Dereks get the horns

November 15, 2012

There is nothing bizarre about the seductive effects of Maurice Ravel's Bolero, but it has little to do with Torvill and Dean's use of it at the 1984 Winter Olympics (The week in higher education, 1 November): the association is with Bo Derek (and Dudley Moore) in the film 10 (1979), where a number of erotic encounters took place to this accompaniment. And Jane Birkin should be credited alongside Serge Gainsbourg for the fantasy potential of Je T'aime: without her it would not have the same sexual frisson.

Peter Baker, London

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