Nobody Does It Better (as made famous by Carly Simon)

“Nobody Does It Better” is a song composed by Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. It was recorded by Carly Simon as the theme song for the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. It was the first Bond theme song to be titled differently from the name of the film since Dr. No, although the phrase “the spy who loved me” is included in the lyrics. The song was released as a single from the film’s soundtrack album.

“Nobody Does It Better” became a major worldwide hit, spending three weeks at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 but was kept out of the top spot by Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” and #1 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart.[1] It also reached #7 on the UK Singles Chart.[2][3] The song was certified Gold by the RIAA, signifying sales of one million copies in the US.[4]

The song is Simon’s longest-charting hit. Her earlier hit “You’re So Vain” spent three weeks at #1; however, its chart run was two months shorter than that of “Nobody Does It Better.”[5] The title of the theme was later used for Simon’s 1999 greatest hits compilation, The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better.

Among the most successful Bond theme songs, “Nobody Does It Better” received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song where it lost to “You Light Up My Life”, as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination. At the 20th Annual Grammy Awards held in 1978, “Nobody Does It Better” received a nomination for Song of the Year and Simon was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. In 2004, the song was also honored by the American Film Institute as the 67th greatest song as part of their 100 Years Series.