Yesterday marked the release of the new, greatly anticipated James Bond film: 007 Spectre and to celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Bond Theme tunes, performed by some of the biggest stars of the past fifty years!
1. Goldfinger, Shirley Bassey (1964)
Goldfinger is regarded by many as the ‘perfect formula’ for a Bond film due to its extensive use of technology (or gadgets) and lengthy pre-credits opening sequence. Shirley Bassey was relatively well known in the UK prior to the film’s release, but Goldfinger found its way into the US Top 10 chart and is widely recognised as her first international hit.
2. Live and Let Die, Paul McCartney (1973)
Live and Let Die introduced a new Bond played by Sir Roger Moore and features one of the most exciting opening sequences of the franchise thanks to some psychedelic visuals. The theme tune was composed by Sir Paul McCartney and former-Beatles producer George Martin and supposedly took less than one day to compose!
3. Diamonds Are Forever, Shirley Bassey (1971)
Diamonds Are Forever saw the one-off return of Sean Connery as British ‘00’ agent James Bond and to celebrate, Shirley Bassey also returned to smash out another great title song for the opening sequences. The track made a return to pop culture in 2005 when hip-hop supremo Kanye West sampled it for his latest hit single ‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’, but we still prefer the original!
4. Skyfall, Adele Adkins (2012)
The 23rd film in the Bond series saw rising UK starlet Adele belt out this incredible hit with the same gusto and energy as you would expect from Shirley Bassey! Although some of the lyrics were questionable (not much rhymes with Skyfall), the song was widely acclaimed and went on to reach Number 2 in the UK charts and win a Golden Globe, Brit and Academy Award.
5. A View To A Kill, Duran Duran (1985)
Duran Duran were one of the biggest bands in the world when they recorded A View To A Kill and it is widely regarded as the biggest hit of the Bond franchise. The song reached Number 2 in the UK charts and more importantly, was the only Bond theme ever to reach Number 1 in the US charts! The song won a Golden Globe in 1986 and was the last track recorded by the five original band members.
6. You Only Live Twice, Nancy Sinatra (1967)
Nancy Sinatra took the reigns for the latest offering from the Bond franchise shortly after the release of her hit single ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. One of the most critically acclaimed Bond themes of all time, it has been covered by a variety of famous artists including Shirley Bassey, Bjork and Coldplay.
6. We Have All The Time In The World, Louis Armstrong (1969)
‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ is often considered the worst Bond film of all time, but it did produce a spectacular theme tune sung by the one and only Louis Armstrong. Although Louis was ill during production, he is said to have recorded the entire song in just one take! Sadly he died two years later, but this track will forever be remembered by Bond fans worldwide.
7. Goldeneye, Tina Turner (1995)
Goldeneye marked the successful return of 007 after a 6-year hiatus and introduced us to the suave, sophisticated Pierce Brosnan. The song was written especially for Tina Turner by Bono and ‘The Edge’ from U2 and her powerful vocals are reminiscent of the classic Bond themes of the sixties and seventies sung by Shirley Bassey.
8. You Know My Name, Chris Cornell (2006)
Casino Royale was the first in the latest generation of Bond films featuring Daniel Craig as Agent 007. The rock/orchestral mash-up is perfectly supplemented by powerful vocals courtesy of Chris Cornell, former frontman of internationally acclaimed grunge band Soundgarden
9. Nobody Does It Better, Carly Simon (1977)
The Spy Who Loved Me was the first Bond film to feature a theme tune which was not named after the film and was performed by rising US starlet Carly Simon. The song reached an impressive Number 2 in the UK and Number 7 in the US charts and has been used in numerous films since.
10. Writing’s On The Wall, Sam Smith (2015)
Ok, so we might be jumping the ‘golden’ gun slightly, seeing as Spectre has only just been released, but Sam Smith’s latest addition to the Bond franchise has already broken records by reaching the Number 1 spot in the UK charts in its first week! Spectre is supposedly the last time Daniel Craig will ‘suit up’ for the role of James Bond and speculation is rife as to who will be the next person to carry the gauntlet. Either way, we can’t wait to see the new film!