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Artist Name: TOM JONES
Song Author: John Barry and Don Black
Year Recorded: 1965

Soundtrack album by John Barry
Released 1965
Recorded October 1965
Length 39:11
Label Capitol
Producer Frank Collura (Reissue)

John Barry teamed up with lyricist Don Black and wrote "Thunderball" in a rush.
Tom Jones, sang the new theme song.

Thunderball is the soundtrack for the fourth James Bond film of the same name.

The soundtrack was released by United Artists Records in 1965.

The music was composed and conducted by John Barry, and performed by the John Barry Orchestra.

This was Barry's third soundtrack for the series. The soundtrack was not finished by the time the film was released in theaters and only featured twelve tracks, roughly only the first half of the film; the last seven tracks were released for the first time when the soundtrack was issued on Compact Disc on February 25, 2003.

Additionally, the music in the film was unfinished days before the release of the film in theaters due to a late change by Eon Productions to use a title song with the same name as the film.

The song was originally recorded by Shirley Bassey, but was later rerecorded by Dionne Warwick.

John Barry teamed up with lyricist Don Black and wrote "Thunderball" in a rush. Tom Jones, who sang the new theme song, fainted in the recording booth after singing the song's final, high note.

Jones said of the final note, "I closed my eyes and I held the note for so long when I opened my eyes the room was spinning."