Last week I celebrated the pending 50h Anniversary of Dr. No by featuring the original James Bond theme as the Watercooler Musical Interlude. I’m still on a James Bond kick so let’s go ahead and run my all time favorite Bond opening theme: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by John Barry. Off the top of my head, I think it’s the only purely instrumental main theme in the whole franchise. Dr. No mainly featured the famous Bond guitar riff, but it ultimately gave way to the lyrics of “Kingston Calypso.” Majesty’s did have a vocal number, Louis Armstrong singing “We Have All the Time in the World,” and that tune was used throughout the quieter moments of the picture, but this is the official theme and it is repeated in one form or another during the exciting chase sequences.
For those of you keeping score at home, OHMSS is now officially my favorite Bond flick as well. It grows in my estimation every time I watch it, but it has always trumped by From Russia With Love until this last time I watched them both. Sean Connery is still my favorite Bond incarnation and George Lazenby has his limitations, but the latter is much better than he’s ever really been given credit for. He’s got a convincing athleticism that Connery never quite had, but he also does well with the softer, more emotional moments which underpin this film and which make it better than any of the others. Given time, I think he would’ve gotten even better. As it is, I’d still rather watch Lazenby than Roger Moore.
Anyway, that’s all from me this week. Now it’s your turn. Has anyone seen anything worth talking about since last time? Lay it on me.
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