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The James Bond SongsPop Anthems of Late Capitalism$
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Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190234522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.001.0001

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Looking the Part

Looking the Part

James Bond’s New Wave Years

Chapter:
(p.139) 6 Looking the Part
Source:
The James Bond Songs
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Adrian Daub

Charles Kronengold

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.003.0007

The mid 80s found the Bond franchise buffeted by market forces and creative exhaustion. Bond had been a brand for a long time, but by 1985 it was no longer clear whether he was anything more than that. The Bond-contributions from bands associated with new wave or the New Romanticism of the 80s, Duran Duran’s “A View to a Kill” and a-ha’s “The Living Daylights,” address this problem by reconfiguring both the sound of the Bond-song, and the relations between singer, music and audience. Until the mid 80s the singer’s voice had been the dominant feature of the Bond-song. The new-wave bands reverse that configuration: their untrained singers are at the mercy of relentless drum machines and overwhelming orchestration—a feature that the Bond-songs of the early 21st century turned into a formal principle.

Keywords:   New Wave, a-ha, Duran Duran, New Romanticism

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