Gadhouse Vinyl Club: Casino Royale – Burt Bacharach (1967)


Prior the modern Casino Royale (2006) of the James Bond series starring by Danial Craig, the first Casino Royale film was released to the public in 1967. The film itself is the satire adapted from the first James Bond’s novel by Ian Fleming. Therefore, this article I’m going to review the soundtracks.

James Bond series was a widespread for the Pop culture during 1960’s as well as Burt Bacharach a songwriter and composer who is outstanding known as the hit maker who has magnificent succeed, such as “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “Close to You” “Arthur’s Theme” and “That’s What Friends Are For.”

Burt Bacharach

The 1967’s Casino Royale is comedy-parody of the James Bond franchise so the rhythm of the soundtrack has the sanguine tune. The score played with truly Bacharach’s style which influenced from the combination with Pop music and Jazz music into complex melody by the Pop orchestral sound. The remarkable “Casino Royale Theme” was performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Burt Bacharach created the soundtrack together with his buddy Hal David the lyricist, the album included with 13 songs:

  1. Casino Royale Theme
  2. The Look of Love
  3. Money Penny Goes for Broke”
  4. Le Chiffre’s Torture of the Mind
  5. Home James, Don’t Spare the Horses
  6. Sir James’ Trip to Find Mata
  7. The Look of Love” (Instrumental)
  8. Hi There Miss Goodthighs
  9. Little French Boy
  10. Flying Saucer – First Stop Berlin
  11. The Venerable Sir James Bond
  12. Dream on James, You’re Winning
  13. The Big Cowboys and Indians Fight at Casino Royale / Casino Royale Theme (reprise)

Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress in Casino Royale (1967)

“The Look of Love” sung by Dusty Springfield, a British singer in a famous love scene between Peter Sellers as Evelyn Tremble/James Bond and Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd was on the top chart of 1960’s hits. It received a Best Song nomination in the 1968 Academy Awards and in 2008, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

Dusty Springfield

The original album cover art was done by Robert McGinnis, based on the film poster and the original stereo vinyl release of the soundtrack is still highly sought after by audiophiles.

Although, the film Casino Royale (1967) itself has negative rate from the critics and audiences due to several reasons. Notwithstanding, the soundtrack gave another massive praised for the Bacharach’s talent. Nevertheless, the Austin Powers trilogy credited the inspiration for Bacharach’s score for Casino Royale (1967), Bacharach himself appeared in the Austin Powers movies as well.

The Casino Royale soundtrack has been regarded by some music critics as the finest sounding LP LP (long playing), or 33 1⁄3 rpm microgroove vinyl record of all time and the album is not only one decent Bacharach’s on the movie world, there are plenty of them such as ALFIE (1966) the main soundtrack theme same name as the film.

The story of Burt Bacharach, the living legend has too long story to conclude in one article. By the age of almost ninety years old in a few years. His songs still lull the world.

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