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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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Never Say Never Again

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The Music of James Bond

Jon Burlingame

Oxford University Press

Never Say Never Again was a remake of Thunderball, produced by Kevin McClory who owned remake rights because of the deal he had made with Broccoli and Saltzman to make the original (as the result of a complex lawsuit involving Fleming and the original Thunderball novel). Sean Connery reprised his most famous role, and also served as a producer. It was Connery who called Michel Legrand, the Oscar-winning French composer (“The Windmills of Your Mind,” Summer of '42), to score the film. Legrand was reluctant, exhausted from a year of work on the Barbra Streisand film Yentl, but decided he could not resist and said yes. Connery also called old friends Alan and Marilyn Bergman — frequent Legrand collaborators, who had also just finished Yentl — for lyrics. Bonnie Tyler was approached to sing, but turned it down; Lani Hall, once part of Brasil '66 and now Herb Alpert's wife, said yes. Alpert produced the track with Sergio Mendes and even played trumpet on the end-title version. Legrand's score was stylistically quite different from most Bond scores and thus controversial both within the production and with fans later.

Keywords:   Kevin McClory, Michel Legrand, Sean Connery, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Never Say Never Again, Lani Hall, Bonnie Tyler, Sergio Mendes, Herb Alpert

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