“Follows the remarkable history of six decades of James Bond music, going behind the lens into one of the greatest movie franchise and the iconic 007 theme song.”

Director: Mat Whitecross
Release Date: October 5, 2022

This review is short and sweet.

The Sound Of 007 (2022) is porn to any James Bond or movie lover. Screw the Supreme Court’s “you know it when you see it.” This fits the exact description for any who enjoys watching movies.

Timed out with the news that all 25 James Bond movies are now available to stream on Amazon Prime, The Sound Of 007 is a deep dive into one of the most iconic cinematic sounds of cinema and music history. When you hear the the first note of the James Bond theme, you know exactly what you are getting into. You know the vibe of the story that is about to unfold. Over six decades, 25 movies, numerous directors and countless vocal artists, the 007 sound still rings louder than a dozen church bells right by your ear.

Director Mat Whitecross, who is no mystery to documentaries on musical topics, has an array of talented and enthusiastic voices that are eager to talk about their involvement with the James Bond franchise. There is a mix of young and old, and none more important than John Barry.

The legendary composer unknowingly stepped into a gold mine when he was approached to work on Dr. No (1962). For the next 25 years, Barry worked alongside some of the best minds and talents in music to compose 12 total Bond soundtracks, including some of the most iconic movies like Goldfinger (1964). Barry set the tone for exactly what the Bond sound should be.

While The Sound Of 007 heaped proper praise on Barry, it also explored a bit how his time came to an end. His leaving the franchise was an example of how Bond evolved, and as did he, so did the music. I never would have thought that A View To Kill (1985) with Duran Duran as the titular song would be the true delineate mark. Should be noted, the song is awesome.

One last fawning over The Sound Of 007. This movie blends the old and the new so well. It also highlights the movies that blend the past and present of Bond. Skyfall (2012) gets its proper praise for the homages paid in its story about learning to grow old and dealing with the past. The filmmakers touch on Casino Royale (2006) and why the theme only appears on the end. And then there is the 25th film in the franchise, No Time To Die (2021). I swear I am becoming more of a Billie Eilish fan whenever I hear her speak, for what she and composer Hans Zimmer talk about in this Doc had me nearly in tears. It was beautiful. It was melodic. It was educational.

You have to watch The Sound Of 007 if you like James Bond and you like movies. It is a must. The time while fly by.

STANKO RATING: A (4.5/5 Stars)


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