John Barry ‎– The Living Daylights (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

EMI ‎– 72435-41451-2-4, Capitol Records ‎– 72435-41451-2-4
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Soundtrack to 1987 Bond film The Living Daylights, directed by John Glen, starring Timothy Dalton as the new James Bond. Marked James Bond's 25th anniversary.

Includes bonus tracks not included in the original vinyl and CD release. Originally written by John Barry in May 1987 over 4 weeks and digitally recorded on a 24-track machine over a seven-day period at CTS, Wembley.

Comes with A3 fold-out booklet including liner notes, photos and stills from the film, and an A4 poster.

Track 18 is misspelled on the back cover as Afganistan Plan.

Jason Corsaro courtesy of Corsair Productions.
The Pretenders appear courtesy of Sire Records Company.

The Living Daylights © 1987 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation.
007 Gun Symbol Logo and other James Bond trademarks ™ Danjaq, LLC.
007 Gun Symbol Logo © 1962 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation.
Printed in the EU.

Special Thanks to the following people for their help in the rerelease of this album:
Anita Camarata, Jonathan Watkins, Herb Agner, Jeff Eldridge, John Burlingame, Michael Tavares, John Cork, Geoff Leonard, Gareth Bramley, Pete Walker, Steve Weatherby, Frank Lopez, Adam Varon, Brendan Gormley, Shannon Ward, Gregg Ogorzelec, Cary Anning, Collette Barber, Fiona Gillott, Peach Kazan, Adrian Breakspear, Charlie Andrew, Andie Lede, David Bishop, Jeff Bond, Dan Goldwasser, Robert Hardenbrook, Addison Liu, Chris Neel, Gary Teetzel, Chad Greer, Keith Snelgrove

All tracks EMI Blackwood Music Inc./United Lion Music Inc. (BMI), except track #1 EMI Blackwood Music Inc./United Lion Music (BMI)/Sony ATV Songs LLC (BMI), track #4 EMI Blackwood Music Inc./United Lion Music Inc./EMI Unart Catalog Inc. (BMI), and tracks #7 & 12 Hynde House of Hits/Clive Banks Music/EMI Blackwood Music/United Lions Music/EMI April Music Inc./EMI Music Publishing Ltd.

Different pressings of this release exist. EMI Uden pressing is here.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 724354145124
  • ASIN ( B000087DT7
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LP73
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0796
  • Matrix / Runout: 56102805/00724354145124 21
  • Label Code: LC 0148
  • Other (Price Code): PM 500
  • Rights Society: BEL/BIEM



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June 2, 2017
For his last Bond score John Barry decided to modernize his technique and delivers an exciting final note (pun intended) that perfectly blends classical and synth. Even 30 years on The Living Daylights still sounds fresh and new. Even a few cues of David Arnold's later scores are beginning to sound dated, but not John Barry.

The rasping trumpets that are the signature of spy music, the Bond theme, and the ever-popular Bond chorus are all upfront (if you rearrange the album in chronological order) in the opening track "Exercise in Gibraltar" before a-ha's awesome title song, which might also be one the best Bond songs, even better than Skyfall. As much as I liked that song it did not have a melody that could be worked into action music. Even the secondary song "Where Has Everybody Gone" by The Pretenders is so freakin' cool and is used to great effect as theme for main henchman Necros. There's so much to like here.

Barry scored 11 of the Bond movies yet had the talent to give each of them a unique theme, though he really spoils us here and this score has many highlights such as "Ice Chase", "Inflight Fight", and "Hercules Takes Off". That's not to say that other tracks don't have their smaller epic moments though.

Since Barry's time we've had Kamen, Serra, Arnold, and Newman bring their own unique style to the series, with mixed results. I doubt anyone will ever break Barry's record though, and he has left his fingerprint ingrained into the DNA of the Bond sound forever.

A must-have for Bond fans and film score collectors. Horrible cover art though.

The correct track order is as follows:

1 - Exercise at Gibraltar
2 - The Living Daylights
3 - The Sniper Was a Woman
4 - Koskov Escapes
5 - Where Has Every Body Gone?
6 - Necros Attacks
7 - Approaching Kara
8 - Kara Meets Bond
9 - Ice Chase
10 - Into Vienna
11 - Murder at the Fair
12 - “Assassin” and Drugged
13 - Airbase Jailbreak
14 - Mujahadin and Opium
15 - Afghanistan Plan
16 - Hercules Takes Off
17 - Inflight Fight
18 - Air Bond
19 - Final Confrontation
20 - If There Was a Man - The Pretenders
21 - Alternate End Titles