Casino Royale is not only my favourite Bond film, but my favourite film. Everything about it to me, is truly stunning. From script and cinematography to the stunts and its musical score. Yesterday I got to experience all of this live...
Casino Royale in concert is the live screening of the film with an orchestra playing the films score alongside, not any orchestra I might add, but the royal philharmonic concert orchestra. I've never experienced something so jaw-dropping , four thousand people in the Royal Albert Hall, all watching one film, all listening to one orchestra.
Like me you must be wondering how do they play alongside the film without drowning out the dialogue and so on. What they seemed to do is use the same ratio of music volume to dialogue volume that was used in the film and apply it to the screening, by upping the volume but keeping the ratio the same. This resulted in the richness in sound of a live orchestra, with the seamless fluidity of the films recorded score. And lets not forget timings, the orchestra timed every beat to perfection as well as adding music to introduce the audience back into the film after the interval perfectly. Another thing that shocked me was the precision, everything was absolutely perfect.
The score for Casino Royale is definitely my favourite, the tense African Rundown piece to one of my favourites, blunt instrument. The score is probably the most romantic Bond score, with pieces like Solange and Vesper and The Death of Vesper. Another notable feature is the way the theme song is incorporated into the pieces of music for example, I'm the Money, Aston Montenegro and dinner jackets do this all so well. David Arnold, composer of 5 Bond scores and countless films is the master behind this stunning score and he was there to do a Q&A session and to play the famous Bond theme cords at the end of the screening. I also got meet the legend in his dressing room before the show (thanks to the team at the Royale Albert Hall) to talk about certain aspects of the films score and his favourite piece of music from it which is Vesper. I have never honestly met such a wonderfully humble and inspiring person. If you check out my Instagram you will be able to see the photos of me meeting David, as well as my limited edition poster which he singed with a lovely message.
Here is s short vlog of our trip to the city (I promise to get better at this vlogging thing :))
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