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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 Living Daylights

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The Music of James Bond

Jon Burlingame

Oxford University Press

Timothy Dalton replaces Roger Moore as the new 007. John Barry, in his final score for the franchise, incorporates state-of-the-art recording techniques including synthesized rhythm tracks that help update the Bond sound. Norwegian pop trio a-ha is recruited to co-write and perform the title song but they do not get on well with Barry, who later complains bitterly about their participation. He also works with Chrissie Hynde (lead singer of The Pretenders) who pens lyrics for, and sings, two other songs with a rock sensibility that make it into the film. Barry himself appears on camera in the final scenes, conducting a Vienna orchestra in which the female lead (Maryam d'Abo) is pretending to play the cello. Both a-ha and Hynde make videos and both tunes score high on the U.K. charts.

Keywords:   Timothy Dalton, John Barry, a-ha, Chrissie Hynde, The Living Daylights, Where Has Every Body Gone, If There Was a Man, Maryam d'Abo, Vienna

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