Dr. No, the film that launched the ongoing James Bond franchise premiered in London 50 years ago this Friday, October 5 so this week’s Watercooler Musical Interlude is the opening title sequence from that very film. You’ll recognize the James Bond Theme credited to Monty Norman, arranged by John Barry and played by the John Barry Orchestra. That music finally dissolves into “Kingston Calypso” performed by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. John Barry of course would go on to score 12 Bond films through 1987 and his instantly recognizable sound was integral to the most successful and longest lasting film franchise of all time.
Dr. No seems quaint by today’s standards, but it must’ve seemed glamorous and exotic and sexy in 1962 when international jet travel was just coming into reach of the middle classes and attitudes about sex were loosening. What I like about it is how it features many of the Bond touchstones, but they hadn’t yet become cliche and Sean Connery (my favorite Bond) hadn’t yet grown bored with the role.
That’s all from me this week. Now it’s your turn. We’re shaking off the summer silly season and interesting movies are starting to light up movie screens. Has anyone seen anything worth talking about lately? Lay it on me.
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