Every so often a song comes along that becomes the identity for another art form. In this case, our song today Nobody Does It Better became synonymous with the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The song broke with tradition in that most theme songs from the James Bond films were titled with the name of the film.
The song was composed by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager and of course was performed by Carly Simon. Nobody Does It Better received an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, and a nomination at the 1978 Grammy Awards.
It was Carly Simon’s longest-charting hit reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Simon has had numerous other hits like Anticipation, You’re So Vain and You Belong to Me, among others.
Carly Simon was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994, the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004, and Nobody Does It Better was honored by the American Film Institute as the 67th greatest song in their 100 year series.
This video has Simon performing with Marvin Hamlisch on piano.