“… the living’s in the way we die … “

Jon Burlingame

in The Music of James Bond

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863303
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979981 | DOI:
“… the living’s in the way we die … “

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Timothy Dalton replaces Roger Moore as the new 007. John Barry, in his final score for the franchise, incorporates state-of-the-art recording techniques including synthesized rhythm tracks that help update the Bond sound. Norwegian pop trio a-ha is recruited to co-write and perform the title song but they do not get on well with Barry, who later complains bitterly about their participation. He also works with Chrissie Hynde (lead singer of The Pretenders) who pens lyrics for, and sings, two other songs with a rock sensibility that make it into the film. Barry himself appears on camera in the final scenes, conducting a Vienna orchestra in which the female lead (Maryam d'Abo) is pretending to play the cello. Both a-ha and Hynde make videos and both tunes score high on the U.K. charts.

Keywords: Timothy Dalton; John Barry; a-ha; Chrissie Hynde; The Living Daylights; Where Has Every Body Gone; If There Was a Man; Maryam d'Abo; Vienna

Chapter.  3517 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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