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 . In 2008, the song was inducted into the Casino Royale Grammy Hall of Fame. It also received a Best Song nomination in the  1968 Academy Awards.
Songwriters [ edit ]
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. 
Recordings [ edit ]
Early recordings [ edit ]
The first recording is by
Stan Getz as an instrumental in December 1966. The song with lyrics was originally recorded by  Dusty Springfield for the soundtrack, receiving an Casino Royale 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 reached #4 on the pop charts after their performance in the Look Around 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, . Soul group Love, Andy The Delfonics also covered the song in 1968 on their album , while the legendary Motown quartet La La Means I Love You 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 . An instrumental version of the song was included on the 1967 Burt Bacharach album Afro-Harping , Reach Out which was also featured on the soundtrack for the film  . The Boys in the Band 
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 . 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 ...To Be Continued Dead Presidents. A version performed by
Susanna Hoffs was featured in the 1997 film and was included on the film's soundtrack. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, In, 2001 Canadian jazz singer
Diana Krall recorded the song as the title track of her album The Look of Love
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