'The Look of Love' Dusty Springfield (Casino Royale, 1967)

According to a five-second Internet search, Burt Bacharach was inspired to write this song after seeing Ursula Andress - the song was later used in the spoof James Bond film, Casino Royale when her character seduces a man, who is seen through an aquarium.

I appreciate the way the voice and music start together, as if to reinforce the intensity of the mood and how Springfield's delivery shifts between edgy fragility to the slightly off-key, discordant moments and then those final 30 seconds after a break where the music comes in like some sort of coda (beautiful). That scratchy sound too. 

Here's the Isaac Hayes' version that - quote - 'has been heavily sampled on R&B and hip-hop records' ... 

Epic, as you'd expect (even if that very quality in some ways denies the original version's power of holding back, as Hayes curls around those sounds and the drum-beat plays it out in a kind of faux-competition with the brass section. For me it sounds like he is acting it out, not feeling it). 

This version is pretty sweet as well, by the European Jazz Trio.