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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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Gen V Season 1 is Bloody and Disgusting, Yet Utterly Compelling

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Ever since The Boys premiered on Prime Video in 2019, it has consistently dropped jaws and blown people’s minds with its weirdly whacky, bloody and horny storytelling about corrupt superheroes. Hollywood had never seen anything quite like this. It is developed by Eric Kripke and creative forces such as Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were also involved. Three incredible seasons have made it into one of the biggest shows right now. It was no surprise that Prime Video would expand such a beloved universe and greenlight a spinoff series titled Gen V which is finally coming to Prime Video.

 

Gen V is focused around teen supes studying at Godolkin University, who strive to make their careers in crime fighting and potentially join the seven one day. This 8-episode series is set after the events of The Boys Season 3. This series is developed by Eric Kripke, Craig Rosenberg, and Evan Goldberg. It stars Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Maddie Phillips, Lizzie Broadway, and Patrick Schwarzenegger among others.

 

If anyone was worried that this series would not be as wild and horny as The Boys just because it is set around teens, let me put those worries to bed because this series stays true to every aspect of its predecessor and maintains the unfiltered storytelling throughout. The tone is as outlandish as always and keeps up all the horniness in the characters, including the obsession with penises. It is very much a hard R-rated show, so it might be safe to think about who you recommend it to.

Chance Perdomo (Andre Anderson)

The performances here are excellent, by everyone. Jaz Sinclair who plays Marie Moreau, and Chance Perdomo who plays Andre Anderson are particularly great. They have an emotional vulnerability that makes them totally convincing and makes the viewer sympathize with them. Shelley Conn is mysterious and shrewd as Dean Shetty. Maddie Phillips and Lizzie Broadway are good too. But there isn’t a powerhouse performance such as Antony Starr as Homelander.

The story still revolves around supes, though this time a younger generation of them, and the overall world-building of this franchise but it is surprisingly deeper and more mature than most would expect. At its core, there is a meaningful coming-of-age story about dealing with loss, power and the pressure of high expectations. Every character has interesting arcs and the character development is very smooth. The writers also managed to juggle so many subplots at the same time and managed to keep most of them intriguing. The pacing is also very consistent and rarely slows down.

Several people just find The Boys too disgusting and can’t stand the extreme and explicit nature of the narrative. Gen V also runs on a very similar track in terms of storytelling. So those who did not enjoy The Boys, will most probably not enjoy the new spin-off either. But this show will definitely delight the die-hard fans of this iconic franchise. Gen V does take a lot of shortcuts in its narrative and I wish they let the relationships between characters marinate for a little while longer. The plot may also seem overstuffed at times and there is arguably a lack of action so far.

Gen V embraces the outrageousness of The Boys while delivering an engaging coming-of-age story and manages to stand out on its own. It is as bloody, horny, crudely funny and dramatic as you would expect. The series finds new energy and carries the legacy of its predecessor. The first six episodes are thoroughly engaging and get you invested in the characters and their motivations. Expect to have a blast and see a lot of cameos.

Episodes Viewed – 6 out of 8.

Gen V episodes 1-3 will stream on Prime on September 29 with the finale on November 3.

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Official Trailer & Key Art Released for Double Trouble Series ‘Dead Ringers’ starring Rachel Weisz

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“I want to change the way that women birth.” “How does that vomit-inducing idealism translate into $$?”.

Today, Prime Video released the official trailer for the highly anticipated psychological thriller Dead Ringers. A modern take on David Cronenberg’s 1988 classic film, Dead Ringers is a limited series starring Rachel Weisz playing the double-lead role of Elliot and Beverly Mantle, twins who share everything: drugs, lovers, and an unapologetic desire to do whatever it takes—including pushing the boundaries on medical ethics—in an effort to challenge antiquated practices and bring women’s health care to the forefront. All six episodes premiere on the 21st of April exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

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Rachel Weisz also serves as an executive producer for the limited series, which is created, written, and executive produced by Emmy-nominated writer and playwright Alice Birch (Normal PeopleSuccessionThe Wonder). The series’ ensemble cast includes Britne Oldford (The Umbrella AcademyAmerican Horror Story: Asylum) as Genevieve, Poppy Liu (HacksBetter Call Saul) as Greta, Michael Chernus (SeveranceOrange Is the New Black) as Tom, Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark ThirtySaint Maud) as Rebecca, and Emily Meade (The DeuceThe Leftovers) as Susan.

This looks wild and bold and devious! The two Weisz’s are tantalizing fun, but the deeper goals behind what they’re doing and how they’re trying to flip things over looks genius.

The psychosexual thriller premieres exclusively on Prime Video on the 21st of April. Here’s the main official trailer (+ official key art) stay tuned to the site for our coverage

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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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