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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 Music of James Bond

Jon Burlingame

Oxford University Press

John Barry settled his tax debts with British authorities in 1983 and was thus able to return to work in London. He scored Octopussy, which is set in part in India and which features another “title” song that didn't include the film title: “All Time High,” with lyrics by Tim Rice of Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita fame. Laura Branigan was originally proposed as the singer, but American pop singer Rita Coolidge won out as the vocalist. Phil Ramone returned to produce the song. With the Sean Connery Bond film Never Say Never Again looming as marketplace competition, Barry made more frequent references to the “James Bond Theme” throughout the score, as if to reinforce the fact that Roger Moore was the only true 007. The phrase “All Time High“ became part of the overall advertising campaign for the movie. The song also merited the first Bond music video.

Keywords:   John Barry, Tim Rice, Laura Branigan, Rita Coolidge, Roger Moore, All Time High

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