007 Soundtrack: The Living Daylights (1987)

007 Soundtrack: The Living Daylights (1987)

June 28, 2014 0 By 007 Travelers
FILM: The Living Daylights (1987)
TITLE SONG: “The Living Daylights”
COMPOSED BY: John Barry, Pål Waaktaar

The Living Daylights is the soundtrack title for the film The Living Daylights and the eleventh and final Bond soundtrack to be scored by composer John Barry. The soundtrack is notable for its introduction of sequenced electronic rhythm tracks overdubbed with the orchestra – at the time, a relatively new innovation.

The title song of the film, The Living Daylights, was recorded by pop group a-ha. a-ha and Barry did not collaborate well, resulting in two versions of the theme song. Barry’s film mix is heard on the soundtrack and all three of a-ha’s best-of compilations. The a-ha preferred mix can be heard on their 1988 album Stay on These Roads. However in 2006 a-ha’s Paul Waaktaar-Savoy complimented Barry’s contributions “I loved the stuff he added to the track, I mean it gave it this really cool string arrangement. That’s when for me it started to sound like a Bond thing”. The title song is one of very few 007 title songs that is not performed or written by a British or American performer in the history of the series.

Originally, British pop band Pet Shop Boys was asked to compose the soundtrack, but backed down when they learned that they should not provide a complete soundtrack but merely the opening theme song.

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  1. “The Living Daylights” – A-ha
  2. “Necros Attacks”
  3. “The Sniper Was a Woman”
  4. “Ice Chase”
  5. “Kara Meets Bond”
  6. “Koskov Escapes”
  7. “Where Has Everybody Gone” – The Pretenders
  8. “Into Vienna”
  9. “Hercules Takes Off”
  10. “Mujahadin and Opium”
  11. “Inflight Fight”
  12. “If There Was a Man” – The Pretenders
  13. “Exercise at Gibraltar”
  14. “Approaching Kara”
  15. “Murder at the Fair”
  16. “”Assassin” and Drugged”
  17. “Airbase Jailbreak”
  18. “Afghanistan Plan”
  19. “Air Bond”
  20. “Final Confrontation”
  21. “Alternate End Titles”
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