BONDAGE: TOP 10 TUNAGE

by Jake on April 26, 2013

BondOne of the most recognizable pieces of theme music is the James Bond theme. While, say, Batman gets new theme music every few years, James Bond always has the same theme music. Only Doctor Who can really say the same thing.

But besides the iconic sound of that theme, each Bond film has a theme song of its own, which plays during the title sequence. These can be hit or miss. They usually have the same title as the film, with a notable exception.

At first, Shirley Bassey sang the themes, which were usually brassy crooner tunes – ‘Goldfinger’ being one of the best. Eventually, there was some variety, such as Tom Jones belting out ‘Thunderball’, but the style was pretty much established.

When Roger Moore took over, a new tradition was set up of using popular bands to record themes in the style of music relevant at the time.

Now, as I’ve said, the quality of Bond themes varies wildly, depending on the style of music, et cetera. Plus, some themes have the title in place but don’t really invoke the spirit of the film or of James Bond in general. These are necessary for a truly great Bond theme. And some just sound more like Bond music than others – any attempt to incorporate the sound of the original Bond music (or a reasonable facsimile thereof) is a definite plus!

So in no particular order, here are my ten recommendations for a Bond playlist:

‘The James Bond Theme’. Of COURSE.

‘Goldfinger’. That brassy, sexy sound is SO old school, and it’s a spot-on description of, well, Goldfinger. The best Connery theme for the best Connery movie.

‘Live and Let Die’. Okay, I’m not a Wings fan, but the song is great and it just SOUNDS like James Bond music!

‘Nobody Does It Better’. This is the theme from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’. It’s very dated, but it certainly evokes the movie’s plot.

‘For Your Eyes Only’. Sheena Easton did this, and did it well. The style of the song is reminiscent of the old Bassey crooners, while still fresh. The best Moore theme to the best Moore movie.

‘A View To a Kill’. Yes, the movie sucks, but this song is AWESOME. Duran Duran really nailed this one.

Notice that Roger Moore’s movies are getting a lot of attention, here. This is because Connery’s flicks had great songs, but not particularly memorable ones or songs that can be enjoyed purely as songs, without reference to the films themselves.

Dalton, sadly, got no good theme songs. I hate to admit it, but it’s true.

‘Tomorrow Never Dies’. Sheryl Crow’s song is ABOUT James Bond, plus it sounds great, so bonus points.

‘The World Is Not Enough’. Ah, yes. A personal favorite. Garbage really rocks this one. The best Brosnan theme for the best Brosnan movie.

While ‘Casino Royale’ had a good theme, it’s not good enough for this list. Moving on…

‘Another Way to Die’. The theme from ‘Quantum of Solace’. The title is good enough for a Bond movie in and of itself! This rocking collaboration between Jack White and Alicia Keys could be a theme to any Bond movie. It perfectly captures the essence of a life of danger.

‘Skyfall’. I’ve never heard any Adele song but this one. It’s a great tune, which again brings back the style of the old Bond themes. Perfect for the 50th anniversary Bond film.

So there it is: the Bond Top Ten.
A super secret agent soundtrack for action, romance or just listening to some tunes. You’re welcome.

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