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BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN / THE FINAL OPTION (CD)
Composed by: Richard Rodney Bennett, Roy Budd

Sample Tracks
Name Number
Billion Dollar Brain (Main Title) 01
Panic in the Brain 10
Who Dares Wins 15
Catch or Be Caught 27
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From the early 1960s, when a certain character named James Bond made his debut on the silver screen in Dr. No, right up through the end of the decade it was hard to escape the world of secret agents, whether in books, serious films, spoofy films, or TV shows. One of the most memorable creations during that time was the “unnamed hero” of author Len Deighton’s series of spy novels, which began with The Ipcress File. Ipcress was made into a film, produced by Bond producer Harry Saltzman, starring Michael Caine as the now named Harry Palmer. The film was such a success (and quite different in feel from the Bond films, despite having a score by Bond composer John Barry) that it spawned two sequels – Funeral In Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain. By the time of Billion Dollar Brain the spy genre was slightly on the wane so the wane in Brain stayed mainly on the plain. The film was directed by Ken Russell before he became KEN RUSSELL, the enfant terrible of cinema. It’s a very entertaining yarn with a terrific cast and an absolutely stellar score by Richard Rodney Bennett. Mr. Bennett had already done the brilliant score for John Schlesinger’s film of Far From The Madding Crowd (Oscar nomination), and would follow this film with a series of memorable scores for such films as Murder On The Orient Express (Oscar nomination), Yanks, Enchanted April, Four Weddings And A Funeral, Equus, Lady Caroline Lamb, Nicholas and Alexandra (Oscar nomination) and many others. His score for Brain is filled with wonderful energy and great themes (none more so than the electric main title theme), and is one of the highlights in a career filled with them.

The Final Option (called Who Dares Wins in the UK) came out in 1982 and was a then-topical political thriller starring Lewis Collins, Judy Davis, Ingrid Pitt, Richard Widmark, Edward Woodward, and Robert Webber. The film has some exciting and taut action set pieces, main titles by Bond guy Maurice Binder (as does Billion Dollar Brain), and a rousing and wonderful score by Roy Budd. Budd was a terrific composer and wrote great scores for Get Carter, Fear Is The Key, Catlow, Paper Tiger, The Carey Treatment, The Stone Killer, The Black Windmill, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, The Wild Geese, and others. His score for The Final Option is grand fun and a must for Budd fans and Budd neophytes.

BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN
1. Billion Dollar Brain (Main Title)
2. Anya
3. The Church
4. Skidoo
5. Ambush
6. Kaarna
7. Russian Cavalry
8. Love Scene
9. Hoe Down
10. Panic in the Brain
11. Car Chase
12. Midwinter’s Army
13. Anya
14. Billion Dollar Brain (reprise)

THE FINAL OPTION
15. Who Dares Wins
16. Welsh Mountains
17. Jenny’s Theme
18. SAS or Nothing
19. American Medley
20. Blues for the Best
21. A Smile You Can Resist
22. Right On Time
23. Hi-Jack, Part One
24. Jenny’s Theme 1
25. Straight Ahead Blues
26. Hi-Jack, Part II
27. Catch or Be Caught
28. Nature of the Beast
29. Reds Under the Beds

  
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