“… though I know there’s danger there, I don’t care …”

Jon Burlingame

in The Music of James Bond

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863303
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979981 | DOI:
“… though I know there’s danger there, I don’t care …”

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Never Say Never Again was a remake of Thunderball, produced by Kevin McClory who owned remake rights because of the deal he had made with Broccoli and Saltzman to make the original (as the result of a complex lawsuit involving Fleming and the original Thunderball novel). Sean Connery reprised his most famous role, and also served as a producer. It was Connery who called Michel Legrand, the Oscar-winning French composer (“The Windmills of Your Mind,” Summer of '42), to score the film. Legrand was reluctant, exhausted from a year of work on the Barbra Streisand film Yentl, but decided he could not resist and said yes. Connery also called old friends Alan and Marilyn Bergman — frequent Legrand collaborators, who had also just finished Yentl — for lyrics. Bonnie Tyler was approached to sing, but turned it down; Lani Hall, once part of Brasil '66 and now Herb Alpert's wife, said yes. Alpert produced the track with Sergio Mendes and even played trumpet on the end-title version. Legrand's score was stylistically quite different from most Bond scores and thus controversial both within the production and with fans later.

Keywords: Kevin McClory; Michel Legrand; Sean Connery; Alan Bergman; Marilyn Bergman; Never Say Never Again; Lani Hall; Bonnie Tyler; Sergio Mendes; Herb Alpert

Chapter.  3286 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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