The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: variation on a theme

It’s a few days before The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’s 45th anniversary. So here’s are variations on a theme — namely the Jerry Goldsmith-composed theme.

There were five different versions of the opening theme (two in the first season), and four different end title versions. Here’s an first-season end title, using an edited version of Goldsmith’s original. The episode is The King of Knaves Affair, the last to feature an original Goldsmith score:

For season two, Lalo Schifrin did a new arrangement. Here it is from the end titles of Alexander the Greater Affair Part II:

By season three, Gerald Fried had become the lead composer for the show and he was given the chance to do his arrangement of the Goldsmith theme. This is from The Galtea Affair, which ran early that season.

For season 4, Fried did another new arrangement that was rejected. That version turned up in one of the U.N.C.L.E. CDs produced by TV and movie music expert Jon Burlingame. Instead, MGM music boss Robert Armbruster came up with a brassy arrangement that fit in with a more serious tone that occurred with season 4 episodes. The title of this episode was The “J” For Judas Affair:

UPDATE: We were remiss in not pointing out that Sept. 19 was David McCallum’s 76th birthday. So happy birthday, DMc.

UPDATE II: The Bish’s Beat blog reminded us of something we should have linked — namely, a 2004 HMSS interview with Jon Burlingame about the U.N.C.L.E. soundtrack CDs. Better late than never, you can view it by CLICKING RIGHT HERE.

Automotive Traveler’s salute to Goldfinger

Automotive Traveler, a Web site that deals in auto-related matters, has its own salute to Goldfinger. Part of the post by Richard Truesdell deals with the sequence where 007’s Aston Martin makes short work of a brand new Ford Mustang:

“From Russia with Love” might be my favorite, “Goldfinger” was clearly the film where the series came into its own, where all the Bond elements meshed perfectly; a classic villain, great Bond babes and locations, and of course the gadgets. Nowhere is this more evident than the film’s classic set piece, the scenes of the driving duel on Switzerland’s Furka Pass between Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 and Tilley Masterson’s white 64½ Ford Mustang. They are simply a film- and car-lover’s delight. Having driven this stretch of road on several occasions–albeit in a BMW Z3 and a Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 instead of an Aston Martin DB5–I can say without equivocation that the Furka Pass road is on my short list as one of the world’s Top 10 driving roads. Driving up the valley from Andermatt, the actual location of the gas station/VW dealership where Bond drops off Masterson after their tire-shredding confrontation, it is a journey almost without equal.

And there’s this observation:

The cultural significance of the release of “Goldfinger” can never be underestimated. Think about it; in a span of less than 12 months The Beatles invaded America…twice, and on 22 December, 1964 “Goldfinger” was unleashed to an almost unsuspecting US public after its 17 September release in the UK.

The post also goes into detail about the kinds of details you can see on the Blu Ray version of the film vs. DVD or VHS. To read the entire post, just CLICK RIGHT HERE.