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Casino Royale Soundtrack

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The Austin Powers series was hardly the first to spoof James Bond. At the very height of '60s Bondmania, this sprawling, big-budget parody turned the trick, complete with an all-star cast of multiple, dueling Bonds and a bubbly romp of a musical score by Burt Bacharach. Indeed, this swingin' slice of '60s pop kitsch seems to have inspired much of Mike Myers's own later Powers musical tack. Anchored by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass' jaunty main theme and the Brazilian jazz inflections of Dusty Springfield's sublime interpretation of Bacharach's evergreen "The Look of Love," the collection bounds merrily from blaring orchestral action flourishes through Bacharach's own savory takes on jazz-pop and musical send-ups of everything from vaudeville to international pomp and circumstance. It's a dizzy, lighthearted delight from first track to last. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Casino Royale Theme (Main Title)
  2. The Look of Love
  3. Money Penny Goes for Broke
  4. Le Chiffre's Torture of the Mind
  5. Home James, Don't Spare the Horses
  6. Sir James' Trip to Find Mata
  7. The Look of Love [Instrumental]
  8. Hi There Miss Goodthighs
  9. Little French Boy
  10. Flying Saucer-First Stop Berlin
  11. The Venerable Sir James Bond
  12. Dream on James, You're Winning
  13. The Big Cowboys and Indians Fight at Casino Royale/Casino Royale Theme ...


Product Details

  • Composer: Burt Bacharach
  • Audio CD (October 15, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006LWRD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The 1967 film CASINO ROYALE did less than big business at the box office, and it would be a decade or so before the public really learned to appreciate its charms and turn it into a cult-favorite--but even while the film was struggling in theatrical release the Burt Bacharach soundtrack was very much admired, and to my mind it remains one of the best film soundtracks of that decade.
This is not the 1960s of Haight-Ashbury, Jimi Hendrix, and Grace Slick; it is instead the playboy-ish, tuxedoed-swinger 1960s: hip, sophisticated, and playful. And Bacharach not only does an over-the-top riff on the scores for the Sean Connery "Bond films," he also cleverly gives the whole pastiche a surprisingly retro feel; with such hits as "Winchester Cathedral" popular on the radio, 1920s musical idioms were all the rage in 1960s instrumental music, and Bacharach neatly filters those idioms into his "swinging spy" tone to create some truly unique musical moments.
Like most good soundtracks, the music for CASINO ROYALE rings changes on a precious few themes--and in this case there are three basic ones: the "Casino Royale Theme," recorded by Herp Albert and The Tijuana Brass, which pops with a harpsichord lead-in to one of the most memorable trumpet solos going; the "Miss Moneypenny Goes for Broke" theme, which uses hard brass and percussion to create a slightly humorous, slightly sleazy tone; and the soundtrack's centerpiece: the absolutely stunning Dusty Springfield interpretation of "The Look of Love." This is a knockout piece of music with a great lyric, and Springfield's full-throated, dreamy, and super-steamy vocal is quite possibly the single best thing she ever did in her long and distinguished career.
I did have a few issues with the CD, however.
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It took a rebel like Butch Cassidy and a drunk like Arthur to cure it, but back in the Swinging 60s long before those two showed up, Burt Bacharach, who was the toast of the music publishing world and the pop charts, really couldn't get a song on a bona fide hit film.
Case in point: "Casino Royale," a film that was the sloppiest of messes, with directors quitting in the middle of the project, and two stars who hated each other working on the movie! But the calm and evocative centerpiece was the score that Bacharach crafted, in all its super spy spoof superbness!
The disc will give you the bulk of the music cues from the film, though not completely in order. But the true test of a soundtrack recording is can you enjoy it without having seen the film? The answer here is a resounding yes! In fact, you might enjoy it MORE if you haven't viewed the movie.
The orchestrations are top notch, and very espionage evocative! Plus you get Dusty Springfield crooning what could be the sexiest mainstream pop song in history: "The Look Of Love!"
The disc isn't perfect, but it's a lot better than the film turned out to be! It's one of the more unique efforts and Bacharach fans must have this disc in their collection!
Recommended.
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In reply to the question from KIRSTEN J. WALSTEDT, I have both CD versions of Varese Sarabande's CASINO ROYALE. Both versions have the same 13 tracks, but the 2nd version has two major improvements over the first: 1. It has far superior audio quality---which justifies buying it even if you already have the 1st version. 2. The 2nd comes with an informative booklet with narrative about the movie and the soundtrack.

Also, I prefer the cd cover of the 1st version which is the original poster art for the movie, so I inserted it into the 2nd version's jewel case---which gives me the best of both worlds.

As for the score itself, I think the Oscar-nominated "The Look of Love" is the best love theme ever written for a film and was wrongly not awarded an Oscar. Mike Myers has said the song inspired him to develop the Austin Powers movies and he pays tribute to the song by using it in his first Austin Powers movie in the hot tub scene with Lotta Fagina.

This 2nd version cd is definitely a must-have for those seeking the absolute best in film music.
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As soon as you listen to the main theme, performed by Herp Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, you know straight away this music is anything but serious. Burt Bacharach's zany score is the perfect addition for Charles K. Feldman's 1967 James Bond spoof "Casino Royale". This soundtrack, released in 1990 by Varése Sarabande, contains most of all the original score used. The main thing that makes this music successful is that is it the exact opposite of what you would expect in a real Bond film. If a real "Casino Royale" film were made, you would expect the smart, stylish, serious and suspensful music by John Barry as in all the other "serious" Bond films. Here, Bacharach goes the exact opposite way by composing the music as silly as possible. This is best demonstrated at the end of the film were all the patrons at the Casino Royale have a massive fight along with Indians, Cowboys and a flying roulette wheel that sprays laughing gas everywhere before exploding. Also, the music takes a rather sleazy tone when 007 (one of them, anyway) is brought into a gymnasium full of gorgeous women and he is supposed to resist them. The music also has a tacky 1960s feel to it which adds to the spoof (the film makes fun of the horrible 60s fashions).
Also, the hit song "The Look Of Love" by Dusty Springfield fits in well amongst everthing else.
The booklet, which has 4 pages to it, features the famous 007 girl on the front which was used in most of the movie posters. Inside, there is a page of very odd commentary by Mort Goode (I have no idea who this is) and 4 monochrome photos - David Niven (Sir James Bond) and Terence Cooper (another James Bond), Peter Sellers (Evelyn Tremble), Woody Allen (Dr.
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