Saturday, August 29, 2009

(1) James Bond - Edward Kennedy, John F. Kennedy

It is strange to connect the name Kennedy (death of Edward Kennedy, 26.08.2009) with that of Bond but blogger vaguely remembers that John F. Kennedy loved to read the James Bond series by Ian Fleming, because the former mentioned it at a press conference when a reporter asked him what type of books he liked to read... The 60's is incomplete without Kennedy and Bond.

Similarly, Singapore 60's music is incomplete without its James Bond theme songs. Limiting the list up to the 70's, the first Bond movie made was Dr. No (1962) and the last 70's movie was, Moonraker (1979). Most of the melodies are hits and many of the signature tunes are now classics. They are all covered by different pop artistes.The best known of the melodies are The James Bond Theme (1962) and On Her Majesty' Secret Service (1969).
The songs are: 

From Russia With Love (1963 - Matt Monro), 
Goldfinger (1964 - Shirley Bassey), 
Thunderball (1965 - Tom Jones)

You Only Live Twice (1967 - Nancy Sinatra), 
Diamonds Are Forever (1971 - Shirley Bassey), 
Live And Let Die, (1973 - Paul McCartney & Wings), 

The Man With The Golden Gun (1974 - Lulu), 
Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 - Carly Simon), Moonraker (1979 - Shirley Bassey) and 
For Your Eyes Only - (1981) Sheena Easton.

All the songs went down well with Singapore listeners as most of them were in the local Pop Charts. A few songs have also been covered by our own musicians.
Images: Google.

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