December 2, 2008

Bedtime Music: Shirley Bassey/Anthony Newley - Goldfinger

Our second Bond theme song is Goldfinger, a song with an interesting history behind it. The lyrics to the song were written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, with Newley singing in the original recording. However, Shirley Bassey was then asked to re-record the song, which was used in the film. (This is the first video clip below.) In 1992, the Newley demo was released on a compilation album, The Best of Bond...James Bond. (Someone has taken the Newley demo and put it to the film's intro; this is the second video below.) As you can hear, the Newley version is much softer, more understated and very jazzy. It's an interesting version, but I prefer Bassey's interpretation myself.

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