Where Eagles Dare
Ron Goodwin

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Ron Goodwin's title theme for this world war two thriller is a new entry for 2014. Full of foreboding, it's a big contrast to the triumphant sound of his more famous score for 633 Squadron.

Ron Goodwin's score to the wartime thriller Where Eagles Dare opens with a quiet, terse and repetitive drumbeat before a bombastic brass section joins in. It's a simple theme tune for a film with a storyline that is anything but. Ascending scales foretell the vertiginous cliffs below the Schloss Adler, the German castle that a team led by Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood must penetrate to fulfil their objective, and the film's climactic fight on the roof of a moving cable car.

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