More Details On Flick Autobio

From BearManor Media’s official release:

This book is by a musician who worked in every major recording and television studio in London during that wonderful musical period of the 1960s and 1970s.

One of the first call session guitarists in the UK, Vic Flick has a bounty of true stories. Stories of the drama and humor, the tensions and the rewards of working with first class musicians and internationally known artists in the world of recording, Television and Radio.

Vic Flick’s connection with the James Bond films is legend. His guitar sound on the James Bond Theme stirred the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Here is a book that tells of the music business from the inside, about the music, the good and the bad business practices, the money, the agents and the managers.

From the Beatles to Nancy Sinatra, from Tom Jones to Dusty Springfield, it’s all within the pages of Vic’s autobiography. —Order your copy today.

Interesting DAF – TND Connection

Howard Hughes invented the tricon bit drill head, the fearsome looking three-section rotary drill that in magnified form, spearheaded Elliot Carver’s efforts to core out British ships in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Since Hughes, personal friend of Bond producer Cubby Broccoli, was the inspiration for Diamonds Are Forever’s uber-baron Willard Whyte, we thus have a fascinating link between the two films… and so it goes.

“Gloria”, Bond and All

Gloria Hendry’s new autobiography, Gloria, several years in the making, is on sale this week.

Fellow Bond alum and bestselling author, Lana Wood of Diamonds Are Forever, comments:

“Gloria (my dear friend) has written a heartbreaking, courageous book. I laughed and cried and was proud to call her a friend with bravery and honesty in excess! It is a true example of overcoming odds. I welcome her as a fellow author.”

The book contains insights from Gloria’s groundbreaking career as actor, entertainer, advocate and civic leader. Of course, Live and Let Die and the perils and pleasures of Bond are discussed at length.

The new book is available now from Xlibris. Enjoy, fans!

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.

A Boy Called “Bond”

I’ve just finished two of Dave Pelzer’s titles, from the inspiring writer of A Boy Called “It”, a book which remained on the bestseller list for 6 years.

The Privilege of Youth and The Lost Boy contain numerous references to James Bond and the films of Dave’s teen years from You Only Live Twice through The Man With The Golden Gun. A favorite moment has Dave and a friend flipping a car accidentally onto two wheels (Pelzer wanted to be a stuntman in his teens) then telling people they meant to do it all along (!), like Bond in his cherry-red Mach 1 in Diamonds Are Forever.

Pelzer’s books are noteworthy on their own, and he has been recognized for his inspiring achievements by three U.S. Presidents, yet it was fun to see James Bond bits scattered throughout his nonfiction “novels” of adventure.

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

Vic Flick: Guitarman!

Vic Flick’s new book just arrived in my mail box and looks good so far!

I am reprinting an excerpt from my liner notes for James Bond NOW, one of Vic’s 007 tribute albums including original works and covers of Bond’s best…

Vic Flick: An Appreciation

Every frustrated guitarist has at some point in their lives practiced “air guitar” in front of a mirror or brandished a cricket bat or tennis racket as a means of emulating an axe-wielding great. Of that, I am certain. We’ve all done it; myself included.

Before I began to string a few chords together, there was only one record I ever wanted to “accompany”…the John Barry Seven’s legendary recording of “The James Bond Theme.” Me, I wanted to play like Vic Flick. In fact, when I “played” my note perfect rendition, I was Vic Flick, transported back in time to Abbey Road Studios, circa 1962, where I was leading a full orchestra into recording history. For me, “The James Bond Theme” is the definitive guitar-based instrumental bar none and the most famous film theme of all time.

As such, Vic Flick’s contribution to the success of the Bond series should never be underestimated and, remains, to this day, as vital as Maurice Bender’s opening title sequences and as innovative as “Q’s” gadgetry. Can you imagine a Bond film without its trademark theme? I thought not. This compilation is, therefore, a fitting tribute to a consummate professional and much underrated talent, whose elegant style has graced more hits than you would ever thinkpossible.

Yes, Vic Flick is the Sean Connery of the electric guitar. Accept no impostors.

Pete Walker is co-author of “John Barry: A Life In Music”

Interesting Snippet

Rosamund Pike at the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

Palladium October Fleming Event

Here’s an interesting snippet a friend sent about the upcoming Sir Roger Moore/Rosamund Pike event in October.

Pike from Die Another Day will be reading as Honeychile Rider of Ian Fleming’s Dr. No as part of the centenary celebration.

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

Collectibles for Little

A pal is looking to sell a collection of hundreds of James Bond memorabilia items for just a few hundred dollars in total! An item separate from the pack is a selection of 8 celluloid clippings from THE SPY WHO LOVED ME through FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. A projectionist had to manually splice the clippings together and these splice remainders represent 1/24th of a second of real Bond film. These are truly one of a kind as no two projectionists splice in the same spot. I guarantee you don’t have these so write in soon.

Write Craig Chenery for more at Craigchenery@cox.net.

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!

Tanya Roberts Is An Angel

Tanya Roberts of A VIEW TO A KILL kindly wrote the forward to BONDLIST’er Mike Pingel’s THE Q GUIDE TO CHARLIE’S ANGELS. With a title named like that one, how can we resist? I last spoke with Ms. Roberts a few months back and she’s doing fine, thanks very much. The royalties for her recent THAT 70’S SHOW and “COME TO LAS VEGAS” radio ads must be sizable!

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.

Simpsons Again

Last night, it was Ned Flanders chasing Homer Simpson in Fox’s latest Simpsons episode. Most of the chase was a takeoff of Casino Royale’s parkour chase, with the cartoon characters bouncing off walls, cars and down and around a construction site.

Someone in Simpsons TV land really likes James Bond!

In Secret Service

Getting caught up on my reading. There are always Bond books being sent my way and this one I found for myself, following a recommendation by top Bond book collector Steve Kulakoski.

Mitch Silver’s first novel, In Secret Service, revolves around a “lost Ian Fleming manuscript” called Provenance. The entire text of Provenance is woven into the narrative including photos, documents and “historical” letters!

Have Ian Fleming rob the Queen Mother and gigolo on the orders of Winston Churchill and you start to get an idea of the fun. Silver effectively weaves his threads and makes the madcap action interesting and plausible.

A great fictional Fleming read.

Florida Quantum Premiere

We usually get together a group of fans to see the latest Bond opening night. Please write if you would like to join us.

This year, fans have suggested venues in Daytona Beach, Orlando and Tampa. We see the film, dine together and review the film and visit local collectors to see their 007 memorabilia. See you Nov. 14!

Henry/Edward Does It Again

It was the Bond hat trick last night on My Own Worst Enemy. First, Slater is taken out with inhaled powder (TSWLM), then phony ambulance drivers cart him away to cover up the snatch (TLD), he wakes up to be offered an anti-poisoning defibrillator application, on a time limit (CR).

All Bond and more good stuff. This NBC thriller has my attention Mondays!

Glorious Gloria Hendry

Gloria Hendry’s new autobio is now available and features her work on Live and Let Die and throughout her music, film and advocacy career. I just received my copy and so far, I have not been disappointed.

I’ve been priviliged to know Gloria as a friend for some years now, and it seems many of her best stories and pals move through her book very winsomely. I’ll post some exclusive excerpts in upcoming days!

Bond Bound In Manhattan Now

Bonham’s New York is featuring BOND BOUND, fabulous 007 collectibles and book history through November 3. From what I have seen of the show, they have many, many Bond book covers and artwork on display I do not have in my archives… photo documents would be great to have as neither Deb nor I can get away to NYC to see the show.

The show runs through November 3 at Bonhams Auctions House at 57th and Madison Avenue and is free during all opening hours. Thank you!

Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm
Sunday Noon – 5pm

Bonhams
580 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 644 9001

Bond Bazaar

Got together with some pals to place about 20 Bond lots on eBay for my 3rd annual Bond Bay Blast. Besides putting movie quotes and some gags with each item, we posted some good stuff…

..Items starting at $0.99 US.

..TOMORROW NEVER DIES Cell Phone Prop

..Sellers’ banned edition with Ian Fleming correspondence

..All 11 variant British Book Clubs, all 6 Sniper Cover Gardner Novels

..Piracy novels, 24 different Bond movie chips, Avakum Zakhov, ultra-rare martini bottles and shaker, DeVoe’s Into The Volcano, etc., etc.

Visit http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/spyevents to see all the listings on one page. And do please buy some stuff soon so we can afford some brand new Quantum of Solace collectibles!