FILM SONGS – PART 3 – JAMES BOND 007

Dear music lovers,

I wish you a relaxed Thursday, weekend’s coming closer!

Some of my all time favorite film songs were written for James Bond movies.
Let’s start with “Golden Eye”.

“GoldenEye”
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Single?by?Tina Turner
from the album?GoldenEye: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the United Artists film?and?Wildest Dreams
Released November 7, 1995
Format
Recorded 1995
Length 4:41
Label
Songwriter(s) Bono?and?the Edge
Producer(s) Nellee Hooper
Tina Turner?singles chronology
Proud Mary
(1993)
GoldenEye
(1995)
Whatever You Want
(1996)
Music video
“GoldenEye”?on?YouTube
James Bond?theme?singles chronology
Licence to Kill
(1989)
GoldenEye
(1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies
(1997)
GoldenEye” is a song performed by?Tina Turner, and the eponymous theme song for the 1995?James Bond film,?GoldenEye.
The song was written specially for Turner by?Bono?and?the Edge?of?U2?when they learned that she had been invited to sing the theme to the upcoming?Bond?movie, and the track was produced and mixed by British producer/remixer/composer?Nellee Hooper, best known for his work with?Massive Attack,?Madonna, U2 and?Bj?rk. The track reached #10 on the?UK Singles Chart?and became a Top 5 hit in most other European countries.[

“GoldenEye” was first released on the?original motion picture soundtrack?and the following year it was included on Turner’s album?Wildest Dreams. The song has been covered by?Nicole Scherzinger?for the 2010?GoldenEye 007video game.

“Skyfall”
A green-tinted image of the James Bond gun barrel. Adele's face is stamped in the barrel, and Daniel Craig's Bond is coming out of the barrel towards the viewer. The text "Adele", "Skyfall" and the "007" logo are seen at the bottom of the image.
Single?by?Adele
Released 5?October?2012
Format
Recorded 2011–12
Studio Abbey Road, London
Genre Orchestral pop
Length 4:46
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Paul Epworth
Adele?singles chronology
Turning Tables
(2011)
Skyfall
(2012)
Hello
(2015)
James Bond theme?singles chronology
Another Way to Die
(2008)
Skyfall
(2012)
Writing’s on the Wall
(2015)
Skyfall” is the theme song of the 2012?James Bond?film?of the same name, performed by the English singer?Adele. It was written by Adele and the producer?Paul Epworth, and features?orchestration?by?J. A. C. Redford. The film company?Eon Productions?invited the singer to work on the theme song in early 2011, a task that Adele accepted after reading the film’s script. While composing the song, Adele and Epworth aimed to capture the mood and style of the other?Bond themes, including dark and moody lyrics descriptive of the film’s plot.
“Skyfall” was released at 0:07?BST?on 5 October 2012 as part of the Global James Bond Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of?Dr. No, the first?James Bond?film. “Skyfall” became a major commercial success. The song reached number one in 11 countries and top 5 in many more regions. It quickly went to the top of the?iTuneschart, and peaked at number two in the UK and number eight in the US on the?Billboard?Hot 100. As of 2018, “Skyfall” has sold over 7 million copies worldwide making it one of the?best-selling digital single of all-time. Critically, “Skyfall” was widely acclaimed, with the song being favourably compared to?Shirley Bassey‘s Bond themes.
“Skyfall” received various accolades including the?Academy Award for Best Original Song,?Brit Award for British Single of the Year,?Critics’ Choice Movie Award Best Song,?Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song?and the?Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, thus making it the first Bond theme to win all the aforementioned awards. During the?85th Academy Awards, Adele performed the song live for the first time.
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“Live and Let Die”
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A-side label of the UK 7-inch single
Single?by?Paul McCartney and Wings
from the album?Live and Let Die
B-side I Lie Around
Released
  • 1 June 1973?(UK)
  • 18 June 1973?(US)
Format 7″ single
Recorded October 1972
Genre Symphonic rock[1]
Length 3:12
Label Apple
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) George Martin
Paul McCartney and Wings?singles chronology
My Love
(1973)
Live and Let Die
(1973)
Helen Wheels
(1973)
James Bond theme?singles chronology
Diamonds Are Forever
(1971)
Live and Let Die
(1973)
The Man With the Golden Gun
(1975)
Live and Let Die” is the main?theme song?of the 1973?James Bond?film?Live and Let Die, written by?Paul?and?Linda?McCartney and performed by?Wings. It was the most successful?Bond theme?to that point, charting at No. 2 on the US?Billboard?Hot 100?and No. 9 on the?UK Singles Chart.

Commissioned specifically for the movie, it reunited the former?Beatle?with the band’s producer,?George Martin, who produced the song and arranged the orchestra. It has been covered by several bands, with the?Guns N’ Rosesversion being the most popular cover. Both the McCartney and the Guns N’ Roses versions were nominated for?Grammy Awards. In 2012, McCartney was awarded the Million-Air Award from?Broadcast Music, Inc.?(BMI), for more than 4 million performances of the song in the US.

“We Have All the Time in the World”
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Single?by?Louis Armstrong
from the album?On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
B-side “Pretty Little Missy”
Released 1969, 1994 (re-released)
Format 7-inch single
Genre Jazz
Label United Artists
Songwriter(s) Hal David,?John Barry
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Louis Armstrong?singles chronology
“The Kinda Love Song”
(1969)
We Have All the Time in the World
(1969)
“Give Peace a Chance”
(1970)
We Have All the Time in the World” is a?James Bond?theme and popular song sung by?Louis Armstrong. Its music was composed by?John Barry?and the lyrics by?Hal David. It is a secondary musical theme in the 1969 Bond film?On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the title theme being the instrumental “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” also composed by Barry. The song title is taken from Bond’s final words in both the novel and the film, spoken after his wife’s death. Armstrong was too ill to play his trumpet.[1]?Barry chose Armstrong because he felt he could “deliver the title line with irony”.
The song was released as a single in both the US and the UK to coincide with the release of the film in December 1969, but did not chart in either market. The recording became a hit in the UK twenty-five years later, in 1994, as a result of a?Guinness?beer commercial, after?My Bloody Valentine?chose to cover it for charity. Armstrong’s version was then re-released on?vinyl?and?CD?and reached #3 in the?UK Singles Chart?and #4 in?Ireland. In 2005, a BBC survey found that it was the third most popular love song played at?weddings.
In addition to My Bloody Valentine, “We Have All the Time in the World” has been covered by?Iggy Pop,?Fun Lovin’ Criminals,?Vic Damone,?Michael Ball,?Giorgia Todrani,?The Puppini Sisters,?Tindersticks,?The Pale Fountains,?Shirley Bassey?(for a later?withdrawn album of Bond themes),?Thomas White?and?Alfie Boe. Iggy Pop’s version plays during the end credits of the film?The Jacket.

John Barry cited “We Have All The Time In The World” as one of his favourite Bond compositions, saying it was the finest piece of music he had written for a Bond movie; also because of the pleasure of working with Louis Armstrong.

“Goldfinger”
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A-side label of UK vinyl single
Single?by?Shirley Bassey
B-side “Strange How Love Can Be”§
Released 1964
Genre Pop,?orchestral pop,?R&B
Length 2:48
Label Columbia
United Artists?(US) /?Capitol(Canada)
Songwriter(s) John Barry,?Leslie Bricusse,?Anthony Newley
Producer(s) George Martin
Goldfinger” is the title song from the 1964?James Bond?film?Goldfinger. Composed by?John Barry?and with lyrics by?Leslie Bricusse?and?Anthony Newley, the song was performed by?Shirley Bassey?for the film’s opening and closing title sequences, as well as the soundtrack album release. The single release of the song gave Bassey her only?Billboard?Hot 100?top forty hit, peaking in the Top 10 at No. 8 and No. 2 for four weeks on the?Adult Contemporarychart, and in the United Kingdom the single reached No. 21.

The song finished at No. 53 in?AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs?survey of top tunes in American cinema. In 2008, the single was inducted into the?Grammy Hall of Fame.

Diamonds Are Forever
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Soundtrack album?by?John Barry
Released 1971
Recorded October 1971
Label EMI
Producer Frank Collura?(Reissue)
John Barry?chronology
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
(1969)
Diamonds Are Forever Mary, Queen of Scots
(1971)
James Bond soundtrack?chronology
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
(1969)
Diamonds Are Forever
(1971)
Live and Let Die
(1973)
Singles?from?Diamonds Are Forever
  1. “Diamonds Are Forever”
    Released: 1971
“Diamonds Are Forever”, the title song with lyrics by?Don Black, was the second Bond theme to be performed by?Shirley Bassey, after “Goldfinger“. The song was also recorded in Italian by Bassey as?“Una Cascata di Diamanti (Vivo Di Diamanti)”; this version was only issued on 7-inch single in Italy, and was intended to be included in a (cancelled) 3-CD box set titled?Shirley?released in 2012.Diamonds Are Forever?is the soundtrack by?John Barry?for the seventh James Bond?film of the same name.

Producer?Harry Saltzman?hated the song and it only made the film due to co-producer?Albert Broccoli. One of Saltzman’s major objections was to the innuendo in the lyrics. Bassey would later return for a third performance for 1979’s?Moonraker.

Moonraker
Soundtrack album?by?John Barry
Released 1979
Recorded April 1979
Length 30:54
Label EMI
Producer Frank Collura?(Reissue)
John Barry?chronology
The Deep
(1977)
Moonraker
(1979)
Hanover Street
(1979)
James Bond soundtrack?chronology
The Spy Who Loved Me
(1977)
Moonraker
(1979)
For Your Eyes Only
(1981)

Moonraker
?was the third of the three Bond films for which the theme song was performed by?Shirley Bassey.?Frank Sinatra?was considered for the vocals, before?Johnny Mathis?was approached and offered the opportunity. Mathis was unhappy about the song and withdrew from the project, leaving the producers scrambling for a replacement.?Kate Bush?declined as she was due to embark on her British tour, so?John Barry?offered the song to Bassey within just weeks of the release date. As a result, Bassey made the recordings with very short notice and never regarded the song ‘as her own’ as she had never had the chance to perform it or promote it first. The film uses two versions of the title theme song, a ballad version heard over the main titles, and a disco version for the end titles. Confusingly, the?United Artists?single release labelled the tracks on the 7″ single as “Moonraker (Main Title)” for the version used to close the film and “Moonraker (End Title)” for the track that opened the film. The song failed to make any real impact on the charts, which may partly be attributed to Bassey’s failure to promote the single, given the last minute decision and the way in which it was quickly recorded to meet the scheduleMoonraker?is the soundtrack for the eleventh?James Bond?film of the same name.

Back to 2015 I want to finalize my trilogy of film songs with a ack dedicated to famous Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, my old school? friend from “Theresianum” and fabulous
guitar colleague, a fantastic electric guitar player ..

“Writing’s on the Wall”
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Single?by?Sam Smith
Released 25 September 2015
Format
Recorded 2015
Studio
Genre Orchestral pop
Length 4:38
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Sam Smith?singles chronology
Omen
(2015)
Writing’s on the Wall
(2015)
Momentarily Mine
(2016)
James Bond theme?singles chronology
Skyfall
(2012)
Writing’s on the Wall
(2015)
Writing’s on the Wall” is a song by English singer?Sam Smith, written for the release of the 2015?James Bond?film?Spectre. The song was released as a digital download on 25 September 20The song was written by Smith and?Jimmy Napes, and produced by the latter alongside?Steve Fitzmaurice?and?Disclosure?and released on 25 September 2015.
“Writing’s on the Wall” received mixed reviews, especially when compared to previous Bond theme songs.?The mixed reception to the song led to?Shirley Bassey?trending on?Twitter?on the day it was released.[The single became the first Bond movie theme to reach number one in the?UK Singles Chart. It also reached the top 10 in a few other European countries, but unlike other James Bond themes, it was not as successful outside Europe, only peaking at number 43 in Canada and Australia and number 71 on the?Billboard?Hot 100. Only the instrumental version of the song appeared on the film’s official soundtrack album. The song won the?Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song?at the?73rd Golden Globe Awards?and the?Academy Award for Best Original Song?at the?88th Academy Awards, making it the second-ever Bond theme to win (after “Skyfall” by?Adele?in 2012).
I wish you a beautiful Thursday and come back tomorrow with a new story. Let you surprise!