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Rocks In The Attic #580: Burt Bacharach – ‘Casino Royale (O.S.T.)’ (1967)

RITA#580The stain on the James Bond film series for almost forty years before it was remade, Casino Royale began life as Ian Fleming’s first 007 novel. When EON producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli optioned the film series of the books, Casino Royale was the only existing novel that slipped through their fingers. After the owner of the rights to the novel, Charles K. Feldman, failed in his attempt to persuade Saltzman and Broccoli to film Casino Royale, he took it upon himself to produce the adaptation.

In 1967, two months prior to the release of You Only Live Twice, cinema goers around the world were confused by this alternative James Bond film, a spoof on spy thrillers with little or no relation to Saltzman and Broccoli’s films. It’s a huge compliment to refer to it as a James Bond film, when it is in fact one of the worst films ever produced within the parameters of a larger film franchise. It makes The Phantom Menace look like the work of Christopher Nolan.

Five (plus one uncredited) directors worked on the film, and given that this isn’t an anthology film, that just shows what a mess of a production it was. A 1967 film starring Peter Sellers and Woody Allen at the height of their comedic powers should be great; instead it’s a disappointing headache of a film.

The only saving grace of the film is the soundtrack – a score by Burt Bacharach, featuring one of his all-time best collaborations with Dusty Springfield on The Look Of Love. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass kick things off with some nice trumpet jazz on the film’s main title, but the remainder of the soundtrack is composed by Bacharach. As a whole, the soundtrack is very much of its time – something Mike Myers and Jay Roach spoofed so well in Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery. One gets the idea that just twelve months following the release of Casino Royale, the soundtrack would have sounded old-hat already. Looking back, it’s a nice piece of swinging London brought to life through the speakers.

Hit: The Look Of Love Dusty Springfield

Hidden Gem: Casino Royale Theme – Herb Alpert & The Tijuan Brass

Rocks In The Attic #179: The Knack – ‘Get The Knack’ (1979)

RITA#179To paraphrase another reviewer, The Knack were seen as the next Beatles when they first came out; but you can tell that that never quite worked out, because there’s not a tribute band called The Bootleg Knack doing the rounds at the moment.

Like most gen-X-ers, I first heard My Sharona in Reality Bites – the 1994 Ben Stiller film of the grunge generation (and also the first time I’d seen or heard of Ben Stiller). The use of the song in that film is fantastic, and the memory of it always makes me smile whenever I hear the song.

I bought the soundtrack to that film early on, which has the edited version of My Sharona as the opening song. Because I listened to that CD so much, it still jars when I hear the full length version of the song, with the guitar solo break.

The rest of the album sounds like something you would expect to hear in a Mike Myers romantic comedy, and I’m surprised they don’t have any songs on the soundtrack of So I Married An Axe Murderer.

Hit: My Sharona

Hidden Gem: Good Girls Don’t