Welcome to Modern Classics 1962. We are beginning a series of playlists in which we’ll be relating different years and the landmarks that happened in them. We start in 1962, the year in which the first James Bond film ‘Dr. No’ was released. In the film, James Bond (Sean Connery) is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow British agent.

At first, let´s talk about cars. Throughout the James Bond series of films and novels, Q Branch has given Bond a wide variety of vehicles with which to battle his enemies. Among the most noteworthy gadgets, Bond has been equipped with various vehicles that have numerous modifications to include elaborate weapons and anti-pursuit systems, alternative transportation modes, and various other functions, but one car in particular has always been linked to Mr. Bond’s luxurious collection, the Aston Martin DB5. Also this year various iconic cars were launched: Triumph Spitfire, Saab Sport and Pontiac Le Mans were the most prominent. Also in 1962 came the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso with fastback body, a timeless classic. The Norton Atlas motorcycle was launched also this year.

A lot of important films were released in the year 1962. Among others, we highlight classics such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘Lolita’, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Balance’, ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’, ‘Vivre sa Vie’ or ‘Days of Wine and Roses’. Actors such as James Mason, Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman were in the peak of their career that year. 1962 was also the year in which Marilyn Monroe passed away.

About the music, a lot of transcendent events occurred during 1962: mythical bands as The Rolling Stones  and The Animals were founded; The Beach Boys released their first album, ‘Surfin’ Safari’; Ringo Starr joined The Beatles (they began the recording of ‘The Red Album’ this year); and Elvis Presley released his album ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’. You can listen some of the sounds of that year in our monthly playlist, containing songs by John Barry Orchestra, Françoise Hardy, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Henri Mancini or Elmer Bernstein.

1962 was the year in which Brazil won their second Football World Cup (in Chlie), american basketball player Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one match, and the man orbited Earth for the first time.

A bunch of classic industrial design items were created in 1962. Achille Castiglioni and his brother Pier Giacomo designed this year ‘The Arco’, a floor lamp that works as an overhead light without the need for wiring. The simple elegance and style that have made it, like many of the brothers’ 150 products, a design classic that is still selling strongly today. The 620 armchair was designed by Dieter Rams in 1962 too. Looking like it’s been lifted straight out of the first class cabin on Concorde, the minimal, precise design is completely modular. It’s actually described as a “kit of parts, not just a chair” A chair to last a lifetime, or perhaps more.

01. James Bond Theme (From Dr. No). John Barry Orchestra
02. Walk On The Wild Side. Elmer Bernstein
03. Les temps de l´amour. Françoise Hardy
04. Return To Sender. Elvis Presley
05. Kingston Calypso. Byron Lee
06. Baby Elephant Walk. Henry Mancini
07. Night Train. Oscar Peterson Trio
08. Wipe Out. The Surfaris
09. Big Girls don´t Cry. Frankie Vally & The Tour Seasons
10. Little Town Flirt. Del Shannon
11. It´s Raining. Irma Thomas
12. 409. The Beach Boys
13. Do You Love Me? The Contours
14. Green Onions. Broker T. & The M.G.´s
15. Limbo Rock. Chubby Checker
16. Cheese Cake. Dexter Gordon
17. Night And Day. Frank Sinatra
18. Jamaica Jazz. Monty Norman
19. Days Of Wine And Roses. Henry Mancini
20. To Kill A Monkgbird. Elmer Bernstein

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Henry Mancini

Dexter Gordon

Françoise Hardy

Elvis Presley

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

620 Armchair by Dieter Rams

Arco Floor Lamp

Norton Atlas