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5 OCTOBER 2012
THE MUSIC OF BOND: THE FIRST 50 YEARS

By: FSWL team
Published:
2012-08-31
The Music of Bond: The First Fifty Years takes places in Los Angeles on 5th October 2012, recently announced as a Global James Bond Day. The event will be hosted by music historian and writer Jon Burlingame (author of The Music of Bond) with two special guests; lyricist Don Black and guitarist Vic Flick.

Fifty years to the day after the U.K. opening of the first Bond film, Dr. No, on October 5, 1962, the Academy pays homage to the memorable title songs and indelible scores that have become as celebrated as the character’s many exploits.

Over the 22 films released to date as part of the official James Bond series, there have been several constants: suave but deadly leading men, gorgeous and barely clad Bond girls, over-the-top villains and incredible music. Bond theme songs, sung by such leading performers of their era as Shirley Bassey ("Goldfinger"), Nancy Sinatra ("You Only Live Twice"), Paul McCartney and Wings ("Live and Let Die"), Carly Simon ("Nobody Does It Better") and Sheena Easton ("For Your Eyes Only"), consistently landed on the pop music charts. Duran Duran’s "A View to a Kill" became the first Bond song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Combine those notable elements with the remarkable scores by composers including John Barry, Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Conti and David Arnold, and you have a body of work that continues to play a major role in popular film culture.

Hosted by music historian and writer Jon Burlingame, the program will feature many of the people who made the music, including lyricist Don Black (title songs for Thunderball (1965), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) and guitarist Vic Flick, who laid down the famous guitar lick for the "James Bond Theme."

Event information:
When: October 5, 7:30 pm
Venue: Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Ticketed seating is unreserved.

Tickets:
$5 general admission/$3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID (limit 2 at the discounted price).
Tickets on sale starting September 4 online, in person at the Academy Box Office and by mail.

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>Film festival at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (October 5, 2012)
>Premiere of Skyfall (October 26, 2012)
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Visit the official event page for the latest information:
www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2012/10/bond.html

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