Category Archives: Duran Duran

A View To A Kill (Extended Remix)

Being a big fan of both JB and DD, I was pleasantly surprised by the recent revelation on James Bond fan site MI6 that an official extended version of “A View To A Kill” exists.

The song was co-written by composer John Barry and Duran Duran as the title track for the 1985 James Bond film “A View To A Kill”, which marked Roger Moore’s last appearance as 007. It’s been nearly 30 years since the original release of the single, which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in July 1985. American producer Steve Thompson created a 12″ mix with input from the band; however, bassist John Taylor nixed the track’s release:

“I wanted to keep a certain purity to the 3 minutes plus of “AVTAK”… some of the recent remixes had been rubbing me the wrong way. I was adamant about it—that there should be no extended versions or remixes. It was short sighted of me, I have since regretted it.”

We all make mistakes, JT. Methinks this mix could spark a 30th anniversary reissue, possibly for Record Store Day 2015.