RPO have a licence to thrill Ipswich Regent with The Music of Bond

The Royal Phiharmonic Orchestra perform The Music of Bond. Photo: Bill Hiskett

The Royal Phiharmonic Orchestra perform The Music of Bond. Photo: Bill Hiskett - Credit: Archant

If 007’s latest outing Spectre has left you wanting more, you’re in luck. The Royal Philarmonic Orchestra has been given a licence to thrill with The Music of Bond.

A View to a Kill actress Fiona Fullerton will host the show

A View to a Kill actress Fiona Fullerton will host the show - Credit: Archant

As much a part of the spy franchise as martinis, guns and girls, tomorrow night’s performance at the Ipswich Regent will be presented by A View to a Kill star Fiona Fullerton.

“The genre has changed so much over the last 50 years but the music is very much a part of the formula that makes Bond so magical. The theme songs are iconic,” she said.

Fullerton has great memories of playing Pola Ivanova alongside Roger Moore i n the 1985 movie, shot at Pinewood and in San Francisco.

“I remember thinking ‘oh my God I can’t believe I’m actually doing this. I’m in wetsuit having a fight with James Bond’. The whole thing was surreal and bizarre.

Fiona Fullerton's co-star Roger Moore

Fiona Fullerton's co-star Roger Moore - Credit: Archant

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“I remember standing on the quayside shivering to death because nobody told me San Francisco was really very cold and the wind that comes in across the bay is earth shatteringly chilly, but I had such a ball doing it.”

Her first day on set involved climbing into a Jacuzzi with Moore.

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“That was a bit embarrassing, I had to get in the tub and get on with it. I thought ‘oh well here we go, I’ll give it both barrels’. It’s a sexy scene so I kissed him properly as opposed to doing those kind of fake showbiz kisses which I hate.”

She’ll tell stories about that and the songs throughout the show.

“It promises to be an incredible occasion, the orchestra is sensational. About 80% are die-hard fans of Bond, they know every single tune and if you’ve missed one out,” she laughed.

“It’s not a stiff kind of concert situation, it’s a fantastic party atmosphere, very relaxed.”

The RPO, conducted by Gareth Hudson, will also be joined by singers Alison Jiear and Lance Ellington.

Expect songs from Thunderball, Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, From Russia With Love, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, Casino Royale, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Man With The Golden Gun, A View to a Kill, Licence to Kill, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, The Living Daylights, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, The World Is Not Enough, Quantum Of Solace, Live And Let Die, Skyfall and - of course - Monty Norman’s iconic Bond Theme.

Read my full interview with Fiona Fullerton, including her thoughts on the term Bond girl, here.

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