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008: sounds like bond?

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The classic Bond themes have a distinctive bombast - minor key ballads that crank up to huge, hauntingly dramatic moments. Here are its siblings with their big Barry-esque orchestrations and (one hopes) Bassey-like belting.

The classic Bond themes have a distinctive bombast - minor key ballads that crank up to huge, hauntingly dramatic moments. Here are its siblings with their big Barry-esque orchestrations and (one hopes) Bassey-like belting.
Christopher Schelling
Aug 9, 2014
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Tindersticks - Let's Pretend
Pamela Talese

The Tinder side of James Bond

Violins; steady, sophisticated percussion; key change; emotive but subdued brass, all Barry elements absent the bombast and fire. The smokey vocals of Stuart Staples also seem OO-propriate.

The romantic ambivalence evoked in Let's Pretend could be James Bond, but it would be a stretch. There is one scene, however, in the somewhat flawed film 'Quantum of Solace' that shows Bond brooding over the only woman he was able to love: Vesper Lynd.

([IMHO] The success of the first new Bond film, 'Casino Royale', is in no small part due to the direction and to how closely the screen play hewed to Ian Fleming's original text. In the 1953 book, the author introduces most of Bond's idiosyncrasies and trademarks (his looks, his Bentley, his smoking and drinking habits) within the first few pages. I feel we get a similar sense and origin story in Daniel Craig's Bond which is cool to the point of being brittle, unlike previous Bond's smooth suavity.

The movie sequel 'Quantum of Solace' is actually the title of a Fleming short story published in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1959 in which Bond isn't even the central character. If you're still with me (in the MI5 geek-out)) those of you hit the link might like to know that the recipe described by the bartender comes directly from Fleming. The full details of Bond's martini are kept until chapter seven of the book 'Casino Royale' and Bond eventually names it "The Vesper".

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