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North Sea Hijack (Ffolkes)
(1980)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Michael J. Lewis
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Promotional
(April, 1998)
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Promotional release only, but readily carried by soundtrack specialty outlets for about $20.
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Buy it... if you want a campy and fun (but occasionally impressive) alternative to the James Bond scores.

Avoid it... if a heroically pompous and borderline trite variant on the elite British military concept isn't serious enough in its intent to contend with the franchise that inspired it.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,225
WRITTEN 4/15/98, REVISED 4/16/08
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North Sea Hijack (Ffolkes): (Michael J. Lewis) By 1980, actor Roger Moore was firmly rooted in the roll of James Bond, and with good humor he agreed to star in a British knock-off production that in many ways mocks the 007 franchise. To say that North Sea Hijack, otherwise known as Ffolkes in America (and Assault Force on some video releases), is a straight comedic parody is selling it far short, however, for its plot is serious enough to gain widespread guilty pleasure status. Aside from Moore in the role of Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes (a retired special-forces officer obsessed with cats but repulsed by women), Tony Perkins and James Mason round out a decent cast. Ffolkes' elite British forces are tasked by the Prime Minister to rescue hostages from two expensive oil platforms (held there by Perkins' organized group of terrorist thugs), and if they can do it by launching spears through the villains, all the better. With wit and charm befitting Moore's portrayal of Bond, Ffolkes is not only campy fun, but is also known for its homosexual undertones and inside political humor. British composer Michael J. Lewis was hired to provide a score that emulated some of John Barry's style for the Bond franchise without actually quoting it or even straying too close to it in style. Lewis was a veteran of scoring British television series, with a career since 1970 that was sprinkled with a few well known feature films. In his first ten years of composition for the screen, he won Ivor Novello and Emmy Awards, and after a successful Broadway venture, his career would eventually move to Los Angeles and include music production duties ranging into the 1990's. Large-scale action wasn't too common in Lewis' career, though he approaches Ffolkes with just enough orchestral and synthetic power to be convincing. The demeanor of his music for the thriller is perhaps the biggest difference between this and the Bond scores. Lewis achieves an interesting blend between larger orchestral structures and trite rhythmic movement that, along with occasionally sparse instrumentation, causes the score to take on parody characteristics. Only its honest attempt to keep a straight face holds it in the serious action genre.

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136 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.28 Stars
***** 29 5 Stars
**** 36 4 Stars
*** 33 3 Stars
** 21 2 Stars
* 17 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 33:00
• 1. Main Title (1:55)
• 2. Cast Off (1:42)
• 3. Fast Ahead (1:40)
• 4. Trouble (1:05)
• 5. Stalking (2:08)
• 6. More Trouble Ahead (0:54)
• 7. Wet Deck (0:56)
• 8. Submerging (1:20)
• 9. Pondering (1:05)
• 10. Oil Rig Esther (2:20)
• 11. Warning (0:46)
• 12. Exciting Moment (0:37)
• 13. Oil Rig Ruth (0:49)
• 14. Oil Rig Jennifer (5:53)
• 15. Stormy Water (1:47)
• 16. Gathering Storm (1:15)
• 17. Stalking on Deck (2:11)
• 18. Shoot-Out on Rig (1:16)
• 19. Finale (2:25)

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