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We Have All the Time in the World

"We Have All the Time in the World"
Single by Louis Armstrong
from the album On Her Majesty's Secret Service
B-side "Pretty Little Missy"
Released 1969, 1994 (Re-released)
Format 7-inch single
Genre Jazz
Label United Artists
Writer(s) Hal David, John Barry
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Louis Armstrong singles chronology
"The Kinda Love Song"
"We Have All the Time in the World"
"Give Peace a Chance"

"We Have All the Time in the World" is a James Bond theme and popular song sung by Louis Armstrong. Its music was composed by John Barry and the lyrics by Hal David. It is a secondary musical theme in 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the title theme being the instrumental "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," also composed by Barry. The song title, "We Have All the Time in the World", is taken from James Bond's final words in both the novel and the film, spoken after his wife's death. Louis Armstrong was too ill to play his trumpet.[1] Barry chose Armstrong because he felt he could "deliver the title line with irony."[2]

The song was released as a single in both the US & the UK to coincide with the release of the feature film in December 1969, but did not chart in either market. However, the recording became a hit in the U.K. 25 years later, in 1994, as a result of a Guinness beer commercial, after My Bloody Valentine chose to cover it for charity. Armstrong's version was then re-released on vinyl and CD and reached No.3 in the UK Singles Chart. In 2005, a BBC survey showed it is the third-most-popular love song played at weddings.[3]

In addition to The Puppini Sisters, The Fairly Handsome Band, Tindersticks, The Pale Fountains, Shirley Bassey (for a later withdrawn album of Bond themes), Thomas White (musician) and Alfie Boe. Iggy Pop's version of it plays during the end credits of the film The Jacket.

John Barry cited "We Have All The Time In The World" as one of his favourite Bond compositions, saying it was the finest piece of music he had written for a Bond movie, and also because of the pleasure of working with Louis Armstrong.


  • See also 1
  • References 2
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See also


  1. ^ On Her Majesty's Secret Service liner notes, On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ultimate Edition (©2006 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc.).
  2. ^ John Barry. On Her Majesty's Secret Service  
  3. ^ "Adams hit tops wedding dance poll". BBC News Online. 7 April 2005. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 

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