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Sean Connery and George Lazenby

From Russia with Love



  • And nothing quite "strikes like THUNDERRRRRRRR.....BAALLLL!!!!" Tom Jones reportedly fainted while recording this song.
  • The unused theme by Johnny Cash. It doesn't quite sound right for a Bond theme, but it's still awesome.

You Only Live Twice

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

  • "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" is both awesome title music and even better chase music. It is sufficiently awesome that perhaps a third of the James Bond discs use this theme as the menu music. Also its great use in "Over and Out" and in "Battle at Piz Gloria".
  • "Dusk at Piz Gloria" is just wonderful, and it's a shame that more of it isn't heard in the film. It sounds like a song that would play at night in the overworld of a video game, and listening to it can make you vividly imagine sleeping in a cabin in the Swiss Alps, with the smell of fresh wood and the heat of the fire crackling opposite you.
  • Louis Armstrong's "We Have All the Time in the World". John Barry's favourite song, both for the song itself and the privilege of working with Satchmo. The strings in this one are downright iconic.
  • "Gumbold's Safe", which plays during the safe-cracking sequence, is a masterclass in ratcheting up the tension in an already nerve-shredding scene.

Diamonds Are Forever

Roger Moore

Live and Let Die

The Man with the Golden Gun

The Spy Who Loved Me

  • 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. It's easy to see why, and ever since, the song's title has been used to describe Bond or even Roger Moore's portrayal of Bond by some fans of the series.
  • Marvin Hamlisch's "Bond '77" and "Underwater Lotus". Yes, it's disco, but it still manages to be awesome.


For Your Eyes Only


  • Rita Coolidge's "All Time High", penned by Tim Rice, is considered one of the best Bond songs, and a popular love song on its own, partly because it was the first song in the Bond series not to include a Title Drop within its lyrics.

A View to a Kill

  • "A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran, to date, the only Bond theme to make it to #1 on the Billboard charts. This cover of "A View to a Kill" by the Northern Kings has to be heard to be believed.
  • It 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.
  • "Wine with Stacey" is one of the most beautiful tracks in the franchise. It plays on the scenes where Bond makes love with May Day and Stacey Sutton; in the latter case, it also plays in the couple's romantic scenes, showing a sensitivity rarely seen in the Roger Moore Era.

Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan

The Living Daylights

Licence to Kill


  • Tina Turner's theme, one of many throwbacks to Shirley Bassey's themes, is fantastic, helped in no small part by having Bono and The Edge write it for her. Up until she stopped performing and later died, it remained a concert staple of hers. Bonus points for being the only Bond theme that's actually about spying.
  • The Overture with ominous Soviet choirs.

Tomorrow Never Dies

  • 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. In fact, it was supposed to be the title song.

The World Is Not Enough

  • "The World is Not Enough" by Garbage is not as fast-paced as your average Bond theme, but is still a hypnotic and mellow ballad and a fitting theme for the film's villain.

Die Another Day

  • The outrageously fun "Welcome To Cuba".
  • For techno lovers, "Iced, Inc." (aka Duel Of The Cool Cars) is an absolute treat.
  • Broken Base nonwithstanding, there's no denying that Madonna's title song is catchy as hell!
  • Final Confrontation / Icarus Disconnected plays during the climactic dual showdowns between Bond and Graves, as well as Jinx and Frost. It's got plenty of great moments of tension and fast beats, but the best part is the last minute or so, where the Bond theme comes blasting out in booming, wailing brass as Gustav Graves is sent careening towards his gruesome death.
  • The Helicopter Fall. A chaotic, frantic piece of action music as Jinx and Bond are sent tumbling through the sky in a crashing helicopter, desperately trying to get it working before they hit the ground. Just as the copter's engines kick in, the Bond theme once again takes over the score, blasting triumphantly. It's enough to take your breath away.

Daniel Craig

Casino Royale

Quantum of Solace



  • "Writing's on the Wall", by Sam Smith, is both epic and melancholic. Also won an Academy Award, and also the first Bond theme to hit #1 on the UK charts—in fact, debuting at #1.
  • Radiohead's rejected first draft song, "Spectre." Despite not being used, it's a pretty great, haunting song on it's own.
  • The awesome car chase music (Backfire) and the last third of Detonation both feature awesome, powerful quotations of the Bond theme, until they start reusing Skyfall music.

No Time to Die

  • The title song by Billie Eilish really does come into its own, with her style complementing Hans Zimmer's solemn instrumentals. It's now the third consecutive Bond theme to win the Oscar for Best Song. The song first saw release in February of 2020, was instantly the awards favorite in the category for what would've been the next year's awards, and with the movie's multiple delays in the time that followed, the fact that it still won the award after over a year held over—heck, two years since the song first dropped because the ceremony was March of 2022—is a major feat in and of itself.
  • "Matera", which actually reprises "We Have All the Time in the World" from On Her Majesty's Secret Service after Bond drops the song's name. It also plays a semitone higher than the original, making it feel like a Truck Driver's Gear Change between versions!
  • "Cuba Chase" features two variations on the Bond theme, including a very neat salsa-flavored one to accompany Paloma's kickassery.
  • You can definitely hear the extra power of the horns in "Square Escape", which makes the typical Bond theme feel epic!
  • While on reappropriation of OHMSS, "Good to Have You Back" is an amazing slower-paced rendition of that movie's title theme.
  • The car chase between Bond's group and Safin's group in Norway is set to the pounding "Norway Chase". Every drum, trumpet and ominous chant successfully blend well, culminating in one of the most intense renditions of the Bond theme at 4:02.
  • "I'll Be Right Back" feels fitting for James Bond's Final Battle due to the steadily rising strings.
  • "Final Ascent". Aside from being an incredibly beautiful and haunting piece of music, it's paired with Tearjerker, since it plays over the last moments of Daniel Craig's James Bond.


    Non-EON films 
Casino Royale (1967)
  • Burt Bacharach's bouncy theme is a marvelous piece of '60s kitsch, and is probably better known than the film itself. Played by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, everyone!
  • Ironically, this is the only Bond movie to date (canon or no) to have spawned two hit singles, as both the instrumental theme music and Dusty Springfield's Breakaway Pop Hit "The Look of Love" charted.

Never Say Never Again

    Video games 
GoldenEye (1997)
  • The Latin flavoured Aztec.
  • The pulse-pounding Cradle.
  • The creepy Statue Park.
  • The epic Depot and Train themes.
  • The fast paced action level Silo was 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 sets the tone for a thrilling escape nicely, as well as getting you for the next level... Severnaya Surface. Actually one of the most famous tracks. It's very beautiful.
  • 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.


Everything or Nothing

  • 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.

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent

Blood Stone

GoldenEye (2010)

James Bond Jr.

  • A fairly obscure (but nonetheless excellent) one—James Bond Jr. for the NES and SNES. Not necessarily the best platformer, but dear GOD the music makes up for it.


Alternative Title(s): Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majestys Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live And Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence To Kill, Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day