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Review of Graham Rye's Goldfinger Portfolio

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:43

It's difficult to know where to start when it comes to a review of Graham Rye's new book, Goldfinger Portfolio, because it is such an incredible achievement. Bearing in mind this is primarily a John Barry website, I will clarify from the outset that the book devotes several pages to the music in the film, with the only slight downside being that myself and Pete Walker are the writers! Hopefully we have managed to convey some of the background and the ultimate smashing success of the Bassey single and John Barry album.

Also included is an excellent article by Norman Wanstall, who won an Oscar for Best Sound Effects, and gives a detailed account of attending the ceremony. In addition, there's the opportunity to see production designer Ken Adam's fascinating original sketches.

However, the real stars of the book are the photographs. It's hard to imagine that anything from the film has been omitted, as page after page reveals more and more surprises, with, in many cases, accompanying stories. As well as main stars, Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Harold Sakata & Gert Frobe, there are photos and stories from actors who had less to do in the film, such as Margaret Nolan (Dink), Tania Mallet (Tilly Masterson), Nadja Regin (Bonita), Nikki Van der Zyl (heard, but not seen), and, of course, Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson.

Although inevitably many of the photos were taken at Pinewood Studios, we also go on location to Switzerland and the golf club at Stoke Poges for some terrific shots. There are film posters and pages from press books -- often reproduced to the full extent of the book's large pages -- as, indeed, are many of the photos of the cast, in both colour and black and white. Some of my favourite photographs are those taken when the cast are relaxing in between takes.

The book itself is extremely heavy-duty being a wiro-bound steelbook, and the shiny gold covers are a work of art in themselves!

It's an expensive book at £350 -- there's always a downside -- but it's limited to 350 copies and could well become a most sought-after and valuable collector's item for Bond fans in the future. You probably need to be a dedicated Bond fan to purchase this book, but if you are and do, I don't think you'll regret it!!

To order a copy go to: http://www.007magazine.co.uk/007_magazine.htm

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A lot more James Bond concerts collected on the link below, I have put them all in this news item. So check it out from there!

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Sun 6th May 18
New Victoria Hall, Woking
with Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me)
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Wednesday 19 September 2018
Starts: 7:30pm

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Presented by Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace). Over fifty years of timeless James Bond themes from all your favourite 007 films.

Hits from Goldfinger, Licence to Kill, Casino Royale, Skyfall, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, Spectre, From Russia with Love to name just a few, all sung by outstanding vocalists Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford.

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James Bond fans are in for a treat in January 2019, as renowned Band, the popular Q The Music Show, are putting on a special concert - performing all the music from Moonraker on

26th January 2019

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Wycombe Swan Concert Hall,
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You can back the project and buy tickets here

They are drafting in professional musicians from London to create a 100-piece Orchestra and Choir to recreate all of John Barry’s iconic cues from the 1979 film. As there is only around 50 minutes of music in the film, they will perform the best of the James Bond songs in the second half in true Q The Music style, but with full orchestra.

Because of the nature of this concert, and the huge costs involved, they are crowd funding it, so tickets have to be purchased by 6th May this year for the concert to go ahead on Saturday 26th January 2019.

Q The Music Show are popular with James Bond fans all around the World thanks to their dedicated and authentic versions of the music and were chosen to perform at Sir Roger Moore’s Memorial Event at Pinewood Studios in October last year. The concert will be compered by Bond girls Madeline Smith and Caroline Munro, who have been working with Q The Music this year on their theatre tour of the UK.

The concert will not be available to buy on recording after the show, and the Moonraker score has never been performed live, so this is a unique opportunity for fans to see it. If the project is a success, Q The Music plan to go on a do a different Barry/Bond score each year.

You can back the project and buy tickets here

*Please note, this is a music only performance – no images or footage from the film will be shown, and Q The Music are not associated with EON, Danjaq LLC, or the James Bond Films in any way.

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