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Sir Hilary Bray

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  1. My apologies I think I was too dazzled by Fraulein Berger... ...but in seriousness you're quite right. Oktober is a quietly brilliant villain. Compared to the Bond villains of the time.
  2. Not a score as such but for no reason went through my library plucking any SW track with the Imperial theme in so for example "Clash of Lightsabers" or McNeely's "Destruction of Xizor's Palace."
  3. Well chaps, The Quiller Memorandum. 1960s West Berlin, George Segal, Senta Berger, Alec Guinness and John Barry. Boom.
  4. Richard Herd has passed aged 87. Know him primarily for Hooker and his Star Trek guest turns. Always good seeing him in anything, classic guest actor.
  5. The Ten Commandments, Elmer Bernstein Air Force One, The Swarm and Escape from the Planet of the Apes- Goldsmith selected tracks Last Jedi, Force Awakens and Star Wars/A New Hope but the usual from Empire: Clash of Lightsabers, Rescue from Cloud City and Finale The second of those Empire tracks starts off in a way that for some reason made me think it was Princess Leia's Theme but that's lockdown for you. However, the measure of the genius of Mr Williams in my humblest opinion is the fact pieces still pack a wallop. Example: when Han Solo & The Princess builds at about 1.35 in the Finale track and becomes more up to the end credits. Feels emotional, wrenching -on one hand Han is gone and on the other, some hope that the Rebels will triumph another day.
  6. Elmer Bernstein's The Ten Commandments Jerry Goldsmith's Star Trek The Motion Picture
  7. Been a few in past week or so Goldsmith- Planet of the Apes (fantastic main theme and The Hunt is exceptional), Capricorn One, Islands in the Stream, Night Crossing, Players Williams- Close Encounters, Jaws, Revenge of the Sith (still have my gold sleeved CD it seems), ET and Lincoln Barry- Swept from the Sea, The Tamarind Seed, Petulia, Somewhere in Time, Body Heat and Dances With Wolves been going to my Ben-Hur 2CD a few times lately and drawn to the music for the galley scenes. Particularly "The Galley (Rowing of the Slaves)". Relentless and increasingly so to the climax. Perfect for the film, Ben-Hur is the kind of film that screams EPIC.
  8. Films- On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Living Daylights and for fun, A View to A Kill Score- OHMSS, Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice
  9. John Barry, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Stu Phillips, Lalo Schifrin and Horner. I don't have itunes so would base my listens/content on my media player library. Williams tops the bill with 1059 tracks
  10. 0.55 to about 1.05/1.07 rewatching Ep1 last night and always like the Force Theme here. Qui-Gon as he tries to break through, the hint of desperation as the droids attack.
  11. Quite like the title score. Classic 70s sound but slightly 'dramatic' in line with Airport or whatever. Harbinger Curve and Springfield Sequence are two of my favourites. The film, well I've not seen it in years but it was good fun.
  12. Done a broad range in the past week or so: Big Bus, David Shire Star Trek (XI) and Beyond -Giachino Skyfall, Thomas Newman Bridge at Remagen, Saturn 3, Bernstein Fall of the Roman Empire, Tiomkin and bits of pieces from a dozen or so soundtracks
  13. Lawrence of Arabia, on blu ray for the first time "He likes your lemonade".
  14. Nice, must have looked quite something on the big screen. Thinking mostly of that shot of the crew running as the meteorite bears down on them. Never mind the Hell sequence. And imagine the score on a proper screen like the BFI's IMAX in London.
  15. The Black Hole (1979) I saw a few films between 6-11 years of age that I likely shouldn't have, like Blue Thunder maybe but though this is a Disney film, there was something about Black Hole that was and remains...beyond dark. It's a film that as you work your way through, you wonder what the Hell and why you're bothering. Anyway. When Robert Forster died a few months back, sure I had seen Jackie Brown but I felt embarrassed that I knew him more for this film and how...as is typical of what I saw as a child, be it the original Galactica, Buck Rogers, whatever, I wanted to be the hero type and Forster's Capt Holland was one such guy, especially when he rescues Yvette Mimieux from being lobotomised by the robots. What made it work was the John Barry score, until now moody, dark and horror-like, bursting heroically into life (the track is "Laser"). Holland leaps into action blazing away with his laser guns and saves her. But what made this film terrifying to a young me, was the Hell sequence at the end after the ship enters the black hole. Where Max Schell's crazed if creepy scientist becomes immersed with his robot-killer Maximilian ("You obey me!"...wait that line is from Moonraker?!) and you see this fiery landscape...God, it gave me nightmares. A note on the Barry score, it's one of his best. Yet listening to it this week, there are certain notes that sound out of Moonraker and one or two tracks fore-shadow his Raise the Titanic score. Either way, it's fantastic as a score. The film is a bit of fun somehow. Neil DeGrasse Tyson said in 2013 or something the physics and science is the worst in any sci-fi movie, so be it. I like a crew that is heroic, especially when they flee across a gantry as a huge meteorite is coming at them.
  16. watching Episode IV tonight and always love the shot of Luke against the homestead (readily helped by the score).
  17. A Fish Called Wanda, John Du Prez Starsky and Hutch, Theodore Shapiro and Shadows of the Empire, Joel McNeely always a weird one to me the last one. A soundtrack but not a soundtrack (for the book but not quite). I suspect if JW had done this, there'd have been a lot more of Leia's theme, Force theme etc. As it is I quite like it. The use of the Carbon Freeze for Leia's Nightmare is a nice touch, Night Skies is evocative and Destruction of Xizor's Palace has one of my favourite renditions of the Imperial theme.
  18. My credits worth is when I saw it on Boxing Day, I left feeling deflated. I don't know what I was expecting (well, halfway into the film I got into my head Christiansen's Anakin would appear as a Force ghost at some point). Managed to avoid spoiler's etc. It was good to see MacDiarmid back but there wasn't enough somehow (I rewatched EpIII last night and without him, that film would not be worth any effort), Lando back in action once more, even Wedge even if it was two seconds and surprised, pleasantly, Ford returned. Funny how the throne room on the Death Star managed to survive in some shape or form on that planet. And we got through this trilogy without one, even flashbacked, glimpse of Coruscant.
  19. Return of the Jedi (Special Edition). Always like that use of the Imperial theme after Vader/Anakin dies and actually smiled when it appeared in Episode IX. The Empire Strikes Back (Special Edition) -seems my disc has scuffed somewhere so the last couple of tracks on Disc 2 sounded glitchy. Shame as it gets in the way of the love theme right towards the end of the finale track. For good measure revisited the Gerhadt Empire Strikes Back. Love his rendition of Han Solo & The Princess. I only twigged Leia's Theme in the middle, about 2.30 or my fatigued imagination.
  20. Absolutely hear a similarity, in fact the very start of it sounds exactly like Broughton's track. Yes, I'd say the two are very similar.
  21. Stu Phillips, original Galactica -Saga of a Star World, Living Legend/War of the Gods and Buck Rogers (Movie/Pilot) and being that time of year, Miracle on 34th Street -Bruce Broughton as is the case when I've not listened to it in a while, a shiver and stir during "Case Dismissed", from about 1.07 -it's the build up closer to it, the swirl upwards 1.17 to 1.23. Also quite keen on "Dorey's Plea" and "Bellevue Carol". Does the job required and is entirely charming in its way.
  22. Became a fan of Clive James when I was younger. Watched his talk show with my dad ("And now, Margarita Pracatan!"), remember his programme in Hong Kong in '97 and loved the man's wit. When I was at uni I saw him sat on the steps of a church near BBC Broadcasting House alone and was thinking of going to him to say how much I admired him and get an autograph. Felt it best to leave him alone and then read in a book years later how he didn't mind people stopping him as such...still regret not going up to him. He'll be missed this side of the UK.
  23. I voted Anakin vs Obi-Wan (I think the score drives my thoughts in that regard), but Luke vs Vader in Empire would run it a close second.
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