The soundtrack for The Living Daylights was composed by veteran Bond composer John Barry and was his last score for a James Bond film.
The title song for the film, “The Living Daylights,” was recorded by pop group a-ha. a-ha and Barry did not collaborate well, resulting in two versions of the theme song being produced; Barry’s orchestral film version can be heard on the soundtrack and the a-ha greatest hits collection Headlines and Deadlines, while a-ha’s preferred pop mix of the song can be heard on their 1988 album Stay on These Roads. However, in recent years members of a-ha have expressed their appreciation for Barry’s work on their song, claiming that it was he who turned the track into a Bond theme.
Two other songs were provided for the film by The Pretenders, who had also originally been considered for the title theme, before the success of Duran Duran’s “A View to a Kill” led producers to select a-ha in the hope of repeated chart success.
When the soundtrack was remastered on compact disc, eight previously unreleased tracks were added (13-21).