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.
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.
Tony Bennett covered this song in his 1970 album Tony Sings The Great Hits of Today.
El Chicano covered "The Look of Love" on their 1970 album, Viva Tirado.
In 2001, Diana Krall, a multi Grammy winner Canadian jazz pianist and singer, recorded the song in her best-selling album The Look of Love.
In 2007, Shelby Lynne released a Dusty Springfield tribute CD, Just A Little Lovin' , that contained a cover of this song.