Victor Harold Flick (born 14 May 1937, Worcester Park, Surrey, England) is an English guitarist, most famous for playing the guitar riff in the James Bond Theme.
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In the late 1950s, Flick joined The John Barry Seven, and his first composition for the group was the track Zapata. He also played the guitar riff for the theme of the popular TV show Juke Box Jury. As a member of The John Barry Seven, he appeared on every episode of BBC TV's Drumbeat.
On the Dr. No soundtrack, he was lead guitarist on the track, the James Bond Theme. Flick continued to contribute to the James Bond soundtracks from the 1960s through the late 1980s.
Apart from his early 1960's work as the lead guitarist in The John Barry Seven, Flick was a session player, featured on many early 1960's UK pop records. Flick was a member of the George Martin Orchestra, playing on the soundtrack of the film A Hard Day's Night.
He has worked with many notable artists, including Tom Jones,Cliff Richard,Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page. One of Flick's legendary guitars, a Clifford Essex Paragon De Luxe, on which he played the original James Bond Theme, was displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
Flick also collaborated with Merchant Ivory Productions as composer/music arranger for Autobiography of a Princess (1975), The Europeans (1979), Quartet (1981), Heat and Dust (1983).
In 1999, he worked with composer Nic Raine, backed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, on the James Bond tribute album titled Bond Back in Action.
In 2003, he recorded the album James Bond Now, featuring tracks from James Bond soundtracks and new compositions.
In 2005, he provided his guitar talents to the soundtrack of the From Russia With Love video game by Electronic Arts.
In 2008 his autobiography, Vic Flick Guitarman: From James Bond to The Beatles and Beyond (ISBN 978-1593933081), was published by Bearmanor Media.
On October 5, 2012, Vic Flick was honored at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for "The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years." He played the James Bond Theme on his 1939 Clifford Essex Paragon De Luxe "James Bond" Guitar to a live audience. He also was interviewed on stage by Jon Burlingame, a writer on the subject of music for film and television.
Flick appeared on an episode of The History Channel show Pawn Stars titled "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service". He brings in his 1961 Fender Stratocaster guitar to shop owner Rick Harrison, who after consulting Jesse Amoroso, settles on a price of $55,000 for the guitar.