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(The Atlantic)   The best Bond theme songs. Nothing will ever top A View to a Kill. NOTHING   (theatlantic.com) divider line 129
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2012-11-11 12:24:43 AM  
is this a play on the Natural Gas industry commercial?
 
2012-11-11 12:29:54 AM  
Link

I think this one should have made it into a movie.
 
2012-11-11 02:07:48 AM  
Live and Let Die.
 
2012-11-11 07:35:25 AM  

SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 07:38:37 AM  
I love You Only Live Twice, but the top six there are all great. View To A Kill blows...
 
2012-11-11 07:44:26 AM  
How is Live and Let Die only17?!?!?!
 
2012-11-11 07:59:28 AM  
Goldfinger.
 
2012-11-11 08:04:27 AM  
What Spanky McStupid said.
 
2012-11-11 08:05:46 AM  
The original Dr No (James Bond Theme) beats its with no problem.
Live and Let Die is also a good one.
You know my name.
The World is Not Enough.
 
2012-11-11 08:09:46 AM  
Sad to see the dislike in the article for "The Living Daylights" by A-ha. That was always my favourite Bond song.
 
2012-11-11 08:18:42 AM  
Thunderball was Tom farking Jones. WTF else do you want?
 
2012-11-11 08:20:37 AM  

Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 08:27:13 AM  
I hadn't read TFA. Glad to see Thunderball #1.
 
2012-11-11 08:34:59 AM  
True dat.
 
2012-11-11 08:35:13 AM  
Was ready to flame the article but I actually agree with its assumption that the 'classic years' were much better than the later years with the exception of Garbage's "The World Is Not Enough," and even that song not as strong as the older classics. Hard to pick a favorite, but I think "You Only Live Twice" is mine.
 
2012-11-11 08:38:27 AM  
Casino Royale Was the best, sorry haters.
 
zez
2012-11-11 08:39:19 AM  

Shostie: Link

I think this one should have made it into a movie.


Dammit! I came to this thread thinking that with only 15 posts nobody will have mentioned the Propellerheads yet.
 
2012-11-11 08:40:29 AM  

Is this a Skyfall thread? Can we talk about it?


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I liked it, but didn't love it. Maybe my expectations were too high. I didn't it had the thematic or emotional core which would have made it really great. It felt, to me, like a watered down version of The Dark Knight, honestly. It sort of had the same beats.

Opening action scene hinting at the bad guy
Bad guy interested in terroristic anarchy makes his entrance with a startling walk-in.
Bad guy is bat shiat crazy but easily the most compelling thing in the movie due to brilliant acting.
Bad guy gets captured intentionally just for the purpose of breaking out.
Hero loses all hope before getting it back.
Bad guy kills person extremely close to our hero.
The idea of order and loyalty versus chaos drives everything.
 
zez
2012-11-11 08:40:35 AM  
I like Goldfinger, Thunderball and Nobody does it better
 
2012-11-11 08:49:08 AM  
Couldn't disagree more about "You Know My Name". Great song, great Bond song, paired with one of the best title sequences of all time. I even agree with the guy about the overrated "Live And Let Die", but he missed the mark on this one somehow.

/Going to see "Skyfall" today
//Can't wait to hear Adele's theme song - what a perfect choice for vocals
 
2012-11-11 08:55:30 AM  
Has anyone said 'Live and Let Die' yet?

Because motherfarking 'Live and Let Die'!!
 
2012-11-11 09:00:44 AM  
I love The World is Not Enough, and Goldfinger.

But, yeah, what everybody else said.
 
2012-11-11 09:00:49 AM  
I didn't dig Skyfall that much (the song). It was okay but it really didn't blow me away when I heard it. 'You Know My Name' blew me away when I first saw Casino Royale. It was different from the old ones in the best possible way and was a suitable announcement of how different the movie was going to be.
 
2012-11-11 09:01:03 AM  
Something tells me Muse wanted the job.
Link
 
2012-11-11 09:04:01 AM  
That POS 'Another Way To Die' from QOS gets a B? Are you farking kidding me?
 
2012-11-11 09:05:33 AM  

Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 09:16:55 AM  
Not a bad list, although I hate Thunderball. It's a really clunky song, sung by Tom Jones (whose voice I hate).

The Living Daylights director wanted The Pretenders, but A-ha were chosen because it would chart better. And then John Barry and A-Ha fought over the song. Not good. That said, I love The Living Daylights and anyone who disagrees can come at me.

And I'd forgotten about how bad Octopussy's song was. It's totally wishy-washy.

License to Kill sounds like "License to Kilt" and I can't get past that.

And I hate Tina Turner's voice.

That said, if The Living Daylights got an F, I don't know how Die Another Day got a D. It's a really terrible song. Thankfully as the film is such a total stinker I never have to hear it.

And if Adele doesn't win an Oscar, I'll have to assume that someone bribed the Academy members.
 
2012-11-11 09:25:17 AM  

Spanky McStupid: Goldfinger.


Yup.
 
2012-11-11 09:26:07 AM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


The GnR version though.
 
2012-11-11 09:26:19 AM  
How about "The Man with the Golden Gun"? No, not that Lulu crap, but the Alice Cooper version?
 
2012-11-11 09:34:34 AM  
 
2012-11-11 09:36:15 AM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Waxing_Chewbacca: Stantz: SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 09:42:49 AM  
I THINK I'LL DIE ANOTHER DAY
 
2012-11-11 09:46:27 AM  
I actually liked The Living Daylights quite a bit, apparently I was wrong. But the one I like the most is You Know My Name.
 
2012-11-11 09:50:21 AM  
Casino royales is my favorite
 
2012-11-11 10:18:12 AM  
Really liked 'For Your Eyes Only'....Although that may have something to do with the mad crush I had on Sheena Easton in the 80s....
 
2012-11-11 10:26:23 AM  
THUNDERBAAAAAAAAAAA (passes out)
 
2012-11-11 10:36:32 AM  
I think he's completely backwards on Thunderball and You Know My Name. The former has the most irritating and jarring horn section short of a stadium filled with vuvuzelas, while the latter fit the new Bond musically and lyrically to an absolute t.
 
2012-11-11 10:38:24 AM  

AaronSynn: Really liked 'For Your Eyes Only'....Although that may have something to do with the mad crush I had on Sheena Easton in the 80s....


Yeah, that's also my favorite, but it was also my first Bond film that I ever saw.
 
2012-11-11 10:40:12 AM  
Simply put, nobody touches the classics, the themes you like are crap, the ones nobody remember are the best ones
 
2012-11-11 10:42:39 AM  

DamnYankees: Is this a Skyfall thread? Can we talk about it?

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I liked it, but didn't love it. Maybe my expectations were too high. I didn't it had the thematic or emotional core which would have made it really great. It felt, to me, like a watered down version of The Dark Knight, honestly. It sort of had the same beats.

Opening action scene hinting at the bad guy
Bad guy interested in terroristic anarchy makes his entrance with a startling walk-in.
Bad guy is bat shiat crazy but easily the most compelling thing in the movie due to brilliant acting.
Bad guy gets captured intentionally just for the purpose of breaking out.
Hero loses all hope before getting it back.
Bad guy kills person extremely close to our hero.
The idea of order and loyalty versus chaos drives everything.


I don't get why people like this movie. It is a bad movie and it's one of the least accurate depictions of computers in the world. The moment that Q started talking about "security by obfuscation" as difficult to crack (which 007 then cracks in 10 seconds), this movie lost all credibility with me and turned into a 2 hour WTF is this shiat.
 
2012-11-11 10:51:23 AM  
I like "A View to a Kill" non-ironically. I also like "Die Another Day."

/I'm fired, aren't I?
 
2012-11-11 10:55:51 AM  

RexTalionis: I don't get why people like this movie. It is a bad movie and it's one of the least accurate depictions of computers in the world. The moment that Q started talking about "security by obfuscation" as difficult to crack (which 007 then cracks in 10 seconds), this movie lost all credibility with me and turned into a 2 hour WTF is this


art.penny-arcade.com
 
2012-11-11 11:02:52 AM  
For your eyes only....bestest title and theme song for a bond movie
 
2012-11-11 11:04:42 AM  
What is with this review of "You Know My Name"? I know I rate the song far too highly, but I randomly heard the song on a digital station and instantly pictured James Bond and listened another dozen times before discovering the use in Casino Royale. Was a fantastic, memorable, Bond song.
 
2012-11-11 11:09:21 AM  
Not sure why they cheated with OHMSS by selecting "All the Time in the World." It's a beautiful song (and incredibly poignant as it was Satch's final recording), but the real opening theme is a killer. Pure spy movie, cool as hell, maybe my favorite Bond tune. The Propellerheads version is pretty boss too.
 
2012-11-11 11:16:58 AM  
I'm dumbfounded as to how "The World Is Not Enough" isn't higher than #9.
 
2012-11-11 11:26:58 AM  

Ebenator: Thunderball was Tom farking Jones. WTF else do you want?


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He always runs while others walk;
He acts while other men just talk.
He looks at this world and wants it all
So he strikes like Thunderball


The most virile lyrics ever uttered, by the manliest man to ever stalk the stage. Biatches could get pregnant by sitting too close to the opening credits.
 
2012-11-11 11:32:25 AM  
...I'd swap Thunderball with Goldfinger, but other than that, the list is pretty much spot on. However, Hilarity_N_Sues is right, they kind of cheated with OHMSS. Keep in mind though that there are three Bond movies where the theme they planned to use wasn't the one that made it on screen:

1. Dionne Warwick's Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was supposed to have been the theme for Thunderball until at almost the last minute Cubby Broccoli decided he wanted a song with the film's title in there as well. Barry and Don Black went into overdrive and turned out Thunderball in almost record time...but that left Barry with having to at least partially rewrite a good chunk of the soundtrack to reflect the new theme. That's why the original soundtrack is missing a good chunk of the music from the actual movie. Here's what it was supposed to sound/look like:

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2. The planned theme for You Only Live Twice wasn't one of Barry's more inspired works, but with Julie Rodgers singing it, it wasn't half bad. However, Frank Sinatra happened to mention to Broccoli that his daughter Nancy would just love to sing a Bond theme....and Julie's effort went down the memory hole. In fairness, there was actually a fair amount of music for YOLT that got noticeably changed before the film was released, and the final theme is without a doubt one of Barry's loveliest works. But had it not changed, it would have been:

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3. Finally, a band called Straw did what should have been the theme for The World Is Not Enough, but it was ultimately rejected for being 'too dark', But as much as I like Garbage's final effort...this would have been quite possibly the best Bond theme EVAH:

Link 


/Why yes, I AM a Bond geek, why do you ask?
 
2012-11-11 11:42:46 AM  
The living daylights should be at the top of this list with A View to A Kill in 2nd place with Die Another Day at the bottom (Madonna's voice annoys me in that song).

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
 
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