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 Posted:   Jun 22, 2010 - 10:26 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Many years ago, probably thirty or so, LBC radio in London had a mystery guest on one of their nightly chat shows. The host (David Bassett) offered a prize for the first caller to identify the guest. The only clues were that he was an actor currently appearing in the West End and his initials might be seen on a car license plate.

Hearing the guest's voice, I immediately recognized him as Gary Bond (GB on a license plate), who played the doomed minstrel Smeaton, in Anne of the Thousand Days. At the time, he was playing opposite Elaine Page in the stage production of Evita.

Knowing the script for AOTTD very well, when I got on air to the show, I simply said "Smeaton, do you love the Queen." There was a silence for a moment or two while Bond realized I was quoting the character Thomas Cromwell in the interrogation scene. Bond then replied with his line and he and I acted out the whole scene live. At one point, he forgot his next line and I had to prompt him!

At the end, Bond was so stunned that someone recalled the entire scene in which was a small part in his career, he said an LBC mug and T-Shirt would not suffice as a prize! He invited me and my (then) wife to a performance of Evita and to meet him backstage. That we did and Bond was so thrilled to meet a person who could recite his scene, he then invited us for drinks with Ms. Page and Robert Stigwood. A great time was had by all and he was a true gentleman and outstanding stage artist.

Sadly, checking his biography on the Internet just a few years ago, I read that Gary Bond had passed away at a young age, not too long after I had met him.

If you haven't seen AOTTD, you might recall Gary Bond in the film Zulu, in which he played the part of the frightened young soldier standing guard while a locked-up and drunken Jack Hawkins tries to unsettle him with rantings through the stockade door.

 
 Posted:   Jun 22, 2010 - 10:59 PM   
 By:   Ed   (Member)

For what it's worth, Charles Gerhardt recorded a 3-minute "Overture" from the film (shorter than that on the soundtrack) for Readers Digest which was released on cd in 1989 by Varese as part of their "Prince And The Pauper" album.

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2010 - 2:24 AM   
 By:   Stephan   (Member)

Though I hope it's referring to HOUSE ON CARROLL STREET since the tapes are rumored to be lost.

Na, this score wouldn't knock anyones socks off - I was thinking about WOMEN IN LOVE.

 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2010 - 5:30 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Though I hope it's referring to HOUSE ON CARROLL STREET since the tapes are rumored to be lost.

Na, this score wouldn't knock anyones socks off - I was thinking about WOMEN IN LOVE.


HOUSE ON CARROLL STREET paired with MAXIE, both MGM/Orion films, would knock my socks off.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2012 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)

The opening clip I inserted originally was deleted, so I inserted a new clip which includes the films opening credits..and rousing fanfares.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2012 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

Though I hope it's referring to HOUSE ON CARROLL STREET since the tapes are rumored to be lost.

I'd love HOUSE which contains, perhaps, my favorite Delerue love theme...

 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2012 - 11:54 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

This is the type of score the labels should be focused on releasing...

 
 Posted:   Jul 1, 2012 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

Many years ago, probably thirty or so, LBC radio in London had a mystery guest on one of their nightly chat shows. The host (David Bassett) offered a prize for the first caller to identify the guest. The only clues were that he was an actor currently appearing in the West End and his initials might be seen on a car license plate.

Hearing the guest's voice, I immediately recognized him as Gary Bond (GB on a license plate), who played the doomed minstrel Smeaton, in Anne of the Thousand Days. At the time, he was playing opposite Elaine Page in the stage production of Evita.

Knowing the script for AOTTD very well, when I got on air to the show, I simply said "Smeaton, do you love the Queen." There was a silence for a moment or two while Bond realized I was quoting the character Thomas Cromwell in the interrogation scene. Bond then replied with his line and he and I acted out the whole scene live. At one point, he forgot his next line and I had to prompt him!

At the end, Bond was so stunned that someone recalled the entire scene in which was a small part in his career, he said an LBC mug and T-Shirt would not suffice as a prize! He invited me and my (then) wife to a performance of Evita and to meet him backstage. That we did and Bond was so thrilled to meet a person who could recite his scene, he then invited us for drinks with Ms. Page and Robert Stigwood. A great time was had by all and he was a true gentleman and outstanding stage artist.

Sadly, checking his biography on the Internet just a few years ago, I read that Gary Bond had passed away at a young age, not too long after I had met him.

If you haven't seen AOTTD, you might recall Gary Bond in the film Zulu, in which he played the part of the frightened young soldier standing guard while a locked-up and drunken Jack Hawkins tries to unsettle him with rantings through the stockade door.



That's a nice story, and a nice memory to have.

Gary was also the first Joseph to don Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice's Dreamcoat, back in 1972.

He died in 1995, aged 55.....and his full name was Gary JAMES Bond !

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2018 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Time to bump this...

Has it actually ever been confirmed why after all these years there is still no decent release of the score??

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2018 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Time to bump this...

Has it actually ever been confirmed why after all these years there is still no decent release of the score??






Not that I've seen. But it's definitely one of my most wanted.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2018 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Considering that the master tapes were lost in that terrible fire in 2003 that destroyed most of Universal's film scores, the only way to give it a C.D. release is to master it from a unopened album.

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2018 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

The 6 CD Delerue box set contains the film version of the main title (the album is a rerecording), so the masters (at least a copy) do exist.

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2018 - 2:46 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I recall Roger saying the Universal fire didn't destroy score tapes, or something along those lines.

A quick search I could only find:

"Universal has been cooperating for years now and the fire was not related to any audio they had."


And zooba saying score tapes were held into a different area locked away, away from the fire.

 
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