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

Jerry Goldsmith was an extremely prolific television and film score composer. He wrote some of our most iconic and recognizable theme songs like the theme for “The Twilight Zone,” and his themes for “Star Trek TNG,” and all the Star Trek movies. Even though he was most well known for his work on sci fi and action shows, he also composed music for other genres like, one of my favorites, the theme for 60s drama “Room 222.” Here’s his theme for “Our Man Flint.”

Watching Flint beat up on various people in this clip reminded me of the dedication to the book “Guards Guards” by Terry Pratchett.

“They may be called the Palace Guard, the City Guard or the patrol. Whatever the name their purpose in any work of heroic fantasy is identical: it is, round about Chapter Three (or ten minutes into the film) to rush into the room, attack the hero one at a time, and be slaughtered. No one ever asks them if they wanted to.

This book is dedicated to those fine men.”

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Nelson Riddle was also a prolific composer, arranger. He wrote the arrangements for Nat King Cole’s “Mona Lisa.” Even though Jerry Goldsmith wrote the music for the movie “In Like Flint,” Nelson Riddle apparently did the arrangement for at least the theme song. The closing credits theme features very sweet love lyrics by Leslie Bricusse but here is the instrumental opening theme.

I found both “In Like Flint” and the 1967 “Casino Royale” streaming online so I might watch them both when I’m done watching my current list. They’ve got identical viewer ratings so it’ll be interesting to see which one I think is the better Bond parody. It’ll be especially interesting since I’ve only ever seen one Bond film and that was Octopussy. (Yes, I am ashamed of myself.) Most of my knowledge of the genre comes from spy parody. In fact I’m a fan of parody in general. We all know it’s funny when puppets and people mock movies, but it turns out it’s also funny when movies mock themselves! It’s one big Circle of Snark, like “The Lion King” only funnier.

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