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The Music of James Bond$
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Jon Burlingame

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199863303

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863303.001.0001

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“… an assassin that’s second to none …”

“… an assassin that’s second to none …”

The Man with the Golden Gun

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The Music of James Bond

Jon Burlingame

Oxford University Press

John Barry returned to the series for this 1974 installment with Christopher Lee as a million-dollar assassin. With just three weeks to write and record a title song and an entire underscore, he recruited frequent collaborator Don Black and singer Lulu for a song that even the composer (in interviews in later years) confessed that he disliked. For the film's Far East setting, Barry contributed some colorful musical contexts, along with a few Dixieland flourishes for the villain's lethal funhouse.

Keywords:   John Barry, Don Black, Lulu, Christopher Lee, The Man With the Golden Gun

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