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The Music of James Bond

Jon Burlingame


This book tells the behind-the-scenes story of the songs and scores written for the movie adventures of Ian Fleming's Agent 007 of the British Secret Service. The book looks at many aspects of the 50-year saga including the following: How the “James Bond Theme” was written at the last minute for Dr. No and how it became the subject of controversy, ending in a libel trial 40 years later in London's High Court. How Bond composer John Barry invented a new kind of action-adventure music for movies, and how despite writing immensely popular scores for Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice an ... More

Keywords: James Bond, film music, Monty Norman, John Barry, Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Conti, Michel Legrand, Michael Kamen, Eric Serra, David Arnold, Shirley Bassey

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199863303
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Burlingame, author
University of Southern California

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