independent and unofficial
Prince fan community
Forum jump
Forums > Music: Non-Prince > The Top James Bond Themes
« Previous topic  Next topic »
Reply   New topic   Printable     (Log in to 'subscribe' to this topic)
Author

Tweet     Share

Message
Thread started 10/08/21 12:41pm

TrivialPursuit

avatar

The Top James Bond Themes

Variety

Somehow people like Billie Elish rank above Adele, Tina Turner, and Shirley Bassey. She's not the top spot, though.

Most themes have a certain feel to them, but not all. So, what Prince song do you think would've made a great James Bond theme?

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #1 posted 10/08/21 4:00pm

EmmaMcG

avatar

The only Bond theme I really liked was Goldeneye. It's also my favourite Bond movie and stars my favourite Bond actor.

I haven't heard Billie Eilish or Sam Smith's Bond songs but I reckon it's probably safe to assume I wouldn't like them, based off the fact that I dislike both artists intensely.

For my money, a Bond song has to be a big, brassy number. I don't think anything from Prince's catalog really fits. Old Friends For Sale, maybe? I don't know.


The best Bond song there never was is actually from a video game called Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Just listen to this and tell me this wouldn't be a kickass Bond song;

https://m.youtube.com/wat...2OR_JaXDaM
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #2 posted 10/08/21 4:19pm

TrivialPursuit

avatar

EmmaMcG said:

The only Bond theme I really liked was Goldeneye. It's also my favourite Bond movie and stars my favourite Bond actor.

I haven't heard Billie Eilish or Sam Smith's Bond songs but I reckon it's probably safe to assume I wouldn't like them, based off the fact that I dislike both artists intensely.

For my money, a Bond song has to be a big, brassy number. I don't think anything from Prince's catalog really fits. Old Friends For Sale, maybe? I don't know.


I don't care for Eilish, but Sam Smith's song was very Bond-esque. Adele's "Skyfall" was a favorite for me. I don't care what folks say, but I loved "A View To A Kill" by Duran Duran.

As much as I love Madonna, "Die Another Day" is horrible as a Bond song. As a Madonna song, sure.

"Goldeneye" is so dramatic and great.

I think maybe with a little retooling, "Live 4 Love" would be a great bond title and theme song. Same for "The Future" or "Electric Chair."

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #3 posted 10/08/21 4:27pm

EmmaMcG

avatar

TrivialPursuit said:



EmmaMcG said:


The only Bond theme I really liked was Goldeneye. It's also my favourite Bond movie and stars my favourite Bond actor.

I haven't heard Billie Eilish or Sam Smith's Bond songs but I reckon it's probably safe to assume I wouldn't like them, based off the fact that I dislike both artists intensely.

For my money, a Bond song has to be a big, brassy number. I don't think anything from Prince's catalog really fits. Old Friends For Sale, maybe? I don't know.



I don't care for Eilish, but Sam Smith's song was very Bond-esque. Adele's "Skyfall" was a favorite for me. I don't care what folks say, but I loved "A View To A Kill" by Duran Duran.

As much as I love Madonna, "Die Another Day" is horrible as a Bond song. As a Madonna song, sure.


"Goldeneye" is so dramatic and great.

I think maybe with a little retooling, "Live 4 Love" would be a great bond title and theme song. Same for "The Future" or "Electric Chair."



There are some Bond songs I like as songs but I don't think really fit with the movies. Like the Chris Cornell song. It's a decent number but doesn't feel very "James Bond" to me. I don't like Adele in general but Skyfall was a pretty damn good theme.

Good shout for Live 4 Love. I hadn't thought of that one. And it actually sounds like the kind of name a Bond movie would have too.

Another thing about Goldeneye. Did you know that Nicole Scherzinger did a cover of Goldeneye for a videogame? It's actually pretty good too believe it or not.
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #4 posted 10/08/21 5:02pm

PatrickS77

avatar

TrivialPursuit said:

EmmaMcG said:

The only Bond theme I really liked was Goldeneye. It's also my favourite Bond movie and stars my favourite Bond actor.

I haven't heard Billie Eilish or Sam Smith's Bond songs but I reckon it's probably safe to assume I wouldn't like them, based off the fact that I dislike both artists intensely.

For my money, a Bond song has to be a big, brassy number. I don't think anything from Prince's catalog really fits. Old Friends For Sale, maybe? I don't know.


I don't care for Eilish, but Sam Smith's song was very Bond-esque. Adele's "Skyfall" was a favorite for me. I don't care what folks say, but I loved "A View To A Kill" by Duran Duran.

As much as I love Madonna, "Die Another Day" is horrible as a Bond song. As a Madonna song, sure.

"Goldeneye" is so dramatic and great.

I think maybe with a little retooling, "Live 4 Love" would be a great bond title and theme song. Same for "The Future" or "Electric Chair."

Speaking of James Bond songs that never were. Alice Cooper recorded a Bond song for Man with the golden gun. Unfortunately it wasn't used and they went with the unmemorable Lulu song. One of the few Bond songs that I don't care for. Yep. AVTOAK is great. Also A-Ha's living daylights. But really, most of them are great.

[Edited 10/8/21 17:05pm]

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #5 posted 10/08/21 7:00pm

automatic

avatar

My favorite Bond songs are from the Roger Moore era Live and Let Die, Nobody Does It Better, For Your Eyes Only and A View to a Kill. It's tough to think of a Prince song that would work for Bond but I'm thinking maybe There Is Lonely.
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #6 posted 10/08/21 9:09pm

Phase3

Would "Thieves in the temple" be a good James bond theme song?
My favorite bond theme is "Skyfall " by Adele
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #7 posted 10/09/21 6:56pm

thesexofit

avatar

Narada and Gladys on "License to kill" is my fav

Narada abolutely got it! Big, brassy, melodramatic (and crib a great past Bond song LOL).

But there are loads of great ones though.

[Edited 10/9/21 18:56pm]

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #8 posted 10/09/21 7:42pm

CoolMF

Live and Let Die

A View To A Kill

*Kanye's flip of Diamonds Are Forever

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #9 posted 10/09/21 8:08pm

kitbradley

avatar

Shenna Easton and Gladys Knight for me. Tina Tuurner but only the remix version which samples the Gap Band "Outstanding".
"It's not nice to fuck with K.B.! All you haters will see!" - Kitbradley
"The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing." - Socrates
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #10 posted 10/10/21 8:13am

lastdecember

avatar

For me many great ones, my two favorites are a-ha and Duran Duran, and the funny thing is that Duran Duran were in the middle of huge fights in the band especially Nick and Andy. Nick is quoted as saying that ending where Andy kills Nick, that was something that easily could have happened for real they just never were able to get along. As for a-ha as their popularity in America was sliding it was going through the roof everywhere else. But a-ha despised John Barry, who insisted on adding a slight musical twist in their song so HE could get a writing credit. At the time of the release of the Film in America, a-ha were on a huge japanese tour and would not cancel any dates to go to the America Premiere, so the label pulled the promotion on the single release and went with a second single by the Pretenders in America. Which is why you go to any a-ha show overseas, Daylights is almost bigger than Take On Me and Sun always shines on TV, but in America its an unheard Bond theme further showing the power of labels and how they will derail their own product.


"We went where our music was appreciated, and that was everywhere but the USA, we knew we had fans, but there is only so much of the world you can play at once" Magne F
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #11 posted 10/10/21 1:52pm

nayroo2002

avatar

TrivialPursuit said:


As much as I love Madonna, "Die Another Day" is horrible as a Bond song. As a Madonna song, sure.

I just heard that one today on a similar "countdown" today.

"Music" was great fun, but not a Bond theme lol

"Whatever skin Ur in
we all need 2 b friends"
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #12 posted 10/11/21 8:30am

lastdecember

avatar

A lot of the more recent ones have been forgettable and some over the years past also were hit and miss. The Billie Eilish I have heard from Bond Movie addicts, they didnt like it all. I was shocked because the rumor was Dua Lipa was spoken to about either a theme or a role in the film but I am guessing her schedule and being all over killed that.


"We went where our music was appreciated, and that was everywhere but the USA, we knew we had fans, but there is only so much of the world you can play at once" Magne F
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #13 posted 10/11/21 12:39pm

JoeTyler

1. Goldfinger

2. Live and Let Die

then

3. Nobody Does It Better

4. GoldenEye

5. A View to a Kill

6. Thunderball

7. Diamonds are Forever

8. Skyfall

9. You Only Live Twice

10. We Have All the Time in the World

then you can include the rest, random order; some people will prefer "Writing's on the Wall" over "For Your Eyes Only" or "From Russia With Love"; to each his own.

tinkerbell
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #14 posted 10/11/21 2:20pm

PJMcGee

avatar

There's a song called GoldenEye? Thunderball?
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #15 posted 10/11/21 2:24pm

Phase3

PJMcGee said:

There's a song called GoldenEye? Thunderball?

The goldeneye song is from the film goldeneye and is sung by Tina Turner
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #16 posted 10/11/21 2:53pm

PJMcGee

avatar

I know there was a movie, I just don't remember the song. I mean the even clunkier title Thunderdome, I remember that one well.
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #17 posted 10/11/21 3:14pm

PatrickS77

avatar

PJMcGee said:

I know there was a movie, I just don't remember the song. I mean the even clunkier title Thunderdome, I remember that one well.


Mad Max (III) Beyond thunderdome. The song is called "We don't need another hero". Another great song sung by Tina Turner.

[Edited 10/11/21 15:15pm]

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #18 posted 10/11/21 3:20pm

PJMcGee

avatar

Yeah I know it. I feel bad that she has to throw in "Thunderdome," but she sells it.
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #19 posted 10/11/21 3:24pm

EmmaMcG

avatar

PJMcGee said:

There's a song called GoldenEye? Thunderball?


Goldeneye is the best. Written by Bono and The Edge. And I'm about as far away from a U2 fan as you can get. But it's a great song that perfectly suits the movie. Nicole Scherzinger did a version for the Goldeneye game on the Wii which is surprisingly good but the Tina Turner version is the best.
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #20 posted 10/11/21 3:26pm

PJMcGee

avatar

It reminds me of those poor singers in the Pepto-Bismol commercials who get to sing, with feeling, "Diarrhea!" That's talent.
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #21 posted 10/11/21 3:34pm

PJMcGee

avatar

EmmaMcG said:

PJMcGee said:

There's a song called GoldenEye? Thunderball?


Goldeneye is the best. Written by Bono and The Edge. And I'm about as far away from a U2 fan as you can get. But it's a great song that perfectly suits the movie. Nicole Scherzinger did a version for the Goldeneye game on the Wii which is surprisingly good but the Tina Turner version is the best.


Well, it sounded nothing like U2. Weird the way they put nothing of themselves in it.
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #22 posted 10/11/21 10:44pm

woogiebear

THUNDERBALL- Sir Tom Jones

cool

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #23 posted 10/11/21 11:16pm

TrivialPursuit

avatar

PJMcGee said:

Yeah I know it. I feel bad that she has to throw in "Thunderdome," but she sells it.


But don't forget how farkin' dramatic 80s music was (with stuff like "Total Eclipse of the Heart," etc), so her grunting "all we need is life beyond...the thundahDOME" felt right at home. At the time.

I also sorta like how it led into the bridge, too.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #24 posted 10/12/21 2:20am

EmmaMcG

avatar

PJMcGee said:

EmmaMcG said:



Goldeneye is the best. Written by Bono and The Edge. And I'm about as far away from a U2 fan as you can get. But it's a great song that perfectly suits the movie. Nicole Scherzinger did a version for the Goldeneye game on the Wii which is surprisingly good but the Tina Turner version is the best.


Well, it sounded nothing like U2. Weird the way they put nothing of themselves in it.


I'm glad they didn't.
 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply #25 posted 10/16/21 12:34pm

Ottensen

I appreciate the new kids like Adele with Skyfall, but my heart is with some of the oldies like Tina's Goldeneye, Gladys Knight's License to Kill, Sheena Eastson's For Yor Eyes Only, and of course Dame Shirley Basey!

 Reply w/quote - E-mail - orgNote - Report post to moderator
Reply   New topic   Printable     (Log in to 'subscribe' to this topic)
« Previous topic  Next topic »
Forums > Music: Non-Prince > The Top James Bond Themes