About The Song

Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager wrote this song, which was the theme for the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Unlike all previous Bond songs, this one isn’t named after the movie, and the film isn’t even mentioned in the chorus – the only mention of the movie comes in the first verse: “Like heaven above me, the spy who loved me is keepin’ all my secrets safe tonight.”
Hamlisch and Bayer Sager didn’t write the song for the movie; it was the producer Richard Perry who convinced them to submit it for the film, and the Bond producer Cubby Broccoli loved it. They reworked the song to make it work for 007 and get the movie mentioned in the lyrics.
Richard Perry produced three albums for Carly Simon from 1972-1975. This song reunited them – after Perry heard it from Hamlisch and Bayer Sager, he convinced them that it would be perfect for Simon to sing, and when he played it for Carly, she loved it.
“Nobody Does It Better” had international charting success, rising to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks, #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box 100; #1 in Canada and Ireland; #5 in France and Norway; #7 in the U.K.; and #8 in Australia. The song sold more than one million copies and earned an RIAA gold record.
“Nobody Does It Better” repeated Paul McCartney’s July 1973 feat of reaching #2 with a James Bond theme tune; in his case it was “Live and Let Die.” Duran Duran’s American chart-topping “A View To A Kill” is the best ever selling Bond theme tune.