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Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am somewhat of a James Bond aficionado. I can’t think of another product that has managed to stay relevant across multiple generations like the 007 franchise, all while never compromising the elegance and integrity of the brand. Top notch.

Regarded in numerous circles as the best Bond theme of all time Nancy Sinatras’You Only Live Twice is truly something special. It is the most sampled/recreated Bond theme to date, you’ve heard the famous violin intro sequence in countless songs, most notably Robbie Williams’ Millennium, and the Bjork and Coldplay covers. In the original Ian Flemming novel the haiku which inspired the songs opening lyrics was

You only live twice: Once when you’re born & once when you look death in the face.

Not exactly the type of concept people like to hear. This was later transformed into the more romantic and manageable:

You only live twice, or so it seems.. One life for yourself & one for your dreams.”

P.S. for those of you who share my affection with the Marrakesh express trend check out Octopussy. It is set in India and features some very inspiring fashion and imagery.

Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice

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