We all love our Bond music. This film series is unique from a soundtrack perspective as it has crossed almost 55 years of an ever-changing musical landscape. We've had brassy orchestras, rock bands, techno pop, disco, industrial music, latin infusions... the music of Bond has become incredibly rich.
Even moreso, certain scores in the series - Thunderball, OHMSS, The Living Daylights often being the first three to come to mind - have had so many leitmotifs and themes that they transcend the typical style and fashion of most Bond soundtracks. Some of these soundtracks are, I think, among the all-time greatest of cinema (and, yes, nearly all of those picks are Barry soundtracks). Many of Barry's records even contain a sort of overture or combination of the many themes - the particular Bond theme for that film; the main theme song; the other leitmotifs throughout the film - akin to that of, say, Lawrence of Arabia or Ben-Hur's opening salvos.
So that brings me to the topic of this thread. I watched Lawrence again this morning and a thought occurred to me; past or present or future, would an overture ever work for Bond? Lawrence of Arabia opens right on the black screen for four and a half minutes of Maurice Jarre-style perfection, then the company logo - in this case, Columbia - pops up, and then the film proper begins. So I thought of that format. A Bond overture, the MGM lion, and then the gunbarrel and the proper film. I think, given the right soundtrack, this could be a magnificent idea for Bond. But I'd like to hear your thoughts below!