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Encyclopedia > A View to a Kill (song)
"A View to a Kill"
Single by Duran Duran
Released May 1985
Recorded spring 1985
Genre Dance, New Wave
Length 3:34
Label EMI
Producer(s) Bernard Edwards
Duran Duran singles chronology
"The Wild Boys"
(1984)
"A View to a Kill"
(1985)
"Notorious"
(1986)
James Bond theme chronology
"Never Say Never Again"
(1983)
"A View to a Kill"
(1985)
"The Living Daylights"
(1987)

"A View to a Kill" is the 13th single recorded by Duran Duran, released in May 1985. It was a stand-alone single, created for the James Bond movie A View to a Kill, and it remains the only James Bond theme song to have reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100; it also made it to #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #6 in Australia. In 1986 John Barry and Duran Duran were nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for A View to a Kill. Image File history File links Duran_Duran_A_view_to_a_kill. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Duran Duran is a British pop/rock band notable for a long series of popular, hit singles and vivid music videos. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Dance music is music composed or played specifically to facilitate or accompany dancing. ... New Wave is a term that has been used to describe many developments in music, but is most commonly associated with a movement in Western popular music, in the late 1970s and early 1980s inspired by the punk rock movement. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Brook Green in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based on Charing Cross Road, London. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Bernard Edwards (1953-1996), born in Greenville, North Carolina, was a bass player and record producer, both as a member of Chic and on his own. ... Duran Duran is a British pop/rock band notable for a long series of popular, hit singles and vivid music videos. ... The Wild Boys is the twelfth single from the band Duran Duran, released on the live album Arena in October of 1984. ... Notorious is the 14th single by Duran Duran. ... The James Bond series of films from EON Productions has had numerous signature tunes over the years, many of which are now considered classic pieces of cinematic music. ... Never Say Never Again is a James Bond film, itself a remake of the 1965 film Thunderball. ... The Living Daylights is the fifteenth James Bond film made by EON Productions. ... Duran Duran is a British pop/rock band notable for a long series of popular, hit singles and vivid music videos. ... Flemings commissioned image of James Bond to aid the Daily Express comic strip artists. ... For the Ian Fleming short story that inspired the film, see From a View to a Kill. ... The James Bond series of films from EON Productions has had numerous signature tunes over the years, many of which are now considered classic pieces of cinematic music. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... For the main article see Golden Globe Awards. ...


The song was the last track that the original five members of Duran Duran recorded together until their reunion sixteen years later, in 2001. It was played at their final 1985 performance together, at Live Aid in Philadelphia. 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ...

Contents

About the song

The song was written by Duran Duran and John Barry, and recorded at Maison Rouge Studio and CTS Studio in London with a 60-piece orchestra. John Barry. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Duran Duran was chosen to do the song after bassist John Taylor (a lifelong Bond fan) approached producer Cubby Broccoli at a party, and somewhat drunkenly asked "When are you going to get someone decent to do one of your theme songs?"[1][2] This inauspicious beginning led to some serious talks, and the band was introduced to Bond composer John Barry, and also Jonathan Elias (whom Duran Duran members would later work with many times). An early writing meeting at Taylor's flat in Knightsbridge led to everyone getting drunk instead of composing.[3] Taylors first solo recording was a hit single for the 9½ Weeks movie soundtrack. ... Albert Romolo Broccoli (April 5, 1909–June 27, 1996) known to millions of movie fans as Cubby Broccoli (a nickname used by a cousin), produced more than forty movies, but will be remembered by most for his contribution to one of the most successful film franchises in history, James... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Knightsbridge is a street and district spanning the City of Westminster and theRoyal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London notable for its eclectic mix of rich, famous, and international residents including several billionaires Roman Abramovich, oligarchs from Russia, China and India, international businessman Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, trend setters Charles...


Le Bon said, of Barry: "He didn't really come up with any of the basic musical ideas. He heard what we came up with and he put them into an order. And that's why it happened so quickly because he was able to separate the good ideas from the bad ones, and he arranged them. He has a great way of working brilliant chord arrangements. He was working with us as virtually a sixth member of the group, but not really getting on our backs at all."[4]


The song was finally completed in April, and was released worldwide in May.


This song was the subject of criticism from singer Pat Boone when it was performed at Live Aid in 1985. Although Duran Duran donated their time in this historic fundraising effort for African famine relief (like every other artist on the bill), Boone commented that if singing lyrics like "Dance into the fire" were the only way to raise money and awareness of this issue, then maybe it was not worth it.


Music video

The song was accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek video filmed in June. It was directed by the duo Godley & Creme (who had also directed their 1981 video for "Girls On Film".) The video cast the band members as spies and assassins scampering all over the Eiffel Tower, in a rather tangled thicket of half-sketched storylines. Band members shoot at, take pictures of, spy upon and direct sonic accordion attacks upon each other as the lead singer Simon Le Bon wanders about, using a portable cassette player to set off a series of explosions elsewhere in the world. These shots are intercut with scenes from the movie A View To A Kill, including those featuring Roger Moore and Grace Jones on the Eiffel Tower, so that it appears the actors and the band are participating in the same storyline. Godley & Creme was a duo of English pop musicians and music video directors, namely Kevin Godley and Lol Creme. ... Girls On Film is the second single from the New Wave band, Duran Duran. ... The Eiffel Tower (French: , ) is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside the River Seine in Paris, France. ... This article is about the instrument as a whole. ... Simon John Charles Le Bon (born October 27, 1958) is the lead singer and lyricist of the pop band Duran Duran. ... For other persons named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ... Cover of Grace Jones 1981 album Nightclubbing. ...


Le Bon ends the video with a parody of James Bond, smarmily introducing himself as "Bon. Simon Le Bon."


B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes

The b-side was an instrumental piece orchestrated by John Barry, titled "A View To A Kill (That Fatal Kiss)". In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ...


It is thought that there was no 12" remix for the song because the band ran out of time. However, Capitol Records did commission and receive at least one remix of the track.


Covers, samples, & media references

Cover versions have been recorded by popular Welsh band Lostprophets, as well as Icelandic artist Paul Oscar (as a 1997 Eurovision Song Contest entry), Canadian punk band Gob, and Australian band Custard. In 2006 the chilean band Los MOX! recorded a new and heavier version of the song for their album titled "... con cover" Another cover version of the song was created in 1985 by a euro disco group called DJ's Factory. This cover of A View to a Kill has a more disco/house sound as compared to that of Duran Duran's. In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Lostprophets are a Welsh alternative metal/alternative rock band formed in 1997. ... The modern logo was introduced for the 2004 Contest to create a consistent visual identity. ... Gob are a punk band from Burnaby, British Columbia formed in 1994. ... Custard was an Australian indie rock band from Brisbane formed in 1990. ...


Chart positions

On July 13, 1985, it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2006 remains the only Bond theme to do so. On May 25, it made it to number two in the UK Singles Chart, also a record for Bond themes. (It was held out of the top spot by the song "19" by Paul Hardcastle.) The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Nineteen is a track by English musician Paul Hardcastle, released in 1985. ... Paul Hardcastle (born December 10, 1957, in London) is an English composer and musician specialising in the synthesizer. ...


Track listing

7": EMI DURAN 007 (UK)

  1. "A View To A Kill" (3:34)
  2. "A View To A Kill (that fatal kiss)" (2:28)
  • Also released in a gatefold sleeve (DURANG007)

CD: Part of "Singles Box Set 1981-1985" boxset

  1. "A View To A Kill" (3:34)
  2. "A View To A Kill (that fatal kiss)" (2:28)

Singles Box Set 1981-1985 is a boxset by Duran Duran. ...

Other appearances

Albums:

  • Decade: Greatest Hits (1989)
  • Greatest (1998)
  • Night Versions: The Essential Duran Duran (1998)
  • Strange Behaviour (1999)
  • Singles Box Set 1981-1985 (2003)
  • Live from London (2005)

Greatest is a greatest hits compilation album released in 1998 by the band Duran Duran. ... Strange Behaviour is a compilation album of remixes by Duran Duran. ... Singles Box Set 1981-1985 is a boxset by Duran Duran. ...

Personnel

  • Nick Rhodes
  • Simon LeBon
  • Andy Taylor
  • John Taylor
  • Roger Taylor

References

  1. ^ Malins, Steve. (2005) Notorious: The Unauthorized Biography, André Deutsch/Carlton Publishing, UK (ISBN 0-233-00137-9). pp 161-162
  2. ^ Paul Gambaccini Interview with John Taylor, 1985, Greatest DVD extras.
  3. ^ Pattenden, Sian. "Blame It On Rio." Deluxe Magazine, December 1998 (pp 125-129)
  4. ^ Leonard, Geoff. Bond By Barry: The Story of James Bond Music.


Paul Matthew Gambaccini (born April 2, 1949, New York) is a radio and television presenter in the United Kingdom. ... Greatest is a greatest hits compilation album released in 1998 by the band Duran Duran. ...

Preceded by
"Sussudio" by Phil Collins
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
July 13, 1985- July 20, 1985
Succeeded by
"Everytime You Go Away" by Paul Young


Sussudio is a pop song by Phil Collins, released as a single in January 1985. ... Philip David Charles Collins (born January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English rock and pop musician. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... This is a list of number-one hits in the United States by year from the Billboard Hot 100. ... July 13 is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 20 is the 201st day (202nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 164 days remaining. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Everytime You Go Away is a song written by Daryl Hall and covered by Paul Young. ... Paul Antony Young, better known as Paul Young (born 17 January 1956) is an English pop artist. ...


 
 

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