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Apple TV+ slates “The Sound of 007″ to mark 60th anniversary of James Bond franchise

Apple is slating The Sound of 007, a feature documentary about the music of the James Bond series, for Apple TV+ in October 2022 to mark the 60th anniversary of ...
December 16, 2021

Apple is slating The Sound of 007, a feature documentary about the music of the James Bond series, for Apple TV+ in October 2022 to mark the 60th anniversary of the famed film franchise.

Produced by Apple Studios, MGM, Ventureland and the Bond braintrust at EON Productions, The Sound of 007 will employ interviews and archival material to tell the story behind the Bond series’ many memorable contributions to the history of movie music. From the first appearance of the iconic gunsight opening in 1962′s Dr. No, Monty Norman’s unforgettable “James Bond Theme” has been inseparable from the series and character, even as the actors who embody Bond have changed over the decades.

Academy Award winner John Barry was the composer most associated with the series, scoring a dozen entries from Dr. No up to 1987′s The Living Daylights, and providing music for several of the films’ theme songs, most famously “Goldfinger.” Performed by three-time Bond-movie chanteuse Shirley Bassey, the Goldfinger theme was recorded by legendary Beatles producer George Martin, who later provided the first non-Barry score for the series with Live and Let Die in 1973.

Paul McCartney’s hit title track for that film brought rock into the series’ musical mix. While Barry-style orchestral compositions remained the norm for the next decade, the series gradually began to expand its musical horizons with theme-song contributions from artists as varied as Duran Duran, Tina Turner and U2, Garbage, Madonna, Chris Cornell, Jack White and Alicia Keys, Adele, and most recently Billie Eilish, who performed and co-wrote the title song for this year’s No Time to Die.

The Sound of 007 is directed by BAFTA nominee Mat Whitecross, whose music film bona fides include the feature documentaries Oasis: Supersonic and Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams, and whose most recent project was this year’s Showtime miniseries The Kings, a four-part doc about the legendary “Four Kings” of boxing in the 1970s and ’80s (Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and the late Marvin Hagler). The film is produced by BAFTA nominee John Battsek, whose credits include the Oscar–winning One Day in September and Searching For Sugar Man, as well as Listen to Me Marlon, Five Came Back, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, Mystify: Michael Hutchence, and last year’s Netflix production Rising Phoenix.

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