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The James Bond Songs

Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold

Published in print October 2015 | ISBN: 9780190234522
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190234553 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.001.0001
The James Bond Songs

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Starting with the 1963 film From Russia With Love, every James Bond film has followed the same ritual. After an exciting action sequence, the screen goes black and we spend three minutes with abstract opening credits and a song—a song that sounds like the music of our day in some respects, while sounding out-of-step in others. This book presents the story of this unique genre, and the audience it created for itself. Films, pop songs, society and geopolitics have changed a lot over the past half-century. By mostly refusing to change with them, the Bond-songs reveal the extent of these cultural and aesthetic transformations.

Keywords: James Bond; pop music; pop songs; music in films; late capitalism

Book.  256 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music

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Introduction in The James Bond Songs

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“At Skyfall” in The James Bond Songs

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“A Golden Girl Knows” in The James Bond Songs

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“You Only Live Twice” in The James Bond Songs

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“When You’ve Got a Job to Do” in The James Bond Songs

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“We’re an All Time High” in The James Bond Songs

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Looking the Part in The James Bond Songs

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“Close My Body Now” in The James Bond Songs

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Coda in The James Bond Songs

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