This is the first time that the musical themes and songs from James Bond films have been interpreted in a symphonic version.
While Billie Eilish has just unveiled No Time To Die, the title song for the next James Bond, the Grand Rex offers a reminder to fans of 007 on February 14 and 15. James Bond Theme signed Monty Norman at 007 Specter, the fifty musicians and two singers of the Colonne and Musidrama orchestras will review these titles which have accompanied the most famous of British agents since 1962.
Diamonds are forever, Goldeneye, Skyfall, Live and let die… each James Bond film has left an indelible musical mark with titles signed or performed by the greatest, from Shirley Bassey to Adele, from the Wings to Sam Smith or Madonna. The musicians who will interpret the symphonic version at the Grand Rex do not shy away from their pleasure:
The cool thing is that when we play, we see in our head the images of the filmsTrombonist of the Musidrama orchestra
But THE theme which accompanies each adventure of 007 and which Samuel Sené hums while directing the rehearsals of these exceptional concerts, is signed Monty Norman. The British composer created it for James Bond vs. Dr No in 1962 from Nightmare a song composed by Artie Shaw in 1938. John Barry directed the first performance.
John Barry's talent is in his way of exploding the strings. It gives greatness to simple melodiesConductor
This explains why the James Bond soundtrack has crossed the years to be identified in the first notes: “The James Bond spirit, explains the conductor, it is the mixture between classical music, symphonic and therefore heir to the first half of the 20th century with a swing presence, between jazz and rock, brought by the drums and the guitar “.
On the program for these two concerts at the Grand Rex 24 titles in symphonic version including Goldfinger, Diamonds are forever, Goldeneye, Skyfall, Live and let die, Die another day, The living daylights, A view to a kill, You Only Live Twice, Nobody Does It Better