B Rock Note: Paul McCartney’s Wing’s Bandmate Recalls the Brilliant Writing of ‘Live and Let Die’
McCartney wrote the Oscar-nominated theme to Moore's first Bond thriller, 1973's Live And Let Die. The legendary singer tweeted: "He had a heart of gold, a great sense of humour and will be missed by the many people who loved him."
According to Pulse of Radio, Wings co-founder and original drummer Denny Seiwell played on the original version of "Live And Let Die" and recalled the events leading up to McCartney recording the Oscar-nominated theme to the 007 thriller:
Everybody thought it was cool that we were doing something for James Bond, y'know? 'Cause I remember what Paul told us -- he said a couple weeks before we did the actual recording, he said they wanted him to write the theme to the next James Bond movie, and they sent him the book to read. And we were up at the house one day and he had just read the book the night before, and he sat down at the piano and said, 'James Bond. . . James Bond . . . da-da-dum!,' and he started screwing around at the piano. Within 10 minutes, he had that song written. It was awesome, really. Just to watch him get in there and write the song was really something I'll remember the rest of my life."
Paul McCartney & Wings' "Live And Let Die" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song from A Motion Picture, but lost to Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were." Seriously???