One U.N.C.L.E. composer wishes another happy birthday

Composer Lalo Schifrin celebrates his 83rd birthday today. One up-and-coming composer, Daniel Pemberton, took to Twitter to send a birthday greeting:

Schifrin is best known for composing the theme for Mission: Impossible as well as scores for such movies as Bullitt.

However, he also composed scores for two episodes of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and his arrangment of Jerry Goldsmith’s U.N.C.L.E. theme was used for that show’s second season (1965-66). Pemberton — born in 1978, a decade after the series went off the air — composed the score for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie that’s coming out in mid-August.

Separately, Amazon.com has started taking pre-orders FOR THE U.N.C.L.E. MOVIE SOUNDTRACK, to be released on Aug. 7. It’s listed as “various artists.” However, Pemberton sent A TWEET EARLIER THIS MONTH that he was involved with production of the soundtrack album.

U.N.C.L.E. trailer to debut Wednesday, fan site says

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer during filming in 2013

Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer during filming in 2013

The trailer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie is set to debut Wednesday evening, the HENRY CAVILL NEWS FAN WEBSITE SAID, citing a statement from Warner Bros.

The trailer won’t be out until 5 p.m. Pacific time, according to the statement quoted by the site. That’s the same as 8 p.m. New York time.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E., is scheduled to be released Aug. 14. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer play Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, the agents played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum in the original 1964-68 television series. The statement quoted by Henry Cavill News says the movie is still coming out in August. It appears Paramount’s move of Mission: Impossible 5 to July 31 from Dec. 25 won’t affect the plans of Warner Bros. for U.N.C.L.E.

Principal photography for the film, directed by Guy Ritchie, took place from September to December 2013. There were some reshoots and test screenings last year. Composer Daniel Pemberton recorded his score in the fall of 2014. He sent various Tweets but didn’t reveal much. The title of one track is called His Name is Napoleon Solo.

UPDATE: The trailer is supposed to be 2:23. @LaneyBoggs2001 referenced that IN A FEB. 5 TWEET. The Henry Cavill.org fan site referenced that in THIS POST. And that running time was referenced on THE ALBERTA CULTURE AND TOURISM website.

U.N.C.L.E. music future and past

Composer Daniel Pemberton took to Twitter to say the recording of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie score was wrapping up on Oct. 12.

Not many details beyond that, but Pemberton has been Tweeting pictures from the recording session. The Tweets included a short video of the orchestra warming up. In response to one of Pemberton’s Tweets, musician Grant Olding responded, “it’s quite a messy theme.”

Perhaps it’s a reference to Jerry Goldsmith’s original theme for the 1964-68 television series. We’ll see. The movie won’t be released until August 2015.

Meanwhile, a highlight of last month’s Golden Anniversary Affair that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the original show was a live performance of U.N.C.L.E. music.

Some highlights were uploaded to YouTube by Arthur Greenwald, who was there:

U.N.C.L.E.: the week that was

"I can't believe everything that's going on, Illya."

“I can’t believe everything that’s going on, Illya.”

The week of Sept. 21-27 may be the busiest U.N.C.L.E.-related week since the 1964-68 series ended its first television run in January 1968. At least social media amplifies activity to make it seem that way.

It was also the week where news about U.N.C.L.E. 1.0 (the original series) and U.N.C.L.E. 2.0 (a movie version scheduled for release in August 2015 and starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer) collided.

Here’s a look:

Sept. 21: In the U.S., the MeTV channel runs the third episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Quadripartite Affair. It’s one of the best of the entire series and was the first to include significant screen time for David McCallum’s Illya Kuryakin character. The director was future movie director Richard Donner and scripter Alan Caillou would do much to develop Kuryakin in several first-season stories.

Sept. 22: Fans celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary across a variety of social media.

Sept. 23: Composer Daniel Pemberton confirms via Twitter that he’s written the score for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie directed by Guy Ritchie and that recording of the music begins on Sept. 24.

Sept. 24: Recording sessions of the U.N.C.L.E. score begin at Abbey Road Studios. Separately, the movie gets a rating of PG-13 from the Motion Picture Association of America, according a list of MPAA ratings compiled by Box Office Mojo.

Sept. 25: Warner Home Video announces plans to re-release The Man From U.N.C.L.E. series, according to TVSHOWSONDVD.COM. The re-release, scheduled for Nov. 4, will have all the extras a 2007 release had but the packaging will be different.

Sept. 26: The Golden Anniversary Affair, a two-day gathering of 100 fans, begins in Culver City, California, at the site of the former MGM studio where the show was produced.

Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, stars of the original series, aren’t able to attend but post greetings on the event’s website. Fans post pictures on social media of crew members, including associate producer George Lehr and composer Gerald Fried, who scored the most episodes of the show.

Also posted are photos of original props, including the U.N.C.L.E. special, such as THIS ONE by author Paul Bishop.

Half a world away, composer Pemberton makes a posting on Twitter that appears to reveal one track of his movie score will be titled His Name Is Napoleon Solo.

Sept. 27: The Golden Anniversary Affair and the U.N.C.L.E. movie recording sessions continue. Andrew Skeet, a musician working on the recording, Tweets a picture of Pemberton working on his keyboard at Abbey Road.

U.N.C.L.E. movie score recording starts Sept. 24

Shoutout to @laneyboggs2001 at Twitter who re-Tweeted the composer as the postings went online.

Daniel Pemberton, composer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie, took to Twitter to announce he’ll begin recording his score tomorrow, Sept. 24.

Pemberton follows in the footsteps of Jerry Goldsmith (who scored the pilot for the 1964-68 television series and composed its theme music), Morton Stevens, Lalo Schifrin, Gerald Fried and others as U.N.C.L.E. composers. Pemberton didn’t provide a lot of details. For example, he didn’t say if Goldsmith’s theme is incorporated into the score.

Still, after reshoots and test screenings, news — delivered one day after the show’s 50th anniversary — showed how the movie’s post production is proceeding. It’s scheduled to be released in August 2015.

Here are three of the Twitter postings:

Film Music Reporter says an U.N.C.L.E. composer chosen

U.N.C.L.E. logo on a second unit crew T-shirt

U.N.C.L.E. logo on a second unit crew T-shirt

The Film Music Reporter website, in a short item, says Daniel Pemberton was hired to score The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie.

Pemberton, has a number of television composing credits and a few movies, according to his IMDB.COM ENTRY. One of his film credits is the 2013 Ridley Scott movie The Counselor.

The Film Music Reporter item doesn’t specify how the website obtained the information. Previously, IMDB had listed Theodore Shapiro as the movie’s composer, but that listing was removed.

If this is correct, the question is whether Pemberton will incorporate Jerry Goldsmith’s theme for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Goldsmith scored three first-season episodes, but his music was reused constantly in episodes that season that didn’t have original scores. Much of Goldsmith’s U.N.C.L.E. music was re-recorded in the fourth and final season and used in various episodes.

Thanks to laneyboggs2001@Twitter for a headsup.

UPDATE: A YouTube video featuring Pemberton.