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The filmmakers
The men and women who made Bond!

Goldfinger (1964) Main Titles designed by Robert Brownjohn

The Main Title Designers

Maurice Binder (1918-1991)

Robert Brownjohn (1925-1970)

Daniel Kleinman

Maurice Binder (1918-1991)

Dr. No (1962)
[animation Trevor Bond]
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Live And Let Die (1973)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Octopussy (1983)
A View To A Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence To Kill (1989)

Maurice Binder also devised the gun barrel sequence seen as part of the main titles for Dr. No (1962), and re-used in From Russia With Love (1963) & Goldfinger (1964) [featuring Bob Simmons as James Bond]. The sequence was re-filmed with Sean Connery for Thunderball (1965) and with George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton for use at the start of their James Bond films.

Maurice Binder also edited and compiled many theatrical trailers for the James Bond films 1962-1989, and filmed special sequences for teaser trailers with actors Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton.

Robert Brownjohn (1925-1970)

From Russia With Love (1963)
[assisted by Trevor Bond]
Goldfinger (1964)
[assisted by Trevor Bond]
(uncredited)

Robert Brownjohn also designed
the UK & US poster artwork for
Goldfinger
(1964)

Daniel Kleinman (1960- )

GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
[credited as Danny Kleinman]
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)
No Time To Die (2021)

Daniel Kleinman filmed a new version of Maurice Binder's iconic gun barrel sequence with Pierce Brosnan for the start of GoldenEye (1995), which was re-used on Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). For Die Another Day (2002) the gun barrel sequence was enhanced with the addition of a computer generated bullet effect.

New gun barrels were filmed with Daniel Craig seen at the end of Skyfall (2012); and the start of Spectre (2015) and
No Time To Die (2021).

Daniel Kleinman also directed the music videos for Gladys Knight's title song ‘Licence To Kill’ (1989) and ‘No Time To Die’ (2021) sung by Billie Eilish

Trevor Bond

Quantum of Solace (2008) main titles and gun barrel designed by MK12

Trevor Bond (1934- )

Dr. No
(1962)
Animation
From Russia With Love (1963)
[assistant to Robert Brownjohn]
Goldfinger (1964)
[assistant to Robert Brownjohn]
(uncredited)

The main titles and gun barrel sequence (placed at the end of the film) for
Quantum of Solace (2008) were created by Kansas based design studio MK12.

 
John Barry conducting the recording session of You Only Live Twice (1967)

The Composers

Monty Norman

John Barry (1933-2011)

George Martin (1926-2016)

Monty Norman (1928- )

Dr. No (1962)
Composer of ‘The James Bond Theme’
and orchestral score/songs

Sang ‘Under The Mango Tree’
[featured in the film] Dr. No (1962)

John Barry (1933-2011)

Dr. No (1962)
Arranger ‘The James Bond Theme’
From Russia With Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964)

Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
Moonraker (1979)
Octopussy (1983)
A View To A Kill (1985)
The Living Daylights (1987)
[John Barry also appears in the film]

‘We Have All The Time In The World’ (instrumental) composed by John Barry included in the track ‘Matera’ & ‘Theme from On Her Majesty's Secret Service’ composed by John Barry re-orchestrated as ‘Good To Have You Back’ by Hans Zimmer
No Time To Die (2021)

Sir George Martin (1926-2016)

Live And Let Die
(1973)

Also produced the single version of
Shirley Bassey's ‘Goldfinger’ (1964)

Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

Bill Conti

Michael Kamen (1948-2003)

Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Bill Conti (1942- )

For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Michael Kamen (1948-2003)

Licence To Kill (1989)
Eric Serra

David Arnold

Thomas Newman

Eric Serra (1959- )

GoldenEye (1995)


GoldenEye End titles
‘The Experience of Love’
composed & sung by Eric Serra
David Arnold (1962- )

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Thomas Newman (1955- )

Skyfall (2012)
Spectre (2015)
Hans Zimmer Steve Mazzaro  
Hans Zimmer (1957- )

No Time To Die (2021)
Steve Mazzaro (1987- )

No Time To Die (2021)
Additional music/Score Producer
 
 

The Lyricists

A handful of lyricists have made significant contributions to the James Bond films, often writing more than one song for different films in the series throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Whilst later songs were written by the vocalists’ usual lyricist (and limited to one film), many of the early compositions were collaborations between the composer and prolific stage/screen songwriters. Their contribution deserves special recognition, and selected lyricists are pictured below.

Lionel Bart (1930-1999)

Leslie Bricusse (1931-2021)

Don Black

Lionel Bart (1930-1999)

‘From Russia With Love’
Written by Lionel Bart
From Russia With Love (1963)

Song heard on a radio in the film
and performed over the end titles.

Leslie Bricusse (1931-2021)
Pictured above (left) with Shirley Bassey and Anthony Newley (1931-1999)

‘Goldfinger’
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
Goldfinger (1964)
‘You Only Live Twice’
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
You Only Live Twice (1967)

Leslie Bricusse also wrote the lyrics for
‘Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ originally
intended as the title song for Thunderball (1965). First recorded by Dionne Warwick in early September 1965, and then Shirley Bassey on October 12, 1965.

Don Black (1938- )

‘Thunderball’
Lyrics by Don Black
Thunderball (1965)
‘Diamonds Are Forever’
Lyrics by Don Black
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
‘The Man With The Golden Gun’
Lyrics by Don Black
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
‘Surrender’
[End titles]
Music by David Arnold & David McAlmont,
Lyrics by Don Black

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
‘The World Is Not Enough’
Written by David Arnold & Don Black
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Only Myself To Blame[unused end title track sung by Scott Walker]
Written by David Arnold & Don Black
The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Hal David (1921-2012 )

Hal David (1921-2012)

‘The Look of Love’
Composed by Burt Bacharach,
Lyrics by Hal David
[featured in the film]
Casino Royale (1967)
‘Have No Fear Bond Is Here’
Music by Burt Bacharach,
Lyrics by Hal David
Casino Royale (1967) [End titles]
‘Do You Know How
Christmas Trees Are Grown?’
Lyrics by Hal David
[featured in the film]
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
‘We Have All The Time In The World’
Lyrics by Hal David
[featured in the film]
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
‘Moonraker’
Lyrics by Hal David
Moonraker (1979)
‘We Have All The Time In The World’
Lyrics by Hal David
No Time To Die (2021) [End titles]

Composer John Barry with lyricists Leslie Bricusse and Don Black

 
Sheena Easton in th emain titles of For Your Eyes Only (1981)

The Singers (Main and End Titles)

Matt Monro (1930-1985) Shirley Bassey Tom Jones

Matt Monro (1930-1985)

‘From Russia With Love’
Written by Lionel Bart
From Russia With Love (1963)

Heard on a radio in the film
and performed over the end titles.

Dame Shirley Bassey (1937- )

‘Goldfinger’
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley
Goldfinger (1964)
‘Diamonds Are Forever’
Lyrics by Don Black
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
‘Moonraker’
Lyrics by Hal David
Moonraker (1979)

Sir Tom Jones (1940- )
[Thomas John Woodward]

‘Thunderball’
Lyrics by Don Black
Thunderball (1965)

 

Nancy Sinatra Paul McCartney Lulu

Nancy Sinatra (1940- )

‘You Only Live Twice’
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
You Only Live Twice (1967)

Paul McCartney & Wings
Sir Paul McCartney (1942- )

‘Live And Let Die’
Composed by Paul and Linda McCartney
Live And Let Die (1973)

Lulu (1948- )
[Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie]

‘The Man With The Golden Gun’
Lyrics by Don Black
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

Carly Simon Sheena Easton Rita Coolidge

Carly Simon (1945- )

‘Nobody Does It Better’
Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Sheena Easton (1959- )

‘For Your Eyes Only’
Lyrics by Michael Leeson

For Your Eyes Only (1981)
[the only singer to appear in
the opening credit titles to date]

Rita Coolidge (1945- )

‘All Time High’
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Octopussy (1983)

Duran Duran a-ha Gladys Knight

Duran Duran
Simon Le Bon (1958- )

‘A View To A Kill’
Composed by Duran Duran & John Barry
A View To A Kill (1985)

a-ha
Morton Harket (1959- )

‘The Living Daylights’
 Composed by Pal Waaktaar & John Barry
The Living Daylights (1987)

Gladys Knight (1944- )

‘Licence To Kill’
Composed by Narada Michael Walden,
Jeffrey Cohen & Walter Afanasieff
Licence To Kill (1989)
[uncredited in main titles]

Patti LaBelle Tina Turner Sheryl Crow

Patti LaBelle (1944- )

‘If You Asked Me To’ [End titles]
Written by Diane Warren
Licence To Kill (1989)

Tina Turner [Anna Mae Bullock] (1939- )

‘GoldenEye’
Written by Bono & The Edge
GoldenEye (1995)

Sheryl Crow (1962- )

‘Tomorrow Never Dies’
Written by Sheryl Crow & Mitchell Froom
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

k.d. lang Shirley Manson Madonna

k.d. lang [Kathryn Dawn Lang] (1961- )

‘Surrender’ [End titles]
Music by David Arnold & David McAlmont,
Lyrics by Don Black

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Garbage
Shirley Manson (1966- )

‘The World Is Not Enough’
Written by David Arnold & Don Black
The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Madonna [Louise Ciccone] (1958- )

‘Die Another Day’
Written by Madonna & Mirwais Ahmadzaï
Die Another Day (2002)
Madonna also appears in the
film as Verity [uncredited]

Chris Cornell (1964-2017) Jack White & Alicia Keys Adele

Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

‘You Know My Name’
Written by Chris Cornell & David Arnold
Casino Royale (2006)

Jack White (1975- )
& Alicia Keys (1981- )

‘Another Way To Die’
Written by Jack White
Quantum of Solace (2008)

Adele [Adkins] (1988- )

‘Skyfall’
Written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth
Skyfall
(2012)
Oscar® Winner 2013
Best Original Song
(Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth)

Sam Smith Billie Eilish Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

Sam Smith (1992- )

‘Writing's On The Wall’
Written by Sam Smith & James Napier
Spectre (2015)
Oscar® Winner 2016
Best Original Song
(Sam Smith & James Napier)

Billie Eilish (2001- )

‘No Time To Die’
Written by Billie Eilish & FINNEAS
No Time To Die (2021)
GRAMMY® Award Winner 2021
Best Song Written For Visual Media
(Billie Eilish & Finneas O'Connell)
Golden Globe Winner 2022
Best Original Song
(Billie Eilish & Finneas O'Connell)
Oscar® Winner 2022
Best Original Song
(Billie Eilish & Finneas O'Connell)

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

‘We Have All The Time In The World’
Lyrics by Hal David
No Time To Die (2021) [End titles]

The Singers
(performances and vocals featured in the film)

Byron Lee (1935-2008) Diana Coupland (1928-2006) Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

Byron Lee (1935-2008)

Guitarist - Byron Lee and the Dragonaires
‘Kingston Calypso’ and ‘Jump Up
[featured in the film]

Dr. No (1962)

Diana Coupland (1928-2006)

‘Under The Mango Tree’
[featured in the film on a record that
Bond plays in Miss Taro’s bungalow]

Dr. No (1962)

Also married to Monty Norman 1956-76

Louis Armstrong (1901-1971)

‘We Have All The Time In The World’
Lyrics by Hal David
[featured in the film]
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Pictured with composer John Barry and lyricist Hal David (1921-2012)

Nina [Van Pallandt] B.J. Arnau (1941-1989) Chrissie Hynde

Nina [Van Pallandt] (1932- )

‘Do You Know How
Christmas Trees Are Grown?’
Lyrics by Hal David
[featured in the film]
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

B.J. [Brenda] Arnau (1941-1989)

‘Live And Let Die’
Composed by Paul and Linda McCartney
[performance featured in the film]
Live And Let Die
(1973)

The Pretenders
Chrissie Hynde (1951- )

‘Where Has Everybody Gone?’ and
‘If There Was A Man’
Written by Chrissie Hynde & John Barry
[featured in the film & end titles]
The Living Daylights (1987)

Original recordings featured in the James Bond films

Over the years several pieces of re-recorded classical music have been incorporated into the incidental soundtracks of the James Bond films, including Marvin Hamlish's use of by Bach’s ‘Air On The G String’ and Mozart’s ‘Piano Concerto No. 21’ in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Hamlish also incorporated the ‘Theme from Lawrence of Arabia’ (1962), composed by Maurice Jarre, into his score - although more as an ‘in-joke’ to highlight the on-screen action. Jarre's ‘Lara's theme’ from Doctor Zhivago (1965) is also heard when Anya Amasova (played by Barbara Bach) opens a music box transmitter in the pre-credit sequence of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), so could actually be considered as part of the narrative as well as an ‘in-joke’. None of these pieces are credited in the film.

California Girls - Gidea Park

Although John Barry's re-orchestration of Elmer Bernstein's ‘The Magnificent Seven Theme’ in Moonraker (1979), and later use of the Gidea Park 1980 cover version of ‘California Girls’ in the pre-credit sequence of A View To A Kill (1985), these were interpolated into the background score and not diegetic sounds heard as part of the narrative. However, their appearance was significant enough to justify an inclusion in the end credits of the film. Composer David Arnold also used the 1979 song ‘London Calling’ by The Clash on the soundtrack of Die Another Day (2002) when Sir Gustav Graves (played by Toby Stephens) parachutes into the capital in front of Buckingham Palace. The song was similarly credited at the end of the film.

‘London Calling’ The Clash

Gidea Park

 ‘California Girls’ (1980 cover version)
Written by Brian Wilson (1942- )
A cover version of the 1965 Beach Boys hit [featured in the film]
A View To A Kill (1985)

 

The Clash
Joe Strummer (1952-2002)
[John Graham Mellor]

‘London Calling’ (1979)
[featured in the film]
Die Another Day (2002)


The performances listed below are all diegetic sounds heard in the film rather than just original recordings included as part of the soundtrack. These recordings are played by characters in the respective films and heard as part of the narrative. There were also several other classical/operatic or incidental pieces heard in the films and over the end credits [including several recordings in Quantum of Solace (2008) and Spectre (2015), and the reggae tracks heard in No Time To Die], but these are more background music rather than actually part of the narrative.

‘Boom Boom’ The Animals

'Boum!!' Charles Trenet

‘Cum Dederit’ by Andreas Scholl

The Animals
Eric Burdon (1941- )

‘Boom Boom’
1964 recording written by
John Lee Hooker (1917-2001) in 1962
Performed by ‘The Animals’
[featured in the film]
Skyfall (2012)

(Played over loudspeakers by the helicopter carrying Silva [Javier Bardem]
as it arrives at ‘Skyfall’ - James Bond's
ancestral home in Scotland)

Charles Trenet (1913-2001)

‘Boum!!’ (written 1938)
Written and performed by Charles Trenet
Columbia Records 1956 (pictured above)
[featured in the film]
Skyfall (2012)

(heard over loud speakers
on Silva's island)

 

Andreas Scholl (1967- )

‘Cum Dederit’ (Andante)
[Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), R.608]
Written by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Performed by Andreas Scholl,
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra,
conductor Paul Dyer.
Decca Records [recorded 2000]
[featured in the film]
Spectre
(2015)

(Played by Lucia Sciarra [Monica Bellucci]
as she returns home after her husband's funeral as James Bond [Daniel Craig] kills the SPECTRE assassins)

Opera Without Words - Geoff Love Conert Ochestra 1975

‘Dans la ville endormie’ Dalida

Enrico Caruso (1873-1921)

Geoff Love (1917-1991)*

‘One Furtive Tear’ from L’Elisir D’Amore
Written by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
Performed by
The Geoff Love Concert Orchestra
From the LP Opera Without Words
Parlophone Records Ltd (recorded 1975)
[featured in the film]
Spectre
(2015)

(Heard briefly in Lucia Sciarra's villa as James Bond [Daniel Craig] writes down Felix Leiter's contact details)

Dalida (1933-1987)
[Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti]

‘Dans La Ville Endormie’ (1968)
Written by Claude Lemesle
Music by William Sheller
From the 4-track EP Pars
[featured in the film]
No Time To Die (2021)

(Played on a CD by Madeleine Swann's mother [Mathilde Bourbin] at the Norway home of the family in the
pre-credit flashback sequence)

Enrico Caruso (1873-1921)

‘Che Gelida Manina’ from La Bohême
Written by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Sung by Enrico Caruso (1906 recording)
[featured in the film]
No Time To Die (2021)

(Record played in the hotel room
of James Bond and Madeleine Swann
during the pre-credit flashback
sequence in Matera, Italy)

*Geoff Love was a prolific arranger and composer of easy listening and pop versions of classical and film themes. He became famous in the late 1950s, playing under the pseudonym of ‘Manuel and The Music of The Mountains’. In 1975 he also recorded ‘Big Bond Movie Themes’ for the Music for Pleasure label in the UK. Featuring re-recordings of the James Bond title themes from Dr. No (1962) to The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) [and including Burt Bacharach's ‘Casino Royale’], the album was originally issued with a sleeve painted by British artist Tom Chantrell (1916-2001), responsible for many memorable film posters including several for Hammer films. He also painted posters for many of the Carry On films including Carry On Spying (1964), the poster for which was very similar to the Renato Fratini's artwork seen on the UK quad-crown poster for From Russia With Love (1963). EON Productions objected to the similarities and the poster was ultimately slightly amended. EON also objected to the album sleeve for ‘Big Bond Movie Themes’ as it infringed their copyright of Roger Moore's image from posters painted by Robert McGinnis. The album was later re-issued with amended artwork which also revised the pictorial representations of Ursula Andress, Sean Connery and Telly Savalas. Tom Chantrell is probably best-remembered as the artist who painted the iconic Style-C poster for Star Wars (1977) that was later adopted as the quad-crown poster for the UK release. This is the only Star Wars poster to feature the likeness of Peter Cushing.

Composers, performers and singers from other James Bond films

Burt Bacharach

Herb Alpert

Dusty Springfield (1939-1999)

Burt Bacharach (1928- )

Composer music score
Casino Royale (1967)

Herb Alpert (1935- )

[Main title theme]
Casino Royale (1967)

Composed
by Burt Bacharach
Performed by
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

Dusty Springfield (1939-1999)
[Mary Isobel Catherine
Bernadette O'Brien]

‘The Look of Love’
[featured in the film]
Casino Royale (1967)
Composed
by Burt Bacharach,
Lyrics by Hal David

Mike Redway

Michel Legrand

Lani Hall

Mike Redway (1939- )

‘Have No Fear Bond Is Here’ [End titles]
Casino Royale (1967)
Music by Burt Bacharach,
Lyrics by Hal David

Also sang
‘Dream on James, You're Winning’
[featured on the
original soundtrack album]

Michel Legrand (1932-2019 )

Composer music score
Never Say Never Again (1983)

Lani Hall (1945- )

‘Never Say Never Again’
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics By Alan & Marilyn Bergman
Never Say Never Again (1983)
[Main & End titles]

Also married to Herb Alpert
who produced the song (with Sergio Mendes) and played
solo trumpet on the recording.

PRODUCTION DESIGNERS & CINEMATOGRAPHERS

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