When James Bond turned down Debbie Harry (Blondie)


In 1981 the band from New York was hit the top, but 007 did not want to know …

In 1981, when director John Glen was commissioned to shoot the twelfth episode of the James Bond film saga ‘For Your Eyes Only’  Blondie were at the height of their fame , having already placed four tracks at number one on the charts: “Heart of Glass”, “Call Me”, “The Tide is High” and “Rapture”.



Some time later John Glen told Sally Hibbin, who wrote some volumes on Agent 007’s films: “We went as far as possible.

We needed a change of some kind to go back to Bond’s origins. We wanted the new film to be more of a thriller than a game, without losing sight of what made Bond famous: the his humor.



” Someone on the production team thought, for the soundtrack, that Blondie were a perfect match: a band with humor, wit and an intelligence of its own and, moreover, that it was successful.

Although, as Jon Burlingame pointed out, in his book on Bond’s soundtracks, the New York formation was considered for a very short period of time by Bill Conti, the composer in charge of composing the sound commentary on the film.

That song was rejected, and the theme of the film was then played by Scottish singer Sheena Easton. Blondie also released their version on the album and released it in 1982 in “The Hunter”. The album, the sixth of their discography, did not receive the success of the previous ones and, shortly thereafter, the band even ended up melting. Before reassembling and returning to record stores with “No Exit”

Despite the disappointment for not being chosen to interpret the theme of a James Bond film, Blondie have always remained fans of the best known secret agent of all time, in fact, in concert, they proposed, in addition to “For Your Eyes Only “, also the themes of other films in the saga, such as ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘From Russia with Love’.




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