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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 04:09:57 PM
agreed subby, agreed.
 
2012-11-11 04:19:09 PM

Gaylord Q. Tinkledink: 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.


Did you know that Jones actually wrong that song several years earlier, and that it's actually about him? Apparently Cubby Broccoli just happened to hear it and thought it would be a good fit for Bond. The only change is the removal of the 's' from the end of Thunderball, which was apparently Jones' nickname at the time.
 
2012-11-11 05:06:53 PM

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

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.


Got married in Vegas by a Tom Jones impersonator. Had morning sickness for a couple of weeks just from that.
 
2012-11-11 05:31:20 PM

NotARocketScientist: 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

Live and Let Die

 
2012-11-11 06:24:39 PM

StrikitRich: 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.


With you on that. Pretty good list. Though I would have rated Garbage a bit higher. But then I love Garbage.

And before I read that you could have held a gun to my head and I wouldn't have been able to tell you what the theme song from "Octopussy" was.
 
2012-11-11 07:27:22 PM

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 agree with all your points except the last - the villain was driven to make money at some point but it was all a premise of revenge, not chaos.

There were blatant rip-offs of Goldeneye and Mission Impossible in the script, but my main problem was that the movie didn't provide any secondary motivation. At least in Goldeneye, there was an intriguing plot beyond just the revenge.

I liked that they gave nod to Bond's backstory for once.

But the movie was overrated by the critics - it had great style, good performances, weak dialogue, great photography, but the plot was too 1 dimensional for my tastes. It had some grit in the vein of Nolan, but just too much for my tastes in a Bond movie.
 
2012-11-11 08:23:50 PM

coeyagi: The idea of order and loyalty versus chaos drives everything.


**** SPOILERS ****

There's a freudian reading of Skyfall...

Both men are orphans, and as a result see M as their mother. In both cases, their mother did bad things to them. Not because she didn't love them, but because she had to. Early on, Silva says "mommy was very bad" which sounds like a villain line, but you realise later that's exactly how he sees her.

One is the good son (Bond), the other is the bad son (Silva). Bond reacts to her sins by forgiving her. Silva reacts by hating and wanting to see her destroyed.

But at the end, she is still Silva's mother, and at the end, his love for her overcomes his rage. He seeks peace with his mother.But Bond, the good son, will not let him destroy her.
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2012-11-11 08:50:44 PM

yves0010: You know my name.
The World is Not Enough.


These. Two of my favorites since View to A Kill (which i also like). Most everything between that and Live & Let Die sucks hard (especially All Time High and Moonraker). And everything in the Connery era was classic.
 
2012-11-11 08:53:14 PM

farkeruk: coeyagi: The idea of order and loyalty versus chaos drives everything.

**** SPOILERS ****

There's a freudian reading of Skyfall...

Both men are orphans, and as a result see M as their mother. In both cases, their mother did bad things to them. Not because she didn't love them, but because she had to. Early on, Silva says "mommy was very bad" which sounds like a villain line, but you realise later that's exactly how he sees her.

One is the good son (Bond), the other is the bad son (Silva). Bond reacts to her sins by forgiving her. Silva reacts by hating and wanting to see her destroyed.

But at the end, she is still Silva's mother, and at the end, his love for her overcomes his rage. He seeks peace with his mother.But Bond, the good son, will not let him destroy her.
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Yeah, I can agree with that. Somehow the grittiness though that Mendes tried to bring in the story elements you mentioned didn't have the same resonance as Casino Royale, with the torture scene, the Vesper shower scene, the post-torture romance and seeming betrayal afterwards. Of course, that movie did have the advantage of being an origin story.

I enjoyed it but wouldn't shower it with the same praise as the critics, but I can't imagine anyone saying it was as bad or equal to Quantum of Solace. I'll agree with the moderates - for Daniel Craig's Bond, it's a not close but not far second.
 
2012-11-11 08:55:28 PM

FriarReb98: yves0010: You know my name.
The World is Not Enough.

These. Two of my favorites since View to A Kill (which i also like). Most everything between that and Live & Let Die sucks hard (especially All Time High and Moonraker). And everything in the Connery era was classic.


I agree, but I must be the only one who liked The Living Daylights theme. Probably because I was one of the few who enjoyed the Dalton movies, which (gadgets notwithstanding) were more realistic than almost all the other Bond movies (though both having narcotics trafficking as a major plot device was unfortunate).
 
2012-11-11 09:04:13 PM

coeyagi: FriarReb98: yves0010: You know my name.
The World is Not Enough.

These. Two of my favorites since View to A Kill (which i also like). Most everything between that and Live & Let Die sucks hard (especially All Time High and Moonraker). And everything in the Connery era was classic.

I agree, but I must be the only one who liked The Living Daylights theme. Probably because I was one of the few who enjoyed the Dalton movies, which (gadgets notwithstanding) were more realistic than almost all the other Bond movies (though both having narcotics trafficking as a major plot device was unfortunate).


I'll give you it. If you like View to a Kill, it's hard not to like Living Daylights because it's almost the same song.
 
2012-11-11 10:43:13 PM

Gaylord Q. Tinkledink: 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.


Thank you for that post.

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2012-11-11 11:25:59 PM
Just got home from seeing the movie. I really enjoyed it. Hated they killed off M...I have such a girl-crush on Judi Dench, so I am content to just imagine she faked her own death (taking a page out of Bond's book) and is now on an island, drinking scorpion shots.

As for the music, most all the songs are about Bond, at least one is about the villain, Madonna's was about nothing in particular. After having seen Skyfall and listened to the theme song again, I am 100% that this song was about M.
 
2012-11-12 12:07:05 AM

The Iron duke: NotARocketScientist: 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

Live and Let Die


Live and Let Die
 
2012-11-12 12:08:45 AM
Okay, first of all "Thunderball" is not about BOND. The song is about LARGO -- just as Goldfinger is about Goldfinger. You think it's Bond who "Looks at this world and wants it all"? Who's "days of asking are all gone"? "the winner who takes all... So he strikes like Thunderball"? Does that describe the guy who's trying to STOP the nuclear explosion blackmail scheme?

And "Live and Let Die" is a McCartney song but a HORRIBLE Bond theme. Nothing about it remotely has a Bond vibe.

On the other hand I don't know what he's talking about with "You Know My Name" -- even without the best Bond title sequence ever done it's PURE Bond.

"but you yourself are nothing so divine... just next in line"
"The odds will betray you and they will replace you"

That's the pure essence of Bond right out of Fleming -- it says forget the slapstick and wisecracks this is about disposable men and ugly brutal violence in the service of the nation.
 
2012-11-12 01:12:46 AM
I've always liked "Nobody Does it Better" from the Spy Who Loved Me. But then I'm a Carly SImon fan so there you go.
 
2012-11-12 01:43:01 AM

Spanky McStupid: Goldfinger.

 
2012-11-12 03:48:06 AM

Richard Roma: What the hell, they completely ignored On Her Majesty's Secret Service main theme? For shame.


This. It set an epic tone without words. If anything, the Louis Armstrong song took more away from it and didn't seem to fit well with the rest of the movie.

List fails without Die Another Day at the bottom, with Another Way to Die close on its heels.
 
2012-11-12 07:56:47 AM

pd2001: Richard Roma: What the hell, they completely ignored On Her Majesty's Secret Service main theme? For shame.

This. It set an epic tone without words. If anything, the Louis Armstrong song took more away from it and didn't seem to fit well with the rest of the movie.

List fails without Die Another Day at the bottom, with Another Way to Die close on its heels.


I'd go backwards on that myself. Another Way to Die isn't even remotely close in my book. License to Kill is probably third on the worst list for me, with All Time High close behind. God that song is tacky.
 
2012-11-12 11:38:03 AM
I can't get over how bad that synth drum sound is in View To A Kill. The snare on that patch sounds like they're beating a bed mattress wrapped in saranwrap with a boat oar.
 
2012-11-12 01:03:40 PM

OhioKnight: Okay, first of all "Thunderball" is not about BOND. The song is about LARGO -- just as Goldfinger is about Goldfinger. You think it's Bond who "Looks at this world and wants it all"? Who's "days of asking are all gone"? "the winner who takes all... So he strikes like Thunderball"? Does that describe the guy who's trying to STOP the nuclear explosion blackmail scheme?

And "Live and Let Die" is a McCartney song but a HORRIBLE Bond theme. Nothing about it remotely has a Bond vibe.

On the other hand I don't know what he's talking about with "You Know My Name" -- even without the best Bond title sequence ever done it's PURE Bond.

"but you yourself are nothing so divine... just next in line"
"The odds will betray you and they will replace you"

That's the pure essence of Bond right out of Fleming -- it says forget the slapstick and wisecracks this is about disposable men and ugly brutal violence in the service of the nation.


Agreed regarding You Know My Name. Not sure if it's at the very top, but damn close. Good rhythm (starts slow as it should and builds quickly), pop and rock fused, actually appropriate for the narrative as it was a reboot.

I like the new Adele theme but it seems too familiar and the song, along with the movie, weren't subtle enough when using the usual Bond chord.
 
2012-11-12 04:39:05 PM
Herb Alpert biatches. That is the best Bond song.
 
2012-11-12 06:03:00 PM
Trivia fact: the makers of Spy Hunter tried to get the James Bond theme but had to settle with Peter Gunn. Probably for the best, since that throbbing baseline is ingrained in the skull of every child of the 80s.
 
2012-11-12 06:05:37 PM
Listening to You Only Live Twice made me realize that Robbie Williams ripped it off for Millenium.
 
2012-11-12 06:37:23 PM

Fano: Trivia fact: the makers of Spy Hunter tried to get the James Bond theme but had to settle with Peter Gunn. Probably for the best, since that throbbing baseline is ingrained in the skull of every child of the 80s.


The Peter Gunn Theme is ingrained in my skull because not only Spy Hunter, but the Art of Noise. The bass line is almost perfect. You can't avoid how definitive it is. It's near perfect.
 
2012-11-12 07:11:19 PM

NeoCortex42: How about "The Man with the Golden Gun"? No, not that Lulu crap, but the Alice Cooper version?


I like the Lulu version. But if we're talking about 'off brand' Bond songs, mention we must Johnny Cash's 'Thunderball' and Blondie's 'For Your Eyes Only.'
 
2012-11-12 07:52:16 PM
Another vote for You Know My Name as being one of the best.
 
2012-11-12 07:52:43 PM
I read the article for the second time, and I'm going to have to agree somewhat on Live and Let Die. It's a great song, and I grew up with it and some Wings stuff. But, is it a great Bond song?

Eh... not so sure.
 
2012-11-12 09:35:52 PM

Tom_Slick: Casino Royale Was the best, sorry haters.


The only good thing about that terrible movie was Woody Allen saying "so long, suckers" to the firing squad and jumping the wall into another firing squad.
 
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