Posted November 1, 2014 by Patricia Acevedo in Entertainment

Step Inside the Westeros Jazz Lounge, Ladies and Gentlemen…

Step Inside the Westeros Jazz Lounge, Ladies and Gentlemen … (“Game of Thrones” / Saul Bass Mashup)

This September, German designer and artist Milan R. Vuckovic decided to create a very unique opening sequence for everyone’s favorite quasi-medieval blood-and-guts TV series, “Game of Thrones”. What makes it unique and totally different are the influences for it – legendary graphic artist Saul Bass and the early 1960s.


Who in Sam’s hill is Saul Bass?” you ask (well, I asked that very same question myself. But without the words “Sam’s hill” though …)? But after a bit of digging around in the internet, it turned out that Mr. Bass is considered a legend in the fields of film and graphic design. He was especially known for designing many iconic company logos (AT&T, United Airlines, Quaker Oats, etc.) as well as the posters and opening sequences of film classics such as West Side Story, The Seven Year Itch, Vertigo and North by Northwest. Some of his more recent works for the big screen included Big, The War of the Roses, Goodfellas and The Age of Innocence before he passed away in 1996. On what would have been his 93rd birthday on May 8, 2013, Google honored him with a special Google Doodle:

When Mr. Vuckovic decided to go midcentury modern with his favorite TV series, he chose a smooth jazz rendition of the opening theme, featuring pianist Scott Bradlee and Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz. So, how does all of this sound like?

I don’t know about you, but it sounds very Ocean’s 11, circa 1960, to me. Danny Ocean (as played by Frank Sinatra, not Brad Pitt) would approve …


Patricia Acevedo

Growing up, my telenovelas were not "Anna Lisa" and "Gulong ng Palad" but "Daimos" and "Voltes V". And let's not forget "Candy Candy".