Bond week is finally here… to celebrate we count down our favourite classic 007 theme songs.
Many big name acts had their name attached to the latest Bond theme… Amy Winehouse, Duffy, even Leona Lewis were rumoured to take on the Bond tune until finally Alicia Keys and White Stripes’ Jack White were confirmed for the first ever duet in Bond history.
With its typical Jack White sound, the track received mixed reactions awhen it first came out (you’ll either love it or hate it) BUT at the very least it’s better than Casino Royale’s dismal entry from Audioslave’s Chris Cornell.
In honour of Jack and Alicia’s effort, Movies.ie has composed a list of our favourite tracks from 007’s soundtrack history.
(1) “LIVE AND LET DIE”
Performed by Paul McCartney & Wings and composed by Paul & Linda McCartney (from the 1973 James Bond film Live And Let Die directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Roger Moore and Jane Seymour)
(2) “A VIEW TO KILL”
Performed by Duran Duran and composed by Duran Duran and John Barry (from the 1985 James Bond film A View To A Kill starring Roger Moore and Tanya Roberts)
Performed by Shirley Bassey and composed by John Barry (from the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Sean Connery and Honor Blackman)
(4) “YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE”
Performed by Nancy Sinatra and composed by John Barry (from the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Sean Connery and AkikoWakabayashi)
(5) “NOBODY DOES IT BETTER”
Performed by Carly Simon and composed by Marvin Hamlisch (from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach)
Performed by Tom Jones and composed by John Barry (from the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball directed by Terence Young and starring Sean Connery and Claudine Auger)
(7) “DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER”
Performed by Shirley Bassey and composed by John Barry (from the 1971 James Bond Film Diamonds Are Forever directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Sean Connery and Jill St. John)
Performed by Tina Turned and composed by Bono and the Edge of U2 (from the 1996 James Bond film Golden Eye directed by Martin Campbell and starring Pierce Brosnan and Izabella Scorupco)
(9) “WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD”
Performed by the Louis Armstrong and composed by John Barry (from the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service directed by Peter R. Hunt and starring George Lazenby and Diana Rigg)
(10) “THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH”
Performed by Garbage and composed by David Arnold (from the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough directed by Michael Apted and starring Pierce Brosnan and Denise Richards)
What do you make of the new Bond song? Have we left anything out? Do Garbage deserve their name, should Lulu have made the list? Suggestions, omissions, castrations- all welcome in the comment box below!
‘Quantum of Solace’ hits Irish cinemas October 31st.