Dame Shirley Bassey

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Dame Shirley Bassey

Who doesn’t know Dame Shirley Bassey? In 1977, the Welsh singer received the BRIT Award for the Best British Female Solo Artist in the previous 25 years (the first of its kind as the awards ceremony was launched that year to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee). And 23 years later, in 2000, Queen Elizabeth II made Bassey a Dame for services to the performing arts. But, whether you are a fan of the spy/adventure/action franchise or not, you will know the memorable songs Bassey recorded for three James Bond films.

Best-known for her 007 songs

Which three James Bond films listed below did the artist record the theme songs of? (Answers are below.)

Dr. No (1962)

From Russia with Love (1963)

Goldfinger (1964)

Thunderball (1965)

Casino Royale (1967)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Live and Let Die (1973)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Moonraker (1979)

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Octopussy (1983)

Never Say Never Again (1983)

A View to a Kill (1985)

The Living Daylights (1987)

Licence to Kill (1989)

GoldenEye (1995)

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Die Another Day (2002)

Casino Royale (2006)

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Skyfall (2012)

Spectre (2015)

Shirley Bassey Forever

Well done if you have answered Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker. We would like to share with you a 1973 Shirley Bassey TV Special:


Listen and fill in the gaps:

“Diamonds are forever
____ are all I need to please me
____ can stimulate and tease me
____ won’t leave in the night, I’ve no fear that they might desert me

Diamonds are forever
Hold one up and then caress it
Touch it, stroke it and _______ it
I can see every part, nothing hides in the heart to hurt me

I don’t need love
For what good will love do me?
Diamonds never lie to me
For when love’s gone
They’ll ______ on

Diamonds are forever
Sparkling round my little finger
Unlike men, the diamonds linger
Men are mere mortals who are not worth going to your _____ for

I don’t need love
For what good will love do me?
Diamonds never lie to me
For when love’s gone
They’ll ______ on

Diamonds are forever, forever, forever
Diamonds are forever, forever, forever
Forever and ever”

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