Category: Music and Audio

“From Russia with Love” sung by The Danish National Vocal Ensemble (2019)


The Danish National Vocal Ensemble performs the title theme from EON's second James Bond film, "From Russia With Love" (1963), composed by Lionel Bart and featuring Hans-Henrik Selchau Raaholt on lead vocal. The choir's performance is accompanied by Søren Rastogi (piano), Anders Banke (woodwinds) and Janne Fredens (cello).

This recording from DR Byen's Studie 2 in 2017 was first transmitted on Danish national television (DRK) as part of the series "Dagens sang" [Song of the Day] on January 26, 2019.

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“The Man with the Golden Gun”: The case of the Danish saxophone solo (2020)


Did John Barry compose the saxophone solo heard in “The Man with the Golden Gun”? Or was he in fact using a library cue without crediting the Danish creators Ib Glindemann and Jesper Thilo? Bond•O• examines the evidence.

In 2012, Ib Glindemann, a veteran Danish composer and arranger of film scores and big band jazz, claimed that the saxophone intro of the John Barry track “Getting the Bullet” on the soundtrack album of “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974) is in fact not “one of Barry’s signature sexy saxophone solos” as Jon Burlingame puts it in his book “The Music of James Bond” but a cue that Glindemann composed as library music for the American market in the early 70’s.

Glindemann said that the tenor saxophone solo was performed by Jesper Thilo, a well-known Danish jazz musician. Thilo later confirmed his participation and even recalled performing the cue in a recording studio on Dortheavej in Copenhagen some 40 years ago.

“Yes - that’s me. I remember performing that solo,” Jesper Thilo said when Bond•O• played back the audio track from “The Man with the Golden Gun” to him in 2012.

The tenor saxophone part is featured on the film’s soundtrack while James Bond (as played by Roger Moore) is courting the belly dancer Saida (Carmen du Sautoy) backstage at a Beirut nightclub.

Film composer Søren Hyldgaard eventually tracked down further details from Glindemann. The cue in question is supposedly titled “Saxophone A” and  was sourced from a Chappell Production Music LP from 1973/74.

The compressed production schedule on “The Man with the Golden Gun” meant that John Barry had to come up with 57 full minutes of score in only three weeks' time. One tantalizing theory is that the pressure caused Barry to simply filch Glindemann and Thilo’s cue, take credit for it and hope no-one would ever notice!

Barry passed away in 2011, and neither Hyldgaard nor Glindemann managed to locate a copy of the Chappell LP before their deaths in respectively May 2018 and April 2019. Now, film score enthusiast Jesper Hansen from The Danish Film Music Archive has looked into the matter.

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Bond•O•Rama Podcast 002: “Casino Royale in Concert” (2018)



Martin Campbell's James Bond 007 film "Casino Royale" from 2006 will be shown on large movie screens in five Danish concert halls from November 6 thru 10, 2018. Odense Symphony Orchestra is performing David Arnold's entire score live to picture at all five venues in Aalborg, Odense, Aarhus, Vejle, and Copenhagen.

In the second podcast from Bond•O• (the first primarily in English) we visit the first orchestra rehearsals at Odense Concert Hall and speak to the British guest conductor David Firman about James Bond music and the art of conducting "live to picture".

All music examples were recorded live at Carl Nielsen Salen, Odense Concert Hall on October 15, 2018. Music from "Casino Royale" composed by David Arnold. Podcast produced and edited by by Brian Iskov/James Bond•O•

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Ticket sales for "Casino Royale in Concert":
Aalborg Kongres og Kultur Center
ODEON Odense
Musikhuset Aarhus
Vejle Musikteater
Operaen København

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