OHMSS’s 40th anniversary part II: John Barry teams up with Louis Armstrong

Composer John Barry was back for his fifth straight 007 score with On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Except this time, his music would be used to introduce a new Bond. Barry, in a U.K. documentary, called it his “most Bondian score ever because I poured everything in because it was a new person.”

Instead of a title song, Barry opted for an instrumental. At this point, the Bond series had not had a song for the main titles that didn’t use the film’s title. Instead Barry and Hal David seized upon the phrase from the novel and film, “We have all the time in the world” and turned into a song used for a montage of Bond’s courtship of Tracy, the woman he would marry. Louis Armstrong, a legendary performer but in ill health, was signed to perform it. Despite Armstrong’s health issues, and producer Albert R. Broccoli’s initial balking at the singer’s asking price, the song became one of the highlights of the movie. Here’s the documentary’s take on the story:

And while we’re at it, here’s Barry’s main title instrumental:

One Response

  1. […] 5. Even if you don’t buy into No. 4, it features one of the best of John Barry’s 11 scores for the series, one that Barry has referred to has his “most Bondian.” […]

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