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The Great Debate - James Bond Themes  
User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5395 posts, RR: 53
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3198 times:

As a lighter topic in these heavy times, I thought I'd seize upon the recent announcement/acknowledgement that Adele will be providing the theme to Skyfall to raise the debate - the Bond franchise is known for, among many other things, the specific theme music for each film. Songs like "Live or Let Die," "A View to a Kill," and even "Goldfinger" have gone beyond mere movie themes and are well-known almost staples. So that said - what's your favorite and least favorite and why? Comments on any particular theme? For the sake of reference here are the films, themes, and their performers:

Dr. No - "James Bond Theme" (John Barry Orchestra)
Dr. No - "Kingston Calypso" (Byron Lee and the Dragonaires)
From Russia With Love - "From Russia With Love" (Matt Monro)
Goldfinger - "Goldfinger" (Shirley Bassey)
Thunderball - "Thunderball" (Tom Jones)
You Only Live Twice - "You Only Live Twice" (Nancy Sinatra)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (John Barry Orchestra)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - "We Have All the Time in the World" (Louis Armstrong)
Diamonds are Forever - "Diamonds are Forever" (Shirley Bassey)
Live and Let Die - "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney & Wings)
The Man with the Golden Gun - "The Man with the Golden Gun" (Lulu)
The Spy Who Loved Me - "Nobody Does it Better" (Carly Simon)
Moonraker - "Moonraker" (Shirley Bassey)
For Your Eyes Only - "For Your Eyes Only" (Sheena Easton)
Octopussy - "All Time High" (Rita Coolidge)
A View to a Kill - "A View to a Kill" (Duran Duran)
The Living Daylights - "The Living Daylights" (a-ha)
Licence to Kill - "Licence to Kill" (Gladys Knight)
GoldenEye - "GoldenEye" (Tina Turner)
Tomorrow Never Dies - "Tomorrow Never Dies" (Sheryl Crow)
The World is Not Enough - "The World is Not Enough" (Garbage)
Die Another Day - "Die Another Day" (Madonna)
Casino Royale - "You Know My Name" (Chris Cornell)
Quantum of Solace - "Another Way to Die" (Jack White and Alicia Keys)

Personally I have a tough time choosing a favorite, I love "Goldfinger," "Thunderball," "You Know My Name," and "GoldenEye," but I'd have to go with "You Know My Name" - it fits the direction of the reboot so well, Cornell's voice is amazing, and the lyrics are a perfect set-up for the plot of the film.

I think my least favorites are "Nobody Does it Better" - Carly Simon sounds like she was recording a commercial jingle (even the way it starts sounds like it belongs in a '70s TV commercial) and musically it just sounds like the most "phoned in" theme. Other themes have their flaws (the "Sigmund Freud/Analyze This" passage in "Die Another Day," Jack White's and Alicia Keys' near-monotone lyrics, "A View to a Kill's" cliched '80sness), but "Nobody Does it Better" is just meh to me.


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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3187 times:

My favourite is GoldenEye, Tina Turner's voice sounds just as dirty as 007's work in that song.

Apart form that, I like Moonraker and The World is Not Enough. The excerpt from Skyfall that's been released sounds promising, too.



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User currently onlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3172 times:

It should have been freaky teeth by Noel Gallagher. Just sayin'


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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3025 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3165 times:
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Live and Let Die, always has been, doubt anything will eclipse it, it is just in a class of it's own. Also best incidentals IMHO, especially the boat chase.

Beyond that...
Call me strange, but one that's missing off the list i really like: Never Say Never Again
I always liked Thunderball as well...

Worst:
Moonraker, Nobody Does It Better would be tied. Tomorrow Never Dies also.



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3943 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3147 times:

Best:

The Living Daylights
Nobody Does it Better
We have all the time in the world
A View to A Kill
Goldfinger

As for the worst

The last good Bond theme was Goldeneye. Seems to me like the Bond producers are more into getting the biggest name in the musicbusiness to do a theme rather than to find someone that can actually deliver a propper Bond theme. Bond themes should be instantly recognizable as being from a Bond film. Madonna, Alicia Keys etc has failed miserably at this. Creating themes that could have been from any movie. They just don't follow in the great traditions of the themes of the past. Bond themes should be big, classy and dramatic with orchestra and or an instantly recognizabel hook.

Have'nt heard Adeles Bond theme. She is a wonderful singer and I hope for a great theme from her.


User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1834 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3126 times:

My favourites are "Live and Let Die", "You Only Live Twice", "Diamonds Are Forever", and "Goldeneye".

To add to that, my favourite Bond movie of all time is Goldeneye. My cousin and I once watched it 5 times in a single day (a day well spent).

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 4):
Seems to me like the Bond producers are more into getting the biggest name in the musicbusiness to do a theme rather than to find someone that can actually deliver a propper Bond theme. Bond themes should be instantly recognizable as being from a Bond film.

   Agreed 100%.



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User currently offlinevhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1471 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

My favourites are (in chronological order)

Bond theme
You only live twice
Diamonds are forever
Live and let die
Licence to kill
Goldeneye

Least favourites

Nobody does it better
For your eyes only
Tomorrow never dies
Die another day


Edit. Skyfall sounds promising

[Edited 2012-10-04 09:40:43]

[Edited 2012-10-04 09:46:45]


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User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1380 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

I am a Bond obsessive, and a Bond theme obsessive even more so. Here are my picks:



Quote:
My top five (at the moment) are:
You Only Live Twice - "You Only Live Twice" (Nancy Sinatra)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (John Barry Orchestra)
From Russia With Love - "From Russia With Love" (Matt Monro)
Diamonds are Forever - "Diamonds are Forever" (Shirley Bassey)
Live and Let Die - "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney & Wings)

The worst:
The Spy Who Loved Me - "Nobody Does it Better" (Carly Simon)
Octopussy - "All Time High" (Rita Coolidge)
The World is Not Enough - "The World is Not Enough" (Garbage)
Die Another Day - "Die Another Day" (Madonna) (also the worst bond film)
For Your Eyes Only - "For Your Eyes Only" (Sheena Easton) (great theme but I just hate Sheena Easton's voice for some reason)

HOWEVER, the more interesting question is which is the best soundtrack? Soundtracks for me are often far better than the themes themselves, and it's something that is rather done by the numbers in more recent films. The eighties produced some really great ones though. For me it's a toss up between Marvin Hamlisch's "The Spy Who Loved Me" and Bill Conti's "For Your Eyes Only".

Bill Conti gets the nod though, for these two themes. The first is "Submarine", a glorious moody piece played while Bond and Melina search for the sunken St Georges. I absolutely LOVE the sting at 1:39 which plays just as the ship comes eerily into view; I think it's one of the greatest moments of any Bond film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtLjTnG16rk

The second is just utter sleaze. It's played in the background by the pool where Gonzalez is paid off by Locque. It's only on in the background, but it's a great tune. Amazing that these lyrics were allowed in a Bond film.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqDgxodEQFM



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User currently offlineIH8BY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1142 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3095 times:

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 7):
HOWEVER, the more interesting question is which is the best soundtrack? Soundtracks for me are often far better than the themes themselves, and it's something that is rather done by the numbers in more recent films. The eighties produced some really great ones though. For me it's a toss up between Marvin Hamlisch's "The Spy Who Loved Me" and Bill Conti's "For Your Eyes Only".
For Your Eyes Only was on the TV recently and, although the film was no better than I remembered it, I loved the soundtrack - sadly it doesn't appear to be on Amazon MP3. The chase scenes, whether on skis or in Citroëns and Peugeots, are definitely considerably enhanced by the incidental music. I'd agree that the soundtrack for The Spy Who Loved Me is excellent, but I also enjoyed that of Live and Let Die, one of my favourite Bond films. It's a completely different take on the traditional Bond motifs and accompanies the film well.

As for themes, that's a difficult one. Die Another Day and 'Another Way To Die'/Quantum of Solace compete with each other for my least favourite, but in general Bond has produced some pretty great - and varied - songs.



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User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5395 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 3):
Never Say Never Again

Not *technically* considered a canon Bond film since it wasn't an Eon production, the plot was a rehash of Thunderball, I don't *believe* it used the James Bond theme in any capacity, no gun barrel sequence at the beginning, etc. That being said, the track "Never Say Never Again" isn't bad and I'd put it in the same class as "All Time High" or "For Your Eyes Only" as a decent, but not great (to me) track.

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 4):
The last good Bond theme was Goldeneye. Seems to me like the Bond producers are more into getting the biggest name in the musicbusiness to do a theme rather than to find someone that can actually deliver a propper Bond theme.

But they've almost always gotten big names - Louis Armstrong? Paul McCartney? Duran Duran? Tina Turner? All big names. Madonna and the Alicia Keys/Jack White collaboration may have been total flops but that's not to say a big name is an instant failure.

BTW for those who haven't heard the released portion of "Skyfall," it can be found at http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopou...-new-james-bond-theme-which-is-a-g - it's definitely promising.

Interesting that I seem to be the only person to really like "You Know My Name." Since others have done a Top 5, my full Top 5 are:

You Know My Name
GoldenEye
Goldfinger
Live and Let Die
Thunderball (Tom Jones' last note is just spectacular)

Bottom 5:

Nobody Does it Better
Die Another Day
Another Way to Die
The Man with the Golden Gun
Moonraker (The weakest of the three Shirley Bassey themes...it sounds like it belongs in a Broadway play instead of Bond)



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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11660 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3060 times:

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 3):
but one that's missing off the list i really like: Never Say Never Again
Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 9):
the plot was a rehash of Thunderball,

But, really, are't they all? LOL

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 9):
Not *technically* considered a canon Bond film since it wasn't an Eon production

I thought it was something like that.

That is my favorite James Bond movie theme. Even though it is not technically a Bond movie. The ones everyone seems to hate are my favorites, it looks like. "All Time High" and "Nobody Does It Better" are my favorites.



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User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1380 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3051 times:

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 9):
Interesting that I seem to be the only person to really like "You Know My Name.

I like it a lot too. On certain days it breaks my top 5. Somehow it just feels like a Bond theme, despite the fact that there are probably better songs in isolation. Part of that is the first eight notes that appear right after the gunbarrel.



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User currently offlinehomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2244 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3041 times:

I liked Mark Wahlberg's rendition of "All Time High" (from Octopussy) in Ted  


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User currently offlineNorthStarDC4M From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 3025 posts, RR: 36
Reply 13, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3034 times:
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Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 9):
Not *technically* considered a canon Bond film since it wasn't an Eon production, the plot was a rehash of Thunderball, I don't *believe* it used the James Bond theme in any capacity, no gun barrel sequence at the beginning, etc. That being said, the track "Never Say Never Again" isn't bad and I'd put it in the same class as "All Time High" or "For Your Eyes Only" as a decent, but not great (to me) track.

Well yes it's not a "Chubby" Brocolli/Eon Bond Film, however it is as much authorized as any of the Eon productions so arguing the canonicity of it seems silly to me?

Anyways...

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 7):
Bill Conti gets the nod though, for these two themes. The first is "Submarine", a glorious moody piece played while Bond and Melina search for the sunken St Georges. I absolutely LOVE the sting at 1:39 which plays just as the ship comes eerily into view; I think it's one of the greatest moments of any Bond film.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtLjTnG16rk

The second is just utter sleaze. It's played in the background by the pool where Gonzalez is paid off by Locque. It's only on in the background, but it's a great tune. Amazing that these lyrics were allowed in a Bond film.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqDgxodEQFM

Interesting choices, but the whole piano incidentals for the Ski Chase bit always annoy the heck out of me, as does the "dove" stings.

Submarine is much better than the underwater incidentals from Spy Who Loved me though   

Live and Let Die still wins it for me, theme and incidentals.
From Russia with Love, Man with the Golden Gun and View to a Kill all do pretty well on incidentals though.



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3943 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 9):
But they've almost always gotten big names - Louis Armstrong? Paul McCartney? Duran Duran? Tina Turner? All big names. Madonna and the Alicia Keys/Jack White collaboration may have been total flops but that's not to say a big name is an instant failure.

OK , What we have gotten for the last few Bond films are big names without substance ...  


I like Alicia Keys and used to like Madonna, but the songs that they came up with, just don't make it as a Bond theme.

When that is said, Bond films as a whole are not what they used to be. For many years they were something special and in a legue of their own when it came to action elegance and spectaculare productions. Now they have become more or less just like another action movie. The downturn came with the movie Licence to Kill. But the world has changed too ...


User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1380 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 13):
Interesting choices, but the whole piano incidentals for the Ski Chase bit always annoy the heck out of me, as does the "dove" stings.

I agree with you on the latter, but certainly not the former!

Listened to the LALD soundtrack over the last hour or so. Pretty good- definitely top 5. A little too much repetition though for my liking.

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 14):
When that is said, Bond films as a whole are not what they used to be. For many years they were something special and in a legue of their own when it came to action elegance and spectaculare productions. Now they have become more or less just like another action movie.

Brosnan's Bonds were abysmal except for Goldeneye. But I think License to Kill and Casino Royale were two of my favorites in the whole series.

Not all that thrilled about QoS- I'm going to watch it again this evening and see if I was wrong about it.



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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2958 times:

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Thread starter):

Thank you for this thread. I'm pretty much in agreement with you. Carly Simon's Nobody Does It Better is 70's commercial dreck. View to A Kill is 80's cliche when you see the video with that stupid camera thing that moves. Otherwise it's not bad. Shirley Bassey knocks anything out of the park. As a matter of fact I heard her iconic History Repeats Itself where she is the lead singer to the Propellerheads. You should check out the Propellerheads "On Her Magesties Secret Service/007.

Any music done by the late John Barry are in a superlative class by itself. Though the Live and Let Die theme by Paul is very good, the rest of the music soundrack is an abysmal let down (after the John Barry soundtracks) George Martin's score falls short of course, this also was by far the worst Bond movie, very over the top 70's cliched. A bad rip off of the "Black-Exploitation" films of that era. Though Man With the Golden Gun was panned by many I really liked it and still do to this day. John Barry was back in all his glory and LuLu knocked the theme out of the park like Bassey.

Madonna should have been banned from the James Bond franchise. Let us hope the Guidette over the top hackneyed chanteuse is never allowed to be within 100 miles of any James Bond musical endeavor.

If I were in charge/responsible for themes to future James Bond movies, I'd recruit:

Jerry Butler (while he's still with us)
Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls theme)
and my number one pic would be Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings!

Talk about a Bond theme that would be a homerun with the above mentioned artists.

I'd avoid at all costs any of the abortions of Carly Rae Jepson, Britney Spears, Nicky Manage, Justin Beiber, Demi Lovato, Christine Agulara, Katy (I'm leggy and whorey hot but can't sing) Perry to name a few. Basically 95% of the crap that is today's "pop."



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 17, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2904 times:

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Thread starter):
Dr. No - "James Bond Theme" (John Barry Orchestra)
Dr. No - "Kingston Calypso" (Byron Lee and the Dragonaires)
From Russia With Love - "From Russia With Love" (Matt Monro)
Goldfinger - "Goldfinger" (Shirley Bassey)
Thunderball - "Thunderball" (Tom Jones)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (John Barry Orchestra)
Diamonds are Forever - "Diamonds are Forever" (Shirley Bassey)
Live and Let Die - "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney & Wings)
A View to a Kill - "A View to a Kill" (Duran Duran)



These are all my favorites.


The biggest disappointment to me is The Spy Who Loved Me theme by Carly Simon (1977). So much great music was coming out at that time and James Bond 007 is all around awesome. With all due respect to Carly Simon, I don't think she should have done the theme song / soundtrack for that movie. Considering it was 1977, the soundtrack should have been done by Queen or the Electric Light Orchestra. Those bands were at their creative peak and theatrical in their own right. Would have been a perfect fit. Or if they wanted a softer sound since it is a love story, they should have hired the Moody Blues with Peter Knight doing the arrangements.

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Thread starter):
Dr. No - "Kingston Calypso" (Byron Lee and the Dragonaires)


This could have been a great one but it ends in a shipwreck with that lame '3 blind mice' nonsense at the end.

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Thread starter):
A View to a Kill - "A View to a Kill" (Duran Duran)


This song rocks and it brings back great memories. This was a new song in 1985 and that was the first year I visited San Francisco. Scenes from that movie were shot in San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge is on the album cover of the soundtrack.

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Thread starter):
Live and Let Die - "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney & Wings)


This is the most rocking Jame's Bond theme.

I also like the Ray Conniff version.  
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rec4bzJseSY



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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6324 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

I absolutely love the new Skyfall song. It reflects the older Bond songs while still being modern. And with Adele's great voice and the fact that she's British (always a plus for a Bond theme song)...it's a good one in my book.

I do believe my favorite Bond song is "Live And Let Die", even though it's in my list of 3 least favorite Bond movies. My Top 5, roughly in order, would be

1) "Live and Let Die"
2) "Goldfinger"
3) "Diamonds Are Forever" (Though I really dislike this movie too...also in my least favorite list of Bond movies)
4) "Goldeneye"
5) "Skyfall"

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 4):

The Living Daylights

I like this one considering I'm not a big 80s music fan. Solid song, fine movie.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
This could have been a great one but it ends in a shipwreck with that lame '3 blind mice' nonsense at the end.

  
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[Edited 2012-10-05 06:52:51]

User currently offlinezckls04 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 1380 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2863 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
This could have been a great one but it ends in a shipwreck with that lame '3 blind mice' nonsense at the end.

I actually quite like that! Don't know why; I think it's the flute (or is it a piccolo?) at the start; just seems very evocative of the Caribbean in the sixties.

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 15):
Not all that thrilled about QoS- I'm going to watch it again this evening and see if I was wrong about it.

Rewatched this. The theme is forgettable, but the film is MUCH better than I remember it. It's very hard to follow in places so I had to rewind every now and then, which may be why I was underwhelmed in the theater, but overall a WAY better film than I thought.



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User currently offlinebhill From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 975 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

Screw all that...any movie with a character called Pussy Galore and not rated XXX, can have ANY theme song it wants...

 



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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2792 times:

Quoting zckls04 (Reply 19):

Regarding 3 Blind Mice you have to remember this was the early 60's and novelty stuff was in vogue. It fits the times and Dr. No was actually on a lower budget from what I understand. I too sort of crack up when I watch it and hear it. And "Twisting with James" is an absolute hoot. Back then, I was 5 but, I remember my parents taking Cha Cha and Twist lessons. You had to be there!

On Her Magesty: Again fits that time 1969, actually good music for a radio or TV news introduction.
And the name "Piz Gloria" sounds like some druggy hippie head shop instead of a big buck ski resort.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 18):
I absolutely love the new Skyfall song. It reflects the older Bond songs while still being modern. And with Adele's great voice and the fact that she's British (always a plus for a Bond theme song)...it's a good one in my book.

When I made my first reply to this thread I totally forgot about Adelle. Adelle has the chops to do a Bond theme right!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
The biggest disappointment to me is The Spy Who Loved Me theme by Carly Simon (1977). So much great music was coming out at that time and James Bond 007 is all around awesome. With all due respect to Carly Simon, I don't think she should have done the theme song / soundtrack for that movie. Considering it was 1977, the soundtrack should have been done by Queen or the Electric Light Orchestra. Those bands were at their creative peak and theatrical in their own right. Would have been a perfect fit. Or if they wanted a softer sound since it is a love story, they should have hired the Moody Blues with Peter Knight doing the arrangements.

  

However I'm going to be tougher on Carly Simon. She along with Helen Reddy, and to a lesser extent Melanie and Debby Boone. They were part of that Feminist wave of crooners with questionable talent. And Carly Simon is from the big buck publishing powerhouse family Simon and Schuster. If she were say originally just a toll taker on the Delaware Memorial Bridge she wouldn't have done the Bond theme. Today, maybe she'd be a bridge supervisor or a retired government employee.

As for other talent, Fly those are excellent ideas. I'd also add the following if they wanted that Feminist sound, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Mary Wells, Kim Weston, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark.
Other bands of that era who could have rocked it would have been Ambrosia and maybe even Genisis. The Carly Simon theme is so cliched. And, if they really wanted to be hip for the time and appeal to the PBS, feminist set they could have used Joan Baez.



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User currently offlinegarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5395 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

Quoting zippyjet (Reply 21):
Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight did do a theme - "Licence to Kill" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW5G_05a5UU



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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5478 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

Quoting garnetpalmetto (Reply 22):

One of the top themes. For awhile some of the themes were weak. Gladys knocked it out of the park. She could have done Spy Who Loved Me. Shirley Bassey did at least two classic Bond themes.



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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

Always liked the world is not enough.


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25 Post contains images Superfly : Sounds like something form Tom & Jerry to me. That is so true and a rather unfortunate reality in showbusiness. None of those ladies are feminist
26 Post contains links 2707200X : My favorite 007 theme song is the one from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" This one is 11:38 long http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6voavKeFsg&fea
27 Rara : I love that one because it gave me a perfect "Bond moment" when I heard it in the theatre. When the song kicked in I was disappointed because the fir
28 CXB77L : My favourites are The James Bond Theme; Goldfinger; Thunderball; On Her Majesty's Secret Service (the instrumental piece) and GoldenEye, in that order
29 Post contains images OA260 : Happy 50th Birthday to 007 ! I have loved these films since a kid. My favourite is Goldfinger then Dr No . I am currently collecting the whole lot on
30 garnetpalmetto : I think zippyjet was saying that of the three songs Bassey did, two of them are classics. I'd agree with him there - "Goldfinger" and "Diamonds are F
31 Post contains images zippyjet : If you haven't done so already check out Dame Shirley Bassey doing History REpeats Itself with the Propellerheads. Not necessarily their personal bel
32 virgin744 : Had the pleasure of attending the Bond 50th anniversary which was all about the Bond music - in Hollywood, on the 5th Oct and saw Bill Conti along wit
33 zippyjet : Live and Let Die is a likeable tune but, I detested the movie. George Martin "screwed the pooch" after the classic John Barry musical scores and them
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