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The Best of BOND; Let's get this over with
It's nice to know someone else likes Die Another Day. I not only like that song, but the movie as well. Yeah I know I'm an anomaly.

   The Pretty Reckless's 25 is proof they could write an amazing Bond theme.
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(04-05-2021, 11:41 PM)Belloq87 Wrote: How does one outright dislike "Thunderball"?

Tom Jones passed out for our enjoyment!

I don’t dislike it. I just don’t like it.

“Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” was the better song.
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That's also a good song.
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I just stumbled across this, which is labeled as a "remaster" of a-ha's "The Living Daylights," but is actually essentially an entirely new version of the song.  I prefer the original, but I also like this...




Gonna add it to my "Bond Songs -- Covers" playlist.
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This is the "I couldn't hear my vocal" version.
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That's horrible.
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It’s not a “new” version. That is actually the original version of the song that they submitted for TLD before John Barry came in and changed the instrumentation to sound closer to the traditional Bond sound. Part of the conflict between them and John Barry was that they felt Barry didn’t deserve songwriting credit because he didn’t really contribute to the actual songwriting. The version in the film is more a “remix” via switching instruments, but the actual musical arrangement is pretty much the same as the original beat for beat. When time came to release their 1988 album Stay On These Roads, they opted to put their original version of the song rather than the movie version.

All that said, I think I prefer that version just because it sounds more like their style of music, with the movie version being more of an outlier.
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Based on that information, I'd say Barry really didn't deserve songwriting credit. "Song produced by John Barry" would have been a more accurate reflection of the work he did to add the orchestral stuff and Bondian "sound."
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We know Barry’s history with claiming song writing credits!

According to Duran Duran the process was not much different for them, and Barry still got a credit anyway. Difference is they didn’t make a stink of it. I suppose Barry not calling them Hitler youth helps too.
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Words and melody are considered the most important aspects for determining songwriting credits legally/in the industry.

"Orchestrated by" or "Arranged by" are considered a tier below that.
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(04-13-2021, 01:51 PM)mr. stockslivevan Wrote: We know Barry’s history with claiming song writing credits!

According to Duran Duran the process was not much different for them, and Barry still got a credit anyway. Difference is they didn’t make a stink of it. I suppose Barry not calling them Hitler youth helps too.

Yeah.

By all accounts, Duran Duran were actually pleased with the changes Barry made. And they only ever said nice things about the experience in the years since.
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My pre-NO TIME TO DIE Bond rewatch continued this afternoon with OCTOPUSSY!

A return to a slightly more grandiose Bond adventure after the more grounded outing of FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, and you can feel that it wants to recapture the highs of some of Roger Moore’s earlier “big” 007 films... but it never really gets there.

On paper, the plot being constructed here is actually kind of intriguing, with some admirably quirky elements.  However, it veers into too-labyrinthine territory a bit too frequently.  Louis Jourdan brings class and elegance to his section of the villainous plotline, while Steven Berkoff goes full crazy in a pretty fun way as a fairly definitive version of the "power-mad Soviet general" archetype.

Moore is -- as always -- good, and he does try to invest the dramatic moments with some heft to accentuate the stakes (particularly in the second half), but those nice beats are ultimately undone by too many extremely ineffective bits of broad humor; you can get away with goofiness on a large scale in something like MOONRAKER, but here those elements fall flat.  James Bond giving the Tarzan call while swinging on jungle vines has to be one of the low points of the whole franchise.

So in the final analysis, OCTOPUSSY isn’t one of the (few) “bad” Bond films... but it’s in the bottom tier of the “good” ones for me.

Incidentally, I received this item as part of a birthday package from my parents...

https://usa.007store.com/products/007-dr...-joe-sephs

... and finally dug in during the movie.  This popcorn is really good.  The flavor combo of caramel corn, vodka, and gin probably shouldn’t really work together, but it does!  I’m going to be buying an additional supply for myself in the very near future.  If there is such a thing as elevated, sophisticated caramel corn, this is it.
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Is "Never Say Never Again" next on the menu??

I've been meaning to give it another spin.
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Despite watching two "in a row," I'm really going in no particular order. I watched NSNA last summer, and I'm grandfathering it into this rewatch thing. I have ten left that I haven't rewatched since last year, and watching one every two-ish weeks will take me into September and right up to NTTD's release.

Still remaining:
- YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
- CASINO ROYALE '67
- LIVE AND LET DIE
- THE SPY WHO LOVED ME
- A VIEW TO A KILL
- GOLDENEYE
- CASINO ROYALE
- QUANTUM OF SOLACE
- SKYFALL
- SPECTRE

I'll probably save the Craig films for the end.
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I just read an old Starlog where Kim Basinger was lamenting her experience on NSNA. Celebs spoke with so much candor back in those days!
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Kershner is shockingly candid about what working with her was like on the Blu-ray featurettes and commentary.
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Kershner hated Nancy Allen on "RoboCop 2" as well.

What is it with that guy?
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