Sequel Saturday: The Spy Who Sang To Me, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi
Playbill reports that James Bond: The Musical is in the works for a late 2017 or early 2018 opening on Broadway or Las Vegas. Little is known about the project other than it features an original Bond girl. James Bond has been in a lot of media over the years- the original Ian Fleming novels, the films, radio plays, an animated series, comic books, and video games. Why not a musical?
Some might argue the best part of the James Bond flicks are the bombastic numbers that play over the opening credits. Another memorable feature of the 007 films are the scores from such luminaries as John Barry and David Arnold. Perhaps a James Bond musical could be fun.
Action is another important element of James Bond. In a film, gadgets, plot twists, and suspense can be writ large, but will it work for a musical onstage? Can audiences see James Bond burst out into a musical number about how he likes his martinis shaken not stirred and he likes his women stirred not shaken without laughing? A revue reliving classic moments from the James Bond movies and their soundtracks might be fun, but James Bond: The Musical has an original book by Dave Clarke and music and lyrics by Jay Henry Weisz.
James Bond: The Musical could be a hoot or a horror, but it’s not anything I expected to hear of in my lifetime. Let’s hope it works.