Nobody Does It Better

Nobody Does It Better
"Nobody Does It Better"
Single by Carly Simon
from the album The Spy Who Loved Me
Released 1977
Writer(s) Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager

"Nobody Does It Better" is a power ballad composed by Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. It was recorded by Carly Simon as the theme song for the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. It was the first Bond theme song to be titled differently from the name of the film, although the phrase "the spy who loved me" is included in the lyrics. Released as a single from the film's soundtrack album, the song became a hit (spending three weeks at #2 on the US singles chart and reaching #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart). The song also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.

The title of the theme was later used for Carly Simon's 1999 greatest hits album, The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better.

In 2004, the song was honored by the American Film Institute as the 67th greatest song as part of their 100 Years Series.


"Nobody Does It Better" has been covered a number of times and has been featured in many non-Bond films, including most recently Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), performed by 8mm. Little Black Book (2004), Lost in Translation (2003) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) also used the song.

Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame is even heard to claim, in a bootleg recording of a live performance in a TV show (1995), that this is the "sexiest song that was ever written." The band then played a rock cover of the song.

Brittany Murphy's character in the film Little Black Book sings the song.

Rock guitarist/singer Aimee Mann recorded a version of the song for the 1997 James Bond tribute album "Shaken & Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project."

Adam Sandler covered this song before receiving the MTV Generation award on the 2008 MTV Movie Awards. (Note: The words were modified to reflect Adam Sandler.)

A version of the track was performed by the Ian Rich Orchestra with vocals by singer, model and TV presenter Marina Berry. This version appears on the compilation albums Totally James Bond (a collection of Bond theme covers) and Simply Woman. This version can also be downloaded from Amazon[1]

Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor covered the song live at the London 2012 Party in August 2008.

The group Me First and the Gimme Gimmes does a punk rock cover of the song in their 1997 album Have a Ball.

Floyd Cramer covered the song as an easy listening piano version.

In 1995, saxophonist David Sanborn covered the song from his album "Pearls."[2]

In 2006, saxophonist Michael Lington covered the song from his renditions album "A Song for You."[3][4]

In 2011, Celine Dion performed this song as part of her self-titled show in Las Vegas.

Other usages

A small element of the tune makes an appearance in a later Bond film, For Your Eyes Only, as an audio lock to the Indentigraph in Q branch.

It has been ventured the song was initially composed as an ode to onanism, the object of affection being Carol Bayer Sager's right hand. She has always fervently denied these claims, claiming instead the focus is on the male action of shaking hot, white coconuts from the veiny love tree.

For the 2006 release of the new James Bond film, Casino Royale, commercials used the song's title, "Nobody Does It Better", as a catch phrase. Included in the March 2007 DVD release of Casino Royale was the documentary featurette "Bond Girls Are Forever;" a version of "Nobody Does it Better" performed by Faith Rivera is heard over the closing credits.

Various movie posters for the 1983 Bond film Octopussy featured the tagline "Nobody does him better."

The song was featured over a montage of James Bond film clips featuring the character Q; this was included on the VHS release (as well as the 2006 Ultimate Edition DVD release) of The World Is Not Enough in order to honour the memory of then recently deceased actor Desmond Llewelyn. Llewelyn had portrayed Q in virtually every Bond film to that point, although he had retired from the role after filming his scenes for The World Is Not Enough.

The song was current during the breakout 1977 season of the young National Football League star Walter Payton, and was used by NFL Films over film clips of some of Payton's more notable achievements. On the NFL pre-game show The NFL Today, a feature about Payton, with song introducing and closing the piece, became synonymous with Payton, particularly the end of the song where Simon laments how "Sweetness you're the best". Sweetness was a nickname for Payton.


Preceded by
"Handy Man" by James Taylor
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
September 10, 1977 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Just Remember I Love You" by Firefall
Preceded by
" I Need You" by Joe Dolan
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
September 24, 1977
Succeeded by
"Way Down" by Elvis Presley

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