James Bond: The Music

Our next series is here! After spending months on pop-music we moved into the iconic area of movie themes. But not just any  movie themes, the iconic themes of James Bond. We go through every James Bond theme (primary themes only) and take on the impossible task of determining which one is the penultimate James Bond theme. Do we get it right? Do we even get close? Listen along and find out! Feel free to comment here or on the individual podcasts if you think we really messed things up or if you agree with us whole heartedly.

As usual there’s a youtube playlist that we used as our first listen for each of the themes. This time visuals are important because we’re taking into account for the title sequence as well. Here’s the overall listing of themes:

Episode List

Part 1 (Episode 9)
Part 2 (Episode 10)
Part 3 (Episode 11)
Part 4 (Episode 12)

Theme Listing

Film Year Title song Performed by Score
Dr. No 1962 James Bond Theme John Barry& Orchestra;Monty Norman 66
Dr. No 1962 Kingston Calypso Byron Lee and the Dragonaires 25
From Russia with Love 1963 Opening Titles: James Bond Is Back/From Russia with Love/James Bond Theme John Barry(title sequence) Matt Monro(vocal version heard in film proper and during closing credits) 42
Goldfinger 1964 Goldfinger Shirley Bassey 69
Thunderball 1965 Thunderball Tom Jones 54
You Only Live Twice 1967 You Only Live Twice Nancy Sinatra 51.5
Casino Royale 1967 The Look of Love Dusty Springfield 47.5
Casino Royale 1967 Casino Royale Burt Bacharach, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass 23
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service 1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service The John Barry Orchestra 41
Diamonds Are Forever 1971 Diamonds Are Forever Shirley Bassey 72
Live and Let Die 1973 Live and Let Die Paul McCartney & Wings 66
The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun Lulu 54
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Nobody Does It Better Carly Simon 54
Moonraker 1979 Moonraker Shirley Bassey 45.5
For Your Eyes Only 1981 For Your Eyes Only Sheena Easton 63
Never Say Never Again 1983 Never Say Never Again Lani Hall 46.5
Octopussy 1983 All Time High Rita Coolidge 44
A View to a Kill 1985 A View to a Kill Duran Duran 54
The Living Daylights 1987 The Living Daylights A-ha 49
Licence to Kill 1989 Licence to Kill Gladys Knight 57.5
GoldenEye 1995 GoldenEye Tina Turner 64.5
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Sheryl Crow 46
The World Is Not Enough 1999 The World Is Not Enough Garbage 60
Die Another Day 2002 Die Another Day Madonna 38
Casino Royale 2006 You Know My Name Chris Cornell 61.5
Quantum of Solace 2008 Another Way to Die Jack White and Alicia Keys 33
Skyfall 2012 Skyfall Adele 64

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