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May 21, 2014

Every Bond Theme Ever

Filed under: geekery,musical challenge — Tags: , , , — lexifab @ 3:43 pm

Prompted by a series of random Twitter comments from Chris Sims of the War Rocket Ajax podcast, and a lack of anything better to do of a Wednesday afternoon at my dead-man-walking job, I decided to rank the theme songs from every James Bond film (except the original Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again) in objective, indisputable order. You’re welcome.

(I give all due credit to Sims and his podcast partner Matt D. Wilson, who are conducting a year-long project to rank superhero comic stories, which is a lot harder than this has been)

I will take questions in the comments section.


Every Bond Theme Ever

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Instrumental (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)

Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney (Live and Let Die)

A View to a Kill – Duran Duran (A View to a Kill)

You Know My Name – Chris Cornell (Casino Royale)

You Only Live Twice – Nancy Sinatra (You Only Live Twice)

Diamonds Are Forever – Shirley Bassey (Diamonds Are Forever)

The World is Not Enough – Garbage (The World is Not Enough)

Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger)

GoldenEye – Tina Turner (Goldeneye)

Skyfall – Adele (Skyfall)

All Time High – Rita Coolidge (Octopussy)

Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon (The Spy Who Loved Me)

Surrender – k.d. lang (Tomorrow Never Dies)

From Russian With Love – Matt Monroe (From Russia With Love)

The Living Daylights – A-ha (The Living Daylights)

For Your Eyes Only – Sheena Easton (For Your Eyes Only)

Moonraker – Shirley Bassey (Moonraker)

We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)

The Man With the Golden Gun – Lulu (The Man with the Golden Gun)

Thunderball – Tom Jones (Thunderball)

Tomorrow Never Dies – Sheryl Crow (Tomorrow Never Dies)

Underneath The Mango Tree – Diana Coupland/Monty Norman (Doctor No)

Licence to Kill – Gladys Knight (Licence to Kill)

Another Way to Die – Jack White and Alicia Keys (Quantum of Solace)

Die Another Day – Madonna (Die Another Day)


Not ranked:

James Bond Theme – Monty Norman (All of them) – disqualified on grounds of ubiquity and essentiality

If There Was a Man – Chrissie Hynde (The Living Daylights) – unranked because I just cannot remember it at all, but if it’s Chrissie Hynde then it will for sure be at or near the top ten mark.


  1. Can you hum the top ranked instrumental music for me? – For some reason the name doesn’t ring a bell.

    Comment by Marco — May 21, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

  2. I certainly concur with number two and three being at the top.

    Comment by Marco — May 21, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

  3. Marco – Yes. It goes Bah-bah-baaaah-baba-bah-bah-bah-bah-baaah. Except with horns.

    And it was kind of tough to rank Live and Let Die do high, because the lyrics are stupid as hell, but the music and the arrangement is just so damn good, it still winds me up even after hearing it for basically my whole life.

    Comment by Lexifab — May 22, 2014 @ 8:39 am

  4. Marco – here’s the youtube clip for OHMSS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t61ZdiNRDCs

    Comment by Lexifab — May 22, 2014 @ 9:04 am

  5. And look, if I’m honest, I suspect my deep love for that piece of music has been reinvigorated in the past decade by this rather amazing Propellerheads remix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN8GcRGNWe4 (but it’s still the original soundtrack version I come back to, every time)

    Comment by lexifab — May 22, 2014 @ 9:10 am

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