John Phillip Law, the handsome actor best known for his roles in Barbarella, Danger: Diabolik!, and The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, passed away a few days ago (I would have posted this sooner but I've been away from my computer for a few days). News of his death, instantly sent me back to my days at Movie Place. While working there I watched Danger: Diabolik! on a seemingly endless loop. Although his turn as a super-thief in Mario Bava's gleefully mod film is iconic, Law was not the reason I kept returning to this movie. Rather, it was Ennio Morricone's swinging score. As far as mod soundtracks go, his work here is rivaled only by Herbie Hancock's Blow-Up score and Quincy Jones' The Italian Job score. Morricone's beautifully breezy uber-cool score was the perfect background music for a busy night at the store. Consequently, hearing this music instantly sends me back not only to this movie but also to those days at Movie Place. It's hard to think of a better piece of music an actor could want to be associated with.
For those who haven't seen this movie, here are some bits of Morricone's score: