James Bond music

The Music of James Bond – The Complete List

You Only Live Twice

Year 1967
Composed by: Leslie Bricusse, John Barry
Performed by: Nancy Sinatra
Movie: You Only Live Twice
James Bond: Sean Connery
Nancy Sinatra

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.

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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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