A-ha’s ‘Hitler Youth’ feud with enraged Bond composer John Barry is featured in The Living Daylights.
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS THEME by a-ha opened Timothy Dalton’s first James Bond film magnificently, but behind-the-scenes, 007 composer John Barry was enraged, comparing them to the Hitler Youth.
The band, on the other hand, claimed that the internal strife had left an “unpleasant aftertaste.”
In an exclusive interview with This website, guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy revealed what really happened and how he feels about it all 30 years later.
After a record seven James Bond films, Roger Moore retired as 007 in 1985 with A View to a Kill, at the ripe old age of 58.
Timothy Dalton, who had been considered by producer Cubby Broccoli to replace Sean Connery in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, took his place in 1987’s The Living Daylights.
After Duran Duran finished Roger’s era, the new Bond was determined to return to 007’s roots with Ian Fleming, and the reboot would require a hot pop band to pen the track.
Following the success of their debut album Hunting High and Low, a-ha was tapped to write the Bond theme for The Living Daylights.
“We were actually in the middle of our second album then and were starting to release singles for that when we heard there was a competition to try and get this next Bond song,” guitarist Paul told This website in 2018.
And we were asked to submit a track for consideration.
When I first heard the title, it seemed to suggest that melody to me.
The chorus arrived at a breakneck speed.
“We did a demo, and there was a lot of back and forth and waiting, but we found out Cubby Broccoli liked our song, and in the end, we got it.”
The process of producing the album, which, along with Take On Me, is one of a-ha’s most memorable singles, wasn’t easy, and the band soon found themselves in a dispute with veteran 007 composer John Barry.
Barry had been a part of the Bond film franchise since its inception, having composed and performed the original 007 theme for Dr No in 1962.
The composer, who died in 2011, is best known for writing Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger, a song that his housemate Michael Caine was the first to hear early one morning.
The film, on the other hand.
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