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Eric Serra - composer and songwriter

Eric Serra - Nikita soundtrack CD cover Eric Serra has scored several movies for French director Luc Besson including "La Femme Nikita", "Leon", "The Big Blue" and "The Fifth Element". "Leon" for example has to balance complete innocence with violence and corruption. "The Big Blue" is an unusual film and Serra's music features synth-type sounds, percussion and some acoustic instruments including saxophone in places suggesting the undersea world of whales and dolphins. This and many of his earlier soundtracks have been a collection of pop-oriented songs and instrumental tracks, and this talent may have been learned or inherited from his father Claude Serra who was also a song-writer. However, Eric Serra is also more than comfortable providing traditional underscore too.

It's not every film composer who has the opportunity to score a Bond film. Perhaps the huge commercial success of "The Fifth Element" qualified Serra for this opportunity to move into the Hollywood mainstream with "Goldeneye", but his song-writing background may also have been a contributing factor as it has with previous Bond composers. However the producers felt that for some scenes Serra departed too far from the accepted Bond traditions, so for example in the Tank sequence composer John Altman composed a replacement cue in the Bond style updating John Barry's arrangement of the theme - Altman mentions this in this Bond Documentary. Serra has now moved into the management side of the music business forming a joint ventures with the Recall Group to release a range of quality film soundtracks.

Eric Serra has released a solo album of pop music called "RXRA", and also has an official web site at www.ericserra.com.

Films by Eric Serra:

    Eric Serra - The Fifth Element soundtrack CD cover
  • The Big Blue ("Le Grand Bleu") - Bill Conti scored the US version
  • Nikita ("La Femme Nikita") - the score majors in an electronic pop feel
  • Atlantis
  • Leon: The Professional - the underscore is built from chords with a pop feel, and there are songs by Sting and Bjork
  • Goldeneye - which includes the song "The Experience of Love" by Serra and the title song by Bono and The Edge sung by Tina Turner
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc - with a similar team to "The Fifth Element" Luc Besson and Milla Jovovich
  • Bulletproof Monk
  • Bandidas
  • Rollerball (2002) - the remake
  • Arthur and the Invisibles
  • Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard - sequel to the animation "Arthur and the Invisibles"
  • Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds - 2nd sequel
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec
  • The Lady

Eric Serra - Recommendations:

Soundtracks albums are available for a number of Serra's films including the following:

Eric Serra - Memorabilia:

Here are some CD covers signed by Eric Serra. Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click any thumbnail below to see the image full size in a separate window.

Eric Serra: Bandidas - signed CD Eric Serra: Arthur et la Vengeance de Maltazard - signed CD Eric Serra: The Lady - signed CD Eric Serra: Goldeneye - signed CD Eric Serra - The Messenger: Joan of Arc - signed CD Eric Serra: Atlantis - signed CD Eric Serra: Arthur and the Invisibles - signed CD Eric Serra: The Professional - signed CD Eric Serra: The Fifth Element - signed CD Eric Serra: Les Aventures Extraodinaire d'Adele Blanc-Sec - signed CD Eric Serra: Le Grand Bleu - signed CD