24 July 2012 12:44 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The classic film theme will be very audible at the Olympics

Age: 31. And it shows.

Appearance: It's a piece of music. It has no visual likeness.

All right then. Sounds like? Athletes jogging along a beach in slow-motion.

Aha! The theme tune from that film about running? Or more specifically, Vangelis' score for Chariots of Fire, a film about the British runners at the 1924 Olympics.

The one that goes: Bom Bom – [beat] – la lala la-laaaaaa la-la la-la – [beat] – la lala la Laaaaaa? Hard to say, given that the typed word makes no sound. But for the sake of argument, yes, the one that goes like that.

Oh lovely. I always find it extremely motivational. Really? I find it cheesy and cliched. But it seems I'm in a minority.

How so? Well, this being an Olympic year, the country throbs to the synthesised sound of Vangelis. There's a stage adaptation on in the West End, »

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