The filmcomposer Eric Serra counts to the young ones whose career started much demanding.
His father was the well-known song writer Claude Serra who was expecially active in the 50's and 60's.
When Eric Serra was a teenager he played the guitar in different Rock 'n' Roll bands, later he also played the bass and participated in more than 50 albums as a musician.
His step in direction of filmmusic happened by chance when Luc Besson engaged him for his movie „L‘avant dernier“ (81). In this movie also appeared a completely unknown actor called Jean Reno.
The duo Besson/Serra created other successful movies in the next years like „Le dernier combat“ (83), „Subway“ (85) - the first great success of them, „Kamikaze“ (86) and finally the unexpected hit „Le grand bleu - Im Rausch der Tiefe“ (89), which made both of them internationally famous.
They were also very creative in the 90's. With movies like „Nikita“ (90), „Atlantis“ (91), „Léon - Der Profi“ (94), „The Fifth Element“ (97) and „The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc“ (99) they underpinned their successful cooperation.
Eric Serra is not only active as house composer of Luc Besson but also wrote soundtracks for other filmmakers, among them „La nuit du flingueur“ (84), the James Bond movie „GoldenEye“ (95), „L‘art (délicat) de la séduction“ (01) and „Rollerball“ (01).
Eric Serra was nominated six times for a César and was awarded
with it for his composition to „Le grand bleu“.
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