For Your Eyes Only: Sheena Easton: James Bond Opening Scene.
by: atomic eyes.
*W. K. Yang, the chairperson of one of the largest and most established eye-wear businesses in Singapore, sponsored a show featuring a female pop star from Scotland to sing at the National Theatre at Tank Road. It was an ideal situation since she was one of the biggest names then and the theme of the show was appropriate to the product being sold by the company.
|One of the James Bond biggies when Roger Moore was 007.|
Singing the title song for the latest James Bond flick established her as a star since it became a world-wide hit. She also remained the only artiste to be seen singing a theme song to a James Bond movie during its opening credits.
For Your Eyes Only, an 007 original nominated for an Academy Award in 1981 in the category Best Music (Original Song), not only advertised Nanyang Optical as an already established spectacles retailer but brought Sheena Easton to our shore.
|The advertisement from Straits Times Press.|
Another Singapore journalist, Kannan Chandran, described her as "distant and clinically competent" but a majority of the audience who attended the concert and expected a good time were not disappointed. The gig was promoted by Johnny Young Productions. His was a familiar name and sponsored many local 60s pop music gigs. Ticket prices were inexpensive since patrons paid only $20 to see an international star.
There is still an unanswered question. Did I witness this extravaganza at the National Theatre? Ah... More importantly, did you attend the show? Tell us.
*Yang Wah Kiang- From Geylang To Orchard.
He is a friend since I started wearing glasses at a very young age and visited his father's shop at Geylang Road which opened in the 50s. When Yang Junior took over after his father passed on I was already a regular so it was no co-incidence that I saw the Sheena Easton poster outside his shop one afternoon while browsing for a new pair of glasses.
|Mr Yang Wah Kiang Chairman Nanyang Optical|
This post is a personal one and does not promote any artiste, product nor person.
Images: from Google and Straits Times Press.