|The Living Daylights (song)|
"The Living Daylights" is the song performed by a-ha for the James Bond film of the same name.
It was co-written by guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and Bond composer John Barry.
Barry was listed on the credits as co-writer and producer, and the initial release of the song was his version.
A second version of the song, re-worked by a-ha, later appeared on their third album, Stay on These Roads. Not surprisingly, the band prefers their version of the song to Barry's.
Waaktaar-Savoy claims that Barry never contributed to the creative process, and should not have his name on the credits.
"The Living Daylights" was released in the summer of 1987 and has become one of the most successful singles ever to be released by a-ha on the rock charts.
The song didn't chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but it charted in the United Kingdom where it peaked at number five. It also remains a favourite with Bond fans.
The song remains one of a-ha 's most played songs in live concerts and has often been extended into a sing-along with the audience, as featured on the live album How Can I Sleep with Your Voice in My Head.
The single sold over 2 million copies worldwide.