RIP Leslie and Lionel

They were both over 90, but we were still sorry to hear of the passing of writer/lyricist Leslie Bricusse and dancer Lionel Blair.

Leslie had a formidable body of film work, including the book and score for Doctor Dolittle, but not many people realise that he co-wrote two of the greatest Bond songs, the title tracks for Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.

Lionel was a much loved personality and performer on British tv for decades, with few and far between movie credits. But he’s there in “blink or you’ll miss it” cameos in A Hard Day’s Night and Absolute Beginners.

Messrs Bricusse and Blair in the movies