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A View to a Kill
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1991 Japan
2003 U.S.
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Nic Raine

Flute Solos by:
Susan Milan

Title Song Performed by:
Duran Duran

2003 Album Produced by:
Gregg Ogorzelec
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EMI (Japan)

(February 25th, 2003)
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The 1991 Japanese release originally sold for $30 at online soundtrack specialty stores, though copies were known to sell for as much as $100 on the open market. With the regular commercial release from EMI/Capitol in 2003, both albums' worth has equaled about $10.
The song "A View to a Kill" was nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you've never given this Bond score a second chance, for it features a strong action theme, outstanding flute solos, and vibrant instrumentation.

Avoid it... on the 2003 EMI album if you already own the 1991 Japanese import, for the 2003 "remastering" adds extremely distracting levels of tape hiss.
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WRITTEN 6/26/97, REVISED 9/2/06
A View to a Kill: (John Barry) For film score collectors, A View to a Kill marked the beginning of the end for the glory days of the great title songs that mirrored the style of the films' underscores. For the rest of the public, the film offered a tired and visibly aged Roger Moore in his final appearance as James Bond, reaffirming that the franchise needed a new direction despite repeatedly strong profit margins. The quality of the film was actually quite decent, compensating for Moore's age and his overly dry humor with an enticing due of villains; creep-master Christopher Walken and the always bizarre Grace Jones (wouldn't the film had been more interesting if she had sung the title song?) seek to destroy the San Francisco Bay Area while using a blimp, of all outrageous getaway vehicles, for their escape. For composer John Barry, the middle to late 1980's finished his involvement in the franchise in strong fashion. After a melodic, rich score for Octopussy, and with the quasi-retro score for A View to a Kill under his belt, Barry would end his commitment to the franchise with the remarkably entertaining score for The Living Daylights. Barry's discontent with producer Albert R. Broccoli over the title song situation would begin with A View to a Kill, however, and continue to be a problem through all the Brosnan films scored by David Arnold. The blame for the recent disconnect between song and score can be traced specifically to Duran Duran member John Taylor, who approached Broccoli directly about writing the song for A View to a Kill instead of leaving the task to Barry. To the surprise of both Taylor and Barry, Broccoli agreed. The ultimate irony in this event is that Taylor was a huge fan of Barry's work, reciting detailed information about Barry's writing that the composer himself had forgotten. As such, Barry would actually be invited to be an active part of the song's creative team, eventually arranging the segments of the song and providing instrumental direction.

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Review refers to 007 theme
Harold Pelham - August 25, 2015, at 11:44 a.m.
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Does Barry make a refereance to THUNDERBALL
Marcato - August 31, 2007, at 6:35 a.m.
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Audio Samples   ▼
Both Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:15
• 1. Main Title/A View to a Kill - performed by Duran Duran (3:35)
• 2. Snow Job (2:28)
• 3. May Day Jumps (2:51)
• 4. Bond Meets Stacy (Instrumental version of 'A View to a Kill') (2:30)
• 5. Pegasus' Stable (3:23)
• 6. Tibbet Gets Washed Out (1:42)
• 7. Airship to Silicon Valley (2:32)
• 8. He's Dangerous (2:16)
• 9. Bond Underwater (2:35)
• 10. Wine with Stacey (Instrumental version of 'A View to a Kill') (1:54)
• 11. Bond Escape Roller (1:24)
• 12. Destroy Silicon Valley (2:23)
• 13. May Day Bombs Out (3:01)
• 14. Golden Gate Fight (3:31)
• 15. End Titles/A View to a Kill - reprise performed by Duran Duran (2:04)

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Both albums have extensive notes about the film and score, though the 1991 EMI import features those notes in Japanese.

Lyrics to the Duran Duran's song "A View to a Kill":

    (some of the lyrics are still in question; multiple sources all have different interpretations, and the lyrics that came in the original CD --which were most likely translated-- are not correct themselves. Lyrics in question appear in red.)

    Meeting you with a view to a kill
    Face to faces, secret places, feel the chill (Face to face, secret places...)

    Night fall covers me, but you know the plans I'm making
    Still oversee, could it be the whole earth opening wide? (...could it be the whole lot opening wide?)
    A sacred why
    A mystery gaping inside
    The week is why? (The weekend's why)

    Until we dance into the fire
    That fatal kiss is all we need
    Dance into the fire
    To fatal sounds of broken dreams
    Dance into the fire
    That fatal kiss is all we need
    Dance into the fire

    The choice for you is the view to a kill
    Between the shades assassination standing still (...assassinations standing still)

    First crystal tears, fallen of snowflakes on your body (The first crystal tears, fall as snowflakes on your body)
    First time in years to drench your skin with lover's rosy stain (The first time in years...)
    A chance to find the phoenix for the flame
    A chance to die

    But can we dance into the fire
    That fatal kiss is all we need
    Dance into the fire
    To fatal sounds of broken dreams
    Dance into the fire
    That fatal kiss is all we need
    Dance into the fire

    When all we see is the view to a kill

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