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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Top 5 Favorite James Bond Theme Songs

"Skyfall", the latest entry into the ongoing saga that is James Bond, is set to drop in theaters in less than two weeks time and pop superstar Adele has recorded the traditional theme song. Did it tickle my fancy? Eh. Not entirely. Not like these five.

5.) "Die Another Day", Madonna. I may openly and staunchly side with Lady Gaga in the current Gaga/Madonna feud, but, nevertheless, I'm one of the 17 people who dug this tune.

4.) "The Living Daylights", A Ha. Am I viewing this through my neon glasses of 80's nostalgia? Probably.

3.) "Goldfinger", Shirley Bassey. "Goldfinger, he's the man with the midas touch."

2.) "You Only Live Twice", Nancy Sinatra. When you get right down to it, each person prefers a certain Bond based upon the specific style that Bond exudes. And when I think of 007, this is how he sounds.

1.) Non-Existent Kylie Minogue Bond Theme Song. Is it a cheat to name a song that doesn't even exist as #1? Perhaps, but not really. Let's be honest - whenever the Bond producers remove their ostrich-like heads from the sand and finally hand the freaking mic over to Kylie, her Bond theme will topple all the rest. (Of course, it's possible they have not asked her yet because her Bond theme will be so good it will cause the film to melt or the digital projector to just go up in flames.) Until then we must content ourselves with imagining that next time James Bond Will Return In........."Too Much Of A Good Thing."


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Alex Withrow said...

Solid picks here. I actually kinda dig Madonna's track as well. Spirited choice for number 1, better start in online movement for Kylie now!

Anonymous said...

Interesting picks! I quite like Living Daylights theme song, sooo 80s but then again that's what I grew up with :) Not crazy about Madonna's song though, but Dame Shirley Bassey can't do no wrong.

Derek Armstrong said...

I was always partial to "All Time High" from Octopussy, but that's because I've seen Octopussy 17 times and all other Bond movies (the ones I've seen, anyway) exactly once.

Andrew K. said...

Oh, Nick. You don't know how glad I am to see "Die Another Day" on this list. I swear, I'm confounded about the bad rap that song gets. Even if I have to just throw my hands up regarding the way people think of Madonna, that Bond theme is daring, different, fun and provocative - what's not, if not love, appreciate?

Nick Prigge said...

Alex: I may consider starting an online movement.

Ruth: Yeah, sometimes I can't tell if an 80's song I really like is GOOD-good, or if it's just of my era.

Vance: I admit I am essentially unfamiliar with the Roger Moore Bond. BUT.....I am rectifying this problem. This week, in fact! Stay tuned!

Andrew: I still remember hearing it in the theater and having to restrain myself from busting a move.