This week in 1985, Status Quo kicked off the Live Aid extravaganza, hosted between Wembley Stadium, London and The JFK Stadium, Philadelphia. The cream of the world's rock stars took part in the global event, raising over £40million and beaming to the television sets of over 1.5bn people in 160 countries around the world. The incredible list of performers included Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, The Who, U2, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Queen, Tina Turner, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams, Neil Young, Hall and Oates, Led Zeppelin – and Duran Duran.
It was the same week that Duran Duran became the first artist to have a No.1 on the US singles chart with a James Bond theme when “A View To A Kill” topped the charts. Check out the New Wave icons performing the hit track at Live Aid below.
Duran Duran | “A View To A Kill” [Live Aid, 1985]
"A View to a Kill" was the last track recorded by the most famous five-member line-up of Duran Duran until their reunion in 2001. The New Wave icon’s 13th single was written and recorded as the theme for the 1985 James Bond film of the same name. "A View to a Kill" became one of the band's biggest hits and remains the only James Bond theme song to have reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Duran Duran | “A View To A Kill” [Official Music Video]
The songs official music video was filmed in the Eifel Tower and directed by the legendary duo, Godly & Creme (see more of their awesome videos, here). The video opens with the iconic James Bond gun barrel sequence and takes the band on a high-stakes secret mission. The video ends with Simon Le Bon breaking the fourth wall to deliver the film’s most famous line… with a twist, telling the camera that it’s "Bon. Simon Le Bon.”
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