Best Bond Title Tune?

I’m a huge fan of all things Bond. James Bond. That includes the music—both the film scores and the theme songs. Although some are better than others. And some are just crap.

Digital Spy recently ranked 22 Bond theme songs—the list could use a bit of shuffling, but it’s not bad, overall.

So, what’s your favorite?

Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall” will accompany the main titles sequence in the upcoming Bond adventure, “Spectre.” However, no amount of dazzling graphics or dancing naked ladies on-screen is gonna make that tune more tolerable.


UPDATE (16 Oct 2015) > I see someone was having a laugh by voting “All Time High” up to fourth place. And c’mon—should “Skyfall” really be second on the list? Because we all know that ‘popular’ and ‘good’ are not synonymous. Clearly, a disgruntled Sam Smith fan (or fans) did not take kindly to my comments, and attempted to elevate “Writing’s On The Wall” to an undeserving position in the rankings. However, I’m most surprised that “Thunderball” did not receive any votes—yeah, the lyrics are rubbish, but Tom Jones sings the hell out of it.

Posted on September 26, 2015, in David Arnold, John Barry, SHELF. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. hard to pick one even though i kinda made up my mind long ago. i really love half a dozen songs, i could probably name my top 3 in chronological order (You only live twice, Diamonds are forever, You know my name), so i just decided to go for You only live twice.

  2. I’m beast because i’m such a massive dance music head, but my favourite will always be Moby’s version of the James Bond theme. It wasn’t a main title piece but it was featured in Tomorrow Never Dies. Again, i really love the Propellerheads reworking of John Barry’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. If i had to pick my favourite from this list, it would be License To Kill by Gladys Knight.

  3. i think to vote to Duran Duran or Gladys Knight but Gladys is better amazing vocal.

  4. Love all of those songs. It was a toss-up between Carly Simon “Nobody Does It Better” and Sheena Easton “For Your Eyes Only” I picked Sheena Easton.

  5. withinaconstantgroove

    seems obvious there’s a disconnect between movie and song – Duran Duran’s song is not only not that good – even for Duran Duran, but belongs to one of the worst attempts the franchise offers.
    “Goldfinger” and “Live and Let Die” are good songs and match with better celluloid offerings; Live and Let Die powers along.
    Gotta admit that Sheena and Carly were both great matches for the 80s Bond, but Madonna’s was horrid.

    All things considered, you can’t go past the original John Barry theme, nothing talks of Bond more.

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