Vic Flick

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Vic Flick
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Vic Flick recording in London, 1989
Background information
Birth name Victor Harold Flick
Born (1937-05-14) 14 May 1937 (age 77)
Worcester Park, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Genres Film score
Occupation(s) Guitarist, composer, conductor
Years active 1957–2009

Victor Harold Flick (born 14 May 1937, Worcester Park, Surrey, England) is an English guitarist, best known for playing the guitar riff in the "James Bond Theme".[1][2]

Biography[edit]

In the late 1950s, Flick joined the John Barry Seven,[1] and his first composition for the group was the track Zapata. With them, he played the guitar riff for the theme of the popular TV show Juke Box Jury and appeared on every episode of BBC TV's Drumbeat.[citation needed]

On the Dr. No soundtrack, he was lead guitarist on the track, the "James Bond Theme". Flick continued to contribute to the James Bond soundtracks from the 1960s through the late 1980s.[2]

Apart from his early 1960s work as the lead guitarist in the John Barry Seven, Flick was a session player, featured on many early 1960s UK pop records. Flick was a member of the George Martin Orchestra, and contributed to the soundtrack of the film A Hard Day's Night[1] playing his olympic white 1961 Fender Stratocaster on "Ringo's Theme (This Boy)" instrumental.

He has worked with many notable artists, including Herman's Hermits, Nancy Sinatra, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones,[1] Cliff Richard,[1] Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. One of Flick's legendary guitars, a Clifford Essex Paragon De Luxe, on which he played the original "James Bond Theme", was displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.[3]

He played the 12 string guitar part on Peter and Gordon's 1964 # 1 record "World Without Love."

Flick also collaborated with Merchant Ivory Productions as composer/music arranger for Autobiography of a Princess (1975), The Europeans (1979), Quartet (1981), Heat and Dust (1983).

In 1999, he worked with composer Nic Raine, backed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, on the James Bond tribute album titled Bond Back in Action.[4]

In 2003, he recorded the album James Bond Now, featuring tracks from James Bond soundtracks and new compositions.[2]

In 2005, he provided his guitar talents to the soundtrack of the From Russia With Love video game by Electronic Arts.[5]

In 2008 his autobiography, Vic Flick Guitarman: From James Bond to The Beatles and Beyond (ISBN 978-1593933081), was published by Bearmanor Media.

On October 5, 2012, Vic Flick was honored at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for "The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years." He played the "James Bond Theme" on his 1939 Clifford Essex Paragon De Luxe “James Bond” Guitar to a live audience. He also was interviewed on stage by Jon Burlingame, a writer on the subject of music for film and television.[6]

Flick appeared on a 2013 episode of The History Channel show Pawn Stars titled "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service". He brings in his 1961 Fender Stratocaster guitar to shop owner Rick Harrison, who after consulting Jesse Amoroso, settles on a price of $55,000 for the guitar.[7]

Discography[edit]

  • West of Windward - 1968 - Rediffusion
  • Bond Back in Action (Featured/1999)
  • James Bond Now (2003)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Perone, James E. (2008) Mods, Rockers, and the Music of the British Invasion, Praeger, ISBN 978-0-275-99860-8, p. 31-2
  2. ^ a b c Simpson, Paul (2002) The Rough Guide to James Bond, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1-84353-142-5, p. 225
  3. ^ "'Songwriters to soundmen. Vic Flick. Part 1.' - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum". Catalog.rockhall.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  4. ^ "BOND BACK IN ACTION". Silvascreenusa.com. 2007-03-27. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  5. ^ "James Bond 007". Mi6-hq.com. 2005-09-10. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  6. ^ "The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years | Events Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". Oscars.org. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  7. ^ Pawn Stars: No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service (archived from the original on 2013-12-15)

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