1. Adele officially confirmed for ‘Skyfall’

    By Matthew Harkin on 2012-10-01


    As CBn has refrained from posting this until official confirmation, we can now reveal that Adele will indeed perform the title song for the latest James Bond film and the track is set to go viral on October 5th.

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  2. Skyfall Soundtrack coming October 22nd?

    By Matthew Harkin on 2012-09-07

    ‘Skyfall’ marks Thomas Newman’s first shot at scoring a Bond film, and the first Bond film in 15 years to mark the absence of composer David Arnold, who worked on 5 consecutive James Bond movies, from 1997’s ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, to 2008’s ‘Quantum of Solace’.

    Amazon have listed the ‘Skyfall’ soundtrack, with a release date of October 22nd. Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but if the previous few Bond films are anything to go by, then October 22nd seems like an ideal release date. No track listing’s have been added, but you can rely on to inform you as soon as they become available.

    It is still unknown as to whether the yet to be announced title track will be available on the soundtrack, but if the releases for ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’ is anything to go by, I wouldn’t hold your breath.

    A close friend of Sam Mendes,  Newman’s most famous works include, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty and The Green Mile, so expectations are at an all time high.


    Special thanks to ‘Shrublands’ for the alert. 

  3. Marvin Hamlisch (1944 – 2012)

    By Matthew Harkin on 2012-08-08

    CBn is very saddened to report the death of Marvin Hamlish, the composer of  the 10th James Bond movie  ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’.

    Hamlish, who had a career spanning four decades, and composed music for more than 40 motion pictures, collapsed after a brief illness on Monday, in Los Angeles, California.

    He is survived by his Family.

  4. Interview: Irka Bochenko talks about her tribute to James Bond

    By Helmut Schierer on 2012-07-25

    Today an exclusive interview with singer Irka Bochenko by the Club James Bond France sheds further light on the background of her project. By kind permission of Luc Le Clec, the Club’s president, is able to bring you the translation.





    Moonraker’s Blonde Beauty Irka sings for Bond… with Bond!


    Interview by Serge Igor
    Translated by Eric Saussine


    Irka Bochenko wrote the song ‘Happy Birthday Mr. Bond’ to celebrate 007’s 50th anniversary on the silver screen. Sir Roger Moore couldn’t refuse Irka’s gracious invitation. The song is in French and in English. She talked about this duet, her career as a Bond Girl and about Roger Moore himself. “The idea of my being a Bond Girl was a memory. Then I was invited for three exceptional days in London and I was immediately reminded that I was Bond Girl. It was a very exciting time. That’s when I learned that 2012 would be Bond’s 50th anniversary. A few weeks later when I was about to come back on stage in the south of France I got out of my dressing room and… my character Blonde Beauty was on TV… there was a Moonraker trailer on television. That was the spark. I wrote the song.”


    “I immediately thought about inviting Roger Moore. He had that elegance, that specific humour. I was keen on meeting him again after all these years. So I contacted the president of Club James Bond France who gave me the address of Sir Roger Moore’s Office. Two hours later I had Sir Roger’s reply: “Of course!”


    “The recording took place at his hotel in May 2012. His first words were: “What a pleasure to see you again!” Always generous, always a gentleman! We talked about our lives, about our common friends like Helmut Newton. We also talked about Lewis Gilbert and Mr. Broccoli.”
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  5. ‘Happy Birthday Mr Bond’ – Roger Moore and Irka Bochenko

    By Helmut Schierer on 2012-07-13



    Slowly new details on Roger Moore’s upcoming duet with his ‘Moonraker’ co-star Irka Bochenko emerge. According to Luc Le Clech of the Club James Bond France the initiative for this venture started out with Bochenko, perhaps best known amongst Bond fans as Venini Glass receptionist and one of Hugo Drax’s most alluring employees. The actress and singer proposed a birthday serenade in honour of 007’s five decades of silver screen presence. And who better to team her up with than Sir Roger, who for generations of fans was James Bond, and whose voice for many of them will always remain James Bond’s.

    Club James Bond France acted as go-between and Sir Roger readily agreed to join the fun. Mrs Bochenko met him in Genova, where his voice was recorded for the aptly titled ‘Happy Birthday Mr Bond’, music and lyrics written by Irka Bochenko herself. A limited edition album of only 500 copies is set to be released this September. The album will contain three more songs in English and French.

    Many thanks to Luc Le Clech for providing background information on this.

    You can discuss this news in this thread


    Here is a first sample of ‘Happy Birthday Mr Bond’




  6. A Bond for a song, a Bond girl for a duet?

    By Helmut Schierer on 2012-07-11


    According to AFP Roger Moore, the 84-year-old former James Bond actor, one more time raises his singing voice; this time in honour of James Bond’s 50th screen anniversary. Sir Roger will not be alone in front of the microphone, as he’s teaming up with Irka Bochenko, his co-star in 1979’s ‘Moonraker’. The record is scheduled for release in September.

    AFP gained this information from the French James Bond Club, where extracts of the song will be posted prior to its release.

    Read AFP’s story here

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  7. Lyricist Don Black honoured with BMI Icon award

    By Kevin Wells on 2010-09-03

    Don Black at the 2007 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Ceremony

    Lyricist Don Black, who has written the title themes for several James Bond films over the years, will be honoured as a Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Icon at the BMI London awards.

    For Bond fans, Black is best known for his work on “Thunderball”, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “The Man with the Golden Gun”, “Surrender” (from Tomorrow Never Dies), “The World Is Not Enough” and “Only Myself To Blame” (from The World Is Not Enough). He’s on record saying his favourite is “Diamonds Are Forever”, however he once noted that “Surrender” was to him one of the best things he’d ever written. “I hate to say this really, but why not, you get to a certain stage in your life where you say what you feel, but I do think one of the best things I’ve written is “Surrender” from Tomorrow Never Dies that I wrote with David Arnold. It became the end-title and k.d. Lang sang it and it’s such a good piece. A lot of people have emailed me and said it should have been the title [song]. That sort of thing aggravates you because it was written for the front-title and then Sheryl Crow was brought in to write it. I mean… no hard feelings about it, but that is life.”

    Following “Thunderball”, Black teamed up with John Barry again on the 1966 film Born Free for which he won an Academy Award for Best Song. It was later nominated for Song of the Year at the 1967 Grammy Awards where he ultimately lost to The Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney. He also worked with Lulu on “To Sir, with Love” (1967) and on “Ben” (1972) for Michael Jackson, both of which were number 1 hits in the US.

    In 2007 Black was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He will be honoured yet again with the BMI Icon award in London on October 5.

  8. Ontario's K-W Symphony presents The Music of James Bond

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-05-12

    Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will kick off this upcoming weekend with The Music of James Bond—a celebration of the world’s most famous secret agent.

    Two performances of the concert, part of the Symphony’s Pop series, will take place on Friday 14 May and again on Saturday, 15 May. John Morris Russell will act as conductor and noted vocalist Marcia Whitehead will also be featured.

    Both performances are scheduled to begin at 8:00pm at the Centre In The Square. Tickets start at $20.00 and can be purchased at the official website.

    The line-up of 007 themes include:

    John Barry
    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

    Bill Conti
    For Your Eyes Only

    Monty Norman
    Dr. No Suite

    David Arnold
    Tomorrow Never Dies
    The World Is Not Enough

    John Barry
    From Russia With Love

    George Martin
    Live and Let Die

    Quincy Jones
    Soul Bossa Nova

    Henry Mancini
    Peter Gunn

    Laurie Johnson
    The Avengers

    Lalo Schifrin
    Mission: Impossible

    Henry Mancini
    Pink Panther

    Michael Kamen
    License to Kill

    Burt Bacharach
    The Look of Love

    John Barry
    Diamonds are Forever Suite

    Marvin Hamlisch
    Nobody Does It Better

    John Barry

    The The Centre In The Square is located at 101 Queen Street N., Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. For further details on The Music of James Bond concert, phone 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977 or visit the official website.

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  9. James Bond will be shaken and stirred by the Florida Orchestra

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-05-11

    The Florida Orchestra
    Pops Series Finale Features
    Classic James Bond
    With 007 Collectibles Displayed in Lobby

    The Florida Orchestra’s Raymond James Pops series goes out with a “bang” at its final pops concert of the season reliving the thrills, the spills and the ever-so-cool chills of 007…”Bond, James Bond” …with hits from Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Casino Royale, Diamonds Are Forever and Live and Let Die, among musical themes from over 20 James Bond films. The concerts feature renowned conductor Carl Davis and vocalist Mary Carewe. James Bond collectibles and memorabilia will be displayed in the concert hall lobby each night from the collection of 007 expert Matt Sherman.

    Concerts are Friday, May 21, at 8 p.m., David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts Ferguson Hall, in Tampa; Saturday, May 22, at 8 p.m., Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater, in St. Petersburg; and Sunday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, in Clearwater. Tickets are $20 to $65 for the general public and are only $10 for students: 727.892.3337 or 1.800.662.7286, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or online at

    Lobby Displays of James Bond Collectibles

    Matt Sherman is a top “Bondologist” who has appeared internationally on television and in print, and has led Bond and espionage fan events and locations tours across the U.S. and overseas. His exploits have appeared in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, VH-1’s Totally Obsessed! and on HGTV, TNN, The Learning Channel, C-SPAN and more. He has contributed to numerous books and publications about the Bond phenomenon and to interactive CDs and DVDs. His extensive 007 and Ian Fleming memorabilia collection features unique acquisitions from the film stars, authors and screenwriters of Bond on location. Sherman will exhibit some of his collection at the Florida Orchestra’s Classic James Bond pops concerts, including one-of-a-kind first editions, movie memorabilia from each of the 22 EON Productions James Bond films, and James Bond toys and games.

    Conductor Carl Davis

    Carl Davis is a prolific composer of music for feature films, television, silent films, ballets and musicals as well as the Liverpool Oratorio that he co-wrote with Paul McCartney. In 1959, he and fellow student Stephen Vinaver wrote the revue Diversions, which won him an Obie for this off-Broadway production. Shortly thereafter, Ned Sherrin of BBC commissioned Davis to compose for That Was The Week That Was, paving the way for many radio and television commissions, including the BBC’s production of Pride and Prejudice as well as The Snow Goose, The World At War, Hollywood, Cold War, The Far Pavilions, The Naked Civil Servant, Good Night Mr Tom and, most recently, Cranford. Davis is also recognized for the scores he has composed for such feature films as The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Champions, Scandal, Ken Russell’s The Rainbow, Widow’s Peak, Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy and The Book of Eve. Another area reflecting his creative output includes his musical scores for over fifty silent films, including one for Abel Gance’s epic film Napoleon, for which Davis received the order of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture after a screening of the film in Paris. Among the many silent films for which he has orchestrated music are Ben Hur, Phantom of the Opera, Flesh and the Devil, Old Heidelberg, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Intolerance, The Crowd and The Big Parade, Chaplin’s Behind the Screen and King Vidor’s Show People.

    Vocalist Mary Carewe

    Vocalist Mary Carewe has performed under the baton of such renowned conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Kurt Masur, John Rutter and Charles Hazlewood. In her now long-established artistic relationship with conductor Carl Davis, she has sung a variety of programs, including a James Bond program and an Oscar Winners program with the main British orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra, Spain, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 in a James Bond program with The New York Pops with Carl Davis conducting.

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  10. Florida Orchestra presents Classic James Bond on 21-23 May

    By Devin Zydel on 2010-04-23

    In a night of ‘symphonic espionage’ relive the thrills, the spills and the ever-so-cool chills of 007… ‘Bond, James Bond’… with hits from Goldfinger, From Russia with Love, Thunderball, Casino Royale, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die and other films…

    The Florida Orchestra will be providing three such nights in late May for Bond fans in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Presented as part of their pops series, the Classic James Bond concert will feature noted conductor Carl Davis and vocalist Mary Carewe.

    The times and dates for the concerts are as follows:

    • Friday, 21 May – 8:00pm (Tampa)
    • Saturday, 22 May – 8:00pm (St. Petersburg)
    • Sunday, 23 May – 7:30pm (Clearwater)

    The Florida Orchestra ticket center is located at: 244 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.

    For further information or to purchase tickets, phone 727-892-3337 (1-800-662-7286) or visit the official website.

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