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Spy
(2015)
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Composed and Co-Produced by:
Theodore Shapiro

Co-Orchestrated and Conduced by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
John Ashton Thomas

Co-Produced and Additional Music by:
Craig Waldren
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(June 2nd, 2015)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... for its entertaining play on the vintage James Bond title song and select individual moments in its competent but not particularly memorable Theodore Shapiro score.

Avoid it... if you expect Shapiro to really let rip with a full-fledged Bond parody score, his romance and action sequences rather tepid and favoring a more generic thriller genre ambience.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,859
WRITTEN 11/27/15
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Spy: (Theodore Shapiro) Those seeking to dispel society's prejudices against body image stereotypes were horrified by 2015's super-agent parody Spy, a film with a bloated premise built upon a meaty foundation with the wide girth of its jokes about a woman's immense physical size. Joining the usual bad-ass agents in the appealing forms of Jason Statham and Jude Law is a CIA desk operative with the bulbous shape and brash attitude of comedian Melissa McCarthy, the three of them thrown into a full-fledged James Bond script that requires McCarthy's fat luck to save New York City from a nuclear suitcase bomb in transit through Europe. Kudos must be given to Statham for his appearance in this flick, his straight-laced continuation of his other screen personas the perfect foil for McCarthy's blathering idiocy and inertial clumsiness in the active field of professional assassinations and organized crime. Despite relying heavily on McCarthy's size for many of its jokes, Spy sat on the competition and garnered the admiration of a majority of critics, consuming nearly a quarter billion dollars at the box office and becoming one of the summer's qualified hits. Parodies of the Bond franchise have yielded some entertaining scores through the years, shameless imitations of John Barry and David Arnold's styles for the franchise (one has to wonder if Thomas Newman's scores for Bond could ever be parodied given how comparatively anonymous they are) abounding through high orchestral jazz and electronic loops of sophistication for otherwise foolish leads. Actor-turned director Paul Fieg, after utilizing the services of composer Mike Andrews for his prior high-profile projects, was afforded parody score master Theodore Shapiro for Spy. Shapiro's work in the field is extensive and highlighted by Tropic Thunder and Blades of Glory, his ear adept at pinning genre sounds with an effective balance of serious tone (as required for any parody) and a hint of outward tongue-in-cheek humor. His contribution to Spy takes the more serious route, as per instructions from Fieg, who saw his project as a spy thriller first and comedy spoof second. Complicating matters is the fact that the director wanted the music already prepared before final editing of the product as to avoid a temp track, a choice which meant that Shapiro was simply writing Bond-like score material blind. The resulting music is competent but not particularly overwhelming, too much of its running time a generic plug-and-play experience due, possibly, to that production process.



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103 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.77 Stars
***** 9 5 Stars
**** 19 4 Stars
*** 31 3 Stars
** 28 2 Stars
* 16 1 Stars
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Shapiro lacked inspiration from a naked Melissa McCarthy   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 60:58
• 1. Agent Bradley Fine (2:36)
• 2. Bulgarian Breakout (4:17)
• 3. Who Can You Trust (Opening Main Title Theme)* (1:42)
• 4. He Was Bradley Fine (3:46)
• 5. City of Varying Lights (1:41)
• 6. Murdery Hotel (1:09)
• 7. Following Rick Ford (1:12)
• 8. Insult to Injury (3:07)
• 9. To Rome (1:58)
• 10. Casino di Roma (1:33)
• 11. Shut Down The Grid (1:51)
• 12. Flight to Budapest (4:49)
• 13. Vespa Chase (4:01)
• 14. Club Escape (1:27)
• 15. Knife Fight (2:31)
• 16. Fine is Back (2:43)
• 17. Lady Superspy (1:33)
• 18. Balaton Showdown (3:55)
• 19. Conducting Business (2:18)
• 20. Garage Fight/Helicopter/Death of De Luca (5:44)
• 21. Agent Susan Cooper (2:19)
• 22. Who Can You Trust* (4:42)
* performed by Ivy Levan

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The cardboard packaging for the CD product includes a list of performers and notes about the score from both the director and composer.
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