For Your Eyes Only—The Music of James Bond

What would a film be without music?

From the earliest ‘pictures’, music has always been an integral part of film making; even in the time of silent films, music could be heard when voices could not and was indeed thought of as an essential part of the viewing experience.

Why?

A film’s score is what brings it to life. It gives a film the power to bring us to tears or to make the hair stand up on the back of our necks. It makes us feel excitement, happiness, terror, sorrow, curiosity, and can make our adrenaline pump as though we were in the scene ourselves.

When we think of film scores, many iconic soundtracks come to mind; the looming dread of Jaws, the reckless adventure of Indiana Jones, the heartbreaking tragedy of Titanic, and the ethereal fantasy of The Lord of the Rings.

But there is one that spans the decades and continually transports us to a life of action, romance and martinis “shaken not stirred”; the music of James Bond.

Most people will recognize the original Bond Theme composed by Monty Norman. Hearing the unforgettable note sequence immediately conjures up the image of looking down a gun barrel and seeing the silhouette of 007 step into sight with his pistol aimed to fire. This theme is a perfect example of how music not only instills deep emotion but tattoos lasting imagery in our minds. As the orchestra plays, we see tuxedos, martinis, sports cars, gadgets and beautiful women. The imagery is iconic and the score is undoubtably a significant contributor to the success of the franchise.

We invite you to join us in experiencing the spectacular sounds of 007. Get a taste of Bond’s greatest music, magnificently performed by the stars of Jeans ‘n Classics (http://www.jeansnclassics.com/) with the full National Academy Orchestra and Maestro Brott conducting.

Jeans ‘n Classics has been combining world-class rock musicians and symphonies for over two decades, and they have been revolutionary in their quest to attract new and more expansive audiences. They understand orchestra culture and are committed to help in the development of younger, loyal audiences for symphony orchestras across North America.

One thing to be certain of is that Jeans ‘n Classics is most definitely not a tribute act, rather they faithfully interpret the music of legendary rock and pop albums and artists, with their own special and signature flair. The quality of these orchestral scores has been heralded by symphonies far and wide, and they promise a performance that will not disappoint.

Come listen to these renowned vocalists perform the most popular themes, including Skyfall, You Only Live Twice, and Tomorrow Never Dies.

 

For Your Eyes Only will take place on Thursday, August 8th at 7:30pm at Liuna Station. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.tickets.brottmusic.com or call 905-525-7664 ext. 16.

 

Written by Heidi Hoffmann