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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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The Spy Who Loved Me

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The Music of James Bond

Jon Burlingame

Oxford University Press

John Barry became a “tax exile” and could no longer work in the U.K., making it necessary for producer Albert R. Broccoli (now running the Bond franchise, as partner Harry Saltzman sold his interest to United Artists) to find a new composer. Marvin Hamlisch, then the hottest composer in show business (coming off Oscar wins for The Way We Were and The Sting and a Tony win for A Chorus Line), agreed to score the new 007 adventure. His songwriting partner Carole Bayer Sager came up with the title “Nobody Does It Better” (hiding the phrase “the spy who loved me” in the middle of the song lyric) and Carly Simon's vocal drove it to a no. 2 position on the Billboard charts. For the first and only time in Bond-franchise history, both song and score were nominated for Academy Awards; both lost.

Keywords:   John Barry, Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager, Carly Simon, Nobody Does It Better

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