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He wanted to work again with Don Blackbut his commitments to the musical Merlin forced Barry to seek another lyricist. Tim Rice All Time High - Toni Maier And Band - 14 Famous Movie-Hits accepted the invitation. The movie's peculiar title negated the possibility of its theme song being based on its title, although Rice would later state: "I think it would have been more interesting if we had tried to write a song called 'Octopussy'".
Instead Barry suggested that Rice submit six potential song titles, and it was from these that Funeral Nation (Irreligious Remix) - Midnight Configuration - Dark Desires Time High" was selected. Rice was provided with a copy of the script for Octopussy and also viewed the shooting of some scenes from the movie at Pinewood StudiosRice visiting Pinewood in mid-December The completed lyrics for "All Time High" would include the line "We're two of a kind" which in the movie is spoken by the Octopussy played by Maud Adams to James Bond Roger Mooreand the title evidently refers to the key aerial sequences featured in the movie.
Prior to Rita Coolidge being assigned the Octopussy theme, Mari Wilson was a contender, a British singer whose retro-image evoked the mid-'60s when the Bond series originated; but Wilson's lack of a US-profile led to a negative decision. However, on March 29, Rita Coolidge was revealed as the singer, a seemingly surprising choice in that Coolidge's career peak had occurred some six years previously.
Coolidge recalls that Barbara Broccolidaughter of Braincell - Psychedelicious Broccoli and herself the assistant director of Octopussywas a fan of Coolidge and made a point of playing Coolidge records around her father until "one day [he said], "Who is that? That's the voice I want for the movie. Adult contemporary radio was much more receptive, with "All Time High" spending four weeks at 1 as ranked by Billboard magazine.
The track was also ranked at 48 in the annual hit parade tally for in Brazil. In January "All Time High" was put forward for consideration for an Academy Award nomination for Best Song in two full page ads run in the entertainment trade papers, these ads In This Iwa - Lee Scratch Perry* - Soundzs From The Hot Line touting the full score of Octopussy.
However Octopussy failed to accrue any Academy Award nominations. According to the Billboard Book of Number One Adult Contemporary Hits by Wesley Hyatt, Coolidge considered "All Time High" to be an unfinished work and customarily would include the song in concert via her backing musicians playing it as an overture rather than singing it as part of her program. However Coolidge did state in "It is a wonderful song and I am very proud to be a part of that family [of James Bond theme singers].
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