MY SONG FOR SPECTRE…Into a Living Nightmare…plus thoughts on the film

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When the title of Spectre was announced I thought ‘I pity the fool that has to try and get the word spectre into a song lyric’. A few days later, without intending to, I had written the lyrics and made up the tune to something I ended up doing at open mic nights (unaccompanied by the orchestra referred to in the stuff below). Pretentious artistic justifications for the lyrics can be found below the stuff below.

Blogging this cos the film is out and people who blog are shameless in trying to appear ‘current’.  Mwah ha ha ha (ie evil laugh)

Had no idea of the film content at the time of writing the song. Excuse me while I stroke my pussycat, etc…

A Theme For Spectre (Into a Living Nightmare)

Expectantly…You slip into…The sleep that is…The respite from the fight…That is your life…From day to day…You’re seeking something…You may never find…The peace within…Waiting for you…Kept hidden somewhere secret, somewhere safe…Maybe the dream can be enough, can be enough, can be enough…

I beg to differ…

CHORUS A spectre in the night…To wake you from your dreams…Into a living nightmare…Takes you by surprise, you wont believe your eyes…Do you dare? Leave me me here to burn? You know I will return the favour…A spectre in the night…To wake you from your dreams…Into a living nightmare…

(Instrumental)

Incessantly…You peer into…The tunnel dark…To see that fleck of light…That draws you in… One roulette spin…The stake may be your mind, your soul, your life…The dealer deals, the healer heals, the killer kills and you call every play…Maybe the game can be enough, can be enough, can be enough…

I beg to differ…

CHORUS A spectre in the night…To wake you from your dreams…Into a living nightmare…Takes you by surprise, you wont believe your eyes…Do you dare? Leave me me here to burn? You know I will return the favour…A spectre in the night…To wake you from your dreams…Into a living nightmare…

(Dramatic Instrumental/full orchestra finally having it’s moment then music almost gone for a sad reprise of the opening lyrics)

Expectantly…You slip into…The sleep that is the respite from the fight…That is your life…

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Didn’t plan the lyrics, they came largely unbidden, and then in a massive feat of egotistical post rationalisation I considered that the lyrics could be doing three things, perspective-wise…They could be an angry abandoned lover addressing Bond, they could be the villain of the piece threatening Bond from the shadows and they could be a critique of the state of mind of a character doing the things Bond does.

All that aside, I spectre enjoy the film more on further viewing, given the unattainable expectations obviously stoked up by massive hyperbole surrounding the build up to Spectre after the juggernaut of success Skyfall turned out to be. A first viewing of Spectre seems to throw out at you references to former Bond films (already done in Skyfall), a villain who is a ‘mirror image’ of Bond (done before, including Skyfall, with Silva doing exactly what Bond does normally, ie being an unstoppable force of nature with luck, bravado and resources on his side penetrating a secret lair that ends up in flames).

Only in retrospect did the things more unique to Spectre penetrate my consciousness…The cutting between Bond and Baddie emphasising the ‘mirror of each other motif’ quite classily near the end. The panning past characters motionless in shadow adding a sinister chill. The opening caption (The Dead are Alive) reflected in the cinematography that had a funereal air at times which quite subtly implied that the people Bond has loved and lost, betrayed and caused the death of, directly or indirectly  are forever exhibits in the dusty museum of Bond’s mind. Such commentary has featured verbally in Bond movies before, and maybe Mendes has managed to sneak a little artiness on this matter into the Franchise.

I expected a scarier, more drainingly psychological film (or at least imagined one when I took my stab at a song based on the one word title). It was the kind of story I expected, but perhaps the attempt to retro fit the three previous Craig films (which already formed a complete trilogy linked by his relationship with a surrogate mother M) into a single story with a puppet master behind everything all the whole time was a little too much to find believable, but now that is ‘canon’ it sort of works, and will be strengthened if Craig does at least one more film, with a scarred baddie surviving to strike out for the ‘Revenge’ aspect of the acronym S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

And my suggested tone is to have Craig bemused and amused by what is being visited upon him, and us too, until the strands come together and the Craig Era goes out as brutally as it began. Then it will have come full circle, with nowhere left to go. But healthily set for a big box office bonanza beginning to a post Craig era that ends by ‘saving’ Spectre slightly the way Skyfall helped ‘refresh’ Quantum of Solace, the action of which truly kicks off with Bond’s reaction to his M(other)  being shot.

A pitch…WRAITH. The spectre returns. Nobody can believe he can have survived. Clues lead only to dead ends (in more ways than one). Bond is chasing empty shadows until one is not empty and Bond falls headling into the trap.  Both Bond and his adversary display the WRATH promised as the formation of the title shows those letters first before the I fades up to complete the word. Which of the opposite ends of the ego spectrum will survive a final dark night of the soul conflict? Whose need for payback for what the other has done will prevail? Will either of them? Pushed to the brink, with no delineation between the global and the personal, can either survive to see the light of day…

To finish, here is a picture of me as a  spooky spectre from Halloween…Behold, Can Of Fear…

GHOSTY!!!

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