8 Most Amazing Bond Theme ...

As well as fast cars, wisecracks and explosions, Bond movies would be unthinkable without Bond theme tunes. There may have been a few duds over the years, but on the whole there have been some pretty amazing songs produced by some of the biggest names of the time. So here are the 8 most amazing Bond theme tunes โ€ฆ

1. Goldfinger

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โ€œGoldfingerโ€ is without a doubt one of the most recognisable Bond theme tunes. A major movie needs a theme tune to match, and nobody can match Shirley Basseyโ€™s lungs! Itโ€™s a song that even people who havenโ€™t seen the film on one of its many TV showings will probably know.

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Almost 50 years after Goldfinger, here comes Adele with the latest Bond theme. And itโ€™s a cracker for sure! Adele has an impressive voice, even if she canโ€™t quite compete with Dame Shirley for volume. โ€œSkyfallโ€ is a modern classic as far as Bond theme songs go.

3. Nobody Does It Better

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Carly Simon sang this song from The Spy Who Loved Me. One of the top singers of the Seventies, she was the perfect choice for this song. The Bond movies of that era may appear a bit dated now, but this song is a lovely ballad that stands the test of time as a theme tune.

4. We Have All the Time in the World

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Bond films may not be great art, but they can still pull in artists of the calibre of Louis Armstrong, who provided this theme for โ€œOn Her Majestyโ€™s Secret Serviceโ€. Itโ€™s rather different from the usual songs, which can generally be divided into power ballads or belters.

5. Diamonds Are Forever

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Why have one Shirley Bassey Bond theme when you can have two? Back came the Dame for another go, which matches โ€œGoldfingerโ€ for energy and volume. And letโ€™s face it girls, sheโ€™s right โ€“ diamonds are a lot more dependable than many men!

6. Goldeneye

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If Dame Shirley is unavailable, and you want someone who can really belt out a tune, then your next call is to Tina Turner. Tina certainly isnโ€™t short of energy herself, and packs a lot of it into this song. It may not be quite as classic as some of the other songs, but it ranks up there as one of the best Bond themes.

7. You Know My Name

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Itโ€™s rare for the Bond producers to take a chance on a less well-known performer, but thatโ€™s exactly what they did with Casino Royale. Chris Cornell is not a big name, being best known for performing in grunge bands, but provided an interesting theme to the Daniel Craig version of Casino Royale. I think the experiment turned out pretty well!

8. Bond Theme

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You canโ€™t write about Bond theme songs without mentioning the Bond theme itself. It just wouldnโ€™t be the same if they didnโ€™t include the John Barry music in every film! This tune is probably one of the most recognisable pieces of film music ever, and itโ€™s almost impossible to imagine the Bond movies without it.

Of course, taste is subjective, and everyone has their favourite Bond theme tunes. These just happen to be the ones I love most. On the other hand, I really canโ€™t understand why Madonna couldnโ€™t come up with something better for โ€œDie Another Dayโ€ (or why she was asked to perform that cameo in the movie). What do you consider to be the best and worst Bond themes?

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