Music written by John Barry (Jonathan Barry Prendergrast) and lyrics by Hal David.
recorded: April, 1979
The original soundtrack album contained two versions: the "Main Title"
which was playing in the beginning of the film, and an up-tempo "End Title"
which is from after the film during the credits.
The soundtrack album is available on CD digitally remastered. The Main Title is also available on the collection Bassey - The EMI/UA Years 1959 - 1979, and was on the Reader's Digest collection Shirley Bassey - This Is My Life, and is on many James Bond and John Barry collections. Another recording has been released 1992 on the Bassey Sings Bond album.
It was planned to release a remix of the original recording by Superfunk in 2000 on The Remix Album...Diamonds Are Forever and the remix had even been released on some promotional copies of the CD, but paradoxically the remix is not on the final UK release, but it is on the releases of other countries.
The note about Goldfinger from the 30th anniversary Bond collection:
was that "Jaws is back!" The towering Richard Kiel - who'd portrayed the recurring evil henchman, Voltaire, in TVs "Wild Wild West" - apparently found a following in "Spy" and was therefore called back for "Moonraker." As the steel-toothed Jaws, he was a likeable bad guy who could never get hurt (thanks to Bond's masochistic penchant for punching him in the mouth).
Directed by Gilbert and written by Chris Wood, one of "Moonraker" 's bright spots is the presence of the beautiful French actress Corinne Clery in the small but memorable role of Drax associate Corinne Dufour. John Barry, Shirley Bassey and Hal David all came back to add some musical gusto to the proceedings.
Following a plot outline of the film "Moonraker" I found on the net:
Someone told me about a radio interview Shirley Bassey did in New York. She said that she walked out of the premiere because the sound on the song was so low, and she thought it should be louder. The interviewer asked her what she thought of Roger Moore, she said: "Wet! Wet! Wet!"
I heard that it was originally offered to Kate Bush to to write and record the song for this Bond movie, but she turned it down and so John Barry got the job again.
Someone also said that this song was originally written for Dionne Warwick, but she could not sing it, and then John Barry bumped into Shirley in an L.A. hotel and asked if Shirley could sing the song and she did, but I'm not sure if this is true, because I also read that Hal David and Dionne Warwick had parted ways years before.
Finally I heard that this song was intended for Johnny Mathis but he was sick and had to drop out.
Tell me more details about these stories please.
A James Bond fan wrote:
Where are you?
When will we meet?
Take my unfinished life and make it complete
Just like the Moonraker knows his dream will come true someday
I know that you are only a kiss away
I've seen your smile in a thousand dreams
Felt your touch and it always seems
You love me
You love me
(transcribed by Roman <firstname.lastname@example.org>)