James Bond 50: The Rocking Daylights


As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.

All right, that title may not be altogether true. Few people would label the Norwegian band a-ha “rock”. The same is true for Duran Duran, who delivered the title tune for A View to a Kill. But they did follow in the footsteps of Paul McCartney & Wings who produced a rock tune, “Live and Let Die”, for that 1973 Bond movie. The fifteenth film in the franchise introduced a new Bond, Timothy Dalton, as well as a younger Moneypenny for the first time, played by Caroline Bliss. Duran Duran certainly refreshed the series two years earlier music-wise, but a-ha showed that this was no fluke. Once again, old and new fused in successful ways. Maurice Binder still designed the titles but with an obvious 1980s touch. In 2006, a-ha singer Morten Harket talked about how John Barry’s string arrangement really gave a boost to that song. He was right – and Barry’s work on the View to a Kill score certainly made a difference as well. 

My 2006 review of The Living Daylights.

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