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The great composer James Horner died last year in a plane crash, leaving behind a legacy of some of the biggest and most memorable soundtracks that defined nearly 40 years of film history.  One of the most memorable for sci-fi fans is his score to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  To celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, Mondo–the guys known for their redux poster interpretations–are releasing an extended LP edition of Wrath of Khan with music never before available on vinyl.  And the release includes Mondo’s killer level of artwork interpreting Khan and Kirk on Ceti Alpha V and the Genesis Planet.

But Mondo didn’t stop there.  The vinyl albums reflect the look and colors of the Mutara Nebula, where the Enterprise and the Reliant faced off.

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Horner’s work on Wrath of Khan is impressive and established Horner as a major film composer.  His score adapts themes from Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Romeo and Juliet, and Horner would work cues from classical masters in many of his film scores over the course of his career.  Order your copy of Horner’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 2-LP set today here at the Mondo shop.

Never heard of James Horner?  You certainly have heard his work.  His last score will be featured in the remake of The Magnificent Seven due in theaters September 23, 2016, but the variety of films he wrote for is unprecedented.  He wrote themes that made many an actor look good–many in multiple films, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sigourney Weaver, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Matthew Broderick, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, and Brad Pitt, and collaborated on movies with the likes of big filmmakers, including Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Phil Alden Robinson, Wolfgang Petersen, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Michael Apted, Joe Johnston, and Edward Zwick.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

Doctor No can be best summed up by a cover blurb from an early paperback edition:  “A beautiful nature girl and secret agent James Bond battle a power-mad maniac on a secluded island of death.”

After reading Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, and Moonraker, I had moved ahead to his next book, Diamonds are Forever.  But after several failed attempts to get into the book I decided to skip ahead to his Doctor No, the first Fleming novel to be made into a film, and one of the novels that was adapted fairly closely from the novel to film.  An enjoyable read, Doctor No looks into the psyche of James Bond more than Fleming’s first three novels, and ends up as a pretty interesting look at Jamaica in the 1950s.

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Where you might read Casino Royale and see Daniel Craig as Bond as you read, Doctor No is all Sean Connery.  This Bond is a hardened but flawed character, with incredible perception and skills, but also solidly footed in the 1950s.  Fleming begins with his best introduction so far, which on film seemed a bit silly, yet in print it just seems a bit creepy:  Three blind “Chinamen” eliminate a British intelligence agent working out of Jamaica.  We experience the classic scene where M takes away Bond’s famous Walther handgun, and M sets Bond on what he hopes to be a simple case of a two government employees running off together.

From that point Bond trips through a set of odd facts and a MacGuffin that sounds like the script to John Grisham’s much later novel, The Pelican Brief.   Here it is a private (fictional) island called Crab Key, sought out by the Audubon Society to protect a species of birds, of economic interest for its tonnage of guano, and controlled by a Chinese recluse named Dr. Julius No.  If you can dodge the 1950s era stereotyping of the Chinese and Blacks, that never seems to wane throughout the novel, you’ll find a good adventure.  You’ll also find one of his more appealing “Bond girls” in Honey Ryder, a woman Bond encounters as he is trespassing on Dr. No’s island to investigate why Dr. No would have reason to murder the British operative.

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