I’ve been stubbornly (shamelessly?) trying to shoehorn this Kenny Rogers jam into the Casino Royale opening sequence for EONS. it’s just never fit. Well, yesterday I gave it one more shot. I scoured YouTube for live cuts of “The Gambler” that might better fit the tempo of the opening. The original song was at once way too short and paced too slowly. Well, along comes this live cut (I believe from a Country Music Awards show in 1978). The sound quality isn’t stellar. Maybe I’ll find a better recording. Let’s just say the quality adds to overall feel. Kenny kicked the tempo of this version up a notch… and I think the studio audience clapping really makes the experience. Without further adieu, I give you the CASINO ROYALE Opening Remix with Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler.”
Casino Royale Opening Remixed with Kenny Rogers (Live!)
Casino Royale Opening Remix w/ Kenny Rogers (Live!) from James Patrick on Vimeo.
Leading British female pop singer Kate Bush, in London, England, April 6, 1980. (AP Photo)
@DrMattFinch came to me and he said, “#Bond_age_ Guy why haven’t you used Kate Bush’s “James and the Cold Gun” for a Remix? And I said, “How could I have overlooked this potential?” Well, I’ve overlooked it no more. I scoured the Roger Moore years (because let’s face it, Kate Bush could only soundtrack a Moore or a Dalton movie) and found a pairing that I quite like. There are some nice lyrical cues to match the action and the groovy bits definitely align with some of the disco-lite visuals in the Moonraker opening.
Moonraker Opening Remixed w/ Kate Bush
Moonraker Opening Remix w/ Kate Bush from James Patrick on Vimeo.
I know this song from No Doubt may not have been a totally obvious choice… but follow me down the rabbit hole. If you pay close attention to the visual cues and how they play along with the lyrics in the song, suddenly Goldfinger becomes a love story between Bond and Goldfinger. Or at least a foregrounding of their latent Oedipal rivalry showcased in their competition for “mom” aka Pussy Galore. Really. Swearsies. I’m not making this up.
Goldfinger Opening Remix w/ No Doubt from James Patrick on Vimeo.
The instrumental opening to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a John Barry classic. It was even updated by the Propellerheads with some divine 90’s electronic vibes. I’m not sure why I was convinced Chicago would be a good fit here… I tried a couple of tracks, but ended up with my first instinct: Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.”
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Opening Remixed with Chicago
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Title Credits Remixed with Chicago from James Patrick on Vimeo.
That I hadn’t thought to set Bobby Brown’s “Humpin’ Around” to a Bond opening sequence is inexplicable. Could there have been a more perfect title and thematic connection between song and character? Humpin’ Around. HUMPIN AROUND! C’mon.
GoldenEye Opening Remixed with Bobby Brown
GoldenEye Opening Remixed with Bobby Brown from James Patrick on Vimeo.