Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

British pop group who recorded the rousing title track for A View to a Kill. As of November 2020, it is the only Bond opening-titles track ever to have reached number 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. Duran Duran, which at the time of their Bond performance included Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, and John Taylor, adapted their name from that of the wacky character with the “orgasmatron” in the science fiction film Barbarella (1968). The band first surfaced in 1978 in a club called Barbarella’s.


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