Awesome Music: James Bond
James Bond theme
- The Ur-Example: The opening to Dr. No, with the one and only Norman/Barry theme.
- The first thing they had to tackle when modernizing Bond between Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan? Hand the theme over to Moby, who came up with this techno-remix.
- "Company Car" from Tomorrow Never Dies is three glorious minutes of pure 007 swagger, mixed with the dirty trumpet fanfare from "Surrender".
- Even though nearly all of James Bond music (especially John Barry) is considered awesome, the last few seconds of Casino Royale (2006) (with a score that noticeably left out the James Bond theme for most of it) stand out. The Big Bad gets a phone call.
Mr. White: Who is this?
(He gets shot in the knee and crawls to a flight of stairs. Standing above him is none other than...)
Bond: The name's Bond. James Bond.
(The Bond theme kicks up. Cue end credits.)
- After a long, long time on hiatus, what better way to announce that Bond is back than this pure, unadulterated, rock-the-fuck-out Parodi/Fair remix from the Golden Eye trailer?
From Russia with Love
- "James Bond Is Back". Yes he is.
- John Barry's "007", featured in several other films in the series, and it's easy to see why!
- And of course, the prototype for all spy music to come — GOOOOOLLD-FING-GAHH!! (Wah-Waaaahhh-ah-WAAH!!) No wonder Shirley Bassey would return twice. The AFI placed this song at #53 on their "100 Years...100 Songs" list.
- Goldfinger also features a spectacular instrumental version of the main theme, called "Oddjob's Pressing Engagement"
- "Dawn Raid on Fort Knox". Goldfinger's very own Theme Music Power-Up.
- "Into Miami", complete with sizzling sax solo. It oozes with the swanky cool, a perfect mood-setting piece conveying luxury, allure, and just a hint of danger.
- And nothing quite "strikes like THUNDERRRRRRRR.....BAALLLL!!!!" *faint*
- The theme song, by Nancy Sinatra.
- "Fight at Kobe Docks": an incredible instrumental version of its title theme blaring triumphantly as James Bond fights against thugs several dozen times his number...and wins. Well, almost.
- "Capsule in Space". Best eeeevil music since Voodoo Child.
- "A Drop in the Ocean" starts out with some solid action music, but when the Gunship Rescue with the Big Damn Electromagnet happens, the music changes abruptly to this absolutely gorgeous, swoop-y, waltz-y theme.
- "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is both awesome title music and even better chase music. Also its great use in "Over and Out" and in "Battle at Piz Gloria".
- Louis Armstrong's "We Have All The Time In The World".
- Shirley Bassey's opening title has so much Double Entendre, it's awesome. Famously, the songwriter was told, "Write about diamonds like she's talking about a penis."
- 007 and Counting, the jazzy Leitmotif for Blofeld's Kill Sat.
- Wint and Kidd's theme is a dark, low-key piece that fits perfectly as a Leitmotif for a pair of assassins.
- The classic Paul McCartney and Wings "Live and Let Die", later covered by Guns N' Roses.
- "Bond To New York".
- Lulu's theme is fun and energetic. (Even if John Barry himself regarded it as his biggest Old Shame among Bond themes.)
- Then there is the unused theme by Alice Cooper.
- Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" is world famous, even to those who haven't seen the film. It even earned a Best Song Oscar nomination, and the #67 slot on AFI's "100 Years...100 Songs" list. It's easy to see why.
- "Bond '77" from the same film. Yes, it's disco, but it still manages to be awesome.
- The heartbreakingly beautiful theme for Moonraker is the musical equivalent of Took the Bad Film Seriously.
- "Flight into Space" is just magnificent.
- "Corinne Put Down" is the perfect musical accompaniment to one of the most genuinely unsettling deaths in the whole series.
- "For Your Eyes Only", while unusually mellow for Bond, became a top 40 hit after the film came out.
- Bill Conti's music for the ski chase. So Eighties, so cheesy, so good.
- Most of the For Your Eyes Only soundtrack is pure Eighties Narm Charm, but "Submarine" is a genuinely cool and atmospheric remix of the ever-awesome Bond theme.
- Rita Coolidge's "All Time High".
- "A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran.
- This cover of "A View to a Kill" by the Northern Kings has to be heard to be believed.
- A View to a Kill might not be the best Bond movie but it has some of John Barry's best cues like "He's Dangerous" which mixes his trademark Bond bombast with an electric guitar.
- "The Living Daylights" by a-ha.
- There's also a magnificent Villain Song written for The Living Daylights — "Where has Everybody Gone?" by The Pretenders. Bad. Ass.
- The Living Daylights has some incredible music for its major action sequences.
- Not to mention the action scene with the freakin' Bond theme in smooth, cool synths. So cool, in fact, that the track name, "Ice Chase", was very appropriate.
- Love or hate Eric Serra's score for Goldeneye, there is no denying that Tina Turner's theme is fantastic.
- The Overture with ominous Soviet choirs.
- The Preobrajensky March, heard during a handful of the scenes in Russia.
- Eric Serra's score is severely underrated, and disliked mainly because it wasn't John Barry-esque Orchestral Bombing. It's also pure 90s Bond in music form. Other highlights include:
- Sheryl Crow's theme may not be very "Bond like", but it is nevertheless an enjoyable song.
- K.d. lang's closing song "Surrender" is just over-the-top spectacular.
- White. Knight.
- "Backseat Driver" is a slice of high-octane win.
- "All in a Day's Work".
- "The World is Not Enough" by Garbage.
- "Ice Bandits".
- And this awesome, yet chilled-out remix.
- "Come in 007, Your Time is Up", aka the amazing boat chase music. Around the 1:00 mark, it's like a glorious, joyful shot of adrenaline.
- "Welcome to Baku".
- The outrageously fun "Welcome To Cuba".
- For techno lovers, "Iced, Inc." (aka Duel Of The Cool Cars) is an absolute treat.
- The pure WIN that is "You Know My Name". Yep, Bond is Bad Ass again.
- The Bond theme mixed with "You Know My Name" in Trip Aces (around 1:26) and at the end of Bond wins it all, as both tracks accompany Bond's cards matches.
- "Aston Montenegro".
- If the title song doesn't suit your fancy, there's always "Night at the Opera", a low-key, but utterly brilliant bit of spy music.
- "Time to Get Out", the music for the opening car chase, starts off slowly and build into an insanely badass version of the Bond theme. But it really kicks into high gear at 2:15, where, according to the music, Bond has joined forces with The Terminator in the cause of awesome.
- The absolutely beautiful "Talamone".
- Bond + Tosca = Awesome Sauce.
- Adele's theme is on its way to becoming a modern classic. It even became the first Bond credits song to win an Academy Award. "Let the sky fall..." Adele and James Bond just seemed like a match made in Heaven anyway.
- This will make you cry. Rest in Peace, dear M.
- "We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
- The recurring action theme named "007".
- Any of the opening gunbarrels note has their own interpretation of the classic Bond theme (apart from Casino Royale (2006), which has the opening bars to "You Know My Name" instead), and they are all kickass. Especially the For Your Eyes Only version. It's even got cowbell, fer Chrissakes!
- Before David Arnold was hired as John Barry's replacement, he produced an album called Shaken and Stirred, a collection of Bond theme covers. Quality-wise, they range from "meh" to "holy crap, no wonder they hired him". Highlights include:
- A fabulously Camp, Gender Bender version of "Diamonds are Forever".
- A ferocious "Thunderball".
- And the Propellerheads' epic cover of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", which has been described as "nine minutes of majestic". That's about the size of it.
- Chrissie Hynde's cover of Live and Let Die is pretty good.
James Bond Jr.
- A fairly obscure (but nonetheless excellent) one—James Bond Jr. for the NES. Not necessarily the best platformer, but dear GOD.
- The Latin flavoured Aztec.
- The pulse-pounding Cradle.
- The creepy Statue Park.
- The epic Depot and Train themes.
- The fast paced action level Silo, which was pretty catchy at first, but add a bit of remix to it, and it goes up to 12!
- The one in the Byelomorye Dam. Seriously, don't say that doesn't tense up your nerves!
- Runway is one of the most underrated tracks in the game, setting the tone for a thrilling escape nicely, as well as getting you for the next level...
- And now the guy who put Metal Gear Solid in orchestral form did the same thing with Goldeneye. It's called Goldeneye N64 Orchestrated, and it is awesome.
- 'Nightfire'' had the amazing "Nearly Civilised", set to a great title sequence.
- The incredible music that plays during the escape from the Phoenix Building. It's made of bongos, saxophone, wailing trumpets, and WIN. Listen to it here.
- Everything or Nothing had a soundtrack composed by Sean Callery, which should tell you all you need to know. But if that isn't enough, it also features a truly sexy jazz version of the main theme by Mya. Hot.