I Was A Teenage James Bond Fan - Michael Wood April 2015
The name is Wood, Michael Wood. 002079. I was a teenage James Bond fan. In contrast to some of the other artists on here, I love the James Bond films. In the same way that I can’t remember what the first single was I bought, I can’t remember the first James Bond I saw. I do remember seeing Octopussy at the cinema on holiday in Great Yarmouth in 1983, I hope that wasn't it. ITV first started showing the films in 1975, two years after I was born, so I probably would've seen them on some Bank Holiday Monday or other.
I first owned the films on VHS, taped off the TV with hand drawn covers and labels and would re-watch them a lot. Sometimes, I would just watch my favourite pre-title sequences in a row – my own ‘Now That’s What I Call Bond’ compilation.
Eventually, I had the official VHSs, then DVDs and now I've got the Blu-ray box set.
And yes, I was a member of the James Bond fan club. In 1990 I went to the 25th anniversary screening of Thunderball at the BFI and I remember meeting Terence Young, the director. In September 1990 I attended a Fan Club convention at Pinewood studios where we saw exhibitions and screenings, I met Q and the whistling lady with the butterflies from A View To A Kill.
|me at Pinewood Studios 1990|
|me and my first guitar early 90s.|
I am covering Louis Armstrong’s ‘We Have All Time In The World’ from the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, written by John Barry with lyrics by Hal David. It’s unusual for a Bond theme as this song features during the film itself rather than in the title sequence (the opening music is a John Barry instrumental - one of his best).
WIAIWYA very kindly asked me to be involved in this project quite early on and this song wasn't taken, so I took it, just because it I thought it would suit me and the music I make. It was only afterwards that I realised I that I’d agreed to release a cover of the one of the greatest songs and performances ever recorded, no pressure!