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1985 Mick Jagger and David Bowie record "Dancing in the Street" at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London for the Live Aid charity. They shoot the video the same day.

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Bond Film Debuts with A-ha Theme

1987

The Living Daylights, the first James Bond film to star Timothy Dalton as 007, premieres in London. The theme song was written and performed by a-ha, who are unable to attend. The film's composer, John Barry, is asked about the Norwegian band and calls them "Hitler Youth."

Barry drops the comment in a Belgian newspaper interview after a contentious creative battle with the band, who release a different mix of the theme on their album Stay On These Roads. The Living Daylights is the last Bond film scored by Barry, who has been composing music for the series since 1963. When he met with the synthpop trio, known for their hit "Take On Me," his way of being friendly was to criticize their competition, Duran Duran, who performed the previous Bond theme for A View To A Kill. "He made some degrading comments about them and what they'd been doing and that didn't sit well with any of us," lead singer Morten Harket recalls to The Guardian. Although a-ha songwriter Pal Waaktaar admits he appreciates Barry's string arrangements, the group was reluctant to accept changes to their song. When Barry added the strings, he slightly altered the synth hook line, and a-ha responded by changing it back to the original. Barry likened the experience to "playing ping-pong with four balls." For the first time in Bond history, the title theme doesn't roll over the end credits. Instead, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, whose band was in the running for the opener, closes out the movie with "If There Was a Man." "The Living Daylights" fails to make an impression in the US, but goes to #1 in the group's native Norway and #5 in the UK.

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