Shirley Bassey and the story behind the theme song to Moonraker

January 15th, 2019 by

Guest writer Brendan Edwards looks at how a chance encounter with John Barry led Shirley Bassey to sing the theme for Moonraker. Shirley Bassey has a special place in the hearts of many James Bond fans. The Welsh singer has performed more James Bond theme songs than any other performer, three in total with Goldfinger (1964), […]

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Birthday of Shirley Bassey [1937]

January 8th, 2019 by

Shirley Bassey, who sang the theme song for Goldfinger (1964) as well as Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979), was born on 8th January 1937 in Cardiff.

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Anniversary of US publication of Moonraker [1955]

September 20th, 2018 by

Ian Fleming’s third James Bond book, Moonraker, was first published in the United States by Macmillan on 20th September 1955. It had been published in the UK by Jonathan Cape earlier the same year, on 5th April.

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Birthday of Richard Kiel [1939]

September 13th, 2018 by

Richard Kiel

Richard Kiel, who played the much loved henchman Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), was born in Detroit on 13th September 1939.

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Anniversary of Richard Kiel’s death [2014]

September 10th, 2018 by

Richard Kiel

Richard Kiel, who played the much-loved henchman Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), died on 10th September 2014.

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Birthday of Geoffrey Keen [1916]

August 21st, 2018 by

Geoffrey Keen, who played Frederick Gray in The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights, was born in Berkshire on 21st August 1916.

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Anniversary of Moonraker première [1979]

June 26th, 2018 by

Moonraker premièred at the Odeon Leicester Square on 26th June 1979.

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Birthday of Michael Lonsdale from Moonraker [1931]

May 24th, 2018 by

Michael Londsdale, who played Sir Hugo Drax in Moonraker, was born in Paris on 24th May 1931. Photo: Michael Lonsdale by Claude Truong-Ngoc. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Birthday of Lois Chiles from Moonraker [1947]

April 15th, 2018 by

Lois Chiles, who played Dr Holly Goodhead in Moonraker was born in Houston on 15th April 1947.

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Anniversary of Moonraker publication in UK [1955]

April 5th, 2018 by

Ian Fleming’s 3rd James Bond book, Moonraker, was published on 5th April 1955 by Jonathan Cape. Soon after 007 is asked by M to warn off a card cheat at Blades, Bond is sent to investigate an incident at the Moonraker plant owned by Sir Hugo Drax. Read more about Moonraker

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