The Bond Track Nobody Heard
While we’re talking about quirky soundtracks (oh, sorry, weren’t we?) the late sixties produced a lot of soundtracks with sung title themes, many of them extremely memorable and catchy earworms. First, here’s an audio Q&A of a song featuring Peter Sellars and The Hollies (does anyone remember them?) from the comedy caper ‘After The Fox’, written by Burt Bacharach. The clue to the composer is in the quirky key change. The film was trying to capitalise on the dubious appeal of ‘What’s New Pussycat’, another comedy with a score better than its script.
John Barry, who would eventually fall out with Bond filmmakers for no longer allowing him to write 007 theme music that could be extemporised in the score, wrote his famous Nancy Sinatra-sung ‘You Only Live Twice’ – but it was in fact his second try at the title track. The first was sung by Julie Rogers, and sounded like this.
FYI The older Bond soundtrack recordings were always incomplete, but then bootleg editions were issued, which eventually forced the studio’s hand, and they’ve been quietly slipping ever more extended scores online. To compare, check the original ‘You Only Live Twice’ with its bootleg, referred to as the ‘extended score’, and then the new even longer official version which appeared in 2012.
PS This was the less-used poster – probably on account of where that young lady’s hand is going! I still have the original quad poster of the exploding volcano on my wall.