"She doesn't sing the songs, she lives them."
Performed by Shirley Bassey, ‘Diamonds are Forever’ has become a classic. Years after the Bond movie was released, Don was at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s apartment in New York working on ‘Aspects of Love’ when Steven Spielberg, whom Don had never met, popped round to see his friend. Lloyd Webber did the introductions – ‘Steven Spielberg, this is Don Black.’ Spielberg gaped. ‘You’re not the Don Black are you?’ Now it was Don’s turn to gape. Spielberg shook his hand warmly, enthusing, ‘You wrote my favourite title song of all time:”Diamonds Are Forever”!’
The man with the golden gun
1974 saw another date with 007 and John Barry in ‘The man with the golden gun’. Barry delivered a fast, rather intense theme – a bit of a cross between Thunderball and Goldfinger. It is chase music, but with a hint of seductiveness. Lulu supplied the vocals, and went right along with the ‘powerful weapon, seductiveness theme. There was a thrill in her voice. And, she says, there was an unexpected benefit years later. ‘When my son’s friends got to the age of about 9, they became obsessed with Bond. And when they found out that I sang “The man with the Golden Gun”, I was the coolest mum in the school!’