GREENSBORO — For your ears only, live from the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
“Diamonds Are Forever.”
“Live and Let Die.”
The orchestra will open its Carolina Pops season on Saturday with a concert of James Bond movie music.
From the “James Bond Theme” in the 1962 film “Dr. No” to the song “Another Way to Die” in the new “Quantum of Solace,” Bond music has a Midas touch. It scores as highly with fans as the films themselves.
Sensual and lush or brassy and bold, it matches the movies’ exotic settings, scenery and action sequences.
“When you concentrate on just the music, ... it makes you appreciate how good it is and how good the composer is, who was able to create music that set the scene and tone for the film,” says Florida conductor Michael Krajewski, who will lead the concert.
For 11 of 22 Bond films, that composer was John Barry. Hot artists sang his title songs: Shirley Bassey on “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever,” Duran Duran on “A View to a Kill” and pop band a-ha on “The Living Daylights.”
Bond films spawned other hits, too, such as Sheena Easton’s “For Your Eyes Only,” Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better” and Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live and Let Die.”
Saturday’s concert will feature those, plus music from “Mission Impossible,” “Batman,” “Spider-Man” and “The Pink Panther.”
There will also be Bond movie stills on big projection screens, Aston Martin cars on display and a James Bond look-alike contest.
Expect to leave shaken and stirred.
Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 373-5204 or firstname.lastname@example.org