Films TV & Music of 77 – Flashback40

I may have entered the world close to the end of the year, but I have to say it was most definitely a fine year for film and music. The notable films from that year are of course Star Wars: A New Hope, Close Encounters of The Third Kind and Saturday Night Fever, but 1977 was one that saw a wonderful collection of different film genres.

It appeared to be comedy, action and Sci Fi in 1977 with an odd horror film thrown in.  A Bridge Too Far, even Smokey and the Bandit was a hit in the states grossing second in the top ten films, surprisingly beating Close Encounters.

Ray Harryhausen’s talents were shared once more in Sinbad and The Eye of The Tiger. Eye of The Tiger was the third outing in the film franchise. Another film making its third outing in its Franchise, was Aiport 77. The final film sees a private 747 being hijacked before crashing into the sea in the Bermuda Triangle area. The year wouldn’t be the same without a Bond film and 77 had its turn with Roger Moore returning in the The Spy Who Loved Me.

If adventure appealed to you in 1977, you would have been rewarded with some fine films. Jabberwocky, Pete’s Dragon, Gulliver’s Travels and The Man in The Iron Mask.

Horror fans had a fair few films to enjoy, some well known and some not so well known. The Hills have Eyes, Exorcist II, The Child, EraserHead and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

So if people weren’t going to the cinema, they were more than likely watching tv and in the late 70’s there were many things to enjoy, some already on tv included favourites such as Corrie, Match of the Day, Blue Peter, Crackerjack, Doctor Who, to name but a few. There were some making their debut,  The guys at Ci5 and the Professionals were starting their time on tv, Krypton Factor with Gordon Burns that saw many sitting watching contestants carrying out various challenges and of course everyones favourite outtake show (well maybe not everyones) It’ll be Alright On The Night started its journey entertaining us with bloopers from various tv shows.

It was quite a year in the world of music, great albums, singles and sadly some big names departing the world. Whilst I will take a look at albums and singles separately, there were a lot of moments that took place. Some good, some crazy and then the music stars that passed away.

Kicking off 1977 in a punk rock stylee were The Clash. They were playing at the opening night of The Roxy, the short lived punk rock club. The Sex Pistols kicked off a long and controversial year. One single down and EMI terminate the contract after band members behaviour at Heathrow at the start of January. Never fear A&M to the rescue….or maybe not. On 10 March they sign the band in front of Buckingham Palace and six days later its game over. Band members behaviour towards staff sees the end of another deal.

The Sex Pistols get signed up by Virgin Records in May and last longer than six days. They didnt even get fired for trying to interrupt the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Their album Never Mind The Bollocks, here’s the Sex Pistols got to number one in October despite major retailers refusing to stock it.

Of course it wasnt just about the Sex Pistols in 77. The B-52s were making their first public performance. Yes they have been around that long. Fleetwood Mac released the album Rumours and what an album that was, still strong 40 years after its release.

Having been the victim of a technicians strike in April, the 22nd Eurovision Song Contest took place. France beat off the UK and Irish entries to win.

The second half of the year saw death and accidents. Grateful Dead drummer Micky Hart survives driving his Porsche off a canyon, injuries to Joe Perry and Steve Tyler from an explosive see a number of dates cancelled. A plane carrying the band Lynyrd Skynrd crashes. It kills lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Zaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick. Others are seriously injured. It spelled the end for the band, who had hits Sweet Home Alabama and Freebird until they reformed in the late 80’s.

On the 16th August The King Elvis Presley was dead. He was found at is home in Graceland. It was because of his death that my mum gave me my middle name Aron, which was the same as Elvis, not sure that my mum was a big fan of his though. Presley’s passing wasnt the only death of a great. Marc Bolan of T Rex was killed in a car crash he was only 29.

It was Bing Crosby’s final Christmas show in 1977, but it did include the iconic duet of Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy with David Bowie.

December 77 saw Elvis Costello make his US debut and having decided to change a song, found himself banned, quite some way to go to be honest.

Over the year of 1977 many a musical act were making their way into the music scene. Adam and The Ants, The Buggles, Def Leppard, Dire Straits, The Human League,INXS,Martha and The Muffins and Men Without Hats were just some starting off 40 years ago. The Cars, Police and Van Halen also signed deals with their respective record companies.

Well that end the look at 1977. What a year for entertainment it was. Still to come will be the years 87, 97, 2007 with a few other flashback years to come.

Big screen to small screen -Movies to tv series

Having blown the dust off, here I am once more on the WordPress and with a new post, although I guess better than an old post. So there I was trawling through the tv listings and there was an advert for the Exorcist tv series. Now as anyone will know, the Exorcist is a classic film and I guess that although not having seen any episodes, I assume that it will loosely be based on the film? I’m sure someone will enlighten me. It got me thinking though, what other films could be converted to tv series (those that havent already).

First obvious one for me is Ghostbusters. It goes without shadow of a doubt that this could run as a successful tv series given the subject matter that it’s based on, with plenty of scope you could have a couple of seasons maybe. It would be interesting to see if it ever comes to fruition. I’d like to think it could involve some of the original cast as well as those from the latest film.

Before anyone mentions it, yes there was a cartoon series, which I enjoyed greatly, but I would love to see a live action series, who would feature, would there be appearances from the old cast or the female cast from the 2016 reboot, probably not but there are plenty of stars who could take up the mantle.

One Sci Fi film that could make a tv series is the Riddick Series. The film trilogy that featured Vin Diesel amongst other names such as Claudia Black, Karl Urban and Dame Judi Dench. The film series received mixed reviews. I personally only seen Pitch Black but enjoyed it. I could see the opportunity to see a sequel, but have yet to watch it or even the third one. It’s possible that my film loving cousin Jamie maybe tutting and shaking his head if and when he reads this.

The Public Enemies movie that featured Johnny Depp and Christian Bale could become a tv series. John Dillinger was the focus of the film and the tv series could be the lead up to the events that took place in the year leading up to his demise. Naturally the series would have pre determined conclusion, but the series would look at the depression era America and stories surrounding Dillinger and his surrounding entourage.

Moving to the zombie side of things. Before there was The Walking Dead, we had the films 28 days later and 28 weeks later. There had been talk of 28 months later, but that doesnt appear to be happening at the moment although there is possibly movement on the cards.

 If there is not going to be a third film, then a tv series on 28 months later could be on the cards. It would be tricky I guess though as we have seen the popularity of The Walking Dead. Would another zombie series be accepted and do well, or would it be time up for the zombie tv series genre. I guess only time will tell.

There are probably many other films that could turn into tv series, but it would be finding those in amongst films that haven’t already been made for tv.