007 Soundtrack: Moonraker (1979)June 28, 2014
COMPOSED BY: John Barry, Hal David
Moonraker is the soundtrack for the eleventh James Bond film of the same name.
Moonraker was the third of the three Bond films for which the theme song was performed by Shirley Bassey. Frank Sinatra was considered for the vocals, before Johnny Mathis was approached and offered the opportunity. Mathis was unhappy about the song and withdrew from the project, leaving the producers scrambling for a replacement. Kate Bush declined, so John Barry offered the song to Bassey within just weeks of the release date. As a result, Bassey made the recordings with very short notice and never regarded the song ‘as her own’ as she had never had the chance to perform it or promote it first. The film uses two versions of the title theme song, a ballad version heard over the main titles, and a disco version for the end titles. Confusingly, the United Artists single release labelled the tracks on the 7″ single as Moonraker (Main Title) for the version used to close the film and Moonraker (End Title) for the track that opened the film. The song failed to make any real impact on the charts, which may partly be attributed to Bassey’s failure to promote the single, given the last minute decision and the way in which it was quickly recorded to meet the schedule.
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- “Moonraker (Main Title)” – Shirley Bassey – (3:10)
- “Space Lazer Battle” – (2:47)
- “Miss Goodhead Meets Bond” – (2:48)
- “Cable Car and Snake Fight” – (3:07)
- “Bond Lured to Pyramid” – (2:02)
- “Flight into Space” – (6:27)
- “Bond Arrives in Rio and Boat Chase” – (2:38)
- “Centrifuge and Corrine Put Down” – (2:35)
- “Bond Smells a Rat” – (2:24)
- “Moonraker (End Title)” – Shirley Bassey – (2:27)