After a lengthy consideration (on the tube this morning), here is my list of the 10 best bits of music recorded for the James Bond film series… Let me know if I’ve missed out your favourite.
- White Knight (David Arnold, Tomorrow Never Dies). The only incidental cue in the list, but I can’t do this blog and not mention the music from the pre-title sequence in Tomorrow Never Dies. David Arnold’s score for the whole film is one of my favourites, partly because it used then-revolutionary electronica sounds. This action cue is more on the trad side, but is as fresh, dynamic and thrilling as they come. Check it out here.
- The James Bond Theme (John Barry, Dr No). It’s overused in the film – but, Christ on a bike, it’s an exhilarating piece of music. Terrific guitar sound; pounding drums.
- Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon, The Spy Who Loved Me). Lovely, lyrical piano melody.
- Tomorrow Never Dies (Sheryl Crow, Tomorrow Never Dies). Dramatic opening, nice lyrics.
- The World is Not Enough (Garbage, The World is Not Enough). A deliberately big, bombastic power ballad.
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (John Barry, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service). The film’s title sequence is scored by this killer tune, which uses synths to create a pulsing hook.
- The Living Daylights (a-ha, The Living Daylights). An 80s-tastic syth classic: mean, moody and magnificent.
- A View to a Kill (Duran Duran, A View to a Kill). Another sensational slice of 1980s pop. The video’s cheesy as fuck, though.
- Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings, Live and Let Die). Possibly Macca’s best post-Beatles song. A dapper and dangerous track.
- We Have All The Time in the World (Louis Armstrong, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service). Just *gorgeous*. The film’s love theme, and a song so good that many people don’t know it’s from a Bond movie.