Remember those neat gadgets M was always dreaming up for James Bond? Their beauty was that they were well designed and terribly complicated, like Swiss astronomical watches, and they had a great many functions. Probably the best two were the briefcase in "From Russia with Love" and that custom car in " Goldfinger. The great thing about these gadgets was that after M explained them to , they just sat around for a long time looking like briefcases and cars. Their tricks were spread through the film, and always came as a surprise when they finally were sprung. As when the Chinese spy ejected himself from the driver's seat.
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In , John Barry had already found his niche as part of the Bond franchise. It could be argued that he was every bit as essential to its success as Sean Connery, such was the quality of his musical characterisation of the suave agent. But with the series' fifth instalment and the fourth with a John Barry soundtrack , things were about to go intergalactic… Remember: this is before John Williams redefined how you score a sci-fi film, so when the action transfers to outer space, John Barry gives us 'Capsule In Space', an incredibly balletic, Ravel-influenced sound with a gentle trumpet-shaped reminder that this is still a Bond film after all. It's surprisingly low-key, but daring because of it - a delicate evocation not only of the quietness of space, but also of the fact that Blofeld is about to provoke nuclear war. And there aren't many soundtracks that can do that convincingly. See more Barry News. Discover Music. See more Barry Music.