The Look of Love

Soul Music, Series 8 Episode 2 of 5
Listen in pop-out player

Series exploring famous pieces of music and their emotional appeal.

Hal David discusses writing The Look of Love with Burt Bacharach, for the soundtrack of the spoof 1967 James Bond film Casino Royale. This classic track, sung by Dusty Springfield, provided the musical backdrop for a love scene between Peter Sellers and Ursula Andress.

Dusty Springfield's former backing singer, Simon Bell, remembers being on stage at the Albert Hall when Dusty laughed her way through a performance of the song, and musician Jonathan Cohen describes how the samba rhythm underscoring Dusty's smooth vocals combine to make this an enduringly popular love song.

It has been covered many times by artists including Isaac Hayes, Gladys Knight and the French singer Mirielle Mathieu. This programme hears from people whose personal memories of love and loss are forever linked with The Look of Love.

Release date:

Available now

30 minutes

Last on

Sat 21 May 2016 00:30

To see the world differently, listen.

BBC-R4-1920x1080.jpg

Immerse yourself in the emotional experiences of other voices, sounds and music.

Why Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' became a Civil Rights anthem

Why Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' became a Civil Rights anthem

Watch the animation - Professor Mary King describes how the song became a symbol of hope.

Craig Charles’ top 10 civil rights anthems

Craig Charles promo

6 Music's Funk and Soul presenter picks his favourite songs of freedom.

Podcasts and Downloads

Download this episode

Subscribe to this programme or download individual episodes.