The Look of Love (1967 song)

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"The Look of Love"
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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
Released January 29, 1967
Recorded Philips Studios, London
Genre Pop, jazz
Length 4:11
Label Colgems
Writer(s) Hal David
Composer(s) Burt Bacharach
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
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
"The Look of Love"
Single by Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66
from the album Look Around
Released 1968 (1968)
Genre Bossa nova
Label A&M
"The Look Of Love"
Single by El Chicano
from the album "Viva Tirado"
Released 1970
Format Album
Recorded 1970
Length 2:04
Label Kapp 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.


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.[2]


Early recordings[edit]

The first recording is by Stan Getz as an instrumental in December 1966.[3] The song with lyrics 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. Morgana King recorded "The Look of Love" on her 1967 album Gemini Rising. 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, while the legendary Motown quartet Four Tops gave the song a sweeping Broadway-like treatment on their 1969 album Soul Spin. Brazilian threesome Som Três recorded an early instrumental version on their album Show (Odeon, 1968). Dorothy Ashby included the song in her 1968 album Afro-Harping. An instrumental version of the song was included on the 1967 Burt Bacharach album Reach Out,[4] which was also featured on the soundtrack for the film The Boys in the Band.[5]

Notable cover versions[edit]

  • In 1969, American rock band Vanilla Fudge released an experimental version of the song, as the band was famous for innovative rock arrangements of contemporary hit songs of the time.
  • 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. His version of the song was also featured in Dead Presidents.
  • A version performed by Susanna Hoffs was featured in the 1997 film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, and was included on the film's soundtrack.
  • In, 2001 Canadian jazz singer Diana Krall recorded the song as the title track of her album The Look of Love


  1. ^ "Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Retrieved 21 December 2012
  2. ^ Dominic, Serene (2003). Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans, Serious Record Collectors, and Music Critics. Music Sales Group. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-8256-7280-4. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Churchill, Nicholas (15 December 2004). Stan Getz: An Annotated Bibliography and Filmography, with Song and Session Information for Albums. McFarland. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-7864-1949-4. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  4. ^ AllMusic
  5. ^ AllMusic

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