If you heard “Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?” without knowing anything of its origins, you would never guess it was written for a James Bond film. It’s a gloriously gooey earworm, practically tinsel in audio form. Yet somehow despite that, you never hear this while wandering the supermarket aisles at Christmas, or clogging up the festive playlists of easy listening radio stations, which is a crying shame as it’s every bit as good as “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” or “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”.
It’s from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), the one with George Lazenby, Telly Savalas, Diana Rigg and lots of snow. The music was written by legendary Bond film composer John Barry with frankly brilliant lyrics by the great Hal David (“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head”, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”, “Walk On By”). In the film it was sung by Danish singer Nina who’s performing here on the Christmas Morecambe & Wise Show in 1969.
Be warned – you will not get it out of your head until about New Year… 2018.