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Video Classics: ‘Live and Let Die’ – Paul McCartney and Wings

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Sir Paul in 2010

Sir Paul in 2010 (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

“Live and Let Die” by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Paul McCartney and Wings[/lastfm] was the theme song for the first Roger Moore James Bond film of the same name in 1973. So how did a former Beatle wind up writing and recording a song for a Bond film?

Released in 1972, “Live and Let Die” turned into one of the most successful singles for McCartney’s group Wings.

George Martin, the Beatles’ producer, had been hired to score the film, and he turned to McCartney to write the theme song. Originally the film’s producer, Harry Saltzman, wanted someone else to sing it; McCartney, however, said he would only take on the project if Wings could perform it. The single made the U.S. top five, first appearing on the film’s soundtrack album.

Watch the very cool video from the James Paul McCartney show in 1973.

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