as Sheena Easton is the only singer of a Bond theme tune to appear in the opening credits we have a few videos for you today, starting off with those credits (and what title designer Maurice Binder referred to as her "70mm lips")
then a demo version of the Sheena Easton theme with the early lyrics
and here's a beautifully restored 35mm trailer from the 007 Dossier
A lazy afternoon with music, tea and cake. An event for all ages. Produced by Arctic Circle. Free entry* midday - till 2.00pm (*suggested donation £5.00) Everyone knows the iconic music of James Bond, and WIAIWYA love it so much that they’ve created “A Girl and A Gun”, an excellent online album of covers of Bond themes. This week, Daylight Music is hosting a special 007 show celebrating the album, featuring many of the bands on the compilation. Grab your black tie for the occasion and expect some rather special surprises.
Diamonds Are Forever was the 7th Bond film (and the last EON one to star a tired Sean Connery, returning after Lazenby's OHMSS)... i'm not sure if you had already suspected, but this album (and blog) started life as a quick side project for the wiaiwya-7777777 singles club - a number seven obsessed seven inch vinyl club.
subscribers to wiaiwya-7777777 were to get seven 007 songs as a mid-year bonus... thankfully it all took on a life of its own, and more incredibly talented people than i could have imagined said yes to recording cover versions - among them the remarkable Left Outsides (fresh from releasing their latest long player)
anyway, it co-starred Jimmy Dean (as Willard Whyte) perhaps most famous for "Big Bad John"
i'm currently reading Diamonds Are Forever too - an ex-library copy of those lovely anniversary editions with Michael Gillette covers (one day i'll treat myself to a Live And Let Die print)