You Only Live Twice
The main song of the movie “You Only Live Twice” was performed by the actress and singer Nancy Sinatra, daughter of the great Frank Sinatra. She was already a successful woman, thus her presence was in tune with the movie itself.
It’s interesting to know that, except for the soundtrack, Nancy Sinatra interpreted the song “You Only Live Twice” in a very different setting. Maybe she didn’t like the idea of being associated with James Bond?! The fact is that it was a great fuss in the studio. According to John Barry, there were 25 recording sessions needed and they barely managed to mix the final version for the movie.
Coldplay interpreted this song in a more rock style during their shows from 2000-2001. The trick done on the guitar is interesting:
Initially, the movie was supposed to begin with a different song, performed by Julie Rogers. But the producers gave up on it. Maybe there were too many Japanese touches.
Lorraine Chandler also recorded a song for the title sequence of the movie, but it was not accepted. The producers would not take the risk with a little known singer 1)”The Music of James Bond” by Jon Burlingame, book published by Oxford University Press in 2012.
- Introduction + James Bond theme
- 1962: Kingston Calypso (Dr. No)
- 1963: James Bond Is Back / From Russia with Love / James Bond Theme
- 1964: Goldfinger
- 1965: Thunderball
- 1967: You Only Live Twice
- 1969: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- 1971: Diamonds Are Forever
- 1973: Live and Let Die
- 1974: The Man with the Golden Gun
- 1977: Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)
- 1979: Moonraker
- 1981: For Your Eyes Only
- 1983: All Time High (Octopussy)
- 1985: A View to a Kill
- 1987: The Living Daylights
- 1989: Licence to Kill
- 1995: GoldenEye
- 1997: Tomorrow Never Dies
- 1999: The World Is Not Enough
- 2002: Die Another Day
- 2006: You Know My Name (Casino Royale)
- 2008: Another Way to Die (Quantum of Solace)
- 2012: Skyfall
- 2015: Writing's on the Wall (Spectre)
A surprising series of re-orchestrations that were originally classic songs, in heavy metal style
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