On the way to work the other morning one of my favourite David Bowie songs, ‘Golden Years’, came on my iPod. Whenever I hear this song it always reminds me of the fabulous ball scene in A Knight’s Tale.
Released in 2001 and starring the late Heath Ledger against Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon and Paul Bettany, A Knight’s Tale is the story of William Thatcher, a charismatic young squire who dreams of taking to the jousting arena, something that only knights can do.
The soundtrack to this light-hearted, fun action film feature a fantastic range of upbeat and catchy songs, including Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’, Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ and Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’. ‘We Will Rock You’ is used to great effect during one of the jousting scenes, when all of the crowd starts chanting the iconic words.
‘Golden Years’ is used when William (Ledger) – under the disguise of Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein of Gelderland – dances with the beautiful noblewoman Jocelyn (Dawson) at a ball organised for the jousting. ‘Golden Years’ kicks in when William is asked to perform a dance from Gelderland. Enjoy!