Today an update about the Sir Billi movie.
Dutch fan John informed about the progress of the movie and he wrote;
Is there any news that the soundtrack of the movie Sir Billi is for sale at the moment? I am a huge Shirley Bassey-fan
and can’t wait to listen to her singing the theme music.
With kind regards, John J P den Outer (the Netherlands).
Many thanks for your email and interest in our exciting project. We are just finalising our distribution film deal at the moment. Once that is in place we will let you know.
Music is already to go and we are as keen to get it out as you.
All the best,
JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
BILLI PRODUCTIONS LTD
Universal will publish Bassey’s version of the title song, “Guardian of the Highlands,” with lyrics by Tessa Hartmann, who penned them with Bassey in mind. To listen to a sample of the song CLICK HERE.
When tragedy strikes in the Highlands, there can be only one man for the job – Sir William Sedgewick, aka Sir Billi (Sir Sean Connery)!
This is an adventure story about an inimitable Highland hero – a grandpa. As active senior skateboarding veterinarian he goes above and beyond the call of duty fighting villainous policemen and powerful lairds in a battle to save an illegal fugitive – Bessie Boo the beaver!
A roller coaster adventure, Sir Billi braves treacherous ravines and hazardous gullies with his sidekick Gordon the Goat (Alan Cumming) to save Bessie Boo and Wee Dave the rabbit as they hurtle down a perilous river.
A heart-warming & hilarious action packed family movie, where thrilling car chases, heroic skydiving and daring stunts from this octogenarian spurred on by encounters with a hostile submarine, will keep you at the edge of your seat!
Behind the eccentric austere of this tartan plaid overall-attired widower, he reveals a compassionate spirit with his unrivalled love for his late wife. Is it too late for this endearing grandpa to find new lady friend once again? Will Lady Serena, his daughter and grandson Jake even contemplate such a development from this adored Celt? Amongst it all in this race against time, will Sir Billi get to Bessie Boo first?
Explore the powerful force of this international Highland community, with its unrivalled landscapes, breathtaking scenery and hidden secrets. Discover the power of the local people when they unite as one against evil and embark on an expedition like no other.
Sir Billi delivers the charm and panache that one would expect of a true Highlander. As thee Guardian of the Highlands, everyone will want a grandpa like Sir Billi!
- Sean Connery as Sir Billi (voice)
- Alan Cumming as Gordon the Goat (voice)
- Shirley Bassey
- Miriam Margolyes
- Ruby Wax
- Alex Norton
- Ford Kiernan
- Greg Hempill
- Barbara Rafferty
- John Amabile
- Larry Sullivan
- Chris Jai Alex
Dame Shirley Bassey is lending her mighty vocal chords to Sir Billi, an animated feature set in the chilly Highlands of Scotland. The movie pairs her up with the monarch of the glen himself, Sir Sean Connery, who’s providing the voice for the title role.
In a Goldfinger reunion, Dame Shirley will bring her midas touch to the title track, Guardian Of The Highlands, about the eccentric, skateboarding vet, Sir Billi, who holds together a remote Scottish community through sheer force of personality and, presumably, sounding a lot like Sean Connery.
Braving the long arm of the law, local hero Sir Billi leads the community’s attempts to rescue an endangered beaver that’s under threat from outsiders. He’ll be supported by a distinguished voicecast that includes Alan Cumming, Ruby Wax and Richard Briers.
The film, produced by husband and wife team Sascha and Tessa Hartmann, has been in production for five years and should reach our screens in 2010.
Clip of Dame Shirley in the recording studio
British singing legend Dame Shirley Bassey has joined the project to perform the title track ‘Guardian of the Highlands’. Indeed it is the first time Sir Sean has worked with Dame Shirley since the Bond era with Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.
When asked how the collaboration with Dame Shirley came about Director Sascha Hartmann, who also composed and produced the original song said: “My wife Tessa and I agreed that Dame Shirley was the ultimate artist to perform the title track for this film, especially given the ‘Bond’ connection of Sir Sean and Dame Shirley. So I sat down and wrote a song for her! Tessa approached her management and thankfully she fell in love with the song. It really was a dream come true for us as she is an absolute icon, true professional and a pleasure to work with”.
The song has already been recorded at Metropolis Studios in London and mixed by Mick Guzauski in New York and Dame Shirley is thrilled with the outcome. When asked how the producers persuaded her to join the project, Dame Shirley said: “There was no persuading needed here, I liked the song from the moment I heard it. Sascha and Tessa made the process incredibly fun and easy for me and we got a great result”.
Sir Sean Connery is an Executive Producer and has been heavily involved with the independent studio project since its inception. He said: “It’s marvellous to have Dame Shirley back in the same show, after all these years since Goldfinger! It goes without saying that her rendition of Goldfinger set up the entire mood for the film – she’s done just the same here! It’s a tremendous plus to have someone of her stature join the project and with a great song and her incredible performance, she will simply launch Sir Billi’s story, which is fantastic!”
Producers are working on a soundtrack album at the moment with 4 other original songs from the film and of course the music by Patrick Doyle who is composing the underscore.
Trailer of the movie Sir Billi