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THE BIG SCREEN SPIES
"Our Man Flint" (1966) and "In Like Flint" (1967) both had soundtrack LPs by Jerry Goldsmith released in the 60's. Varese put out a cassette of both scores in the 80s, but no CD.
Then in the 90's Varese put out a CD with both scores, but wait! This wasn't the same as the albums! It was the actual music cues from the film. (Soundtrack albums are often re-recordings of music from the film, but you knew that, right?) More music for us, but what of the highly collectible and hard to find record albums?. . . . . .
In 2014 Intrada found the long lost original 20th Century-Fox stereo session masters and released a CD with the LP versions of both Flint flicks! Absolute must haves for your Spy Bop collection!.
Mr. Goldsmith also gave us the score to"Sebastian" (1968). A nice little film about an intelligence agency code expert falling in love. Intrada has put out a wonderful CD on their Special Collector label including the actual film score, the original 1968 DOT Records LP, and the Tristram Cary electronic music!
Goldsmith also scored "The Chairman" (1969) starring Gregory Peck as a scientist with a bomb in his head stealing secret formulas from China. On LP and CD.
John Barry had a couple of non-Bond spy scores in the 60's. "The Quiller Memorandum" (1966) with the title theme, "Wednesday's Child" sung by Matt Monro was recently re- released on CD by Intrada.
He also scored "The Ipcress File" (1965), the first of three films starring Michael Caine as Len Deighton's Harry Palmer. The others are "Funeral In Berlin" (1966) by Konrad Elfers, and "Billion Dollar Brain" (1967) by Richard Rodney Bennet. All three scores are on CD. Intrada's expanded soundtrack CD for "Funeral In Berlin" (1966) is mixed from 1/2" three-channel masters and has 4 previously unreleased tracks so it would be the one to look for. (O.K. there were actually five films. Two others, "Bullet To Beijing" scored by Rick Wakeman and "Midnight in St. Petersburg" were both made in 1995 for the cable market. No music available as far as I know.)
Dean Martin made four films as Donald Hamilton's Matt Helm. The first was "The Silencers" (1966) with a score by Elmer Bernstein. It's on LP and a Vocalion CD. There are a couple of good vocals by Vicci Carr (who did the singing for Cyd Charisse in the film). Two versions of the vocal theme were released. A slower version can be found on "Spy Magazine Presents Spy Music" on the Rhino label.
There is a second LP for the Silencers, but it's mostly Dean Martin singing. There are a couple of instrumentals (allegedly from the film) and a nice version of the theme.
The second in the series was "Murderers' Row" (1966). This time Lalo Schifrin provided a knockout spy score that's just begging for a CD release. The next two flicks, "The Ambushers" (1967) and "The Wrecking Crew" (1969) were scored by Hugo Montenegro, but only a 45 of The Ambushers theme by Boyce and Hart is out there as far as I know. It can be found on Boyce and Hart compilation CDs.
Lalo Shifrin's score to "The President's Analyst" (1967) can be found on a Quartet label CD along with his score to "Man On A Swing".
Speaking of Mr. Schifrin, Film Score Monthly's 5 CD set titled "The Cincinnati Kid: Lalo Schifrin Film Scores, Vol. 1 (1964-1968)" includes scores to "The Venetian Affair (1967)" which starred Robert Vaughn and "Sol Madrid (1968)" which starred David McCallum (not to mention a couple of U.N.C.L.E. tracks as well as scores to "Rhino!" and "The Cincinnati Kid)
"The Liquidator" (1965) Not only had a top-notch score by Lalo Schifrin, but a theme sung by Shirley Bassey. It doesn't get much better than that. Film Score Monthly put out a CD with the original LP tracks as well as extra music from the film.
"Charade" (1963) and "Arabesque" (1966) were both directed by Stanley Donen, had big stars like Cary Grant and Gregory Peck, but more importantly had great Henry Mancini scores (all on CD). A recent Intrada release has 28 tracks from Charade's original scoring session elements. The previous release was music re-recorded for the original LP.
Paul Newman starred in "The Prize" (1963), an attempt at a Hitchcock type thriller with an early Goldsmith score on a Film Score Monthly CD.
In "Torn Curtain" (1966) Paul Newman and Julie Andrews are scientists defecting from East to West Germany in an actual Hitchcock thriller with a score by John Addison on a Varese CD.
Varese also put out a CD of Bernard Hermann's rejected "Torn Curtain" score...
Hitchcock's "Topaz" (1969) by Maurice Jarre has been released by Universal Music France. A couple of tracks have been available on collections and boots, but this is the first release of the score as far as I know.
And of course (not quite the sixties) Cary Grant starred in Hitchcock's "North By Northwest" (1959) with a fantastic Bernard Hermann score.
"The Last of the Secret Agents?" (1966) with Marty Allen (Hello Dere!) and Steve Rossi isn't nearly as bad as you'd think and the score by Pete King really delivers! It runs the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous. The theme song performed by Nancy Sinatra isn't on the album, but can be found on several collections.
Steve Allen scored "A Man Called Dagger" (1967). His sense of humor is evident and you'll probably need yours to watch this movie, but the score isn't bad. The LP is out there, but it has also been released digitally on Amazon and iTunes. Not only that, but with 41 tracks!!! While Steve Allen gets composer credit, Ronald Stein was the conductor, music adaptor, and uncredited composer of additional music for the film. (a number of Stein's scores have been released digitally). I'm guessing these are all the takes from the recording sessions as there are a couple of alternate takes with slight differences.
"The Spy with a Cold Nose" (1966) was a fun little film with a score to match. Not a lot of twangy guitar, but what you'd expect from a light 60's romp.
"Otley" (1968) stars Tom Courtenay as a pickpocket who inadvertently gets mixed up with some spies with a mixed bag soundtrack by Stanley Meyers.
"Hammerhead" (1968) is a little known film with a really good score by David Whitaker and a great theme song performed by Madeline Bell. Well worth seeking out.
David Amram's avante-garde jazz score for "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962) can be found on CD.
Richard Burton is a disillusioned spy in John Le Carre's "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold" (1965) by Sol Kaplan. Intrada presents a new mastering of the original score album as well as the actual soundtrack music from the film on their Special Collection label.
Another Le Carre story, "The Deadly Affair" (1967) has a beautiful bossa nova score by Quincy Jones and is available on CD paired with his score to "The Pawnbroker".
Frank DeVol's score to the Doris Day spy spoof, "Caprice" (1967) can be found on a Film Score Monthly CD. Only about 24 minutes of the score have survived and are included here with DeVol's score to "Emperor Of The North"
Stanley Black's score the the Roger Moore film, "Crossplot (1969)" is available on the Quartet label combined with his score to "War Gods of the Deep (1965)" (Vincent Price). You can hear some samples at the Quartet site.
"What's Up Tiger Lilly? (1966) is a nifty little film where Woody Allen took a Japanese spy film, dubbed in other voices and got The Lovin' Spoonful to do the score. It has the girls from "You Only Live Twice" and is on CD.
"Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs" (1966) is actually a sequel to "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" (1965) with Vincent Price once again in the title roll. It's another teen romp with a soundtrack of pop tunes by some lesser-known performers. Several instrumental tracks are attributed to "The Mad Doctors" and they back "The Sloopys" on the title theme, which is worth getting just because it's so goofy. (The theme to "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" can be found on a collection by the Supremes)
"Out of Sight" (1966) was one of the beach party crowd's contributions to the spy genre. Mostly pop tracks by Gary Lewis And The Playboys, Freddie And The Dreamers, The Turtles, and the like with one or two pretty good spy instrumentals (More Batman than Bond) by the Nick Venet Orchestra.
O.K... Austin Powers was technically a 60's secret agent frozen in the 60's and thawed out in the 90's, right? So that's why he's included here. That and George S. Clinton's music for "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" (1997), "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (1999), and "Goldmember" (2002) were so incredibly right on target! With the first film we got a nice, well thought out CD of 60's pop tunes, covers of the Austin Powers themes, Soul Bossa Nova by Quincy Jones (used as the title theme) and a score medley.
With "The Spy Who Shagged Me we got two pop soundtracks, another short medley, and pretty much ripped off. (The good stuff could have all fit on one CD.)
But low and Behold, when nobody expected it, a CD of both scores was released. Really just cues edited together, but good enough.
If you were lucky you came across this oddball bootleg titled Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (although it was made up of cues from the first movie). It has music not found on any of the other releases including a vocal of the love theme, orchestral versions of Mas Que Nada, and a lot of musical stings and other cues from the film.
There was no score released for "Goldmember" (2002), but the pop tune CD (above) is available.