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008: sounds like bond?
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008: sounds like bond?

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The classic Bond themes have a distinctive bombast - minor key ballads that crank up to huge, hauntingly dramatic moments. Here are its siblings with their big Barry-esque orchestrations and (one hopes) Bassey-like belting.

The classic Bond themes have a distinctive bombast - minor key ballads that crank up to huge, hauntingly dramatic moments. Here are its siblings with their big Barry-esque orchestrations and (one hopes) Bassey-like belting.
Christopher Schelling
Aug 9, 2014
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Phyllis Hyman - Never Say Never Again, 1983
Ericka

Phyllis Hyman's unreleased 1983 Bond anthem

In my opinion, you can't really have a '008: Sounds Like Bond' category without including Phyllis Hyman's "Never Say Never Again," which, astonishingly, was not used for the Never Say Never Again film or soundtrack. Hyman was a great unsung singer who never really got her due. I'm not kidding when I say she is the best singer I've ever seen or heard (and I'm including opera singers). Listening to her sing live gave me the chills. She almost knocked us out of our chairs at a place called Rockefeller's when she sang. She was one of the all time great killers with a microphone -- but also very sophisticated. I wanted to find out more about why her song was not used by the Bond franchise folks, and apparently there was some dispute between composer Michel Legrand and the studio (Warner Bros.) re: the rights to the song. Still, in my mind, this is the theme for the movie and I really wish it would have worked out. I was sad when Phyllis Hyman passed away, but at least I was fortunate enough to witness her sing live! I guess there was some justice when writer Stephen Forsyth placed the song on his One More Night album in 2008. This is by no means her best song or effort, but even Phyllis on a bad day sounds better than 95% of the people out there! I wish she was still alive so I could keep going to her concerts.
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