A weird question has been tickling my brain for several days:
What Beatles song (unmodified) would make the best James Bond opening titles theme song?
Having now thought about it a bit, I present my list:
- A Hard Day’s Night – That opening guitar chord! The song has an appropriately upbeat tempo and the lyrics are actually a pretty good fit for some Bond action followed by falling into the arms of a Bond girl.
- Back in the U.S.S.R. – A sequel to From Russia, With Love, naturally. Jetsetting, dealing with Russkies, a thumping theme song. It’s almost perfect.
- Come Together – Surreal lyrics, but you can kind of make them feel like they apply to Bond if you just go with the flow – kind of like some of the real theme songs actually. Interesting instrumentation. I could see this over some old style silhouette credit sequences.
- Revolution (Past Masters version, not the White Album) – Bond-esque guitar riffs, thumping drums, and lyrics about destruction and changing the world. Bond fights Red China and Chairman Mao in the 1970s.
- I am the Walrus – Weirdness, with harsh Lennon vocals that could really make a punch in those opening credits. Bonus points if you can tie any of the lyrics to the plot of the movie.
- Happiness is a Warm Gun – I mean, it’s virtually like this was written for Bond. It has the feel of a modern Daniel Craig era theme song, it’s about warm guns. You just need the film to have a Mother Superior villain bent on world domination.
- Tomorrow Never Knows – A bit out of left field, but the different eastern instrumentation could fit a Bond film set in India. Lyrics are a decent match with just a bit of squinting. And the title is only one word different from a real Bond movie.
- And Your Bird Can Sing – Mostly I put this here because it’s one of my favourite Beatles songs. I think it could work.
As a bonus, you could think of the song title as the title of the Bond movie.
Today I had 5 ethics classes. Including the first older kids class on Uncertainty. Sample questions:
Have you ever had to make a decision but you didn’t have all the information you needed to decide? How did you decide what to do? Do you think uncertainty is an everyday experience, or something that we have only to deal with rarely? How should we deal with uncertain situations? How can scientists best communicate uncertainty about a result to the public? (e.g. we’re 70% sure this chemical causes cancer, weather/storm forecasts, etc.) How does this uncertainty happen in legal cases, when the laws are written down? Is it inevitable that there will be uncertainty in a system of laws and rules, even though we try to write everything down clearly? Is uncertainty important or useful in some situations? (I was thinking sports, games, movies.)
For lunch after the first two I took Scully out for fish & chips. We sat in a waterside park down by a ferry wharf, where there were some workers on a barge doing something to the wharf. I assume some sort of routine maintenance.
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After cancelling the past two Sunday’s in a row, I finally did the final lesson (of 6) in my current Creative Thinking and Game Design course. Unfortunately, only two of the three students could make it, which means I’ll have to do a make-up lesson with the remaining student so he can finish of the course later. Anyway, the lesson went well, we discussed more tweaks to the Ninja Grandma game, and I went over the thinking techniques they’d learnt and left them with a bunch of references and reading material for further information.
It was mostly a lazy Sunday. My wife and I wanted to just rest at home to help get over our illnesses. We’re both starting to feel better day by day. I think my fears of a recurring bacterial throat infection were unfounded. I’m just hoping at this stage we’re both well by the 17th when we fly out to Japan.
Speaking of Japan, I bought Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s new album, Hana, which was released a day or two ago. My wife and I both really like her music, and Sophie wrote this album during COVID travel restrictions, when she was supposed to travel to Japan, but had to postpone her trip. She’d never been there before, and basically wrote a whole album of songs inspired by her thoughts of what Japan would be like when she finally got there. So we’ve been listening to it this weekend to inspire our own preparation for visiting Japan.
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I spent most of Sunday working on Irregular Webcomic! strips. In the morning I finished writing the new batch, and then after lunch I spent the afternoon photographing them all.
In between I went for a long walk with my wife and Scully. Normally we do a big walk on Sunday mornings, but she went for a morning tea with her mother and brother today, so we did the walk after lunch.
I picked some different music to listen to while working today. Normally I go for something in the rock genre, or perhaps movie soundtracks if I want something without lyrics to be less distracting. But today I went for Beethoven – the 6th and 9th symphonies. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to these, but I just felt like it today.
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I’m queuing this post up early for automatic publication because I’ll be out late tonight. For our wedding anniversary I got my wife tickets to the Australian Ballet’s production of Sylvia, which is on at the Sydney Opera House. So that’s where we’re going tonight. This is one of the more obscure and rarely performed ballets, so it should be interesting.
It’s a 12 minute train trip and 15 minute walk away from where I live, which is easier and more convenient than battling traffic by driving. Normally we’d eat dinner out somewhere near the Opera House, but our neighbours are minding Scully and they don’t get home from work until late-ish, so we can’t leave early enough to squeeze in dinner.
Otherwise, today I’ve been working on writing a new proof for 100 Proofs that the Earth is a Globe. Unfortunately it’s not finished yet, so it’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Oh, and processing some more photos from May’s trip to Portugal.
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