A classic love song. James Bond Movie Theme Songs, Ranked Worst to Best From A-Ha to Adele, breaking down the franchise’s legendary (and legendarily bad) opening numbers “Goldeneye” is voyeuristic and thrilling, seducing and empowering us even if it makes us complicit in whatever foul retribution is coming. Often with Bond themes, a so-so verse leads to a great big chorus, but this Bassey return holds back so much that it is barely there. The only USP here is a slightly faster pace. As we patiently wait to find out who’s been enlisted to provide the theme song …
The opening bars of the song have long been considered the best out of all the Bond songs, and many do consider it to be both Nancy's and the Bond franchise's best song. Tony Lewis, Singer of The Outfield's "Your Love", Dies at 62, After a Drunk Smashed a Street Busker's Guitar, Jack White Bought Him a Gorgeous Replacement, Borat's Daughter Infiltrated the White House Thanks to OAN, The Title to Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat Sequel Is Absolutely Glorious, David Crosby Gets Backlash Over Dismissive Eddie Van Halen Tweet, Mick Fleetwood Joins TikTok Just to Recreate Viral "Dreams" Video: Watch, Rick Moranis Hospitalized Following Unprovoked Attack in Manhattan, fifth and final film as Agent 007 James Bond, Get This Mask if Being Home Alone Makes You Want to Scream, You Ain't Got No Business Going Outside Without This Mask, Remembering Eddie Van Halen’s 10 Greatest Riffs, This Pixar Movie Is Skipping Theaters and Going to Disney+. It feels both off-kilter and pandering all at once, making it both an unsatisfying lead-in to a movie and also too scattershot to really get a grasp of as a standalone song.
Here's our ranking, from worst to best, of all the James Bond theme songs. The fourth movie in the Bond series also had the highest earnings to date, which was only surpassed in 1977 by The Spy Who Loved Me. It sounds like a Duran Duran song, and it boasts extremely ’80s-core synth effects and lyrics like “Dance into the fire.” It’s an okay Bond theme, but an incredible time capsule of a song. Agree to disagree? There’s nothing more sneakily comforting than Paul McCartney luring you into a false sense of security with the opening of this song, a gentle, nostalgic reminder of times when you used to optimistically let bygones be bygones.
The rest of the song, charmingly sung by the great Nancy Sinatra, is almost (politely) irrelevant. Anniversaries, Cover Stories, Editorials, Clint Eastwood Endorses Michael Bloomberg, Album Review: BTS Justify the Hype on the Reflective Map of the Soul: 7, Shia LaBeouf and Margaret Qualley Bare It All in New Music Video: Watch, Gene Simmons Selling Longtime Mansion to Escape "Unacceptable" California Taxes, Fyre Fest's Billy McFarland Placed In Solitary Confinement Following Launch of Podcast, Tool's Maynard James Keenan to COVID-19 Deniers: "Eat a Dick", Foo Fighters to Headline Joe Biden Virtual Benefit Concert, Rudy Giuliani Caught on Camera Attempting to Seduce Borat's "15-Year-Old Daughter", R.I.P. 24. 10. “Diamonds Are Forever” is a materialist anthem, because who needs people when you have a gem that can never hurt or desert you? The song is certainly different from many of the others on this list, and many critics appreciated Chris for putting a different spin on a Bond song. Note: We’re only counting the official Bond films, so no Never Say Never Again or the 1967 version of Casino Royale, which weren’t made by Bond’s normal studio. Despite this, "A View to a Kill" remains a solid song and a great Bond theme. The way this song came to be is probably the funniest James Bond story. 8. It also means we’re omitting any Bond themes that didn’t make the final cut, including Radiohead’s unused Spectre theme, which is a shame.
“For Your Eyes Only,” Sheena Easton (1981). The song was a remix of "Goldfinger," and it was in Timothy Dalton's final movie as Bond. "Live and Let Die" was the first to be nominated for an Academy Award, which made the honor of singing a Bond song all the more prestigious. Where does Billie Eilish’s “No Time to Die” place in the rankings? For a secret agent, James Bond is hard to miss. “Thunderball” already sounds like a parody of itself, which, frankly, is admirable. That could explain why the song sounds disorganized and unfit for a Bond movie. The pair filmed the music video in Toronto while Alicia was promoting a movie, and it features seemingly every special effect possible. Eilish’s “No Time to Die” begs the question: What is the best James Bond theme in existence? Others would be great songs even if they had nothing to do with 007. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something … There is a very good Radiohead song for Spectre, called Spectre, that would break into the top ten here. Not only did this song earn Shirley two other Bond theme songs, but it also landed in the Grammy's Hall of fame in 2008. It is Scott Walker light, sounding much like Goldfinger from just a year before, and probably tossed out on a lazy afternoon. From an era Robbie Williams likes to make cover albums of, this is as old school as a Bond theme gets. It helps that On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is one of Bond’s best films, filled with a humanity and loss that Daniel Craig wanted to bring back, because this elegiac masterpiece fits its film’s tone perfectly. © 2020 Collider Cryptomedia, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Grammy sweeper’s voice is haunting and, importantly, full of mystery.
No Time to Die is nearly here, the 25th official James Bond production from Eon, or as we like to think of it: the 24th time James Bond has returned. Shirley Bassey is both boasting about the titular villain’s opulence and exploits and warning us listeners not to waltz right into his sticky web of sin. Plus, neither of them performed it live during press for the movie, which was odd considering how frequently Bond songs get nominated for awards. It was the second consecutive James Bond song to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The only Bond song to ever feature a duet, "Another Way to Die" is definitely a rock tune, which is a sharp juxtaposition to the ballads that are typical for the films. Sheryl Crow’s vocals are much more stable, but the song maintains that captivating energy throughout. Bond themes have a habit of making gung-ho phrases like “Tomorrow never dies” sound dire and fatalistic rather than explosive, and this is a prime example. The title song is a key aspect of every Bond film, on par with the cars, the gadgets, and the female leads. That restraint works well in art pop albums. While the studio execs initially wanted Aretha Franklin, they were soon confident in Nancy's abilities following the success of her song "These Boots Were Made for Walking." A rousing number, seemingly all builds, pay-offs and melodic turns. The opening notes of “You Only Live Twice,” composed by John Barry, are unquestionably iconic. When this song was first released, there was an outcry because of how different it sounded from Bond songs in the past (hint: it was very auto-tuned). It quickly drew comparisons to "Goldfinger" both with the tempo and the vocals. They’re reflective of their time, and yet they also try to sell both Bond overall and the individual picture. They’re required for every movie even though almost no other action franchise has them. Because Craig’s Bond is a tough man and tough men like guitars. Not surprisingly it is one of the best. The tragedy of Amy Winehouse never getting to sing a Bond theme was, in part, compensated by her peer-of-sorts Adele recording a brilliant song that achieved the tough balance of being both old school and new. In the history of Bond themes, “From Russia with Love” is somehow both groundbreaking and pretty unexciting at the same time. Then, twist: It’s all a fake-out.
“Live and Let Die” is a fist-pumping bit of devil-may-care cynicism, and it’s almost certainly the best song to emerge from the Bond franchise if you strip it away from any cinematic context. James Bond theme songs ranked in order of greatness. Nancy's dad, Frank Sinatra, turned down the song, and he recommended Nancy for it. That ironic melancholy adds some serious depth to this one. Guitars! That’s not at all the case with Billie Eilish’s brand new entry to the Bond canon, which is one of the better themes despite its new-car smell. Subsequent movies in the franchise had their own distinct (for better or for worse) musical offerings; the most recent comes to us from Grammy winner Billie Eilish, who recently released the theme for No Time to Die.
With Daniel Craig in his fifth and final film as Agent 007 James Bond, you can be sure that No Time to Die will do everything it can to one-up its predecessors. “Thunderball” might be the platonic ideal of a James Bond theme: It’s got hints of the iconic 007 motif, blaring horns, extremely literal lyrics that give you a weirdly conceptual impression of the movie’s plot, and somebody crooning the titular MacGuffin phrase without a shred of irony. “You Know My Name,” Chris Cornell (Casino Royale, 2006). © 2020 Condé Nast. It became the first James Bond theme to hit #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart. We also know that some of the film is shot on a frozen lake. Live and let live, right? Agree? "Skyfall" was first released on the 50th anniversary of Dr. No in October of 2012 at 12:07 a.m. aka 007 a.m. Thankfully, Shirley had two other shots at having an epic Bond song, and she definitely delivered better final products with the others. It was some feat to get a Beatle to do Bond – the most dramatic way to announce what a high-calibre gig this now was. While many singers strive to win a Grammy Award at some point in their careers, one of the ultimate honors is getting the chance to create a song for a James Bond movie. The Living Daylights is one of the spookier-sounding Bond titles, and A-ha’s ghostly way of singing, combined with unnatural sounding synth effects, inspires a sense of gradual dread. 6. “Goldfinger” hypes up the villain and makes us feel like we have some part to play in the coming adventure. Spanning over five decades, the James Bond franchise has certainly been one-of-a-kind. Adele was the first James Bond theme song artist to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the vocals on the song prove why. Though it seems a bit cheap to remix a song instead of creating an original, Gladys' vocals did save this song. The moment the Bond theme came to life. Thunderball is considered to have one of the weirdest plots out of a Bond movie, but the song made it one to remember. When Duran Duran bassist John Taylor had a few cocktails and ran into Bond producer Cubby Broccoli at a party, he asked when a good band would be allowed to sing the theme. 19. However, their team-up for Quantum of Solace is a good reminder of why 007 typically works alone (apologies to Felix Leiter). Many James Bond fans think that the Louis Armstrong song "We Have All the Time in the World" is actually the Bond song from Her Majesty's Secret Service, but it was actually used in the end credits. Nowadays, only top artists get asked to sing the James Bond theme song, including Adele, Madonna, and Sam Smith. Without further ado, let’s start off with James Bond and the audience getting tortured: Click the button below and wait for a message from our Facebook bot in Messenger!
The song has since been covered by dozens of artists. Either way, it is hard to work out for what reason, other than box ticking, this pairing came together for a song that showcases vocal range but little else.