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Duran Duran were chosen to do the song after bassist John Taylor a lifelong Bond fan approached producer Cubby Broccoli at a party, and somewhat drunkenly asked "When are you going to get someone decent to do one of your theme songs? An early writing meeting at Taylor's flat A View To A Kill - Duran Duran - Decade Knightsbridge led to everyone getting drunk instead of composing.
Le Bon said, of Barry: "He didn't really come up with any of the basic musical ideas. He heard what we came up with and he put them into an order. Prince Of Speed - Various - Tortura Compilation that's why it happened so quickly because he was able to separate the good ideas from the bad ones, and he arranged them.
He has a great way of working brilliant chord arrangements. He was working with us as virtually a sixth member of the group, but not really getting on our backs at all.
This song was the subject of criticism from singer Pat Boone when it was performed at Live Aid in Although Duran Duran donated their time in this historic fundraising effort for African famine relief like every other artist on the billBoone commented that if singing lyrics like "Dance into the fire" were the only way to raise money and awareness of this issue, then maybe it was not worth it.
The song was the last track that the original five members of Duran Duran recorded together until their reunion sixteen years later, in It was played at their final performance together, at Live Aid in Philadelphia. The song was accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek video filmed in June. The video cast the band members as spies and assassins scampering all over the Eiffel Tower, in a rather tangled thicket of half-sketched storylines.
Band members shoot at, take pictures of, spy upon and direct sonic accordion attacks upon each other as the lead singer Simon Le Bon wanders about, using a portable cassette player to set off a series of explosions elsewhere in the world. These shots are intercut with scenes from the movie A View to a Killincluding those featuring Roger Moore and Grace Jones on the Eiffel Tower, so that it appears the actors and the band are participating in the same storyline. Le Bon ends the video with a parody of James Bondsmarmily introducing himself as "Bon.
Simon Le Bon. It A View To A Kill - Duran Duran - Decade thought that there was no 12" remix for the song because the band ran out of time. However, Capitol Records did commission and receive at least one remix of the track.
On 13 Julyit hit number one on the Billboard Hotand as of remains the only Bond theme to do so. It was held out of the top spot by the song "19" by Paul Hardcastle.
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