“… well, it takes my breath away …”

Jon Burlingame

in The Music of James Bond

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863303
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979981 | DOI:
“… well, it takes my breath away …”

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Producer Charles K. Feldman (who held the rights to the first Fleming Bond novel) makes his own Bond movie, a big-budget, all-star sendup starring David Niven, Woody Allen, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles and original Bond girl Ursula Andress. Hit songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David pen several songs for the film, most of which are jettisoned by the time they see the final cut. The “Casino Royale” song, with satirical lyrics, is sung Noel Coward-style by an uncredited Mike Redway; Johnny Rivers flew to London to sing it over the titles but disliked the song and refused; Herb Alpert, of Tijuana Brass fame, later played trumpet over the instrumental track and that wound up over the opening titles. Bacharach and David write “The Look of Love” at the last minute in London for a love scene with Sellers and Andress; Dusty Springfield sang it and it became the first Oscar-nominated Bond song.

Keywords: Charles K. Feldman; Burt Bacharach; Hal David; Mike Redway; Johnny Rivers; Dusty Springfield; Herb Alpert; Tijuana Brass; The Look of Love; Casino Royale

Chapter.  4812 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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