Smorgasbord Music Column – Songs from the Movies – The Windmills of Your Mind, The Thomas Crown Affair by Sally Cronin

A film that made a huge impression on me when I saw in 1969 at age 16 was The Thomas Crown Affair – Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway were to a teenager the epitome of elegance and daring. The song has been covered by many artists over the last 50 years but for me Dusty Springfield brought something very special to the words and in the musical interpretation…uploaded by Dusty Springfield – Topic

The Thomas Crown Affair

Directed and produced by Norman Jewison the film won an Academy Award for Michel Legrand’s Windmills of your mind… two remakes of the film have been released one in 1999 with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo which was very good but did not have the same elegance of the Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway version.

Millionaire businessman-sportsman Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) accomplishes a perfect crime by orchestrating four men to steal $2,660,527.62 from a Boston bank, along with a fifth man who drives the getaway car with the money and dumps it in a cemetery trash can. None of the men ever meets Crown face to face, nor do they know or meet each other before the robbery. Crown retrieves the money from the trash can after secretly following the driver of the getaway car. He deposits the money into an anonymous Swiss bank account in Geneva, making several trips, never depositing the money all at once so as to not draw undue attention to his actions.

Independent insurance investigator Vicki Anderson (Faye Dunaway) is contracted to investigate the heist; she will receive 10% of the stolen money if she recovers it. When Thomas first comes to her attention as a possible suspect, she intuitively recognizes him as the mastermind behind the robbery.

Thomas does not need the money, and in fact masterminded the robbery as a game. Vicki makes it clear to him that she knows that he is the thief and that she intends to prove it. They start a game of cat and mouse, with the attraction between them evident. Their relationship soon evolves into an affair, complicated by Vicki’s vow to find the money and help Detective Eddie Malone (Paul Burke) bring the guilty party to justice.

Buy the original film: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

Additional Sources: Wikipedia

Thanks for tuning in this week and hope you have enjoyed the music.. thanks Sally.