The Music of James Bond

  • by Jon Burlingame
  • Narrated by Tom Parks
  • 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The story of the music that accompanies the cinematic adventures of Ian Fleming's intrepid Agent 007 is one of surprising real-life drama. In The Music of James Bond, author Jon Burlingame throws open studio and courtroom doors alike to reveal the full and extraordinary history of the sounds of James Bond, spicing the story with a wealth of fascinating and previously undisclosed tales. Burlingame devotes a chapter to each Bond film, providing the backstory for the music (including a listener-friendly analysis of each score) from the last-minute creation of the now-famous "James Bond Theme" in Dr. No to John Barry's trend-setting early scores for such films as Goldfinger and Thunderball.
We learn how synthesizers, disco and modern electronica techniques played a role in subsequent scores, and how composer David Arnold reinvented the Bond sound for the 1990s and beyond. The audiobook brims with behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Burlingame examines the decades-long controversy over authorship of the Bond theme; how Frank Sinatra almost sang the title song for Moonraker; and how top artists like Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner, and Madonna turned Bond songs into chart-topping hits.
The author shares the untold stories of how Eric Clapton played guitar for Licence to Kill but saw his work shelved, and how Amy Winehouse very nearly co-wrote and sang the theme for Quantum of Solace. New interviews with many Bond songwriters and composers, coupled with extensive research as well as fascinating and previously undiscovered details - temperamental artists, unexpected hits, and the convergence of great music and unforgettable imagery - make The Music of James Bond a must listen for 007 buffs and all popular music fans.

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Great potential, poor execution

As a Bond film fan, this seemed an exciting proposition. It is enjoyable - for nerdy fans - but is let down in two important regards. Firstly, the narration: the narrator is ponderous and tries to do accents when quoting people. The accents make Dick Van Dyke seem like an impressionist. It makes your toes curl. Secondly, it would be immeasurably better if they were allowed to play excerpts of the music he is referring to but they clearly don't have the rights. So he will talk about a piece of instrumental and say 'played at 1 hour 12 minutes of the movie'. So unless you then pause, dig out the DVD and search, it's a little pointless. With a better narrator and music excerpts, however, this would be a little gem.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios