The Bond franchise's iconic soundtrack is set to be the centrepiece of Amazon Prime Video's upcoming documentary, The Sound of 007.


The special, which lands on the streamer tomorrow to celebrate 60 years since Bond first appeared on the big screen, offers viewers an in-depth look at the many iconic tracks featured across some 25 films – including Paul McCartney's Live and Let Die.

The song was composed for Roger Moore's 1973 debut as the suave spy, also titled Live and Let Die. In a The Sound of 007 preview exclusive to, viewers can get a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes creation of the song, which Bond producers originally didn't want McCartney to sing.

George Martin, who composed and produced the track alongside McCartney, reveals that producers had asked McCartney if he wanted to write a song for the movie.

The Beatles singer himself explains in the preview that he agreed, and wrote the song without a script.

"They didn't have a script then, I don't think, so they sent me the Ian Fleming book and I read it and thought it was pretty good and that afternoon I wrote the song," he says, before adding: "It was co-produced with George Martin, and I worked with George which I hadn't done since The Beatles."

Martin goes on to detail that producers asked him who he thought should sing it, suggesting Thelma Houston and Aretha Franklin.

"I had to put it to him as delicately as I could that if he didn't take Paul, they wouldn't get the song," Martin says. Take a look for yourself below.

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