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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

As Bondmania begins to grip the globe, the film producers trust John Barry for all of the music, including the song: Barry collaborates with London friends and fellow songwriters Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse to write the title song for Goldfinger. Barry hires Welsh-born Shirley Bassey to belt out the tune, which helps to propel the soundtrack album to no. 1 in the U.S. in the spring of 1965, topping both The Beatles and the Mary Poppins soundtrack. Nearly all of Barry's dramatic underscore is based on the song, with variations that range from romantic to powerful.

Keywords:   John Barry, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley, Goldfinger, Shirley Bassey, Guy Hamilton, Michael Caine, United Artists, John Scott

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