All music composed by Edwin Astley
Part 1 Films
1953 Gilbert Harding. Speaking of Murder
1954 Star of my Night
1954 Devil Girl from Mars [credited as Edward Astley] includes ‘Devil Girl theme’ and ‘Ellen’s theme’.
1954 A Tale of Three Women
1954 The Gay Dog
1954 What Every Woman Wants
1954 The Crowded Day
1954 The Happiness of Three Women
1954 To Paris with Love. Conducted by Muir Mathieson.
1955 Contraband – Spain
1955 Final Column
1955 Three Cornered Fate
1955 You Lucky People
1955 The Diamond Expert
1955 The Hornet’s Nest
1956 Alias John Preston (with Albert Elms)
1956 The Case of the Mukkinese Battlehorn [short]
1957? Woman Eater
1957? Kill Her Gently
1957 The End of the Line
1957 Zoo Baby
1957 Danger List [Hammer Film]
1958 Toto and the Poachers
1958 Dublin Nightmare
1958 Jack the Ripper
1958 Three Crooked Men (with Albert Elms)
1958 What a Day [short]
1958 Broad Waterways [short]
1958 Scotland for Sport [short]
1958 Wishing Well Inn
1958 A Woman Possessed (with Albert Elms and Leon Young)
1958 Moment of Indiscretion
1958 Links of Justice (with Albert Elms and Leon Young)
1958 Cat and Mouse (Rockin’, Lovin’ Baby number by Edwin Astley)
1958 Clean Sweep [30 min short] Hammer
1959 The Giant Behemoth (a.k.a. Behemoth, The Sea Monster)
1959 Naked Fury (a.k.a. The Pleasure Lovers)
1959? In the Wake of a Stranger.
1959 The Man who liked Funerals
1959 The Cat Gang
1959 The Mouse that Roared (Carl Foreman)
1959 The Great Van Robbery (with Albert Elms and Leon Young)
1959 Innocent Meeting (with Albert Elms and Leon Young)
1960 Let’s Get Married
1960? Passport to China (a.k.a. Visa to Canton)
1960 The Day They Robbed the Bank of England
1960 Ali and the Camel [serial]
1960 Faces in the Dark (credited to Astley, but composed by Mikis Theodorakis!)
1961 The Last Rhino
1961 Follow that Man
1961 A Matter of Who (incidental music only) Title song sung by Roy Castle. Composed by D. Russell
1962 The Phantom of the Opera (Cover: Stanley Paul) US 45 on Coral 9-62334
1963 The World Ten Times Over. (E. Astley & His Orchestra) UK 45 Oriole CB 1880
1963 The Reluctant Nudist (a.k.a. Sandy, the Reluctant Nature Girl)
1963 Song of London [short]
1963 The Spell of The Lakes [short]
1963 Bristol Fashion [short]
1963 Longlife [short]
1964 Stopover Forever
1964 Land of Magic [short]
1964 Pageantry of Britain [short]
1964 The Smoking Machine [short]
1966 The Man in the Looking Glass ( a 91 minute film made from two episodes of TV series The Baron: Masquerade and The Killing.) US title: Pussycat Alley.
1967 Affair with a Killer (90 minute film made from the two-part episode of TV Series Danger Man: Gunpowder and Paint).
1968 The Syndicate
1968 Green for Ireland [short]
1968 Koroshi (93 minute film made from two-part episode of Danger Man/Secret Agent: Koroshi , Shinda Shima)
1968 Don’t forget to Wipe the Blood Off ( 90 minute film from the two-part episode of Seaway) Theme only.
1968 Mystery Island (90 minute two-part episode of The Baron: Storm Warning and The Island)
1969 All at Sea
1974 Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World. Credited to Edwin T. Astley
A More detailed look at his television work.
[This slightly complex listing is from notes presumably by John Legard or David Robson] The ‘XX’ appears to indicate a recording; the abbreviations C could mean Composed by (or conductor); MD Musical Director; TM Theme Music.
Years quoted are for USA/UK screenings unless stated. Sometimes UK and US screening dates are different and these are mentioned in the text.
1954/5 The Scarlet Pimpernel (some incidental music)
1956 (UK) (with Sidney Torch, John Bath) Theme La Carmagnole by Leighton Lucas; conducted by Sidney Torch.
1953-57 Douglas Fairbanks Presents. Edwin Astley did not compose any music for this series. Theme by Allan Gray, incidental music by Allan Gray, John Bath, Cecil Milner, Robert Gill. [I am unclear why Astley listed this. Perhaps he has been wrongly credited elsewhere? DS]
1955-58 The Adventures of Robin Hood. (Opening fanfare/some incidental) C/MD/Fanfare. UK ?? MSP 6199.
1956-60 (UK) (with Albert Elms) Theme Song by Carl Sigman; sung by Dick James.
1957-59 Mark Saber (a.k.a. The Vise in America) Library music only.
1956/57 The Buccaneers (Some incidental music) (with Bruce Campbell)
Theme song by Norman Newell and Edward Horan.
Other incidental music by Albert Elms, Kenneth V. Jones
a.k.a. Dan Tempest 45 MGM 939
1956/7 The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (Opening fanfare and some incidental music C/MD. (With Bruce Campbell). Theme song Sir Lancelot sung by Alan Lomax. 45 MGM 939
1957/58 Ivanhoe. (Some incidental music) with Albert Elms. C
1958/59 Theme song by Benedict Berenberg
1957/59 Saber of London (Library Music) Theme by Melvyn Lenard
1959-61 (UK) a.k.a The Uncovered. 3rd/4th seasons a.k.a. The Vise.
1958/59 The Veil (Library music)
1958/59 The Invisible Man (Some of Edwin’s previous music was used although most incidental music was by Sydney John Kay.
1959-61 The Invisible Man
1959/61 International Detective (Incidental Music)
1959 (USA) Theme by Leroy Holmes and Sidney Shaw.
XX EMBER 3304 TV Action Jazz from the TV series played by The TV Jazz All Stars directed by Edwin Astley. UK Ember No NR 5030
1960/62 Danger Man (1st series) (All incidental Music0 Composed theme.
1961 (USA) Theme performed by the Red Price Combo. XX Parlophone R4785 (Cover version: Ted Heath) US 45 London 45-1975
1961 Whiplash (Composed theme song with Lionel Long) C/MD/TM (UK/USA/AUS) Sung by Frank Ifield (All incidental music). Theme reputed to have been released in Australia.
1961 Journey of a Lifetime (Theme & Incidental music). For Pathe C/MD/TM)
1962/63 Zero One (Incidental music by Edwin Astley). For BBC. A library music LP may be in existence. C/MD
1962-69 The Saint. (Theme & Incidental music) Original Saint theme.
1963-66 (USA) In the end titles in middle of the final season. XX RCA 1492* Orchestra conducted by Edwin Astley – 1965*) US LP RCA LSP 3631 C/MD/TM
1965-1966 Gideon’s Way (Theme & all incidental music) (Cover version: Brian Fahey) UK 45 Parlophone R5262 Main theme known as “G” Patrol. C/MD/TM
1964-66 Danger Man (2nd season) (Theme & all incidental music)
1965-66 (USA) In America “Secret Agent Man” sung by Johnny Rivers was played as the intro before Edwin Astley’s theme. Composed by Steve Barri & Phil Sloan. The theme was called “Highwire” in UK publishers. XX RCA 1492* US Title: Secret Agent. (Orchestra conducted by Edwin Astley – 1965*) US LP RCA LSP 3467 C/MD/TM
1965/66 Seaway. (Theme) (Cover version: Brian Fahey. UK LP Studio Two Two 176.
1966-67 The Baron (Theme & all incidental music) C/MD/TM
1966 (USA) XX Decca F 12389. Credited to Ted Astley b/w Drophead (Seaway). (Released April 1966) US45 Parrot 45 PAR 108116.
1968-69 The Champions (Incidental music) (With Albert Elms & Robert Farnon) C/MD
1969-71 Randall &b Hopkirk (Deceased) (Theme & all incidental music). Cover version: Norrie Paramour. UK 45 Polydor 56 375 C/MD/TM
1973 (USA) USA Title: My Partner, the Ghost.
1969-70 Department S (Theme & all incidental music) (Cover version: Cyril Stapleton) UK 45 PYE 7N 17807 C/MD/TM
OTHER RECORDED ITEMS
Secret Agent Meets The Saint RCA LSP 3467
Secret Agent RCA LSP 3630
The Saint RCA LSP 3631
*Soho/Theme from The World Ten Times Over. Oriole 45-CB 1880 (1963)
Very Varied Music** VIVO MUSIC VIVO 17
*This track is identical to “Night Patrol” from the International Detective Album
** This is a library music album on Edwin’s own label. For track listing see below.
Edwin also composed the music for many pilots and one-offs for TV
NB The films Diamond Expert (1954) and Final Column (1955) were episodes from The Vise (Saber of London)
The film Jack the Ripper (1958) was two episodes from The Veil.
According to Edwin Astley he recorded versions of Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) and Department S.
**Very Varied Music (Vivo 17) Track Listing:
Phrenic; Ambleside; Misterio; Two Four Fifes; Doo-be-doo, Mystery Series; Brio; Desolata; Chunki Mexi; Village Life; To the Hills; Tranquillo; Aah-Doo, Basseto; Astelle; Rural Folk; Waiting for Helen.
Reference numbers: PR1 to PR 15, EA 524, EA549. (17 tracks).
SON ET LUMIERE
The Silent Guns (where?)
The Tower of London (two productions)