EXCLUSIVE: Steve Thompson solves mystery of “A View to A Kill” remix


A few days ago we posted about a previously unreleased remix of Duran Duran‘s A View To A Kill that has recently surfaced and since then there has been much debate over both the authenticity of the remix and who was responsible for the work involved. We are delighted to inform all you 1980’s pop fans out there that legendary producer and remixer Steve Thompson has been in touch with SDE and ‘filled in the blanks’,  putting the speculation to bed once and for all.

Steve had the following to say: “The mystery [is] solved. I did this mix with Mike Barbiero and the band was there except John. We did that mix in a studio in Paris. All [the] sounds of the mix were done with the band.

© Steve Thompson – Exclusive photo of the A View To A Kill remix session. Steve in the front with black curly hair, Michael Barbiero (front, right) and the Duran crew

Echoing the views of Duran Duran fans who have always wondered why a twelve-inch version of the Bond theme was never released, Thompson added “I could never understand why the mix didn’t come out. And yes I brought it to [alternative New York radio station] WLIR because we were all friends of the station and I would always give them exclusives.”

Steve said he “would love to find out how this got out and would hope it finally gets released“, adding pithily about an SDE reader’s feedback on this mix, “I love the comment that the snare is all wrong.”

Our thanks to go Steve Thompson for getting in touch to clear this up. You can hear the commercially unreleased Steve Thompson and Mike Barbiero remix of  A View To A Kill here.

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Fantastic Remix! Please somebody make it happen and release a 12″ of it. May be for the next Record Store Day. Gatefold Sleeve + White Vinyl like the 7″ at the time.


There’s another great 12″ kinda mix available on this bootleg (good sound) http://www.discogs.com/Various-Art-Of-Compilation-CD-4/release/145022


Has the mix been taken offline again?

Paul Edwards

It’s an interesting missing piece of history.

Just need to work out how to copy the audio onto my Mac!


Glad to hear it’s legit, now someone please release it officially!


can I ask you if this is only a “lost remix” or is it also an additional production and remix by Thompson & Barbiero ?


Todd Richards

Love all of this – but “Bong song”?


Thank you Steve for solving the mystery. I would love to see this mix get released. Maybe as a Limited Edition 12″. Possibly a Record Store Day Exclusive!!

Mike the Fish

Really good mix! Could have been a classic if released at the time.

James Blair

Fascinating stuff! As a long-standing Duran fan, I can’t believe this has only just surfaced now! Thompson & Barbiero did some great mixes in the 80s (especially for Madonna, Whitney, Billy Idol, a-ha and Grace Jones) so I’m dying to add this to my collection.
Thanks for this exclusive!


Thank you Steve for clearing this up. Hope that this mix will get a well deserved release one day. Could you and Michael do something like ” Phil Harding’s Club mixes of the 80’s”. With your remixography it would be an amazing collection I’m sure.
Thank you Paul your site is amazing and one of a kind.



Can we ask if there are other mixes (inst/dub etc) from the same sessions please – you and Mike were well known for some of the greatest Dubs of the 80s!