The Beatles Top 60 Solo Songs: #17: “Live And Let Die” Wings. Naturally one of my favorite James Bond theme songs- “Live And Let Die” was the them for the 1973 Bond film of the same name- starring Roger Moore in his first movie as the new James Bond. McCartney was asked to write the theme even before the screenplay was finished- he asked for a copy of the Ian Fleming novel -“I read it and thought it was pretty good. That afternoon I wrote the song and went in the next week and did it … It was a job of work for me in a way because writing a song around a title like that’s not the easiest thing going.” The single went to #2 in the Billboard Hot 100. McCartney at this point was on a hot streak of successful singles he couldn’t miss in the 1973-75 era. “Hi! Hi! Hi!”, “My Love”, “Live And Let Die’, “Helen Wheels”, “Jet”, “Band On The Run”, “Junior’s Farm”, : Listen To What The Man Said”- all made the Top 10- [and all but “My Love” this countdown.}
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Definitely one of my favorite post-Beatles songs by Paul. And, yep, certainly also among the top Bond songs.
Paul did a great job with this track. It really does sound like movie music, especially the instrumental parts. It was quite a spectacle to see him perform the tune live with fireworks going off in the back of the stage!