Room 222 was a comedy-drama series which ran on ABC from 1969 to 1974. It earned three Emmy Awards during its run. Jerry Goldsmith wrote the beautiful theme song. It’s one of my favorites plus it’s a TV theme song with numbers in it, two things which viewers of my blog seem to like.
I used to think the instrument here was a flute but now I’m pretty sure it’s a recorder. It could be an ocarina or something else altogether but I’ve conveniently decided ignore that fact. I have also decided that I NEED to learn to play this song! I’ve ordered my ten dollar “How To Play The Recorder” kit so, if all goes well (and what could possibly go wrong), I’m just a few weeks from fulfilling my dream! If I manage to figure it out (and that’s a really big IF), I’ll upload a video of myself playing the tune and write a blog post about it. I can just envision the opening blurb now… “Beautiful Mind was only 43 when she started to learn to play the recorder. Her career was cut tragically short by her crippling lack of attention span…” It’ll be better than MTV’s “Behind The Music” if you ask me! (It’s probably good that no one ever asks 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.”
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.
“Man From U.N.C.L.E.” ran from 1964-1968. The theme was composed by Jerry Goldsmith and it was performed differently each season. They only used the lengthy introduction you see here in the first few episodes to introduce viewers to the premise and the main characters. Interesting bit of trivia: That gun you see Iliya holding was so cool it actually started getting its own fan mail at the height of the show’s popularity.
My power to suspend disbelief is almost superhuman. I can accept the most colossal plot impossibilities without batting an eyelash:
Different Strokes- A 50-something bachelor millionaire adopted his maid’s (quite young) Black children. That would totally happen, especially in the 70s.
Aquaman (via Superfriends)- The ability to talk to fish is a cool and useful super power.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark- If you do not shut your eyes in the presence of the opened Ark, you deserve face-melting Nazi death. A benevolent God would definitely enforce an obscure and pointless rule like that.
There are scores of other examples where I let storyline absurdities float peacefully by so that I can just enjoy the show with an untroubled brow. So can someone please tell me why, after watching this clip, I spent a significant portion of an hour engaged in an internal monologue about how a convenience store would be a much better super spy headquarter front than a tailor shop? If you said “Because you’re a geek with no life” you are absolutely right of course. It still doesn’t change the fact that I really need to stop such trains of thought or, before you know it, I’ll be wondering who Wonder Woman’s daddy was. Then where would we be?