Sometimes, things just work out differently from how you want them to. I had intended on doing a few selections of Greek music, but the only short videos I could find were ones featuring attractive Greek women doing zeibekiko, a free-form Greek folk dance that Wikipedia tells us is a solo dance and “strictly masculine.” There was nothing especially masculine about the ladies doing the dance, I assure you. Besides, I figured I might need a topic for Z.
So, I chose today’s theme, which started out as “songs with ‘gold’ in the title,” and ended as “movie theme songs with ‘gold’ in the title” because the movie themes were my favorites. Monday, we’ll talk about movie themes that start with “I” because that’s the theme for Monday’s Music Moves Me. Anyway, let’s begin…
Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey: Maybe the best James Bond movie theme ever. For that matter, maybe the best movie theme ever, period. The lyrics were written by Anthony Newley, and Dame Shirley sings it the way Newley would.
Goldeneye – Tina Turner: Another great Bond theme, this one sung by the incomparable Tina Turner.
The Man With The Golden Gun – Lulu: Yet a third great “gold” Bond theme, sung by the wee lass from Glasgow.
The Man With The Golden Arm – Elmer Bernstein: Not a Bond film, but the classic 1955 Otto Preminger film starring Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, and Kim Novak, featuring a movie poster designed by the great Saul Bass. It was based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Chicago author Nelson Algren, and was set on the North Side of Chicago, which is where Miss Novak is from. I think it’s pretty obvious where Ian Fleming got the inspiration for The Man With The Golden Gun.
Gold – Elmer Bernstein, sung by Jimmy Helms: Not a Bond film, but Roger Moore did this during his tenure as Bond, with Susannah York, and the plot is very similar to a Bond plot. It was based on the book Gold Mine by Wilbur Smith, and didn’t do so well at the box office.
Can you think of any other films with “gold” in some form in the title? Should I have just stuck with Greek music as my theme?