How did you approached to score the
60’s themed ‘From Russia With Love’? How
eager are you to be involved in a project that is related
to such a famous series?
EA’s head of music, Steve Schnur, introduced me
to Paul Gorman who was the audio director on the project.
We spoke about the concept of doing an old school Bond score
and really trying to bring that 60’s spirit to life
within the game. We both had so much respect for what John
Barry had created, that we knew it would be a good fit.
Since I’m a huge Bond fan, I was thrilled to get a
shot a doing a score for such an amazing character.
...we used the early Barry scores as inspiration...
How did you collaborate with Vic Flick? What did he
bring to the project? Did you create any original music
between you for the game?
I had been put in touch with Vic through the webmaster
at John Barry’s site. I was just hoping to get some
info on how they got their sound, but, to my surprise, Vic
lived in LA and wanted to have lunch. After a fantastic
meeting, he offered to play for us. We had him overdub his
parts here in my studio and mixed that with the orchestra
recording we did at Abbey Road in London. While I wrote
the original score, Vic lent his unmistakeable sound and
energy to the score and will be featured in some key spots
throughout the game.
What are the main differences with composing music for
a game compared to a movie?
Well, in this case, the biggest challenge is that the
game is much more action oriented, whereas the film From
Russia With Love has more dialogue and espionage. So we
needed to expand upon the Bond action sound to give the
game what it needed, while still staying true to the ambience
of the piece.
Will you be using established queues and motifs from
the film? How have you preserved the theme of the 60’s
in the music?
Unfortunately, it wasn’t an option for the game.
Aside from the Monty Norman theme, all the other material
was my own. However, we used the early Barry scores as inspiration.
Paul Gorman originally brought up the idea of recording
at Abbey Road in order to steep the sound in the British
vibe. We used all of the vintage mics and amps to tailor
the tracks and keep everything as accurate as possible.
So ultimately the player will be hearing a score very much
in the spirit of the film.
"In From Russia With
Love, we were recreating the 60’s Bond sound..."
Left: Sean Connery render