Duran Duran star hails Scots hero Alex Harvey as he pitches for band’s second Bond theme

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Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor has paid tribute to Scots rock legends The Sensational Alex Harvey Band as he made a pitch for his band to record the new Bond theme.

The group – who in November were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – are the only act to have their Bond song go to No1 in America.

A View to a Kill hit the top spot in 1985 and is the theme tune of Roger Moore’s seventh and final appearance as 007.

Taylor revealed: “If we were asked that question we would do it. It’s one of the highest honours in music to be asked to do that.

“You’ve got all your awards, your Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, your Brits, your Grammys but getting asked to do the Bond theme is the top of the pile and the biggest award a musician can get I think.”

But ahead of playing Glasgow OVO Hydro on May 9, Roger revealed a surprising influence on the band formed by John Taylor and Nick Rhodes in 1978.

The group have always said their DNA was punk and funk, with influences ranging from David Bowie, Roxy Music to Kraftwerk.

They also have a tartan tinge though with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Simple MInds as early influences.