James here with Movie Music Monday!
Standing before you guilty of loving James Bond movies, I present in my defense three (or so) classic pieces from composer John Barry, who scored the series’ majority until ‘The Living Daylights’. I hope they can convince you to be lenient in your sentencing.
‘You Only Live Twice’, with its screenplay by Roald Dahl, bizarre hijinks, and Bond made up ambiguously Asian, is one of the chief reasons I was brought before this honorable court. To offset its awesome British badness, I offer this gorgeous instrumental of its famous theme song.
George Lazenby was a great Bond, I think. ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ was pretty darn entertaining, which is why I chose this video to illustrate this point and hopefully rebuff some of my accusers, your honor.
I confess! Timothy Dalton’s underrated turn as James Bond turned out my favorite of the series, ‘The Living Daylights’. You might as well haul in the chair right now and fry me. This medley of the main themes as performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic sums up its musical appeal. Now, where’s the priest and my last meal? Can I get chocolate chip cookies for that?