James Bond Theme Song Intros, Part x
I realized that I missed a movie from Part 1. In all technicality, it’s not a EON (Ian Fleming) movie. So this post is for the 2 movies that did not have the EON stamp of approval. Because as my 85 year old Grandpa says, “they’re still a James Bond movie.”
The Non EON Films
So the scandal with Ian Fleming and Kevin McCLory is a complex thing to describe. I will try to make this,short, but it is a 50+ year scandal. Ian Fleming did create the James Bond books. And Kevin McClory (and Jack Whittingham) wrote the Screenplay for Thunderball. Ian wrote the Thunderball book after they wrote the script, he was sued, and then had to acknowledge that the Thunderball book was based off of the movie. The movie was made with EON. And then Kevin McClory tried to create more James Bonds from his Thunderball rights (Never Say Never Again was his only other film). After 50+ years of lawsuits, MGM and EON now have full rights to the James Bond series.
Casino Royale 1967
A Spy Comedy Starring: Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, David Niven, Woody Allen, and Orson Welles.
I’ve seen this movie, and it is funny. I recommend this movie for a good laugh, and because it’s a good James Bond spoof. It’s got David Nevin and Peter Sellers, both known for their roles as The Pink Panther. And it also has Woody Allen (SPOILER, he’s a bad guy, so if you don’t like him, then you don’t have to feel bad for hating him). And then there’s Ursula Andress, aka the first Bond Girl on Dr. No, Honey Rider.
Never Say Never Again 1983
Starring: Sean Connery, Barbara Carrera, and Kim Basinger.
As Connery was 52 at the time of filming, the storyline features an ageing Bond, who is brought back into action to investigate the theft of two nuclear weapons by SPECTRE.
I haven’t seen this one yet.
“Never Say Never Again”: Performed by Lani Hall. Composed by Michel Legrand with lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman.
Definitely not a signature opening like the other James Bond movies.
And those are the two Non EON movies.