The Guns of Navarone (1961), starring Gregory Peck, is based on the World War II novel by Alistair MacLean. It concerns an Allied team of 'cut throats' whose objective is to penetrate enemy territory and destroy a critical military insallation. It was a huge box office hit and the highest grossing film of 1961.
You Only Live Twice (1967) was the fifth James Bond film. It starred Sean Connery. The screenplay was written by Roald Dahl.
Based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Anthony Burgess, this controversial and disturbing Stanley Kubrick film explores the notion of free will, whilst tracing the violent adventures of a nihilist teenage gang as they rape, intimidate and thieve their way across the land. It was the first film in history to make use of the Dolby Sound system.
The Byronic stanza predates Byron by a few hundred years. It is described in the Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms as 'An eight-line iambic stanza ryhming abababcc'. As fashioned by Byron, the ottava rima uses the rhyming couplet at the end of each stanza as a kind of comic flourish.
Annunzio Paolo Mantovani (1905-1980) was Italian by birth, but his family moved to England when he was still a small child. He is best known as a popular conductor of light-orchestral music. He was the musical director for a number of plays by Noel Coward. Joseph Lanza has described Mantovani's sound as "sound tapestries with innumerable strings", further opining that 'the sustained hum of Mantovani's reverberated violins produced a sonic vaporizer foreshadowing the synthesizer harmonics of space music.' His recordings certainly made use of new studio technologies and was the music of choice for a good many stores specializing in stereo hi-fi systems. A more stringent critic than I might describe the Mantovani sound as 'elevator music'.
The album American Pie was released in 1971.
The lyrics for 'Vincent' begin:
Starry starry night
paint your palette blue and grey
look out on a summer's day
with eyes that know the
darkness in my soul.