Greetings, Spy Vibers! Every month I contribute a segment to the Cocktail Nation radio series out of Australia, where I briefly introduce a classic film or show and play cuts from soundtracks. This month at the Spy Vibe lair I was writing a section about 1960s spy movies made in India for my upcoming book, so I naturally turned to one of those films as my focus. There was a series of movies made in the late Sixties around secret agent, CID 999, played by Rajkumar. As I mention in the program, the films mixed a cool cocktail of masked mystery villains, electronic apartments that would make Matt Helm jealous, evil lairs, and doomsday devices -with extended, Indian-style musical sequences! And while the spy movies in China tended to just borrow soundtrack cues from John Barry and others, the India films made their own adaptations. In the case of Goa Dalli CID 999, this resulted in a very Barry/Norman-influenced theme with twangy guitar. You can check it out here at Cocktail Nation. Stranger than fiction: Rajkumar was once abducted by a famous villain and his armed gang and held for 108 days!
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