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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 11:47:05 AM  

Second Try: 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


Chicken pot pie

Bawk bawk bawk, bawk bawk bawk, BAWK BAWK

That being said, I've always thought that Goldeneye was darn good. Yessir, darn good.
 
2012-11-11 11:47:23 AM  
 
2012-11-11 11:52:51 AM  
Goldfinger.
Then every other Shirley Bassey song ever, even the non-Bond ones.
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Then McCartney.
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Then the rest, in any order.

/I didn't mind "You know my name", but it might have gotten a boost from the cool visuals.
 
2012-11-11 11:54:34 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.


Hero loses all hope before getting it back.
When did Bond lose all hope?
Bad guy kills person extremely close to our hero.
It was not clear that he killed M. She was shot during the big battle but how do we know it was he who shot her?

 
2012-11-11 11:56:24 AM  
dunno about the best of all time, but "all time high" was the worst bond song
 
2012-11-11 11:59:15 AM  
Nice list... I'd forgotten how powerful Jones' vocal was in Thunderball... It just kicks you in the head and says "pay attention!!!"

Always liked You Only Live Twice, but the version in the clip isn't the one that I remember -- the version on the "The Best of Bond" CD is a lot better.
 
2012-11-11 12:06:13 PM  
This list fails with one major omission:
Link(pops)
 
2012-11-11 12:08:21 PM  

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


I'll try and avoid spoilers, but a lot of the plot made sense - the computer stuff was really badly handled (and wouldn't have taken much to get right), but the rest of it was, IMO, so good that I'll forgive it.
 
2012-11-11 12:17:16 PM  
After re-reading TFA I've concluded that the writer is a farking idiot.
 
2012-11-11 12:20:13 PM  
Also, I don't get the hate here for Skyfall's theme. I understand that people are tired of Adele and all, but when you take the song on it's own merits I think combines the best of Bond tunes past and present.
 
2012-11-11 12:23:54 PM  
*scrolls down to License To Kill and sees a B-*

WTF? Apparently the writer of this article doesn't know that they basically sampled the horns from Goldfinger and made it sound like a great song all on it's own, not to mention Gladys Knight sounds like sex in that song.

This writer would do well at Rolling Stone magazine.
 
2012-11-11 12:33:07 PM  
1. Live and Let Die
2. Goldfinger
3. A View To A Kill
4. You Know My Name
5. Skyfall

I would want to add Alice Cooper's "Golden Gun" and Johnny Cash's "Thunderball" themes as well but they aren't official.
 
2012-11-11 12:40:31 PM  
*sigh*

*slams nekkid Subby in a wicker chair, proceeds to bruise Subby's balls repeatedly with makeshift bolero*

Repeat after me: "Live and Let Die" is the best, and "Goldfinger" is the most iconic.
 
2012-11-11 12:46:03 PM  

rbaron71: Sad to see the dislike in the article for "The Living Daylights" by A-ha. That was always my favourite Bond song.


It's hated on by the same guy who gave Duran's theme an A-. But of course - back in the day, a-ha were seen as a threat to DD. DD, along with their friends & fangirls, made sure the three "Scandinavian cupcakes" were miserable in return.

Digging up an old presumed-dead feud - nice work, hipster dick.
 
2012-11-11 12:48:34 PM  
Has anyone mentioned Live and Let Die yet? Especially when it's performed live? Come on, it's magic.
 
2012-11-11 12:48:40 PM  

rbaron71: Sad to see the dislike in the article for "The Living Daylights" by A-ha. That was always my favourite Bond song.


I don't know why that song gets so much hate. Certainly a lot better than that travesty by Alicia Keys and Jack White.
 
2012-11-11 12:49:44 PM  

Second Try: 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


What does it matter to ya?
 
2012-11-11 12:50:03 PM  
My top 10.

1. Goldfinger
2. Thunderball
3. You Know My Name
4. A View To A Kill
5. The World Is Not Enough
 
2012-11-11 12:50:46 PM  

hundreddollarman: My top 10 5.

1. Goldfinger
2. Thunderball
3. You Know My Name
4. A View To A Kill
5. The World Is Not Enough


FTFY. (facepalm)
 
2012-11-11 12:51:53 PM  

WrongTrousers: Second Try: 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

What does it matter to ya?


If ya gotta job to do, ya gotta do it well.
 
2012-11-11 12:54:24 PM  
Still waiting to hear Ann wilson rock a Bond theme ...
 
2012-11-11 01:12:36 PM  

machinesquad: How is Live and Let Die only17?!?!?!


Because it's a good song, but a horrible Bond song. What about it feels like James bond?
 
2012-11-11 01:15:03 PM  

Sensual Tyrannosaurus: 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.


Same here, using the article writer's criteria, it was a good song as well.

It went heavier on the urgency and played up the casualness of Bond through an almost nihilism in the lyrics. Or I should say, an emotional detachment... which works WELL with Bond. It's not the best for sure, but it is up there.
 
2012-11-11 01:17:26 PM  

ObeliskToucher: Nice list... I'd forgotten how powerful Jones' vocal was in Thunderball... It just kicks you in the head and says "pay attention!!!"

Always liked You Only Live Twice, but the version in the clip isn't the one that I remember -- the version on the "The Best of Bond" CD is a lot better.


I'd actually ignored Thunderball for a long while because I thought 'Tom Jones, really?' listening to it with the perspective of trying to listen for the emotions/qualities that such a song wants to put forward, yeah it was surprisingly good.

Tom Jones' vocals in that were the singer's equivalent of scene chewing.
 
2012-11-11 01:19:34 PM  

bill4935: ...
/I didn't mind "You know my name", but it might have gotten a boost from the cool visuals.


It might be a bit of that. I'd rank that visual sequence as probably the best in the series. I liked what Goldeneye was going for, but the animation/cgi cut/paste hasn't aged very well.

(I'm a sucker for the old soviet propaganda styles though)
 
2012-11-11 01:20:04 PM  
The reflexive answer is that A View to a Kill is the only red-headed stepchild of Bond songs.
 
2012-11-11 01:22:57 PM  

Vangor: 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.


And that's the thing a lot of people screw up in these rankings. If you took someone who never heard the song (or knew the title) before, and asked them what they thought of it, if the response isn't "It reminds me of James Bond", then it needs to be ranked lower.
 
2012-11-11 01:29:11 PM  
Pleased to see Shirley Bassey getting the credit she deserves.
 
2012-11-11 01:29:46 PM  

SilentStrider: Live and Let Die.


This
 
2012-11-11 01:30:24 PM  
Will the skyfoe when it crumbows?
 
2012-11-11 01:33:48 PM  
farkeruk:

At first I read:
And I hate Tina Turner's voice.
and I:
4.bp.blogspot.com

But then I read:
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.
and I was all:


well, I was all 'couldn't find an appropriate meme image'. Now I'm sad. But yeah, you are right.
 
2012-11-11 01:38:47 PM  

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


+++++++++ SPOILERS++++++++++

I have to say I loved the movie (my husband took me to see it for my birthday.... very awesome hubby, indeed). I thought it really tied the other two with Craig movies together nicely. Feels like it came full circle. Very much like that they brought back Moneypenny. And I Javier Bardem plays a decent bad guy. I actually liked his character, for a villain and all.

And omg.... the car. Collective gasp from the whole theater when it was shown. I know it made this girl slightly damp in the pants when seeing it. It really helped do a nice throwback and homage to the previous films. Well one movie in particular. I teared up when it was destroyed.

+++++++++ END SPOILERS++++++++++

And yes, the Madonna bond song was the worst in my opinion.

/loves 007 movies.
 
das
2012-11-11 01:44:59 PM  

Second Try: 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


Live and Let Die.
 
2012-11-11 01:50:47 PM  

RexTalionis: The moment that Q started talking about "security by obfuscation"


Maybe he meant, "Security by Obscurity"?
 
2012-11-11 01:56:18 PM  

das: Second Try: 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

Live and Let Die.


...sucked.

As a song it's just fine but as a bookend to a Bond film it just doesn't work. Like Voodoo it only works because people want it to. In reality it doesn't.
 
2012-11-11 01:57:14 PM  
the first bond movie i saw was from russia with love so...i'm going to at least mention it as one that needs some love. plus...tatiana was smokin...

Link
 
2012-11-11 01:57:23 PM  

yves0010: The original Dr No (James Bond Theme) beats its with no problem.


"Underneath the Mango Tree"? Really?
 
2012-11-11 02:10:44 PM  
Second Try: 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

Live and Let Die.


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 02:23:03 PM  
List failed misrably whenit put "Die Anither Day" ahead of "Living Daylights". Living Daylights was kinda crap, but that Madonna sing was beyond shiat.

Also, Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-11 02:29:25 PM  
Come on, we all know that there is only one true James Bond, and that man is Alan Partridge.
Best Bond song/intro: Goldfinger or The Spy Who Loved Me?

/stop getting Bond wrong!
 
2012-11-11 02:38:44 PM  
View to a Kill was made when Duran Duran was phoning it in.

Rio would have been a perfect Bond song. Opening shot of incredible hot girl on an emptly beach...

Live and Let Die described Bond perfectly, he was a little more happy go lucky, then Teresa dies, and he internalizes the pain, becomes harder, and realizes that you got to live and let die.

All Time High should be stricken from the movies.
 
2012-11-11 02:42:58 PM  
I loved Skyfall, but I have doubts it'll be a re-watchable as Casino Royale.

Casino Royale felt like a reboot of Connery.
Skyfall felt like a reboot of the best of Roger Moore - camper villain, more gags, more seaside postcard sauciness over outright sexiness, massive lizards..
 
2012-11-11 02:59:35 PM  

biyaaatci: I like "A View to a Kill" non-ironically. I also like "Die Another Day."

/I'm fired, aren't I?


A View To A Kill is pretty poor. Die Another Day is an insult to A View To A Kill.
 
2012-11-11 03:15:04 PM  
What the hell, they completely ignored On Her Majesty's Secret Service main theme? For shame.
 
2012-11-11 03:20:53 PM  

John Buck 41: WrongTrousers: Second Try: 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

What does it matter to ya?

If ya gotta job to do, ya gotta do it well.


You gotta give the other fella HELLLLLL!!!
 
2012-11-11 03:25:36 PM  
"Tomorrow Never Dies" deserves better than a 'C' IMHO.

Totally agree with "Live And Let Die"!

Pretty much agree with subby, "A View To A Kill" was a near perfect fit.
 
2012-11-11 03:37:15 PM  

Son of Thunder: John Buck 41: WrongTrousers: Second Try: 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

What does it matter to ya?

If ya gotta job to do, ya gotta do it well.

You gotta give the other fella HELLLLLL!!!


Ta Da Da, Ta da Da Da Da.
 
2012-11-11 03:46:41 PM  
Scissor Sisters, people.

This would've been great, too. They even did the video in the same style as a Bond opening sequence.

t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-11-11 03:53:40 PM  

gwowen: I loved Skyfall, but I have doubts it'll be a re-watchable as Casino Royale.

Casino Royale felt like a reboot of Connery.
Skyfall felt like a reboot of the best of Roger Moore - camper villain, more gags, more seaside postcard sauciness over outright sexiness, massive lizards..


I think you're misremembering Connery. There was quite a lot of punning and seaside postcard sauciness in the Connery films.

Casino Royale was harder than any of the previous Bond films except for License to Kill. Dalton played Bond as more of a cold-hearted hard man than Connery did, because he went back to the books.

Skyfall has maybe 2 or 3 moments of humour. All of them subtle, none of them silly. If anything, it's still harder than what was in Connery movies. And lightyears from the Roger Moore era.
 
2012-11-11 04:04:02 PM  
The Spy Who Loved Me

Boose gump city there.
 
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