Ep. 55 - John Barry & Duran Duran's 'A View to a Kill'
Action, Adventure, Thriller, 14-Apr-2021
Who can forget the fourteenth James Bond film featuring Roger Moore, Grace Jones, and Christopher Walken? The opening credit sequences for every Bond film have become an iconic moment for every one in the franchise, where sound & image can have full uninterrupted gravitas. For the earlier films, it was also an incredible feat of optical printing on 35mm film prior to digital VFX, and would always push the boundaries of what was possible on film.
"A View to a Kill" is a great example of this. The opening title was performed by Duran Duran and co-composed with John Barry, and is one of our absolute favorites songs of all-time (along with "The Living Daylights", also composed by Barry but performed by A-ha). It actually reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Golden Globe nomination (for both Barry and Duran Duran) for Best Song back in 1985.
"A View to a Kill" was recorded in London with a 60-piece orchestra and is the most successful Bond theme to-date.
Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/a-view-to-a-kill/
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