The Music of James Bond

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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 ...

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Overview

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 reader-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 book 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 read for 007 buffs and all popular music fans. This paperback edition is brought up-to-date with a new chapter on Skyfall.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
…the Bond films bounce from one locale and story line to another, with the music serving as our constant frame of reference. And so it probably deserves a biography unto itself: a snappy, efficient and gossip-heavy one such as The Music of James Bond by Jon Burlingame, a standby on the film-music beat. He gives each Bond film—except Skyfall—its own chapter, complete with a compact narrative of who wrote what, who was brought in to sing a choice number only to be replaced at the 11th hour, who disputed authorship of which ditty you've probably hummed 100 times, and so on.
—Colin Fleming
From the Publisher
"When it comes to writing about film music, Jon Burlingame is the man with the Midas touch. Both casual fans and 007 aficionados should find this book to be enlightening, informative, and great fun to read." —Leonard Maltin

"Jon Burlingame has written an amazing behind-the-scenes dossier, revealing the personalities, the betrayals, the egos, the lawsuits, and the untold stories behind 007's hits and misses. Nobody does it better than Bond, and nobody knows Bond music better than Burlingame." —John Cork, co-author, James Bond, The Legacy

"A magnificent work. Not only has Mr. Burlingame assembled a meticulously researched history of the James Bond music, but, being an expert on musical scoring and composers, he offers a degree of music appreciation and insight that few possess. James Bond fans will devour this like Beluga caviar and Dom Perignon champagne." —Steven Jay Rubin, author of The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia

"Jon Burlingame provides the intriguing and often fascinating story behind the one heretofore neglected aspect of the James Bond phenomenon: the soundtracks and the incredibly talented people behind them. The Music of James Bond manages to be exhaustively researched, yet highly entertaining. Those of us who pride ourselves on being 007 scholars will be humbled by the wealth of new insights the author reveals. With this indispensable book, Burlingame reaffirms his status as one of the world's foremost experts on motion picture soundtracks." —Lee Pfeiffer, co-author, The Incredible World of 007 and The Essential Bond, and Editor-in-Chief, Cinema Retro Magazine

"Jon Burlingame has crafted an authoritative and uniquely informative volume—the definitive examination of a major contribution in the longevity of the James Bond film series. The Music of James Bond is packed with memorable quotes and a sprinkling of photographic gems." —Graham Rye, Editor & Publisher, 007 MAGAZINE

"At last, a worthy historical analysis of 007 that finally puts the music in the spotlight; often neglected and overlooked, John Barry's distinctive sound played a pivotal part in defining James Bond's screen persona. Jon Burlingame's incredibly detailed account successfully threads together the full story, and in doing so, reveals more twists and turns than an Ian Fleming novel. —Geoff Leonard and Pete Walker, co-authors, John Barry: The Man With the Midas Touch

"The Bond films bounce from one locale and storyline to another, with the music serving as our constant frame of reference. And so it probably deserves a biography unto itself: a snappy, efficient and gossip-heavy one such as THE MUSIC OF JAMES BOND by Jon Burlingame." — Colin Fleming, The Washington Post

"The tunes and scores that have graced the 007 franchise finally get their due in this exhaustively researched and consistently fascinating chronicle." — Neil Smith, Total Film

"THE MUSIC OF JAMES BOND is an immensely readable and satisfyingly comprehensive study of an overlooked aspect to the Bond films' success. I couldn't put it down." — Neil Shurley, Examiner.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199863303
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Burlingame is one of the nation's leading writers on the subject of music for film and television. He writes regularly for Daily Variety and teaches film-music history at the University of Southern California. His other work has included three previous books on film and TV music; articles for other publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Premiere and Emmy magazines; and producing radio specials for Los Angeles classical station KUSC.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction
1. "... come watch for de moon ..."
Dr. No
2. "... but oh, you haunted me so ..."
From Russia With Love
3. "... the Midas touch — a spider's touch..."
Goldfinger
4. "... he looks at this world and wants it all ..."
Thunderball
5. "... well, it takes my breath away ..."
Casino Royale (1967)
6. "... make one dream come true ..."
You Only Live Twice
7. "... we have all the time in the world ..."
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
8. "... touch it, stroke it and undress it ..."
Diamonds Are Forever
9. "... you gotta give the other fellow hell ..."
Live and Let Die
10. "... an assassin that's second to none ..."
The Man With the Golden Gun
11. "... nobody does it better ..."
The Spy Who Loved Me
12. "... that moonlight trail that leads to your side ..."
Moonraker
13. "... you see what no one else can see ..."
For Your Eyes Only
14. "... hold on tight, let the flight begin ..."
Octopussy
15. "... though I know there's danger there, I don't care ..."
Never Say Never Again
16. "... until we dance into the fire ..."
A View to a Kill
17. "... the living's in the way we die ... "
The Living Daylights
18. "... and you know I'm going straight for your heart ..."
Licence to Kill
19. "... time is not on your side ... "
GoldenEye
20. "... until the world falls away ..."
Tomorrow Never Dies
21. "... no point in living if you can't feel alive ..."
The World Is Not Enough
22. "... it's not my time to go ..."
Die Another Day
23. "... the coldest blood runs through my veins ..."
Casino Royale (2006)
24. "... a door left open, a woman walking by... "
Quantum of Solace
25. "...where worlds collide and days are dark..."
Skyfall
iv. Appendix 1: The Bond Soundtrack Albums v. Appendix 2: The Bond Songs That Never Were vi. Endnotes vii. Bibliography viii. Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Entertaining Read for Bond Fans

    Terrific overview of the music of each of the Bond films up through "Quantum of Solace." Enjoyed the backstory and anecdotes about the theme songs and scores of the franchise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

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    Will Make You See the Movies in a Whole Different Way

    The Music of James Bond by Jon Burlingame is a non-fiction book about the sound­track of one of the most suc­cess­ful film fran­chises in the world. Coin­ci­den­tally, after fin­ish­ing the chap­ter about the music of From Russ­ian with Love, I flipped on the TV and the movie was on, I can give a first hand tes­ti­mony that this book gave me a whole dif­fer­ent view of the Bond movies (and I have seen each sev­eral times).

    The book cov­ers the topic of the James Bond movies from the per­spec­tive of the musi­cal score. Each movie gets a chap­ter with a nar­ra­tive of how the score came to be as well as an out­line of the movie (spoiler alert if you haven’t seen them) and where each part of the score plays a role.

    The Music of James Bond by Jon Burlingame tells of the real-life dra­mas which accom­pa­nied the sound track to the 007 movies up to Quan­tum of Solace. Mr. Burlingame takes the reader behind the scenes to closed ses­sions, pri­vate nego­ti­a­tions and con­fi­den­tial conversations.

    The author does an excel­lent job dis­cussing each movie and how the sound­track got cre­ated as well as changed with the times. As a fan of the movies (I’ve seen each sev­eral times), I knew exactly what he was talk­ing about and could hear the music in my head.

    My favorite part of the book came at the begin­ning by learn­ing how the famous “James Bond Theme” came to be and, of course, learn more about the famous John Barry who scored many of the Bond movies whose dis­tinct sound is rec­og­niz­able almost everywhere.

    Spe­cial atten­tion was given to the chang­ing tech­nol­ogy in music, where big bands were replaced, or com­ple­mented, by syn­the­siz­ers and the sound of the early movies was slowly replaced by disco and mod­ern sounds.

    My only wish is that this book would have been an enhanced e-book, this is the exact type of book which would ben­e­fit from such for­mat. Imag­ine being able to watch a par­tic­u­lar scene, or lis­ten to a par­tic­u­lar track after hav­ing read about it and with an under­stand­ing of what your are watch­ing and lis­ten­ing to.

    As always, the real magic of the book is the behind-the-scenes anec­dotes and con­tro­ver­sies regard­ing the sound­tracks, own­er­ship and rein­ven­tion of the Bond sound by David Arnold. Com­ple­mented with inter­views of com­posers and artists, untold sto­ries (Eric Clapton’s gui­tar work for “License to Kill” was shelved, Jimmy Page played on the “Goldfin­ger” track and more) this book is a must for Bond fans and music lovers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 14, 2013

    Bond

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