We Have All the Time in the World

"We Have All the Time in the World" is a James Bond theme and popular song sung by Louis Armstrong. Its music was composed by John Barry and the lyrics by Hal David. It is a secondary musical theme in the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the title theme being the instrumental "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", also composed by Barry. The song title is taken from Bond's final words in both the novel and the film, spoken after the death of Tracy Bond, his wife. As Armstrong was too ill to play his trumpet, it was therefore played by another musician.[1] Barry chose Armstrong because he felt he could "deliver the title line with irony".[2]

"We Have All the Time in the World"
We Have All the Time in the World by Louis Armstrong 1994 re-release.png
1994 single re-release
Single by Louis Armstrong
from the album On Her Majesty's Secret Service
B-side"Pretty Little Missy"
Released1969, 1994 (re-released)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Hal David, John Barry
Producer(s)Phil Ramone
Louis Armstrong singles chronology
"The Kinda Love Song"
"We Have All the Time in the World"
"Give Peace a Chance"

The song was released as a single in both the US and the UK (under the abridged title "All The Time in the World" in the UK[3]) to coincide with the release of the film in December 1969, but did not chart in either market. The recording became a hit in the UK twenty-five years later, in 1994, as a result of a Guinness beer commercial, after My Bloody Valentine chose to cover it for charity. Armstrong's version was then re-released on vinyl and CD and reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart and #4 in Ireland. In 2005, a BBC survey found that it was the third most popular love song played at weddings.[4]

In addition to My Bloody Valentine, "We Have All the Time in the World" has been covered by The Specials, Iggy Pop (whose version plays during the end credits of the film The Jacket), Fun Lovin' Criminals, Vic Damone, Michael Ball, Giorgia Todrani, The Puppini Sisters, Tindersticks, The Pale Fountains, Propellerheads, The Wedding Present, Shirley Bassey (for a later withdrawn album of Bond themes), Thomas White and Alfie Boe.

John Barry cited "We Have All the Time in the World" as one of his favourite Bond compositions, saying it was one of the finest pieces of music he had written for a Bond movie and also because of the pleasure of working with Louis Armstrong.[citation needed]

The instrumental version of the theme reappears twice in the 2021 James Bond film No Time to Die, in addition to the lyrical variation being played at the beginning of the closing credits.[5]

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  1. ^ On Her Majesty's Secret Service liner notes, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ultimate Edition (©2006 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc.).
  2. ^ John Barry. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service audio commentary". On Her Majesty's Secret Service Ultimate Edition. MGM Home Entertainment.
  3. ^ 45cat.com
  4. ^ "Adams hit tops wedding dance poll". BBC News. 7 April 2005. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  5. ^ Burlingame, Jon (10 October 2021). "Louis Armstrong Meets James Bond, Again: Why 'We Have All the Time in the World' Plays a Key Role in 'No Time to Die'". Variety.