"Never Say Never Again" music


#1

As many long-term CBNers will know I am a big fan of the 1983 Sean Connery movie “Never Say Never Again” which features some excellent portrayals by Connery and most especially Barbara Carrera. However, I’ve always felt that the musical score left much to be desired.
So imagine my surprise when I was watching “Never Say Never Again” on Amazon Prime and decided to check out the trivia section (not expecting anything surprising since I know quite a bit about the movie anyway) and discovered that the producer Jack Schwatzman had wanted James Horner to do the movie’s score, but Connery objected and pushed for Michel Legrand to get the job.
Although Legrand is a respected composer (Academy Award winner three times) I am left to wonder what a James Horner score for “Never Say Never Again” would have felt like.


#2

I always wanted James Horner to do a Bond score, a thought I posted on this site when he passed. Right off the heals of Star Trek II, a NSNA score from James Horner would have been intriguing, and definitely better than Legrand’s effort. Legrand had a better resume at the time, so Connery’s objection had some merit. But Horner would go on to great heights with 10 Oscar nominations (two in one year!) and 2 wins. He could evoke scenery (Legends of the Fall) , could score tense action (Aliens) , and compose songs (Titanic’s and Avatar’s). All essential ingredients to a Bond score.


#3

Alas it did not happen. Horner’s score would have been infinitely better than what we got from Legrand.


#4

It was almost as if Legrand was trying too hard to not emulate Barry let alone Bond. Some good rifts though and the Herb Albert stuff was fun, but it lacked the rich feel of a Bond score. Hard to put into words, but you know what I mean.