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 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 7:22 PM   
 By:   Movieman5   (Member)

I've been listening to all the John Barry bond scores lately and I think this one might be my favorite, Goldfinger or You Only Live Twice might be second, but I enjoy From Russia, Octopussy and A View To A Kill as well. I think the track I listen to most would be

'Mujahadin And Opium'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh7k0Bu4Hhc

The 1st two minutes of this track is so beautiful and peaceful, it almost rivals anything he did in Dances With Wolves, in my opinion. It is tough to choose just one track though with all of these other gems to listen to:

'Exercise At Gilbraltar'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPkqgt-rhdE

"Ice Chase"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhRhd7jpXpQ

"Inflight Fight"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEwkcIJkgf8&list=PL2490D76B17B280AA

"Air Bond"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G_iF5vp5po

'Hercules Takes Off'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35DP_0zTwK0

"Afghanistan Plan"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyUw2vrMIm8

"Alternate End Titles"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV9RjFCMHxE

So does anyone have a favorite/best track to listen to from this awesome score?

Per Reeve's comment I have added in Afghanistan Plan, a wonderful track that I forgot to include originally.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

'Mujahadin And Opium'! Classic Barry style and form.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 7:33 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Brilliant score and I think Barry was inspired by a new Bond.

I love all the score and songs. Here's my addition...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   Tango Urilla   (Member)

1. "Mujahadin and Opium"
2. "Hercules Takes Off"
3. "The Sniper Was a Woman"

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 8:49 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

This CD is chock full of good things. Along with the other choices mentioned, I'd like to give a shout-out to "Airbase Jailbreak." It has the very exciting action riff in it, and it's also full of this film's unique, moody atmosphere that plays so well. Barry delivered a new signature feeling in each of his 11 Bonds, and with TLD he really went out on a high note.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 8:52 PM   
 By:   Konga   (Member)

Great soundtrack. My favorite Barry Bond, next to OHMSS.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 9:44 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

Brilliant score and I think Barry was inspired by a new Bond.



I wonder! I question whether Barry was accurately conveying his true feelings about the project when, as i have read, he said he thought Dalton wrong for the part, and that LD like other Bonds of the recent past had just become too tired and formulaic, and therefore he was happy to be done with them.

And then again, he wrote that fabulous score, along with OHMSS, one of my favorite Bond scores. I think he was indeed inspired, by Dalton, by the more serious tone and atmosphere, and a romance that actually had some sincerity to it. Like OHMSS!

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 9:44 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

DP

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 12:02 AM   
 By:   petek66   (Member)

Mine is "Necros Attacks"-- same theme that shows up in the airplane scene later but I think it
works even better under the abduction scene-- the fact that its not tied to the action on screen
so much as it just keeps driving forward, emphasizing the clockwork precision with which the KGB execute their plan, if that makes any sense.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 12:47 AM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Brilliant score and I think Barry was inspired by a new Bond.



I wonder! I question whether Barry was accurately conveying his true feelings about the project when, as i have read, he said he thought Dalton wrong for the part, and that LD like other Bonds of the recent past had just become too tired and formulaic, and therefore he was happy to be done with them.



Well, this would explain why Barry writes scores and doesn't make movies. LOL.

Dalton is still my favorite Bond and I adore The Living Daylights.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

'Mujahadin And Opium'! Classic Barry style and form.

Exactly!

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 7:16 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

Brilliant score and I think Barry was inspired by a new Bond.



And then again, he wrote that fabulous score, along with OHMSS, one of my favorite Bond scores. I think he was indeed inspired, by Dalton, by the more serious tone and atmosphere, and a romance that actually had some sincerity to it. Like OHMSS!


And let's not forget the sturdy pop collaboration with Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders---a great love ballad and rock song that complement, rather than distract from the more serious scoring. The best pop of the 80s Bonds, for sure...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

Excercise At Gibraltar is a close second to the great Ice Chase. In my opinion Ice Chase is Barry`s best action track/cue he`s ever written. Living Daylights was one of my first LP`s I ever bought (after Goldsmith`s Gremlins 2) and I still regards that Living Daylights as one of if not the best Bond score I have heard, at least of those Barry composed.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

My favorite Barry score. Favorite tracks are the uptempo and modern ones, produced by Paul Staveley O'Duffy...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 8:17 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Dalton was the last Bond I saw in the cinema. I loved the idea he wanted to do a more genuine Fleming Bond, and do it as a more serious acting role. No disrespect to the two that followed, but he should have managed a couple more before being replaced. I got the impression it was the American side of production that wanted that. The irony is that with Daniel Craig they've gone back to basics, and so Dalton was ahead of his time.

The soundtrack was one of my first cds, and I was impressed with it. My soft spot for the film is also helped by the fact that I was working in the advertising department of a local newspaper. In Sheffield they opened a new cinema with the film, and we sold advertising in the free promotional pull-out for the day of opening, for which a bonus was free tickets to see it. I managed to get an ad for sf/comic shop I was a regular in on the cover, and a local bookshop generously gave me the movie's poster, and two mini-posters when they finished with them. It's definitely one of the best posters, and it seems strange that they never featured that Bond pose in the camera iris before.

My only regret is that I didn't in on the opening ceremony attended by actress Caroline Munro. But you can't have everything.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

And as a Doctor Who fan I should add that it was a privilege to see Tim Dalton as a Time Lord (infact Rassilon himself!) in a story.

Anyway I too love the Pretenders tracks. So much so I bought the 12" single of them.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Brilliant score and I think Barry was inspired by a new Bond.



I wonder! I question whether Barry was accurately conveying his true feelings about the project when, as i have read, he said he thought Dalton wrong for the part, and that LD like other Bonds of the recent past had just become too tired and formulaic, and therefore he was happy to be done with them.

And then again, he wrote that fabulous score, along with OHMSS, one of my favorite Bond scores. I think he was indeed inspired, by Dalton, by the more serious tone and atmosphere, and a romance that actually had some sincerity to it. Like OHMSS!



Yes, he did say he thought Dalton was wrong for Bond. He seemingly also felt the Bond films were creatively bankrupt by this time and seemed to have nothing but hatred for having to work with A-Ha.

So where did this great score come from if he was that disenchanted? Well, he was a professional who cared a lot about Cubby Broccoli and always seemingly went out to do the best by Broccoli.

Maybe Barry's inspiration wasn't by how good he thought Dalton was, but (as with OHMSS) how much help he think the film needed to keep the Bond audience engaged.

Interesting.

Either way, apparent displeasure with the experience aside, this is indeed a score that rocks.

My favourite track is ... impossible to identify.

Cheers

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Reeve   (Member)

What about "AFGHANASTAN PLAN" (?)
That is undoubtedly the most unique track in the entire score!

A shame that this brand new composition does not appear in the score more frequently.
Oh sure – I love the entire score, but that track is definitely one of the best.

I also love “Into Vienna” – but then again; the “Alternate End Titles” are also beautiful to hear.

Barry’s “disco styled arrangements” with the Bond Theme dose not really work for me, however, his new style does go extremely well with the title theme “The Living Daylights” – and "Where Has Everybody Gone". Having said that; I guess he needed to add a different sound to his now famous Bond Theme as well. It suits the score as a "whole" extremely well - just not the best rendition of the Bond Theme, that's all.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

It's a great score all the way. Hard to pick a favourite track, but I'll go for "Hercules Takes Off", because it's most definitely James Bond music, but with a modern twist which actually works and sounds effortlessly unforced. These little nods to the times can date quite badly (in the case of disco, for example), but this is a cracking great track in one of my favourite Bond soundtracks.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   That Neil Guy   (Member)


My favourite track is ... impossible to identify.

Cheers


This.

 
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