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 Posted:   Oct 17, 2011 - 8:30 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

Barry's quoted in the other current Bond thread about his intention to score Tomorrow Never Dies -- which he ultimately turned-down because Eon wanted someone else to write the title song...

I expect he would have turned-down The Living Daylights if he was likewise not involved in writing the title song.

It has always been my understanding that Paul (Waaktaar, a-ha's guitarist and main songwriter) wrote the song.

If Barry was only the arranger of "Living Daylights", the credit would not read "Written by John Barry & a-ha". Arrangers aren't credited as writers (even in cases where they practically are).

 Posted:   Oct 17, 2011 - 8:56 PM   
 By:   itstownerman   (Member)

Barry went on to compose a far better song for the film, 'If There Was A Man' with lyrics by Chrissie Hynde.

IF memory is right...wasn't the Chrissie Hynde song suppose to be the Bond Song? And The Vegetable Producer and Daughter thinking that A-ha was hot for a split 15 minutes and decided to bring them A-ha boys on board!!!!

 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

a-ha will release a 2 disc “Deluxe Version” of their third album ‘Stay On These Roads’ on Friday 23 October. Of particular interest to Barry fans here might be the Demo Version of ‘The Living Daylights’ included on Disc 2. As Barry has a writing credit for the track, it could be interesting to hear it prior to whatever he added. Depending on which version they choose to include of course.

 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   mortenbond   (Member)

I just published a Norwegian book on the Bond films (with the great title: The Big Book on James Bond).

Well, point is we got to interview Paul Waaktaar about the song for The Living Daylights.

To sum up a thorough talk on the song, he told us he got the title, nothing more. The title gave him the riff and melody at once. He decided it was to be a pop song, not a love song. Then he showed the song idea to the other two in the group, who liked it. They then made the demo in Oslo and heard nothing, think ing they did not get the gig. Albert Broccoli liked the song and they got hired. They had John Barry come in to the studio - not many times, mostly talking about the good old days - and they got quite stressed that he took up too much time on the session. He added some instrumentation, mostly some deep strings the Waaktaar said has like a hum going through the whole song, and gave it mass and scope. He also suggested and inserted a different tone here and there. Waaaktaar said his contribution was minimal, and that they were very suprised to learn that he had a stipulation in his contract saying he should share credit for the song, no matter the extent of his contribution. But a-ha was fine with that, he says, and was very suprised that John Barry bad mouthed them years later. Did never knew were that came from, although Waaktaar says they had to go back and change a semi-tone that did not work, and that Barry was not happy with that. Waaktaar had heard about the gripe Barry had about the band not attending the premiere. Well, the story was that a-ha was playing on Iceland, and was invited to the premiere that was at the same time. The bands management did not work it out - and they probably should have, says WAaktaar, but they would have liked to have been there. So, that is the story.

Norwegian readers can read more in the interview - in the book. Buy it! Lots of them! smile

 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Thanks for that, Morten. I have another book (authorised biography of a-ha) and Paul relates much the same story about the song. Should be interesting to hear the demo.

Best of luck with your book!

 Posted:   Oct 12, 2015 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

I like how the lyrics point to a movie about vampires. But if James Bond is a vampire, it explains a few things...

RE: Contractually Co-Writing Credit:
I'm sure Barry had been similarly protecting his interests for ages after what he feels happened to him over the JB Theme.

TLD is a softer song than I like to hear over my JB titles, but prefer it over the Hynde songs (both fine songs) for the titles.

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