Thunderball: “Mr. Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang”

The original title of the song for Thunderball was: Mister Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang, (Japan`s name for Bond) sung by Dionne Warwick. (A Demo was cut by Shirlet Bassey as well!) At the last minute, the producers decided to go with the version sung by Tom Jones that incorporates the straighter title of “Thunderball” into the lyrics. (!)

Here are the lyrics to Dionne Warwick`s rejected rendition:

He`s tall and he`s dark,
And like a shark, he looks for trouble.

That`s why the zero`s double…Mr. Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang

He`s suave and he`s smooth,
And he can sooth you like vanilla,

The gentleman`s a killer…Mr. Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang

Madmoiselles and danger,
Have filled the stranger`s past.
Like a knife, he cuts through life,
Like everyday`s the last!

He`s fast and he`s cool,
He`s from the school that loves and leaves them,

A pity if it grieves `em…Mr. Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang

Madmoiselles and danger,
Have filled the stranger`s past.
Like a knife, he cuts through life,
Like everyday`s the last!

He`s fast and he`s cool,
He`s from the school that loves and leaves them,

A pity if it grieves `em…Mr. Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang`s…Not a fool…No, he`s no fool…he is no fool…he…is…no…fool

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