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What’s Your Favorite James Bond Theme Song?

I love, love, love James Bond flicks. The opening chase sequences, the intrigue, the gadgets, the villains with overly long monologues, and – of course – the Bond Women.

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I particularly like the last few films with Daniel Craig as 007.   Just like the others that came before him, he’s handsome, charming, and suave.   But unlike his predecessors, he actually looks like he can kick someone’s ass.   None of the others were remotely believable. Pierce Brosnan? I can take that guy blindfolded.   And don’t get me started on Roger Moore, who’s only fight move was the karate chop to the neck.

Last week came the announcement that the theme song for the upcoming James Bond thriller “Spectre” will be from Sam Smith.

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He has some really songs, especially “Latch”,  but am nowhere near as big a fan as my wife and daughters. Like many other young teenage girls, one of them proclaimed that she’s going to be Mrs. Sam Smith.

I hated to crush her dreams, but I told her I’d have a better chance at that.

I thought I would have a tough time choosing a list of the five best Bond songs, but it was actually pretty easy.   What was harder is narrowing down a list of the worst ones because there were so many to choose from.   I’d have to say the worst ones were

– Die Another Day from Madonna.   Bond movie songs usually have some theatricality, urgency, or just classiness to them. This sounded like a regular Madonna song. A LATTER DAY Madonna song. ‘Nuff said.

– Skyfall – Adele. OK, this was actually pretty good. But I just can’t stand Adele, so she has to make the list.

– Tomorrow Never Dies – Sheryl Crow. Maybe not awful, but very forgettable. Like the movie.

– Shirley Bassey’s Moonraker – This was Bassey’s third Bond song after Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever. They went to the well one too many times.  It’s actually fitting because “Moonraker” was the worst Bond movie. Ever.

But very worst Bond theme song ever was A-ha’s The Living Daylights

 

Here are my top 5

Shirley Bassey’s classic – Goldfinger

 

Rita Coolidge’s All Time High from “Octopussy”

 

Ok, that was a little bit of a guilty pleasure. And I take it back. “Octopussy” was way worse than “Moonraker”.

 

Sheena Easton’s For Your Eyes Only.   I was 13 years old when this came out.   So safe to say seeing her in the opening credits with no clothes on was probably the best part of the movie.

 

Still is the best part of the movie.

Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die. I’ve never been much of McCartney’s solo work, but this was at his prime.

 

And my all-time favorite Bond song is Carly Simon’s Nobody Does it Better from “The Spy Who loved Me”

 

Damn, that’s awesome.  The lilty piano, the crescendos, Carly’s silky voice. Perfect.

What’s your favorite Bond theme song?

 

 

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10 comments on “What’s Your Favorite James Bond Theme Song?

  1. elizabeth
    September 25, 2015

    You Know My Name and The World is Not Enough are my favorite modern songs (the video for the latter is BONKERS if you haven’t seen it!) along with the obvious classics. I have a cover of Nobody Does It Better by Radiohead in which Thom Yorke describes it as the sexiest song ever written–he’s not wrong about that.

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      September 26, 2015

      Gotta look for that cover! Def very very sexy

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      September 28, 2015

      Looked up the Radiohead cover – so cool… And I recall that garbage video. Just saw it again and I think maybe Goldfinger just got bumped from the top 5. Btw- I knew Garbage’s touring drummer who was also in Filter and Smashing Pumpkins…

  2. Michelle Williams
    September 25, 2015

    Live and Let Die!

  3. ksbeth
    September 25, 2015

    goldfinger!

  4. dwdirwin
    September 25, 2015

    Ok- totally going to be made fun of here, but going to have to go with “A View to a Kill” because I was a massive Duran Duran fan back in the day. I think “The World is Not Enough” was sung by Shirley Manson- who I really like. Didn’t care much for the movie, though.

  5. Yinzerella
    September 25, 2015

    Yeah, the Duran Duran one is missing. Love that song.

  6. thewineraconteur
    October 1, 2015

    I think I just enjoy the “James Bond Theme” intro music, especially from the early days played while one is looking through the barrel of a gun. You just know that a guilty pleasure will be enjoyed.

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