- The Man With The Golden Gun
Music Composed, Conducted & Arranged By: John Barry
James Bond Theme: Monty Norman
Main Theme: "The Man With The Golden Gun"
Song Lyrics: Don Black
Song Performed By: Lulu
Album Label: United Artists (USA), United Artists
Single Label: United Artists, Liberty Records
Highest Chart Position: Did Not Chart UK/USA
UK cover art (the US version had a green background hue).
After a one-film break from the series following "On
Her Majesty's Secret Service", regular composer John Barry
returned to create his sixth James Bond soundtrack - "The
Man With The Golden Gun".
The film was the first in the series to drop
the distinctive plucked guitar from the Bond theme heard over
sequence - in all subsequent John Barry Bond scores, this theme
would be heard on strings and trumpet. Not present on the album
but heard in the film is a brief reprise, for recognition purposes,
of the "Live And Let Die" theme
J.W. Pepper from
the previous film reappears.
Above: Original artwork
from the German (left) and Italian (right) 45rpm
The theme tune was performed by Lulu, composed
by John Barry, and the lyrics to the song were written by Don
Black. Alice Cooper claims his song "The Man With The Golden
Gun" was to be used by the producers of the film until it was
for Lulu's song instead. Cooper's song appears on his album "Muscle
"We really made [the song]
so it was a car chase. You could picture what was going on. When
we listened back to
it, everyone in the movie business said "that's so dead
on". And then they picked Lulu's. And it was... nothing.
They should have used our version. It was so much more 'James
Bond'. We gave the song some balls." - Alice Cooper
Barry considered the theme tune – the
only Bond film title track not to chart as a single in either
UK or US – and score to be among the weakest of his contributions
to the series: "It's the least interesting Bond song. It's the
one I hate the most. It's the one thing I think was really...
bad. It was bad." Certainly the title song is notable
for having especially suggestive lyrics, and during a TV celebration
for the 40th anniversary of the series, Lulu's performance was
introduced with reference to its being the raunchiest of all
Above: Artwork from
the single vinyl release from The Netherlands
(left) and Germany (right).
"I thought - try and write
provocative, sensual lyrics. They were a bit on the nose. It's
a piece of delicious
cartoon hokum!" - Don Black
Also for the first time, the song's end theme
is not a straight reprise of the opener, as it begins with different
lyrics (subsequent films followed suit with variations in arrangement,
ahead of a new practice of using a different song altogether).
The popular song "Mindfields" by The
Prodigy (released on The Fat of the Land) features a specific
part of 'Hip's Trip'.
Barry gave the band permission to use it.
"I felt it was really
more of a Shirley Bassey song, but I also felt I did a really
bad impression of
Shirley. She would have probably done it much better than me.
But, I was excited... It was an honour." - Lulu
Above: Artwork from
the single vinyl release from France (left)
and Japan (right).
1. Main Title - The Man With The Golden Gun (02:37)
2. Scaramanga's Fun House (04:39)
3. Chew Me In Grisly Land (04:01)
4. The Man With The Golden Gun (02:32)
5. Getting The Bullet (02:45)
6. Goodnight Goodnight (05:22)
7. Let's Go Get 'Em (03:44)
8. Hip's Trip (03:21)
9. Kung Fu Fight (01:57)
10. In Search Of Scaramanga's Island (02:31)
11. Return To Scaramanga's Fun House (06:28)
12. End Title - The Man With The Golden Gun (03:05)
Total Time: 43:02