Wonderful Tunes Provided By Friends. Wild Tangents Provided By Me.

The radio station in your head is the best one of all, until it gets stuck and starts playing the “Pina Colada Song” over and over and over again. What? Just me? Oh, okay.

Robert Culp passed away yesterday at his home. He was 79. Culp is probably best known for his work in the ground breaking 1965 TV series “I Spy” which featured Bill Cosby as the first Black lead character in a dramatic series. There is a soundtrack CD available on Amazon but I haven’t heard it. Here’s the opening theme.

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“In Like Flint” was one of my mother’s favorite sayings when I was growing up. I had no idea it was a movie until I was grown. It’s actually one of a series of spy parody films starring James Coburn as super spy Derrick Flint. I have never seen any of the Flint films so I don’t know if this is the theme song for this particular movie but it is a nice tune!

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“Man from U.N.C.L.E.” ran from 1964-1968 and starred Robert Vaughn. Seriously, was there anything else on TV except spy dramas in the 60’s? Here’s the theme song. It sounds quite “Mission Impossible-esque” to me.

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We all know there are a kajillion Bond themes. I have only ever seen one 007 film and it was “Octopussy” so obviously I don’t have a favorite. I figure you can’t mess with classics so I decided to go with the original. Here’s the “Dr. No” theme song from the 1963 movie.

My love affair with TV began after the super spy craze had pretty much died out. I never really got into the genre. The funny thing is, even though I haven’t seen many spy movies or shows, I love spy parodies. “Get Smart” is one of my all time favorite shows. I even like the Austin Powers franchise (so sue me). The spy movie conventions they mock have become such a part of our cultural consciousness that I know the references without ever having seen the movies. I suppose I really should track down and watch some real spy films. It’s probably a mortal sin to like “Goldmember” when you’ve never even seen “Goldfinger.”

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