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The Sound of 007 Review: Celebrating 60 Years of Bond Music

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The 60th Anniversary celebrations have begun with a license to Thrill us James Bond fans as BIFA- and BAFTA-nominee director Mat Whitecross takes us on a journey from Sean Connery’s Dr No through to Daniel Craig’s final outing in No Time To Die. Ultimately showcasing the remarkable history of the iconic Bond themes and score music throughout the six decades. 

The Sound of 007 is a passionate and nostalgic documentary that charts the incredible history of the music and tells viewers about the enthralling true tales behind the tunes and the famous faces who have recorded some of the most beloved soundtracks in Cinema history. 

The feature length special which is streaming exclusively on Prime Video offers viewers inside information and an in-depth look at what it takes to create these iconic tracks that are featured all across Bond’s 25 film catalogue as for over sixty years Eon Productions has launched such iconic soundtracks and theme songs some that have been performed by legendary artists such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Lulu, Tina Turner, Madonna, Duran Duran, Jack White and Alicia Keya, Garbage, Adele, Sam Smith, Billy Eilish- to name a few.

The Bond theme is a cinematic masterpiece and the documentary breaks it down from it’s conception and creation by Monty Norman to its arrangement by John Barry. Barry was an instrumental and integral part in creating the music of Bond as his arrangement of the theme led him to compose the scores for eleven films in the Bond franchise, among them is “GOLDFINGER”. Barry had this big brass band performing group called “The John Barry Seven” and he integrated the brass instruments with the orchestrations for the classical films in the beginning of the franchise starting with “DR. NO” 60 years ago today in 1962.

Archival footage of interviews by the late John Barry are shown with a fantastic interview from Michael Cain who was staying with Barry at the time and couldn’t sleep due to Barry playing the piano throughout the night. It was only till morning did Caine become the first person in the world to hear the finished “GOLDFINGER” Theme sung powerfully by Dame Shirley Bassey.

Throughout the documentary we are also treated to new interviews with the likes of Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli who provides such caring and emotional words towards meeting with Amy Winehouse. the music of Bond also helps the audience know what’s going on inside him in terms of his adrenaline we get action-packed. loud orchestral music but when he feels joy, heartbreak the music becomes more of a Lament. Music Mastermind Hans Zimmer simply puts it that the music of 007 conveys the scene’s themes of sex, death, duty, and sacrifice. Music has the ability to connect to our subconscious and enables all these emotions that perhaps we’ve never felt before.

The documentary truly takes you on a journey through 1962 to current times showing how each theme and soundtrack have developed and evolved throughout the years and the film also takes us through the process of what it takes to create a piece of iconic music. Each film introduces a new sound, one that keeps the franchise contemporary but also gives a nod to the past by incorporating some of the classic cords and melody’s and with Craig’s Bond era the music was something we’ve never heard before.

This 90 minute documentary showcases the different themes and styles from looking back on six decades of Bond songs. We see how they brought the iconic James bond theme to life in 1962 and go through so many themes sung by incredibly gifted artists as director Mat Whitecross showcases a labour of love that ultimately shows how music can breath life into not just the story but also the characters themselves. We also get to hear and see a reflection on the artists that never got their chance like Amy Winehouse and Radiohead who had a theme for Spectre.

The Sound of 007 shows the passion the director, interviewees, and creative team have for this franchise and offers us a glimpse on how important and impactful the music really is. Overall it’s a celebration of music and the everlasting legecy these songs have had for 60 years and will continue to have for generations.

Dive into the iconic music of 007 below!

Produced by John Battsek at Ventureland, MGM, and EON Productions, The Sound of 007 is now streaming only on Prime Video.

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Henry Cavill to Headline ‘Warhammer 40K’ Series on Amazon Prime Video

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With much of the talk surrounding Henry Cavill regarding his exit from Netflix’s The Witcher along with the shift of mentality from new DC Studios leadership, the actor is in need of a new franchise to jumpstart. It appears that Cavill has done just that with the latest news that comes from The Hot Mic podcast via Above the Line.

It appears that Cavill (Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice) will steer head an adaptation of Warhammer 40,000 for Amazon Prime Video. Cavill confirmed the news this morning via his Instagram. The property started as a miniature war game akin to Dungeons & Dragons where players control different characters across a battle board, so to speak. The game was a staple in England where Cavill played it much as a kid and his passion for the property has stuck ever since. So much so, that the actor still paints figures to this day for when he engages in play.

The property which is often abbreviated to Warhammer 40K, features a fictional war set 40,000 years into the future between humans and other mystical beings that include orcs, gods, demons, elves, aliens and supernatural entities. The game eventually was brought to the video game space where it amasses tons of players across the sci-fi fantasy gaming landscape. The property also lends itself to novels leaving a lot of room to grow as a franchise in the entertainment space with lore to play with.

Amazon continues to take steps towards building out large franchise plays for their streaming service, Prime Video. In addition to the acquisition of the rights to Warhammer 40,000, the streamer has recently made deals for video game properties like God of War, with creators like Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) and of course, a 2022 that was massive for the streamer with the launches of the pricey Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and Thursday Night Football. As they look to compete with Netflix, Disney+ and other streaming services, it’s a clear shift from Amazon to take some bigger risks for bigger rewards. 

Cavill was most recently seen reprising his role as Sherlock Holmes in Netflix’s Enola Holmes 2 starring Millie Bobby Brown. In 2023, Cavill will star in Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle which aims to kickstart a new spy-based franchise similar to Mission: Impossible which Cavill also appeared in. He will star in Argylle alongside an all-star cast that includes Catherine O’Hara, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Cena, Ariana DeBose and Dua Lipa.

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Amazon Prime Video Sets Another Video Game Adaptation with ‘God of War’

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In the hunt for IP and the mining for content across all media, Amazon Prime Video is seizing the moment as they set a series in the world of video games. According to VarietyGod of War will be getting a television adaptation on the Prime Video streaming platform.

God of War just recently released its latest game in the franchise, God of War: Ragnarok which has done tremendous sales for PlayStation so it’s as good as any for Amazon to get involved in this project. Rafe Judkins, who acts as Showrunner for Amazon’s pricey fantasy series, The Wheel of Time will be showrunning God of War as Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Children of Men) will write the show.

The popular video game series, God of War debuted in 2005 following Kratos, the titular God of War, who amongst bloodshed in ancient Greece hangs up his weaponry to sail away to Norse realm of Midgard. After seeing Ares terrorize his family and friends, Kratos aims to do right by his wife by sailing away with their son leading to a conquest of battle, emotion and brutality. The series is ripe for an adaptation across film or television with Amazon leading the charge to bring the iconic PlayStation character to screen.

In regard to the series, Katherine Pope, the president of Sony Pictures Television Studios said, “We are so proud and excited to be working with our friends at Amazon Studios and our partners at PlayStation Productions to adapt this beautiful and heartbreaking game into a premium live-action series. Rafe, Mark and Hawk are crafting a transportive series that charts a path through the ancient mythological journey of Kratos.”

God of War is far from the only video game to television adaptation in the works. Also, in the works at Amazon is Fallout, which comes from Westworld creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy as well as the upcoming January release of HBO’s The Last of Us which adapts the best-selling PlayStation game. No word yet on who will play Kratos in the series, but it will for sure be a coveted role due to the richness and depth that the character has within the lore of the games. 

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DC and Warner Bros. Discovery on Cusp of Animation Deal with Amazon

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There has been much anticipation in waiting to see the unveiling of the structure of James Gunn and Peter Safran as the new heads of DC for Warner Bros. News came just this week from Gunn that the comic book flagship money maker for Warner Bros. that he and Safran are aiming to make everything cohesive within their vision connecting movies, television, video games and animation throughout the universe. However, a new report from Deadline sees that they may be looking at a new (or additional) streaming home for animated content surrounding their heroes and villains.

In an article originally reported from Deadline, Channing Dungey, the Chairwoman of Warner Bros. Television, has alluded to “closing a big deal” with Amazon featuring DC branded content in animation on their streaming platform, Amazon Prime Video. Though she also explained that HBO Max will be the “first stop” for all things DC, it’s interesting to note a deal such as this potentially going through with a company and competitor as big as Amazon, no less.

While it’s hard to imagine any major DC characters synonymous with the brand such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman or Green Lantern getting animated foray onto Prime Video, it begs the question, could we see Amazon as a pipeline to popularity for some lesser-known characters getting introduced to a larger audience? There is so much potential and richness of characters within the DC landscape that have yet to be introduced through live-action or animation so this seems like a risk that might be worth taking, especially considering the financial troubles that Warner Bros. Discovery has been reported to have. 

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