Éric Serra

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Éric Serra
Birth name Éric Serra
Born (1959-09-09) 9 September 1959 (age 54)
near Paris, France
Origin Paris
Genres Pop, dance, electronic
Occupations Songwriter, record producer, composer, President of EuroVoice European Music Contest
Instruments Guitar, percussion, drums
Years active 1970–present
Labels RXRA
Website www.ericserra.com

Éric Serra (born on 9 September 1959) is a French composer. He has often worked on films by Luc Besson.

Biography[edit]

Éric Serra's father Claude was a famous French songwriter in the 1950s and '60s, and, as such, Éric was exposed to music and its production at a young age. His mother died when he was just seven years old. In the early 1980s, Serra met director Luc Besson and was asked to score his first film, Le Dernier Combat (1983). Serra has scored all of Besson's directed films to date, except Angel-A (2005) (scored by Anja Garbarek), and several that Besson has written, such as Wasabi.

In 1995, Éric Serra was chosen to compose the score to the James Bond film GoldenEye, and produced a much more modern-sounding avant-garde soundtrack compared to previous Bond films. It met with mixed reviews from film critics. Serra's score is often criticized by Bond fans, and is considered the farthest departure from a traditional Bond score and, by some, as the most inappropriate in the series history. Others find it highly innovative, with the main problem the lack of John Barry's traditional theme. The producers later hired John Altman to provide the music for the tank chase in St. Petersburg. Serra's original track for that sequence can still be found on the soundtrack as "A Pleasant Drive in St. Petersburg".

Occasionally, and mainly due to his album released by this name, he is known in credits as RXRA (pronounced like his name, in French). An example is "Little Light of Love" on The Fifth Element soundtrack, which is credited to RXRA.

Other projects[edit]

From 1980 to 1988, Éric Serra played bass guitar for French singer Jacques Higelin.

Éric Serra is also a songwriter, notably having written "It's Only Mystery" for the film Subway and "My Lady Blue" for Le Grand Bleu. In 1988, Éric Serra released an album of rock music titled RXRA which resembles the artist's name when pronounced as initial letters in French.

Serra composed the music for the new Criss Angel/Cirque Du Soleil show 'Criss Angel: Believe' to open at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October 2008.

Onscreen appearances[edit]

Serra has spent little time in front of the camera, choosing to work behind the scenes instead. However, on French television he has made a number of appearances performing music, and notably appeared in the Luc Besson film Subway in which he plays 'Enrico the bassist'.

Film scores[edit]

Éric Serra has created the scores for the following films:

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Michael Kamen
1989
James Bond film score composer
1995
Succeeded by
David Arnold
1997—2008