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A-ha - The Living Daylights (1987)

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“The Living Daylights” is a song performed by Norwegian pop group A-ha for the 1987 James Bond film of the same ...

“The Living Daylights” is a song performed by Norwegian pop group A-ha for the 1987 James Bond film of the same name. It was written by guitarist Pål Waaktaar. After first appearing in the context of the film, a revised version was included in the band’s Stay on These Roads studio album, which came out in 1988.

“The Living Daylights” was released in the summer of 1987. The song peaked at number five in the United Kingdom and number one in Norway.

The song remains one of A-ha’s most played songs in live concerts and has often been extended into a “sing-along” with the audience, as featured on the live album How Can I Sleep with Your Voice in My Head. In live performances, Paul Waaktaar often included the main James Bond Theme in his guitar solo.

Evan Cater of Allmusic said the song was “a strong sample of Seven and the Ragged Tiger-influenced Europop, enhanced by Morten Harket’s powerhouse falsetto vocals.”

South African heavy metal band The Narrow released a cover version in 2005.

The music video, which was directed by Steve Barron, was shot at the 007 Stage in London, which was built specifically for the Bond franchise. It features various scenes from the film projected on to the band as they perform in the empty 007 Stage. Separate footage from the movie itself is shown, along with footage from the film traced out and inserted to the footage of the band performing, which was a groundbreaking, yet expensive innovation at that time.

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