“A View to a Kill” title song performed by Duran Duran has been one of the biggest hits among James Bond songs. It was John Taylor, co-founder of the band and James Bond fan, who came to the producers with a proposal of writing a song for 007 movie. Duran Duran wrote it together with John Barry and recorded it at Maison Rouge Studio and CTS Studio in London with a 60-piece orchestra. At first the band has been recorded and than the orchestra was put on top of the track. This is still the only James Bond song that reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was also number 2 in UK. Although “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre” performed by Sam Smith was number 1 in UK, it was not that popular in USA. In 1986 Duran Duran and John Barry were nominated for for the Golden Globe Award for the Best Original Song.
In 2012 the band performed in Wroclaw, Poland. It was a great feeling to stand as a photographer right at the stage and listen to “A View to a Kill” song. Below you can see some of my pictures taken during that concert. It is worth to notice that guitarist Dom Brown was not in the band when they were recording James Bond song, he played with Duran Duran for the first time in 2004.
– The Bond Sound: The Music of James Bond. Directed by John Cork, United Artists Corporation and Danjaq, LLC, 2000