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Casino Royale - Original & 45th anniversary album (OST) (2CD)
Casino Royale - Original & 45th anniversary album (OST) (2CD)
Price: £25.66

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Soundtrack of its Time..., 3 Aug. 2013
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If you liked the film, you'll want this CD. If you like Burt's and Herb's music, you'll need this CD.

The film is a real gem (although some may say a bit of an acquired taste), and something of an homage to 1960s excess (over budget, over timescale, many directors, an avoirdupois of 'stars', etc.). However, with the passage of time, the film just gets better and better. This 45th anniversary album (why 45th?) is simply great.

Whilst there have been earlier releases of the Casino Royale ('67) soundtrack, this is the one to have - everything is there. Mr Bacharach must of really enjoyed himself with this soundtrack and it comes through crystal clear, along with the 'parpy' notes of the Tijuana Brass. The liner notes are also spot-on, too.

Thoroughly recommended.


Whickers World - Volume 3 [DVD]
Whickers World - Volume 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Whicker
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £14.75

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They Don't Make 'em Like This Anymore..., 2 Aug. 2013
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Put simply, Alan Whicker was a class act.

Another fine collection of travels and interviews. Ignore the transfer quality to DVD (quite grainy in places - to be expected given the age of the programmes), and enjoy some prime examples of Mr Whicker doing what he did best.

This DVD collection showcases some of the best of Whicker's World; his 'chats' with Percy Shaw are both polite, yet revealing. The cryonics episode is now, with the benefit of hindsight, highly amusing. Patricia, the (at the time) professional crook gives a credible flavour to low-life crime from the 60s and 70s London (great use of criminal slang used at the time); the Gay Liberation episode is still powerful, unpatronising, and resonates. The Christian Foundation episode is plain spooky, and the episode where he interviews a top forger residing in Australia is entertaining, whilst informative - thanks to Alan's interview techniques.

Hopefully we'll see more of Whicker's World (and Mr Whicker himself) through future releases. It'd be great to see the complete Peter Sellers interview, unedited (you can catch snippets of that with his 'Journey of a Lifetime' box set).

If only he could broadcast from wherever he may now be - now that would be fascinating. In the meantime, enjoy this collection - it's all good stuff.


Where Were You When The Fun Stopped
Where Were You When The Fun Stopped

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old HST!, 29 May 2013
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Haha!

If you like good music and the Good Doctor, then this is a good spin. The ridiculous sums of money being dreamed of for second-hand copies are probably worth it purely for Mr Depp's contribution to the the liner-notes and Robert Mitchum's rendition of 'Ballad of Thunder Road'...

Please get yourself your own copy because you're not having mine.


And the Revs Keep Rising: Great Drives in Fast Cars
And the Revs Keep Rising: Great Drives in Fast Cars
by Mel Nichols
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And the Stories Keep Repeating..., 29 May 2013
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A book largely for the motoring enthusiast who has fond memories of Nichols' writing during the halcyon days of CAR magazine. If you enjoy his style of reportage (a watered-down variety of New Journalism) it's a fine read.

Sadly, the book's format devalues his words somewhat. What brought his writing to life was the superb supporting photography. This collection of works, whilst containing some (small) photos really lacks the impact found in the original magazines. And, if you read several stories one after another you find them almost repeating themselves, i.e: Nichols goes to Location X, marvels at the factory and the artistry of the workers, takes the car for a spin - either on his own, with a factory test-driver, or his trusty photographer, can't believe how magical the car is to drive on the motorway/highway/autobahn/exotic mountainous location, gets home in time to ponder whether he'll ever get to drive a car as (insert superlative) as that ever again (or, "cor, gosh, they don't make e'm like that any more...").

Stories like those are great for the monthlies but, read in one go, it can get a bit much. So perhaps this should be viewed as one for the coffee table; dip in and out of it when the mood takes you. But all in all, probably an opportunity missed.


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