Live and Let Die (3:13)

Cover of Back in the World (disc 2)

From Back in the World (disc 2) and 32 other releases

“Live and Let Die” is the main theme song of the 1973 James Bond film of the same name and was performed by Paul McCartney and Wings on the movie soundtrack and on the soundtrack album. The song was one of Wings’ most successful singles, and the most successful Bond theme to that point. Commissioned specifically for the movie and credited to Paul McCartney and his wife Linda, it reunited McCartney with Beatles producer George Martin, who both produced the song and arranged the orchestral break.

Although the most famous version of the song remains Wings’ original recording, it was covered by the Stan Kenton big band in 1973 and later by Guns N’ Roses in 1991. Due to its status as a Bond theme it was also covered by The Pretenders (released exclusively on the album Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project), and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas performed the song on Movies Rocks 2007, a CBS special celebrating music in movies. British pop singer Geri Halliwell, of the Spice Girls, released the song as a b-side track for her solo number one single Lift Me Up, in November 1999.


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  • littlelouie1

    This song got an Oscar but it's not the full version of the track.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • jlennons

    he rocks this song live

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TuneBlendR

    Love the Jamaican footage in the Bond movie... Simply IRIE... but the tempo changes of this tune are magical as is Paul's vocal delivery. He's truly the KING OF MUSIC.

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    A play on the phrase "live and let live," this was the title song for the 8th James Bond film. It was the first to star Roger Moore as Bond. Wings co-founder and original drummer Denny Seiwell said of this song: "Everybody thought it was cool that we were doing something for James Bond. 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."

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
  • theironictea

    Great. The movie was pretty bad though.

    3 Mar 2014 Reply

    Live and Let I remember very clearly the Bond movie this was used in, I believe it was Roger Moore's first appearance as Bond...good movie. Great song!

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Druid66

    Paul said he and the other guys wanted to write movie songs - for Frank Sinatra, if I recall. This was an even better choice, if you ask me... this is one of my favorite 007 themes.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply


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  • cousinbull

    "always had an inflated view of himself" spoken by Roger Moore in movie

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JamesR98

    This is not live. This is Live and Let Die - Album Version. The Album Name is messed up.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ButchGantenbein

    Oh look the greenvillepa spoke? Oh thats very rare? very rare indeed. ssssh listen)))))))))

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DrMichaelGalvin

    This is anything but bland tompetty77.

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • durhamcitymakem

    remember going to "the flix" (cinema) to see this in the mid '70s.

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • greenvillepa


    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • purplemotel

    Beautiful, beautiful Paul. xo

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • ThePowerStation


    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • herownlagoon

    He rocks this song live. Whoohoo Macca!

    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TrueStarband

    MikesD, you said it!! The best

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • wolfy76484

    I think that this is a great BOND track but I think Paul has done a great job as a song writer over the years and I wouldn't describe him as Mr bland ;Tompetty77

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
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