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Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (HQ)
Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (HQ)
Published: 2011/12/22
Channel: DocRewdySoul
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
Nancy Sinatra -- You Only Live Twice
Nancy Sinatra -- You Only Live Twice
Published: 2012/08/20
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Shirley Bassey - You Only Live Twice (2007 Recording)
Shirley Bassey - You Only Live Twice (2007 Recording)
Published: 2016/02/08
Channel: Shirley Bassey Music and Vids
Björk - You only live twice
Björk - You only live twice
Published: 2014/04/04
Channel: MrQcharm
You Only Live Twice Opening Title Sequence
You Only Live Twice Opening Title Sequence
Published: 2010/03/03
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"You Only Live Twice" Opening w/ music by Lorraine Chandler
"You Only Live Twice" Opening w/ music by Lorraine Chandler
Published: 2007/10/24
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007 You Only Live Twice(1967) - Title Song
007 You Only Live Twice(1967) - Title Song
Published: 2008/04/29
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"YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE" THEME SONG,  NANCY SINATRA  (1967)
"YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE" THEME SONG, NANCY SINATRA (1967)
Published: 2016/07/03
Channel: News and Movies Radio
You Only Live Twice by Coldplay
You Only Live Twice by Coldplay
Published: 2007/11/15
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You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice
Published: 2015/10/17
Channel: Nancy Sinatra - Topic
James Bond - You Only Live Twice Theme
James Bond - You Only Live Twice Theme
Published: 2012/01/14
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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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Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (1967)
Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (1967)
Published: 2015/10/07
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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
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
You Only Live Twice Nancy Sinatra James Bond Theme Song cover Sarah Collins
You Only Live Twice Nancy Sinatra James Bond Theme Song cover Sarah Collins
Published: 2015/09/09
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Nancy Sinatra ~ You Only Live Twice  (HQ)
Nancy Sinatra ~ You Only Live Twice (HQ)
Published: 2015/01/01
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1967 - James Bond - You only live twice: title sequence
1967 - James Bond - You only live twice: title sequence
Published: 2009/09/10
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Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (Lyrics)
Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (Lyrics)
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: Mr. Sandman
John Barry ~ You Only Live Twice (Demo Version)
John Barry ~ You Only Live Twice (Demo Version)
Published: 2010/06/09
Channel: TheNewFormat
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
John Barry  - "You Only Live Twice"
John Barry - "You Only Live Twice"
Published: 2013/08/29
Channel: MrPurser
You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice
Published: 2014/07/14
Channel: London Symphony Orchestra - Topic
Natacha Atlas - You Only Live Twice
Natacha Atlas - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2007/06/01
Channel: PJGlory
Pain - You Only Live Twice
Pain - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2011/06/10
Channel: thehereticamaranth
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
The Postmarks - You only live twice
The Postmarks - You only live twice
Published: 2010/01/23
Channel: Tomas Riauka
You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: Nancy Sinatra - Topic
PAIN - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
PAIN - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
Published: 2012/08/26
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"You Only Live Twice" Opening w/ music by Julie Rogers
"You Only Live Twice" Opening w/ music by Julie Rogers
Published: 2007/10/23
Channel: LuiECuomo
Coldplay - You Only Live Twice (live)
Coldplay - You Only Live Twice (live)
Published: 2012/03/27
Channel: Kike Álvarez
The Quiets - You Only Live Twice
The Quiets - You Only Live Twice
Published: 2010/05/15
Channel: SurfBirdTrash
You Only Live Twice song in French
You Only Live Twice song in French
Published: 2008/03/16
Channel: nasdarovie
Rudy Rosa   plays,  "You Only Live Twice".   James Bond  007
Rudy Rosa plays, "You Only Live Twice". James Bond 007
Published: 2009/12/06
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Coldplay-You Only Live Twice
Coldplay-You Only Live Twice
Published: 2011/01/11
Channel: NIKOJACKSON0206
You Only Live Twice - 007 - James Bond - The Best Of 30th Anniversary Collection - Soundtrack
You Only Live Twice - 007 - James Bond - The Best Of 30th Anniversary Collection - Soundtrack
Published: 2010/03/01
Channel: farmkind1
You Only Live Twice Instrumental/Karaoke by Michael Vancosso
You Only Live Twice Instrumental/Karaoke by Michael Vancosso
Published: 2012/05/17
Channel: ForceStudios
You Only Live Twice Theme Song - Nancy Sinatra
You Only Live Twice Theme Song - Nancy Sinatra
Published: 2016/12/02
Channel: Seungkon Seo
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (NANCY SINATRA) JAMES BOND 007
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (NANCY SINATRA) JAMES BOND 007
Published: 2011/04/25
Channel: MegaLensman
James Bond, You Only Live Twice - Title Song
James Bond, You Only Live Twice - Title Song
Published: 2009/08/30
Channel: Richard S. Dargan
You Only Live Twice
You Only Live Twice
Published: 2016/01/29
Channel: Bill Frisell - Topic
Coldplay - You Only Live Twice (Nancy Sinatra) (Subtitulos Español)
Coldplay - You Only Live Twice (Nancy Sinatra) (Subtitulos Español)
Published: 2011/08/17
Channel: Elias Garcia
Freddie Wadling - You Only Live Twice (Live Go
Freddie Wadling - You Only Live Twice (Live Go'Kväll 2011)
Published: 2011/12/15
Channel: poriel2
You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra (Acoustic Cover)
You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra (Acoustic Cover)
Published: 2015/11/22
Channel: SeeShellSinging
#YOLT - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE | MUSLIM SHORT FILM | HD
#YOLT - YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE | MUSLIM SHORT FILM | HD
Published: 2012/05/06
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Bill Frisell and band "You Only Live Twice"
Bill Frisell and band "You Only Live Twice"
Published: 2016/02/26
Channel: Paul Kleiman
007 You Only Live Twice Theme Song
007 You Only Live Twice Theme Song
Published: 2008/08/07
Channel: Plykshow
'You Only Live Twice'-Instrumental and Finished Song-Nancy Sinatra
Published: 2017/07/30
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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]

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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