Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Dance into the Fire"

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

- Duran Duran, "A View to a Kill" (EMI, 1985)

A View to a Kill (originally titled From a View to a Kill) was Roger Moore's final Bond film and "one of the series' critical and financial low points,"[1] being "a veritable remake of Goldfinger. And it self-destructs on so many levels that it makes a critical analysis difficult."[2]  Not only this, but Moore was 57-years-old and it shows (James Brolin had been considered for the part prior to Octopussy). What is not self-destructive is Duran Duran's awesome title track. The song had a number of things going for it: "1) It was by far the most popular Bond song up to that point with a number one position in the U.S. and a number two position in the UK; 2) It was the first James Bond song to expertly utilize the new media of music videos; and 3) It was not only financially successful, but the song's melody was actually incorporated into the body of the underscore, making it an important part of the whole musical tapestry" (various aspects demonstrated in the above performance).[3]

Duran Duran's song still stands today as one of the most rocking, entertaining Bond songs, even if the lyrics make absolutely no sense.

1. Hubai Gergely, "Recapturing the Midas Touch: A Critical Reading of the Bond Songs' Chart Positions," James Bond in World and Popular Culture, eds. Robert G. Weiner, B. Lynn Whitfield, Jack Becker (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), 135.

2. Steven Jay Rubin, The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia, Revised Edition (New York: Contemporary Books, 1995), 433.

3. Gergely, 2010, 135.

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