VIC FLICK, GUITARMAN: FROM JAMES BOND TO THE BEATLES AND BEYOND by Vic Flick
Vic Flick's connection with the films in theJames Bond series is legend. His guitar sound on the “James Bond Theme” stirredthe hearts and imaginations of a generation. He knew the music business fromthe inside, including the good and the bad business practices, the money, theagents, and the managers.
From The Beatles to Nancy Sinatra, from Tom Jones to DustySpringfield, they're all within the pages of Vic Flick's autobiography.
In the late 1950s, Flick joined The John Barry Seven, and his firstcomposition for the group was “Zapata.” With them, he played the guitar rifffor the theme of the popular TV show, Juke Box Jury, and appeared onevery episode of BBC TV's Drumbeat.
When Hollywood beckoned him to work on soundtrack for Dr. No(1962), he played lead guitarist on the "James Bond Theme.” He continuedto contribute to the James Bond soundtracks from the 1960s through the late1980s. He also contributed to the soundtrack of The Beatles musical, A HardDay's Night, 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, Cliff Richard, Eric Clapton,and Jimmy Page. He played the 12-string guitar part on Peter and Gordon's 1964# 1 record, "A World Without Love.”
In 2005, he provided his guitar talents to the soundtrack of the FromRussia With Love video game.
On October 5, 2012, Vic Flick was honored at the Academy of MotionPictures Arts and Sciences for "The Music of Bond: The First 50Years."
"Vic's book is an amazing read, full of his entertaining senseof humor and a reservoir of miscellaneous facts and tales of the studios andthe musicians who made London such a fabulous place to be in the '60s. Miss itat your peril."
– Pipeline (UK)