The Look of Love (1967 song)

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"The Look of Love"
Look of Love.JPG
Ursula Andress inspired Burt Bacharach to compose "The Look of Love" watching her in an early cut of the film Casino Royale. The track is played while Vesper Lynd seduces Evelyn Tremble, observed through a man-size aquarium.
film soundtrack by Dusty Springfield from the album Casino Royale Soundtrack
ReleasedJanuary 29, 1967
RecordedPhilips Studios, London
GenrePop music
Length4:11
LabelColgems
WriterHal David
ComposerBurt Bacharach
ProducerPhil Ramone
Cover versions
Brasil '66, Isaac Hayes
Casino Royale Soundtrack track listing
"The Look Of Love" (Instrumental Version) by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass"The Look of Love""What's New Pussycat?"
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For other songs of the same name, see The Look of Love.
"The Look of Love"
Look of Love.JPG
Ursula Andress inspired Burt Bacharach to compose "The Look of Love" watching her in an early cut of the film Casino Royale. The track is played while Vesper Lynd seduces Evelyn Tremble, observed through a man-size aquarium.
film soundtrack by Dusty Springfield from the album Casino Royale Soundtrack
ReleasedJanuary 29, 1967
RecordedPhilips Studios, London
GenrePop music
Length4:11
LabelColgems
WriterHal David
ComposerBurt Bacharach
ProducerPhil Ramone
Cover versions
Brasil '66, Isaac Hayes
Casino Royale Soundtrack track listing
"The Look Of Love" (Instrumental Version) by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass"The Look of Love""What's New Pussycat?"
Music sample
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"The Look of Love"
Single by Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66
from the album Look Around
Released1968 (1968)
GenreBossa nova
LabelA&M
Writer(s)
"The Look Of Love"
Single by El Chicano
from the album "Viva Tirado"
Released1970
FormatAlbum
Recorded1970
Length2:04
LabelKapp MCA
Writer(s)Burt Bacharach Hal David

"The Look of Love" is a popular song composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and sung by English pop singer Dusty Springfield, which appeared in the 1967 spoof James Bond film Casino Royale. In 2008, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.[1] It also received a Best Song nomination in the 1968 Academy Awards.

Songwriters[edit]

The music was written by Burt Bacharach, and was originally intended to be an instrumental. But later Hal David added the lyrics, and the song was published in 1967. According to Bacharach, the melody was inspired by watching Ursula Andress in an early cut of the film.[citation needed]

Recordings[edit]

Early recordings[edit]

The song was originally recorded by Dusty Springfield for the Casino Royale soundtrack, receiving an Oscar nomination and reaching the US Top 40. Phil Ramone, the soundtrack's engineer, recorded the song separately from the rest of the film tracks. Springfield re-recorded the song the same year in London, featuring a throaty saxophone solo, and released it as the B-side of "Give Me Time". Claudine Longet recorded the song on her 1967 album of the same title. Lainie Kazan also recorded "The Look of Love" (arranged by Pat Williams) on her 1967 album Love is Lainie. Nina Simone also recorded "The Look of Love" in 1967 on her album Silk & Soul. Sérgio Mendes' hit rendition on the Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66 album Look Around reached #4 on the pop charts after their performance in the Academy Awards telecast in March 1968. The lead vocal on this single was handled by Janis Hansen, not Lani Hall, a rarity in the early Brasil '66 canon. Andy Williams released a version in 1967 on his album, Love, Andy. Soul group The Delfonics also covered the song in 1968 on their album La La Means I Love You.

Later recordings[edit]

Isaac Hayes covered the song for his 1970 album ...To Be Continued. While Hayes used the same lyrics, his cover includes a unique instrumental which has been heavily sampled on R&B and hip-hop records.

El Chicano covered "The Look of Love" on their 1970 album, Viva Tirado .

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