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Sir Thomas John Woodward, known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer who sang the eponymous theme song of the 4th James Bond film produced by Eon Productions, Thunderball (1965). Selling over 100 million records across his career,[1] Jones has had thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States. Some of his notable songs include "It's Not Unusual", "What's New Pussycat", "Thunderball", "She's a Lady", "Kiss" and "Sex Bomb".[1]

Bond involvement

Originally, the main title theme to Thunderball was a piece titled "Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang". Written by composers John Barry and Leslie Bricusse,[2] it was originally recorded by Dionne Warwick and later rerecorded by Shirley Bassey.[3] Close to the film's 1965 release, plans to use either version of the song were scrapped by the producers following a request from United Artists that the theme song's lyrics contain the film's title.[4] Barry and lyricist Don Black hurriedly wrote "Thunderball", which was sung by up-and-coming artist, Tom Jones.[3] The singer allegedly fainted in the recording booth after singing the song's final, high note.[3] Jones later recalled, "I closed my eyes and I held the note for so long when I opened my eyes the room was spinning."[5]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 (20 June 2009) Billboard – Google Books. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved on 12 October 2015. 
  2. Fiegel, Eddy. John Barry: A Sixties Theme. New York: Macmillan, 2001.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Spencer, Kristopher. Film and Television Scores, 1950–1979: A Critical Survey by Genre. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2008, p. 63-64.
  4. Burlingame, Jon, The Music of James Bond, Oxford University Press, 11 October 2012, p. 51
  5. Tom Jones's comments on the Thunderball song. Interview with Singer Tom Jones. Retrieved on 10 September 2005.