The Quiller Memorandum
Lyric by Mack David
LP: Columbia OS-3060
This is a spy thriller with George Segal as "Quiller," an agent who's investigating a neo-nazi group in Berlin. It's a bit of a throwback to pre-Bond British spy movies: it's more of a mystery than a thriller, and you really have to pay attention if you're going to follow the plot logically. And like a lot of British spy movies, it plays on the ruthlessness of the British spymasters vs. the ruthlessness of the bad guys, and Our Hero being ground-down in the middle.
Still, it features Senta Berger, and she's why I bought the DVD. I'm surprised she was never a Bond girl. She had beauty and class.
Like almost all of Barry's scores, it comes down to whether you like the title theme or not, because if you don't, you're screwed. I didn't like "Wednesday's Child," it grates on me. The instrumental isn't so bad, but only in comparison to the vocal. At least that's how I feel about it, so I never spent much time listening to this score.
The LP came out with the film. It was fairly hard to find and collectable when Varese finally released it on CD. I put two photos here of the LP: I've got the white cover edition (which was used for the CD). I have never seen the blue cover edition for sale.
Intrada released this in 2012 as a Special Collection Volume 201. The track listing is the same. If there is any difference, I do not know what it would be.
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