Best 007 / James Bond Movie Theme (Song)

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Which Bond Theme (Song) Would You Vote As the Best?

  1. "The James Bond Theme" (Dr. No) (John Barry)

  2. "James Bond is Back" (From Russia with Love) (John Barry)

  3. "Goldfinger" (Shirley Bassey)

  4. "Thunderball" (Tom Jones)

  5. "You Only Live Twice" (Nancy Sinatra)

  6. "We Have All the Time in the World" (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) (Louis Armstrong)

  7. "Diamonds Are Forever" (Shirley Bassey)

  8. "Live and Let Die" (Paul McCartney and Wings)

  9. "Nobody Does It Better" (The Spy Who Loved Me) (Carly Simon)

  10. "For Your Eyes Only" (Sheena Easton)

  11. "All Time High" (Octopussy) (Rita Coolidge)

  12. "A View to a Kill" (Duran Duran)

  13. "License to Kill" (Gladys Knight)

  14. "GoldenEye" (Tina Turner)

  15. "Tomorrow Never Dies" (Sheryl Crow)

  16. "The World is Not Enough" (Garbage)

  17. "You Know My Name" (Casino Royale) (Chris Cornell)

  18. "Skyfall" (Adele)

  19. "Writing's On the Wall" (Spectre) (Sam Smith)

  20. Other (options listed below)

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  1. DVD-fanatic-9

    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    Choices I was not able to list above:
    "From Russia with Love" (Matt Monro)
    "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (The John Barry Orchestra)
    "The Man with the Golden Gun" (Lulu)
    "Moonraker" (Shirley Bassey)
    "The Living Daylights" (A-ha)
    "Die Another Day" (Madonna)
    "Another Way to Die" (Quantum of Solace) (Jack White, Alicia Keys)


    Thread purpose self-explanatory.

    Explain the reasons for your choice in the comment section provided, should you feel inclined.
     
  2. thing

    thing Well-Known Member

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    I like The Living Daylights by Aha
     
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  3. DVD-fanatic-9

    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    You know... I actually went over 6 different online-magazine ranking lists (Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Collider, Consequences of Sound, Indiewire, Digital Spy) to try and determine which of these songs no one would vote for so I could leave them off the main list since this board only allows you 20 slots to a poll...

    And you had to pick that song, which consistently ranked in the low 'teens on nearly every single list...

    Thank you for that. Sincerely.
     
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    I think it's pretty hard to beat Nobody Does it Better by Carly Simon. It's like Bond's theme song.
     
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    I voted for We Have All the Time in the World. I absolutely love that song. Of course, it's not really a theme song. If I had to choose a theme, I'd probably go with You Only Live Twice. The opening notes of that song always get me.

    I would put every one of the options that were left off the list above dreck like Writing's on the Wall and Tomorrow Never Dies. I've also never really been a fan of Licence to Kill, All Time High, and Live and Let Die.
     
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    Natas Theres no such thing as the boogyman

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    GOLDENEYE!!!!! Only because the video game on N64 was awesome.

    I can't stand James Bonds flicks. I don't play that game.
     
  7. DVD-fanatic-9

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    I really don't know what possessed the makers of that film or franchise to suddenly decide: "we have to change the way things have been done the last 3 films, arggh!" ... But, since it had at that point become a 3-film tradition to have the theme be an actual song sung by a popular pop performer, I decided it was best to leave that song on the list as an option.

    Arggh!


    Yeah, I wanted to strike that one too. But it really did okay on most of the ranking lists I sorted through.

    Better than "The Living Daylights," that's for sure.


    Aww. I like that one.


    I'm finally warming up to the first two.

    "Live and Let Die" is amazing. AMAZING!, I tell you!!!

    (Arggh!)
     
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    Duran Duran.
     
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    Many great choices, but for me - Live & Let Die tops them all.
     
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    Yep, It got my vote.

    Madonna and Sam Smith are by FAR the worst 2.
     
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    1. For Your Eyes Only
    2. Diamonds are Forever
    3. Goldfinger
    4. The Living Daylights
    5. The James Bond Theme (Dr. No)
    6. A View to a Kill
    7. The Man With The Golden Gun
    8. From Russia with Love
    9. The World is Not Enough
    10. Skyfall

    Thats my top 10 i guess^
    Madonna, Sam Smith, Jack White/Alicia Keys, Chris Cornell and Sheryl Crowe would be my worst
     
  12. DVD-fanatic-9

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    After all this anti-Sam Smith biz, I'm actually sorry I stiffed you on making A-ha part of the formal list. I have nothing for Sam Smith. The guy needs a hobby.

    But I won't support all this anti-Sheryl Crow hoodoo. And, the fact that Madonna did a Bond theme at all is hilarious. People really want to blame her. But that's just stupid. She's not going to deviate from whatever style the producers she's selected to do her latest album have chosen her to sound like. And, considering Die Another Day came out in 2003 and 2003 for Madonna meant the American Life album... you guys are just lucky she didn't rap. Or that there was no guitar in the track. Or, banjo. Or all of the above. "Die Another Day" was one of maybe 2 good songs on the album.
     
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    It's probably a bit of heresy to not pick something that John Barry had a hand in. But, honestly, I really like the Adele song for Skyfall. The lyrics are dumb as a box of really dumb hammers. But, that melody is epic and glorious.

    And, I would say that the "All the Time in the World" really shouldn't count. Though it is a beautiful song and used to better effect than any song in the roster, it's not really the main theme.
     
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    And, yet, I could have chosen not to poll his contributions at all. (You're welcome. :p )


    Granted... but I'm letting myself off the hook for the reason that the 3 previous films decided to use songs performed by pop performers as the main theme, and then never ever reverted back to instrumentals again after 1969. Never ever ever ever ever.

    I gather you're using the technicality of "what song plays during the opening credits / opening titles" as the strict technical gauge. I think that's fair in most cases but that it isn't necessary to be strict with this, within reason.

    That reason being that I never listed secondary songs to films which had vocals in the opening titles theme, such as k.d. lang's "Surrender," The Pretenders' "Where Has Everybody Gone" or Patti LaBelle's "If You Asked Me To." Etc.
     
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    I support the inclusion of Louis Armstong because it's just such a phenomenally great song, and because it happened to appear in a film that didn't have a lyrical song during the opening titles. That said, I also really love Barry's musical theme to OHMSS. Those two pieces of music are two more reasons to love that movie.

    My problem with Sam Smith and Sheryl Crow is the same - they are both painfully boring. I've enjoyed other songs by both of them, but those two...I mean a Bond theme can go a few different ways...it can be epic and bombastic (Goldfinger, Skyfall, GoldenEye), it can be fun and energetic (A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights), it can be aggressive (You Know my Name, Live and Let Die - I know, I'm not a huge fan of it, but it still works as a Bond theme), or it can be wistful and romantic (Nobody Does it Better, For Your Eyes Only). But as far as I can tell, those songs aren't any of those...they're just dull dull dull.

    Another Way to Die and Die Another Day get a lot of crap from Bond fans. It doesn't help that they're attached to two of the worst films in the series too (I've stated elsewhere that I kind of like QoS, but I still place it near the bottom of the rankings). But I like them both, especially the Madonna song. It's catchy as hell.
     
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    So many good choices, wish we could pick more than one. I have a playlist with all the Bond themes that I play from time to time. I especially like any James Bond theme that has an extensive "horn section"

    Went with "A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran (Song pumps you up to see the film. Unfortunately the movie doesn't live up to the standards of the song. Movie is not bad, but could be better.)

    If I had to pick more(besides the original):

    - "The Living Daylights" by Aha (very underrated, almost tied for first. There so much complexity to the song. Truly beautifully written. The dam song MAKES you want to see the film. Can't say that for any other theme except for View to a Kill)

    - "The World is Not Enough" by Garbage (one of the last themes to fully incorporate the "Bond Vibe" in the song) I will give credit to Chris Cornell for at least trying in "You Know My Name"

    - "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" theme (horn section, nuff said)

    - "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon , "For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton, and "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCarthy (ALL excellent stand alone songs regardless of the Bond connection)



     

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