“… nobody does it better … ”

Jon Burlingame

in The Music of James Bond

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863303
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979981 | DOI:
                   “… nobody does it better … ”

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John Barry became a “tax exile” and could no longer work in the U.K., making it necessary for producer Albert R. Broccoli (now running the Bond franchise, as partner Harry Saltzman sold his interest to United Artists) to find a new composer. Marvin Hamlisch, then the hottest composer in show business (coming off Oscar wins for The Way We Were and The Sting and a Tony win for A Chorus Line), agreed to score the new 007 adventure. His songwriting partner Carole Bayer Sager came up with the title “Nobody Does It Better” (hiding the phrase “the spy who loved me” in the middle of the song lyric) and Carly Simon's vocal drove it to a no. 2 position on the Billboard charts. For the first and only time in Bond-franchise history, both song and score were nominated for Academy Awards; both lost.

Keywords: John Barry; Marvin Hamlisch; Carole Bayer Sager; Carly Simon; Nobody Does It Better

Chapter.  5004 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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