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The Music of James Bond – The Complete List

The Living Daylights

Year 1987
Composed by: John Barry, Pål Waaktaar
Performed by: A-ha
Movie: The Living Daylights
James Bond: Timothy Dalton

“The Living Daylights” is the last James Bond movie to which composer John Barry brought his contribution. After 25 years, his mark is hard to erase.

Trying to imitate the success they had with Duran Duran, the producers got in touch with the Norwegians from the band A-ha. It didn’t go well because, during the recordings, there were several disagreements. In the end, the song turned out to be not so bad. In Great Britain, it occupied the 5th place.

Back then, the band A-ha was en vogue, so the music video had immediately drawn public attention:

Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys declared that he composed a demo version of “This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave” as a possible collaboration for the movie “The Living Daylight”. But it didn’t happen 1)The Music of James Bond” by Jon Burlingame, book published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

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Article written exclusively for Miratico by Velea. Lucian Velea
Lucian Velea is the founder of the website Miratico and has been a fan of the James Bond movies ever since he saw "Octopussy".


1 The Music of James Bond” by Jon Burlingame, book published by Oxford University Press in 2012

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