Saturday 3 January 1987

…Keep on having minor nose bleeds.
This morning my alarm made me rouse my eyebrows at 7.30am.
I went downstairs to watch TV at 8.30am but before that as usual
I made mum and dad a cup of tea.
This morning while I was watching TV I recorded on to a tape
my James Bond record…
…Today’s question on my Trivial Pursuit calendar is:
What colour are Venetian gondolas except those of high officials?
I accidentally looked at the answers and found out*.
Wrote two thank-you letters, played the piano, read some of
a comic and watched Jim’ll Fix It.
Later I watched one hour and 10 minutes of Superman III…

The Bond album was this famously ubiquitous piece of vinyl:

Whither Baron Samedi's Dance of Death?

I’d been given it as a Christmas present, and I loved it.

I spent ages trying to match all the images on the front cover to the right film – something I didn’t correctly achieve for years, thanks to my sporadic encounters with 007 on television. In fact I’m not sure I ever placed the image top right (the man leaping from a burning car) or third row left (the car driving down the side of a cliff, from Dr No).

I remember also being puzzled by some of the selections. Why, for example, were *three* tracks from Live and Let Die and Dr No included? And two from The Spy Who Loved Me? Why did these take precedence over other examples of John Barry’s incidental music?

I now imagine there was some kind of contractual wrangle that meant Barry’s contributions could only make up one half of the album.

I didn’t really mind, though. George Martin’s stuff for Live and Let Die was and is superb, while Marvin Hamlisch’s Bond 77 is still one of the finest slices of any Bond score.

It was just a shame there was nothing included from Octopussy. Given I already owned A View to a Kill on 7″, that would have given me a complete set of all Bond themes.

As for Superman III, I would have been happy to see just the first 10 minutes, never mind the first hour and 10 minutes, as they are – as is widely believed by all right-thinking people – the best 10 minutes of any Superman film ever.

*Five points, reader, if you know the correct answer.

One thought on “Saturday 3 January 1987

  1. I never owned that album, much to my regret. I had to get it out of the library on LP and ask a friend to tape it for me, because we didn’t have a record player with a tape deck in it.

    She recorded the album faithfully, with side one running out during Live and Let Die. Instead of starting the record over again she just turned the tape over and let it pick up where the other side left off, halfway through the song. There’s still a tiny bit of me that can hear the “click” of my tape coming to an end whenever I listen to the song (it was during the string part after the reggae breakdown and before “you used to say live and let live”).

    I had A View To A Kill added onto the end by getting my friend Darren to tape it onto there from one of his Now… compilations, then The Living Daylights was added in much the same way. Finally I gave in and rammed my cassette recorded up against the tv so I could record All Time High direct from the video. I didn’t own it “properly” until the James Bond 30th Anniversary Collection.

    P.S. The showing of Superman III was even better because it was the “tv” version, with a whole bunch of scenes added back in by the producers so they could make more money out of the networks. It meant the whole brilliant Pamela Stevenson sequence didn’t have the titles rolling over them and obscuring the action, as they did in the cinema and on the DVD.

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