James Bond Songs
(film comments by Mark R. Leeper)

As promised I am continuing this consideration of the James Bond song lyrics looking at the early Roger Moore films. Last week I concluded with DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. Next comes Paul and Linda McCartney's LIVE AND LET DIE song. This one I remember at the time thinking was a stupid song pasted on an even more stupid film.

When you were young and your heart was an open book,
You used to say live and let live.
(You know you did, you know you did, you know you did.)
But if this ever-changing world in which we live in
Makes you give in and cry,
Say live and let die!
Live and let die,
Live and let die,

{this is real monotony} {this is monotony} {this is monotony} {this is monotony}

What does it matter to ya, When you've got a job to do you gotta do it well, You gotta give the other fellow hell.

{I think I once worked for this guy singing!}

This is a terrible song lyric. Of course song lyrics from the Beatles and former Beatles often were.

Let me paraphrase. When you were young and candid you used to be more tolerant of other people. (Then the singer rubs it in in a most childish way.) He then says, "But if this ever changing world in which we're living makes you give in and cry, say live and let die. What kind of advice is that? I know why the song does that. It is called double-dipping. Whoever works with Paul McCartney and Wings is pretty much guaranteed of a big monetary haul. Whoever writes a Bond title song is equally going to be in upper brackets. What a great philosophy: if the world hurts you, just be less tolerant of others. Great message! And when you have a job to do you have to be proficient and be unscrupulous at the same time. What one thought has to do with the other is not clear.

The next Bond film was THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. While a step up from the previous film, it is still a very poor example of a James Bond film. Nevertheless the title song really does most of what we would want a Bond film title song to do.

He has a powerful weapon.
He charges a million a shot.

{that used to sound like a lot more money than it sounds now}

An assassin that's second to none,

{or perhaps third}

The man with the golden gun.

{How Freudian}

Lurking in some darkened doorway, Or crouched on a rooftop somewhere, In the next room, or this very one, The man with the golden gun.

{He is played by 6'4" Christopher Lee so probably sticks out at both ends.}

Love is required, whenever he's hired; It comes just before the kill.

{Boy, I needed a better union}

No one can catch him, no hitman can match him For his million dollar skill.

One golden shot means another poor victim Has come to a glittering end. For a price, he'll erase anyone The man with the golden gun. His eye may be on you or me. Who will he bang? We shall see, oh yeah!

Love is required, whenever he's hired; It comes just before the kill No one can catch him, no hitman can match him For his million dollar skill.

{overpriced}

One golden shot means another poor victim Has come to a glittering end. If you want to get rid of someone The man with the golden gun Will get it done.

{Leave your business card with my secretary. We will get back to you.}

He'll shoot anyone With his golden gun.

{I guess if he has it he will use it. Ours is an equal opportunity llc.}

					Mark R. Leeper
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