Barry's Goldfinger Close-call

Tags: John Barry - Goldfinger - Harry Saltzman - Shirley Bassey

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Composer John Barry's legendary theme song for the 1964 JAMES BOND movie Goldfinger almost didn't make the film, because a producer thought it "the worst f**king song I ever heard". Film-maker Harry Saltzman was livid when Barry delivered the Shirley Bassey-sung classic to him. And it was only down to time constraints that the song was left in. Barry says, "I got a phone call from Harry. He never used to come down to recording sessions, and he says, 'John, that is the worst f**king song I ever heard in my life. We open in three weeks' time, otherwise I'd take that f**king song out of the picture. I'd take it out! Out!'"


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