dirty Love!…Oh, Dirty Love…Dirty Love…Dirty, Dirty Love!

I know you want it, but don`t be blind,
I`m gonna tell you for the very last time…

It`s Dirty Love!

Goldfinger Theme

Goldfinger…
He`s the man, the man with the midas touch
A spider`s touch,
Such a cold finger
Beckons you to enter his web of sin,
But don`t go in!

Golden words he will pour in your ear,
But his lies can`t disguise what you fear,
For a golden girl knows when he`s kissed her,
It`s the kiss of death from…

Mister Goldfinger…
Pretty girl, beware of this heart of gold
This heart is cold!

Golden words he will pour in your ear,
But his lies can`t disguise what you fear,
For a golden girl knows when he`s kissed her,
It`s the kiss of death from…

Mister Goldfinger.
Pretty girl, beware of this heart of gold…This heart is cold!

He loves only gold…Only gold…He loves gold…He loves…gold!

GoldenEye Theme

(Lyrics by Bono and The Edge; Performed by Tina Turner)

See reflections on the water,
More than darkness in the depths,
See him surface but never a shadow,
On the wind I feel his breath.

GoldenEye, I`ve found his weakness,
GoldenEye, you`ll do what I please.
GoldenEye, no time for sweetness.
But a bitter kiss will bring him to his knees.

You`ll never know, how I watched you from the shadows as a child,
You`ll never know, how it feels to be the one who`s left behind,
You`ll never know the days, the nights, the tears, the tears i`ve cried,
But now my time has come,
And time, time is not on your side!

See him move through smoke and mirrors,
Feel his presence in the crowd.
Other girls they gather round him,
If I had him I wouldn`t let him out!

GoldenEye, not lace or leather,
Golden chains take him to the spot,
GoldenEye, I`ll show him forever,
It`ll take forever to see what I got!

You`ll never know, how I watched you from the shadows as a child,
You`ll never know, how it feels to get so close and be denied,
It`s a gold and honeytrap,
I`ve got for you tonight!

Revenge, it`s a kiss…This time I won`t miss…Now I`ve got you in my sights…With a GoldenEye!

Golden, GoldenEye. With A GoldenEye!

(repeat chorus)

GoldenEye: “The Experience of Love”

(Written and performed by Eric Serra)

I know you dream of love,
Holding on to lies,
And you wait around,
For someone to know where you hide.

In your dreams you feel a lot,
But you keep it all inside,
You close your eyes,
It helps keep you alive…

…And The Experience Of Love,
Won`t take all the pain away,
Just to understand for the first time,
What you feel inside, love is in your life.

(Repeat Chorus)

From Russia, With Love Theme

From Russia With Love, I fly to you,
Much wiser since my goodbye to you,
I`ve traveled the world to learn,
I must return From Russia With Love.

I`ve seen places, faces, and smiled for a moment,
But oh, you haunted me so.
Still my tongue tied, young pride
Would not let my love for you show
In case you`d say no.

To Russia I flew, but there and then…I suddenly knew you`d care again…My running around is through…I fly to you From Russia With Love…

For Your Eyes Only Theme: Blondie

80`s punk band Blondie submitted a theme song for `For Your Eyes Only`. When the producers weren`t satisfied with the song and asked Blondie to record it again, they declined, so Sheena Easton recorded another version of the song. They put it on their album `The Hunter`. The lyrics are listed below.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY – (Harry/Stein)
Don`t look over my shoulder I`m trying to read
Remember these intimate moments; don`t forget my privacy
We both have our orders and a trick up the sleeve
There`s no use pretending you`re asleep
The subject was roses quine geology
Deliberate notice you`re taking of me
Caution and danger are not family
Don`t try turning the tables on me!
Too long and too lonely
For your eyes only secretly

Enjoy the paradox: you thinking I`m the fox
Can`t ya see you personally?
So many people know who you are
and they know you`ve been looking for your counterpart
We`re chasing an echo in sonic 3-D
and if I laugh without joking make believe
Too long and too lonely
For your eyes only totally
I like what you`re showing
For your eyes only secretly
For your eyes only

For Your Eyes Only Theme

[Performed by Sheena Easton]

For Your Eyes Only, can see me through the night.
For Your Eyes Only, I never need to hide.
You can see so much in me, so much in me that`s new.
I never felt until I looked at you!

For Your Eyes Only…only for you!…You`ll see what no one else can see, and now I`m breaking free!…For Your Eyes Only, only for you!…The love I know you need in me, the fantasy you`ve freed in me…Only for you, only for you.

For Your Eyes Only, the nights are never cold.
You really know me, that`s all I need to know.
Maybe I`m an open book, because I know you`re mine,
But you won`t need to read between the lines!

For Your Eyes Only…only for you!…You see what no one else can see, and now I`m breaking free!…For Your Eyes Only, only for you…The passions that collide in me, the wild abandoned side of me…Only for you…For Your Eyes Only.

For Your Eyes Only: “Make It Last All Night”

This song in the Bond musical canon is rarely discussed, though it is prominently played in the scene where 007 spies on Gonzalez at his poolside party outside of Madrid. This may be due to its suggestive lyrics. It`s a blend of Motown-style funk and soul, performed by Rage, and written by Bill Conti and his wife. For a song, it`s a mixed bag, as it alternates between early 80`s synth-pop kitsch and a modern rock song.

Try to hold it down…and take it slow
And just enjoy the motion
If you just relax…and push it back
There is no limitation

Oooh, oooh, oooh can you feel it excite you?
Oooh, oooh, oooh can you feel it excite me too? Try to keep it up….and ease it in
To get that good vibration
If you come to late…you`ll have to wait
To get that good sensation.

Oooh, oooh, oooh can you feel it moving smooth and slow?
Oooh, oooh, oooh ease on back and let the loving flow Gotta take your time…and level out
It`s not an innovation
If you count to ten…and back again
It`s not just calculation

Oooh, oooh, oooh can you feel it excite you?
Oooh, oooh, oooh can you feel it excite me to?
Oooh, oooh, oooh can you feel it moving smooth and slow?
Oooh, oooh, oooh ease on back and let the loving flow

Easy baby! If I burn up there`s no need to feel so tight
Be loving, be gentle, be patient…we can make it last all night.
Easy baby! If I burn up there`s no need to feel so tight
Be loving, be gentle, be patient…we can make it last all night.

Dr. No: “Underneath The Mango Tree”

Underneath The Mango Tree, me honey and me, come watch for the moon,
Underneath The Mango Tree, me honey and me, make bool’aloop soon.

Underneath the moonlit sky, my honey and I, come sit hand in hand,
Underneath the moonlit sky, my honey and I, come make fairy land.

Mango, banana and tangerine, sugar, anaki, and cocoa bean…When we get married we make ‘dem grow…and nine little child in a row.

Underneath The Mango Tree, me honey and me, come watch for the moon,
Underneath The Mango Tree, me honey and me, we plan marry soon.

Underneath the moonlit sky, my honey and I, come sit hand in hand,
Underneath the moonlit sky, my honey and I, come make fairy land.

Mango, banana and tangerine, sugar, anaki, and cocoa bean…When we get married we make ‘dem grow…and nine little child in a row.

Underneath The Mango Tree, me honey and me, come watch for the moon,
Underneath The Mango Tree, me honey and me, we plan marry soon.

Underneath The Mango Tree…Underneath The Mango Tree…Underneath The Mango Tree…Underneath The Mango Tree

Dr. No: “Three Blind Mice”

Three Blind Mice in a row,
Three Blind Mice there they go.
Marching down the street, single file,
To a calypso beat all the while.

They`re looking for the cat,
The cat that swallowed the rat.
They want to show the cat the attitude,
of Three Blind Mice.

Three Blind Mice, here and there,
Three Blind Mice everywhere.
Searching all around for the cat.
All over Kingston town pitter `pat.

They got the carving knife,
To cut the pussycat`s life,
The puss` will get the knife for triflin,
with Three Blind Mice.

So beware!
Three Blind Mice,
Watch your step,
Three Blind Mice.

Deadly mice,
Three Blind Mice,
Where they go?

Three Blind Mice,
What they do?

Three Blind Mice,
Oh, the mice!

Three Blind Mice,
Deadly mice!

Dr. No: “Jamaican Jump Up”

All de` people down Kingston Town,
Ya`know all de people go, Jump Up!

Waving arms about,
Weaving in and out,
It`s so easy to Jump Up!

Take a pretty girl, make her whirl,
And then both begin again, Jump Up!

Hold her very tight,
Then for all de` night,
You`ll be doin` the Jump Up!

Jump Up! Jump Up!…Jamaica Jump Up! Jump Up!…Jamaica Jump Up music!

I`ll make `ya never want to stop, Jump Up!

Listen to de band, take her hand,
And say, “Here we go again Jump Up!”

Like a ball of fire, you will never tire,
When you`re doing the Jump Up!

All de` people down Kingston Town ya` know,
All de people go Jump Up!

You`ll be lost to it,
Once you`ve tried a bit,
Never give up de Jump Up!

Jump Up! Jump Up!…Jamaica Jump Up! Jump Up!…Jamaica
Jump Up music!

I`ll make `ya never want to stop Jump Up!

Diamonds Are Forever Theme

(Sung by Shirley Bassey)

Diamonds Are Forever,
They are all I need to please me,
They can stimulate and tease me,
They won`t leave in the night,
I`ve no fear that they might desert me.

Diamonds Are Forever,
Hold one up and then caress it,
Touch it, stroke it and undress it,
I can see every part,
Nothing hides in the heart to hurt me.

I don`t need love!
For what good will love do me?
Diamonds never lie to me,
For when love`s gone,
They`ll lustre on!

Diamonds Are Forever,
Sparkling round my little finger,
Unlike men, the diamonds linger,
Men are mere mortals who,
Are not worth going to your grave for…

I don`t need love,
For what good will love do me?
Diamonds never lie to me,
For when love`s gone…
They`ll lustre on!

Diamonds Are Forever, forever, forever…[the] Diamonds Are Forever, forever, forever…Forever and ever!

Casino Royale Theme

Seven James Bonds at Casino Royale,
They came to save the world and win a gal at Casino Royale!
Six of them went to a heavenly spot,
The seventh one is going to a place where it’s terribly…hot.

The formula is safe with ole double-oh seven!
He’s got a redhead in his arms!
Oh, he’s a lover, when you’re in trouble

Have no fear, look who’s here…James Bond…They’ve got us on the run…With guns…And knives…We’re fighting for our lives…Have no fear, Bond is here…He’s gonna to save the world at Casino Royale!

Never fear, Bond is here!

The formula is safe with ole double-oh seven!
He’s got a redhead in his arms!
Oh, he’s a lover, when you’re in trouble

Have no fear, look who’s here…James Bond…They’ve got us on the run…With guns…And knives…We’re fighting for our lives…Have no fear, Bond is here…He’s gonna to save the world at Casino Royale…James Bond…is here…so have…no fear…so have…no…fear.

Casino Royale: “The Look Of Love”

[Performed by Dusty Springfield]

The Look Of Love is in your eyes, the look your smile can’t disguise.
The Look Of Love, it’s saying so much more than just words could ever say,
And what my heart has heard, well, it takes my breath away.

I can hardly wait to hold you, feel my arms around you…How long I have waited, waited just to love you…Now that I have found you…

You’ve got The Look Of Love,
It’s on your face,
The look that time can’t erase.
Be mine tonight, let this be just the start of so many nights like this,
Let’s take a lover’s pact, and then seal it with a kiss.

I can hardly wait to hold you, feel my arms around you…How long I have waited, waited just to love you…Now that I have found you…Don’t ever go…Don’t ever go…I love you so.

Casino Royale: “Let The Love Come Through”

I know that you know where it’s at tonight, Let The Love Come Through.
It’s right here in my arms when I hold you tight, Let The Love Come Through.

There is nothing to be afraid of, our emotions are what we are made of…don’t run, come into my heart.

The time is just right and the role is clear, Let The Love Come Through.
All I like to say what I long to be, Let The Love Come Through.

Can’t you see how I feel about you…I just couldn’t live one day without you…don’t run, come into my heart.

The time is just right and the role is clear, Let The Love Come Through.
Oh, your eyes seem to say what I long to hear, Let The Love Come Through.

Can’t you see how I feel about you, I just couldn’t live one day without you…don’t go, come into my heart.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh…

A View To A Kill Theme

(Performed by Duran Duran)

Meeting you, with A View To A Kill!
Face to faces in secret places, feel the chill!

Nightfall covers me,
But you know the plans I`m making…
Still overseas,
Could it be the whole earth opening wide?
A sacred why? A myst`ry caping inside!
The weak ends` why…Until we…

Dance into the fire!…That fatal kiss is all we need!…Dance into the fire, to fatal sounds of broken dreams!…Dance into the fire…That fatal kiss is all we need…Dance into the fire!

The choice for you, is the view to a kill,
Between the shades,it`s assassination standing still.
The first crystal tears,
Fall as snowflakes on your body,
First time in years,
To drench your skin with lover`s rosy stain!
A chance to find a phoenix for the flame!
A chance to die but can we…

Dance into the fire…That fatal kiss is all we need!…Dance into the fire…To fatal sounds of broken dreams…Dance into the fire…That fatal kiss is all we need…Dance into the fire…When all we see is A View To A Kill!

007’s Incidental Music List

Dr No: “Three Blind Mice”

Live And Let Die: “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”

The Spy Who Loved Me:
-Mozart`s Piano Concerto #21 in C Major (Elvira Madigan), middle movement (Andante)
-Chopin`s “Nocturne”
-Bach`s “Air On A G-String” (from the Suite in D)
-“Lawrence Of Arabia”
-Dr. Zhivago: “Tara`s Theme”

Moonraker:
-Chopin`s Prelude in D flat Major “Raindrop”
-Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
-Tchaikovsky`s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy”-Overture
-“The Magnificent Seven”

A View To A Kill:
-The Beach Boys` “California Girls”
-Vivaldi`s “Four Seasons”
-Tchaikovsky`s “Sleeping Beauty”

The Living Daylights:
-Mozart`s 40th Symphony in g minor (1st movement)
-Borodin String Quartet in D
-Dvorak`s b minor Cello Concerto (1st mvt)
-Variations on a Rococo Theme (Tchaikovsky)

Licence To Kill:
-Beethoven`s “Fur Elise”

Tomorrow Never Dies:
-Beethoven`s Piano Concerto #5 “Emperor Concerto” Andante
-Harry Connick Jr.`s “It Had To Be You”

Who Must Perform Bond 20’s Theme?

“Why U2, Robbie Williams or Radiohead Will Do the Theme Song”:

Over the last five years, the series of James Bond has revitalized through one man–you know the number, you know the name, Pierce Brosnan. His films, all sucessful, with fans, critics and at the real MI-6 Headquarters, the box office. Yet the series is unfortunately stuck in one of it’s largest ruts ever, musically speaking.

The scores by Eric Serra (GoldenEye) and David Arnold (Tomorrow Never Dies and TWINE) were both strong scores if lackluster, and were considered by some to be as good as the original scores of John Barry. The last three title songs, done by female leads, have been less than stellar. Since the return of Brosnan/Bond, the three gals have tried without success to emulate legend Shirley Bassey, most outstanding for her terrific “Goldfinger”. Even composer David Arnold has admitted his favorite was and is Bassey, and he tried to have Sheryl Crow (TND) and Shirley Manson (TWINE) take up a “Bassey feel”.

The sad fact is that both Crow and Manson, very strong vocalists in their own right, trying to emulate Ms. Bassey comes off forced and a near-impossible standard for a Bond theme song. Give Bond XX to a male solo or group! The last men at work for Bond was Norwegian flash-in-a-pan sensation “A-Ha” twelve long, Dalton years ago. Who would be the best bets today? Well, the same four lads from Dublin that have been continually mentioned with Bond, even writing the title track to GoldenEye, U2.

“Another fella this never happened to” who some hail as the next Crown Prince of 007, is Brit sensation, Robbie Williams. His “You Only Live Twice” takeoff (John Barry says, rip off!) “Millennium” had him pegged as the singer for TWINE, a lovely rumor that was never officially confirmed. Third of my picks, and hardly last, Britain’s most successful band of the 1990’s, (at least critically) the Messrs. of “Radiohead”.

If Shirley Bassey is the female singer’s highest goal in the Bond series, Paul McCartney might just be the male to idolize for would-be 007 crooners. Can all three, U2, Williams and Radiohead come up with something, either solo, or with the next musical producer of the series? Sure. Would any of the three become a commercially viable song? Yes, absolutely. It is also something that the series has been lacking in recent years, a high-selling soundtrack. Any way that EON and MGM wants to cut it, it might be a good idea for the next movie to have a male-led title track.

“What do you think? We want to know with your e-mails and notes! Watch for an upcoming daily poll on the subject!” –Editors

The Diva and The Secret Agent

I had a hunch when I first heard the Whitney Houston rumor that there was some truth to it somewhere. And slowly, but surely, more news is trickling out as to exactly what involvement Ms. Houston may have in the next Bond film.

Club James Bond 007 France, always a good source for reliable information, has confirmed that Whitney Houston is indeed under consideration for a role in the next film. What that role is has yet to be defined. It could include anything from being the lead Bond Woman to simply singing the title song to being a supporting actress in the film.

Laurent Perriot writes:Amanda Lundberg, a spokesperson for MGM, has confirmed that Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson will be talking with the singer in the near future, although Ms Lundberg describes the talks as “general in nature.”

Houston`s publicist, Nancy Seltzer, confirmed the meeting. If you can read French, there`s more at: Club James Bond 007.

Other sources have suggested that MGM is the one who really wants Houston, that they want her to sing the title song and that this is just one huge trial balloon to see what the public reaction will be. The notion of Whitney Houston as a Bond Woman is being floated around by her “people”, who are desperate for any positive spin or publicity.

Last year Houston was detained by airport security for possession of marijuana but took off before she could be arrested. Numerous cancelled concert appearances led to widespread accusations that Whitney had a drug problem. MAD-TV mercilessly mocked Whitney Houston and her husband, Bobby Brown, by portraying them as crack addicts who sold all their possessions and their daughter to feed their habit. Another sketch showed Whitney constantly slurring the lyrics to her own songs while dazed and confused on a drug trip. Her rumored drug abuse is only part of the problem. She`s a diva with a large entourage and a husband who is overshadowed by the success of his more popular wife. Her backstage antics and drama queen ploys are not the place for a movie set where most people are family and have known each other for years.

There are other factors to consider. Normally talk of who will sing the title song doesn`t take place until after the film has begun production. It would seem a bit odd for Houston to be in talks about doing the title song right now when the movie is more than 8 or 9 months from going before the camera. That could mean that her role in the production could include more than simply singing. Perhaps a starring role and doing the title song?

There`s also the age factor. Whitney turns 38 this year and she`d be close to 39 when the movie begins to roll before the cameras and premieres. For Bond Women, that`s getting up in years. Only a few actresses have ever been that old and still played the lead Bond Woman: Honor Blackman and Maud Adams to name only a few.

And if MGM were open to the idea of casting a black actress in the lead role, which would certainly be a long overdue, welcome and refreshing change, they could certainly do much better than Houston. Halle Berry and Michael Michelle from NBC-TV`s “ER” are infinitely hotter looking and better actresses.

If MGM simply wanted Houston to sing the title song, we could even suggest a few artists that could infuse Bond with some much needed chart-climbing hits: AeroSmith or Bon Jovi would be a great place to start.

We hope to have some more news out of California this week, so keep checking in.

New Quantum of Solace Music Track?

I received in my box recently a new track for the latest Bond opus.

While Alicia Keys and Jack White have recently been tapped (ostensibly) to attempt to out-Bond David Arnold and Chris Cornell with a new Bond title track for Quantum of Solace (not bloody likely IMHO), this new track is intriguing and does include references to our man by name and number both.

Quantum of Solace Track – The Best – Rasta Baby.mp3

I have e-mailed a note in to Baby Rasta for more comment. One thing remains–Bond is the best.

Vic Flick, Guitarman: From James Bond to The Beatles and Beyond

Vic Flick’s autobiographical opus, Vic Flick, Guitarman: From James Bond to The Beatles and Beyond, is available now from Bear Manor and other outlets.

I am excited to have had a sneak peek at book excerpts and can promise you a wild ride with Vic, 007, and all his pals! Flick worked on a dozen Bond soundtracks with John Barry, providing hours of Bond’s biggest hits, besides accompanying a who’s who of American and British music for decades.

This one is a must have for collectors and fans.

This Tuesday, Aug. 19, “Dave White Presents will debut on online radio station, KSAV. This brand-new program, covering all aspects of entertainment in surprising interviews and discussions, will air every other Tuesday at 11:00 p.m. EST—8:00 out there on the West Coast.

 For Dave’s inaugural outing, one special guest will be Bond veteran Vic Flick who’ll talk about his days as session player during the “Swinging ‘60s” and what readers can find in his just published memoir from Bear Manor Media. To hear the show live, check out—

 WWW.KSAV.org

 Then, on Wednesday, Aug. 20, “Dave White Presents” will be archived at—

 www.audioentertainment.org

The Better Theme

The QOS theme is getting roundly panned. Here is my fan tribute to Vic Flick who helped John Barry create the distinctive James Bond Signature Theme for Dr. No and onward:

“…Approaching an amazing 50 years since it was laid down in a blank studio, Vic Flick’s work on the James Bond Signature Theme has lost none of its timeless charm. And neither has Vic!

In a business where everyone has stories of being cheated, of players who are more talk than action, with broken promises strung together often but pearls hardly ever, Vic Flick is a fine old English gentleman and a sensitive, powerful guitarist (with the energy of a teenager) who always holds great intimacy with his audience.

I could tell a dozen stories of how wonderful Vic is to friends, family and fans but one remembrance will do for now. Vic was kind enough to bring the Clifford Essex Paragon he used to record the James Bond Signature Theme (now safely ensconced in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio) to a convention I was hosting for James Bond fans in New Orleans.

I asked for volunteer help to quickly transport the guitar, easily worth six figures, to safety following our show. I later found pal Craig Marciniak still standing in our exhibit hall, Essex in hand, Vic at his side. I silently raised an eyebrow, forming a question.

Craig said, “Vic is helping me learn to play the Bond theme,” and I sort of giggled before Marciniak, whom I didn’t know could play a G Chord or pick a single note, rattled off Vic’s famous riff in rather high style. Craig smiled and said, “Vic Flick is why I learned how to play the guitar when I was a kid.”

I can never figure what aspect of that moment was the most poignant—that Craig was meeting in person this very gracious man who was his childhood hero, that Vic was once again patiently teaching styling on a song heard by half the world, a song he’s heard a thousand times and had covered by artists a hundred times, that Vic let someone even touch his personal guitar (Did Michelangelo share brushes? Did Frank Lloyd Wright let out Fallingwater for the weekend?) or that this moment was just one of many, all of them magnificent memories Vic Flick and his dear spouse Judy have provided for fans over the years.

Vic is at one and the same time a music fan’s buddy, ready to lift a glass with you in a pub or tell you the funniest story you’ve ever heard, and our kind link to John Barry, Burt Bacharach, Herman’s Hermits, Tom Jones, Henry Mancini, Jimmy Page, Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, Nancy Sinatra and countless more legendary artists.

Vic’s license is to thrill, whether it is a thrummed spy tune or simply a pop or rock classic that he’s worked and then tinkered on and re-envisioned for decades. I get chills hearing him finesse a tune with fingers that sounded around the music world in one of its greatest eras, and then improved and improved beyond greatness. Vic’s guitar weaves an ever precious tapestry and I have seen fans weep as his guitar gently does so and more. And he can rock, too!

Vic Flick is a composer, creator, innovator, studio legend and for those lucky to know him, a warm, considerate friend…”

—Besides writing about pool and billiards at Billiards.About.com, Matt Sherman hosts the “Bond Collectors’ Weekends”, events drawing celebrities and fans from around the globe to talk and live James Bond, 007.

Read Vic Flick’s New Autobiography

Vic Flick, Guitarman

“Without Prejudice

…I have no wish to be further involved with Monty Norman’s litigious career on the now sordid subject of who wrote the James Bond Theme…I am not privy to whatever negotiations may have led to that statement. If Mr. Norman wants even more, then I suggest you tell him to go squeeze the nearest rock.

Yours faithfully, Victor Flick”

Vic Flick, Guitarman: From James Bond to the Beatles and Beyond is a good read. Follow as Bond Signature Theme Guitarist Vic Flick battles broken amps, broken hearts and crazy singers as he backs John Barry (“We got there and the castle’s owner, a Count DeQuela, met us and fussed around making sure we were comfortable in our suites”), Burt Bacharach (“…always a seeker of perfection in the studio…”), Dusty Springfield, Shirley Bassey (“Oh, but I did find her difficult to work with. She always had something to say about how the song should go, but never seemed to think it was the right time for her to sing…”) and countless more Bond and other luminaries. Whether it was “a cuppa” with Lennon and McCartney or strumming the Bond theme with Eric Clapton, Flick was there!

Bond Likes This Tune

“Bond walked over to the gramophone and picked up the record. It was George Feyer with rhythm accompaniment. He looked at the number and memorized it. It was Vox 500. He examined the other side and, skipping La Vie en Rose because it had memories for him, put the needle down at the beginning of Avril an Portugal…” – Diamonds Are Forever

CHAPTER 14 – ‘LA VIE EN ROSE?’
The entrance to the Roi Galant was a seven-foot golden picture-frame which had once, perhaps, enclosed the vast portrait of a noble European. It was in a discreet corner of the ‘kitchen’ – the public roulette and boule room, where several tables were still busy. As Bond took Vesper’s arm and led her over the gilded step, he fought back a hankering to borrow some money from the caisse and plaster maximums over the nearest table… In the far corner, a trio, consisting of a piano, an electric guitar and drums, was playing ‘La Vie en Rose’ with muted sweetness.” – Casino Royale

Here is Edith Piaf’s version with words. The tune is considered a French standard that exemplifies the nation like America’s Stars and Stripes Forever.