I Spy: San Francisco Symphony Does James Bond

With themes ranging from sultry and seductive to tense and action packed, the music of the James Bond film series has played an integral part of the franchise's success since the beginning; with the staccato guitar of the iconic introduction, theme song instrumentals, and chart-topping hits such as Shirley Bassey's powerful “Goldfinger,” the soundtracks for the movies have provided key elements to the characters' portrayal — some might say just as important as the actor playing 007 himself.

[jump] Loyal fans of Bond will want to contact Q Branch and set their sights on the city Thursday, where the San Francisco Symphony will perform a slate of classic tunes at “The Spy Who Loved Me,” a concert featuring special guest vocalist Sheena Easton, who sang the theme song to 1981's For Your Eyes Only.

Although no film clips will be shown, the music should have no problem evoking the thrilling feelings that propel the movies — the program will feature a wide variety of music from the Bond discography, as well as selections from other spy movies, including Mission: Impossible and Austin Powers

Don't forget to pre-order a martini at the bar for intermission — shaken, not stirred, of course.

“The Spy Who Loved Me” with the San Francisco Symphony, Thursday, July 23, 7:30 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall. Tickets are $20-$99.

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