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Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (HQ)
Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (HQ)
Published: 2011/12/22
Channel: DocRewdySoul
Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice
Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2008/11/18
Channel: Jasmine Moustafa
You Only Live Twice Theme Song - James Bond
You Only Live Twice Theme Song - James Bond
Published: 2012/10/13
Channel: James Reed
John Barry - You Only Live Twice (Instrumental)
John Barry - You Only Live Twice (Instrumental)
Published: 2009/04/24
Channel: SirBasildeBrush
007 You Only Live Twice Theme Song
007 You Only Live Twice Theme Song
Published: 2008/08/07
Channel: Plykshow
Shirley Bassey - You Only Live Twice (2007 Recording)
Shirley Bassey - You Only Live Twice (2007 Recording)
Published: 2016/02/08
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Björk - You only live twice
Björk - You only live twice
Published: 2014/04/04
Channel: MrQcharm
Nancy Sinatra ~ You Only Live Twice  (HQ)
Nancy Sinatra ~ You Only Live Twice (HQ)
Published: 2015/01/01
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You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice
Published: 2011/07/05
Channel: islandgirl1963
You Only Live Twice song in French
You Only Live Twice song in French
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: nasdarovie
Natacha Atlas - You Only Live Twice
Natacha Atlas - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2007/06/01
Channel: PJGlory
PAIN - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
PAIN - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
Published: 2012/08/26
Channel: elefantenfusspilz
The Postmarks - You only live twice
The Postmarks - You only live twice
Published: 2010/01/23
Channel: Tomas Riauka
Mock Suns - You Only Live Twice (Nancy Sinatra Cover)
Mock Suns - You Only Live Twice (Nancy Sinatra Cover)
Published: 2013/08/18
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Karaoke You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra *
Karaoke You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra *
Published: 2015/07/09
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Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (Lyrics)
Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (Lyrics)
Published: 2016/10/26
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You Only Live Twice ( Suite /  Alternate Album Version )
You Only Live Twice ( Suite / Alternate Album Version )
Published: 2010/04/08
Channel: Jason Leggett
Maynard Ferguson - You Only Live Twice
Maynard Ferguson - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2014/11/01
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You Only Live Twice - Rooftop Fight
You Only Live Twice - Rooftop Fight
Published: 2012/03/22
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Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice
Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2012/02/19
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James Bond you only live twice soundtrack
James Bond you only live twice soundtrack
Published: 2012/07/08
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Nancy Sinatra -- You Only Live Twice
Nancy Sinatra -- You Only Live Twice
Published: 2012/08/20
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You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra - Movie Opening Title Sequence
You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra - Movie Opening Title Sequence
Published: 2012/11/03
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PAIN - You Only Live Twice
PAIN - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2015/08/28
Channel: AMBER
Pain - You Only Live Twice
Pain - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2013/10/27
Channel: Gothic Drinker
TAY/SON – YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE – Official Video
TAY/SON – YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE – Official Video
Published: 2015/06/05
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James Bond - You Only Live Twice Theme
James Bond - You Only Live Twice Theme
Published: 2012/01/14
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Mad Men HD - Don Draper - S05E13 - Final Scene - You only live twice
Mad Men HD - Don Draper - S05E13 - Final Scene - You only live twice
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: guille221191
Ren Harvieu - You Only Live Twice & Nobody Does It Better - James Bond Concert
Ren Harvieu - You Only Live Twice & Nobody Does It Better - James Bond Concert
Published: 2012/09/15
Channel: MickysVids2
You Only Live Twice by Coldplay
You Only Live Twice by Coldplay
Published: 2007/11/15
Channel: Dancing4Coldplay
You Only Live Twice (Instrumental) - The Ian Rich Orchestra
You Only Live Twice (Instrumental) - The Ian Rich Orchestra
Published: 2012/05/12
Channel: Carpe diem
You Only Live Twice - Mauricio Garay (Cover)
You Only Live Twice - Mauricio Garay (Cover)
Published: 2014/02/23
Channel: war1lock
Coldplay - You Only Live Twice (live)
Coldplay - You Only Live Twice (live)
Published: 2012/03/27
Channel: Kike Álvarez
Totally...James Bond - You Only Live Twice (Instrumental)
Totally...James Bond - You Only Live Twice (Instrumental)
Published: 2012/04/09
Channel: Ragitsu
David Arnold & Björk - You Only Live Twice [HD]
David Arnold & Björk - You Only Live Twice [HD]
Published: 2012/05/12
Channel: rokpadentertainment
The Quiets - You Only Live Twice
The Quiets - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2010/05/15
Channel: SurfBirdTrash
You Only Live Twice Opening Title Sequence
You Only Live Twice Opening Title Sequence
Published: 2010/03/03
Channel: AvengedS939
ELASTIC SLEEP - You Only Live Twice
ELASTIC SLEEP - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2013/11/14
Channel: elasticsleep
LORRAINE CHANDLER - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (ORIGINAL TAKE)
LORRAINE CHANDLER - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (ORIGINAL TAKE)
Published: 2012/11/01
Channel: ILMJXXX
You Only Live Twice: The Wedding / James Bond Averts WWIII / Capsule in Space
You Only Live Twice: The Wedding / James Bond Averts WWIII / Capsule in Space
Published: 2010/04/09
Channel: Jason Leggett
You Only Live Twice - Mark Lanegan
You Only Live Twice - Mark Lanegan
Published: 2014/01/31
Channel: Alessandro Dionisio
Pain - You Only Live Twice
Pain - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2011/06/10
Channel: thehereticamaranth
We Singing Colors - Cover Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice
We Singing Colors - Cover Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2015/09/15
Channel: We Singing Colors
Nancy Sinatra, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (Single / Vinyl / 1967)
Nancy Sinatra, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (Single / Vinyl / 1967)
Published: 2015/05/25
Channel: Peter Müller
Stefan Schillhabel - You Only Live Twice | EPT Malta 2015
Stefan Schillhabel - You Only Live Twice | EPT Malta 2015
Published: 2015/03/30
Channel: PokerStars DE
Bill Frisell and band "You Only Live Twice"
Bill Frisell and band "You Only Live Twice"
Published: 2016/02/26
Channel: Paul Kleiman
1967 - James Bond - You only live twice: title sequence
1967 - James Bond - You only live twice: title sequence
Published: 2009/09/10
Channel: Sanpolitano
Mark Lanegan - You Only Live Twice (live from Berlin)
Mark Lanegan - You Only Live Twice (live from Berlin)
Published: 2014/07/20
Channel: TimeIsLikeAnOcean
John Barry  - "You Only Live Twice"
John Barry - "You Only Live Twice"
Published: 2013/08/29
Channel: MrPurser
The Scientists - You Only Live Twice
The Scientists - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2012/05/13
Channel: Indiscretion243
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"You Only Live Twice"
Single by Nancy Sinatra
from the album You Only Live Twice
Released 1967
Recorded 2 May 1967 at the CTS Studios in London
Genre
Length 2:48
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) John Barry

"You Only Live Twice", performed by Nancy Sinatra, is the theme song to the 1967 James Bond film of the same name. Music was composed and produced by veteran James Bond composer John Barry, with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse. The song is widely recognized for its striking opening bars, featuring a simple 2-bar theme in the high octaves of the violins and lush harmonies from French horns. It is considered by some to be among the best James Bond theme songs,[1] and has become one of Nancy Sinatra's best known hits. Shortly after Barry's production, Sinatra's producer Lee Hazlewood released a more guitar-based single version.

The song has been extensively covered by artists, from Coldplay to Soft Cell, Björk and Little Anthony & The Imperials to Shirley Bassey. Robbie Williams notably re-recorded the opening bars of the song for his hit "Millennium".

Background[edit]

Nancy Sinatra in the 1960s

James Bond veteran John Barry returned to the franchise to produce the score. The lyrics were by Leslie Bricusse, who had previously cowritten the lyrics for the theme to Goldfinger. Julie Rogers was asked to perform the song, and recorded it with a 50 or 60 piece orchestra at CTS Studios. The song was quite different from the later Sinatra version, with a more Oriental flavour. Jazz singer Lorraine Chandler also recorded a version of the song that differed greatly from the other two. Chandler's version has a bombastic, Shirley Bassey-sound, which differs from the mellow alternate versions. John Barry said: "It was usually the producers that said 'this isn't working, there's a certain something that it needed'. If that energy wasn't there, if that mysterioso kind of thing wasn't there, then it wasn't going to work for the movie."[2] The song shares only two lines with Sinatra's, "You only live twice", and "you’ll pay the price". The film's producer Cubby Broccoli, wanted his friend Frank Sinatra to perform the song. Frank suggested that they use his daughter instead. Barry wanted to use Aretha Franklin, but the producers insisted that he use Nancy instead, who was enjoying great popularity in the wake of her single, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'".[3]

The version (2:46) featured in the film's opening title sequence and on the soundtrack LP is in the key of B and has a single vocal track. The song was recorded with a 60 piece orchestra on 2 May 1967 at the CTS Studios in Bayswater, London.[4] Sinatra later recalled that she was incredibly nervous during the recording, and it took around 30 takes to acquire enough material.[5] Producer John Barry eventually created the final product by incorporating vocals from 25 takes.[6]

Sinatra's American producer Lee Hazlewood created the version that was released as a single. It is in the key of C and features vocal overdubbing, backing chorus, brass and stinging twangy guitar, with a running time of 2:56.

The recognizable opening string melody of the song originates from Alexander Tcherepnin's First Piano Concerto (op.12), composed in 1919, although in his version the initial motif is succeeded by a falling octave pattern instead of transposing and repeating the motif in a different key, as is characteristic to "You Only Live Twice".

Critical reception[edit]

Roy Wood described Barry's string introduction to his song "You Only Live Twice" as "absolute perfection". Mark Monahan of The Daily Telegraph described the lyrics as "mysterious, romantically carpe diem ... at once velvety, brittle and quite bewitching".[7] David Ehrlich of Rolling Stone ranked "You Only Live Twice" the third best James Bond theme song, calling it "a classic."[8]

Cover versions[edit]

The song is one of the most covered Bond themes.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was used in the closing montage of Mad Men's season five finale, "The Phantom".[1] A parody of the song was created for The Simpsons episode "YOLO".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
AUS 10
CAN 39
UK 11
US 44
US AC 3

[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rosen, Christopher (2012-06-11). "'Mad Men' 'You Only Live Twice': Season 5 Finale Closes With Bond Theme". The Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ MI6-HQ Copyright 2011. "You Only Sing Twice - MI6 uncovers the twists and turns that the You Only Live Twice theme song took, from Julie Rogers to Nancy Sinatra :: MI6 :: You Only Live Twice (1967) :: James Bond 007". Mi6-hq.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  3. ^ Hastings, Rob (1 February 2011). "Tributes to John Barry, the man with the Midas touch for movie music". The Independent. 
  4. ^ Jon Burlingame. The Music Of James Bond. Oxford University Press. pp. 197–. ISBN 978-0-19-998676-7. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Jon Burlingame. The Music Of James Bond. Oxford University Press. p. 198. ISBN 978-0-19-998676-7. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Jon Burlingame. The Music Of James Bond. Oxford University Press. p. 199. ISBN 978-0-19-998676-7. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Monahan, Mark (2006-11-16). "James Bond songs From Bassey and Barry to Bono and Tina". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  8. ^ Ehrlich, David (2015-11-02). "James Bond Movie Theme Songs, Ranked Worst to Best". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  9. ^ "YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (On ne vit que deux fois) Alternate Opening by Little Anthony & The Imperials". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  10. ^ "Nancy Sinatra, 'You Only Live Twice' (1967)". Rolling Stone. 
  11. ^ Paul Simpson (2002). The Rough Guide to James Bond. Rough Guides. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-84353-142-5. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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