James Bond music is considered legendary and is renowned for shaping the Bond film series.
It’s a feature of James Bond movies to begin with an action packed opening sequence followed by a popular theme song.
The music of James Bond has stood the test of time and topped charts throughout the world.
There are various signature James Bond tunes including: the James Bond Theme, 007 Theme, and movie title songs. These include: Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey, and You Know My Name by Chris Cornell.
John Barry has been influential in giving the James Bond movies a distinct style by composing eleven of the Bond soundtracks.
Monty Norman is credited with writing and composing the famous James Bond Theme. However, Barry revised Norman’s original theme substituting it with the renowned plucked guitar tune.
David Arnold has composed the last five James Bond movies, blending the traditional Bond sounds with modern electronic rhythms.
Over the years the 007 movie series has been able to attract some great names to write the James Bond music. Some of these songwriters include Lionel Bart, Leslie Bricusse, Paul McCartney, Anthony Newley, and Narada Michael Walden.
Here are the main theme songs for each of the official James Bond movies (by EON Productions) and the unofficial film Never Say Never Again:
|Movie||Year||Title Song Artist|
|Dr No||1962||John Barry Orchestra|
|From Russia with Love||1963||Matt Monro|
|You Only Live Twice||1967||Nancy Sinatra|
|On Her Majesty's Secret Service||1969||John Barry Orchestra|
|Diamonds Are Forever||1971||Shirley Bassey|
|Live and Let Die||1973||Paul McCartney & Wings|
|The Man with the Golden Gun||1974||Lulu|
|The Spy Who Loved Me||1977||Carly Simon|
|For Your Eyes Only||1981||Sheena Easton|
|Never Say Never Again||1983||Lani Hall|
|A View to a Kill||1985||Duran Duran|
|The Living Daylights||1987||a-ha|
|Licence to Kill||1989||Gladys Knight|
|Tomorrow Never Dies||1997||Sheryl Crow|
|The World Is Not Enough||1999||Garbage|
|Die Another Day||2002||Madonna|
|Casino Royale||2006||Chris Cornell|
|Quantum of Solace||2008||Jack White and Alicia Keys|
It became progressively more evident after the success of the first few Bond films that music was to greatly assist in making James Bond well-known.
The makers of the James Bond movies, EON Productions, were innovative in their idea of using popular tunes as a customary feature of film production.
The James Bond Theme became kindred with the Agent 007 character with the legendary song reappearing in each movie.
This extraordinary relationship between character and music has been a vital element in making the series an international sensation.
The theme song to each movie grew to be an expected component of the promotion for each Bond film. Followers of the movies started to look forward to the publicity regarding who will create and perform the upcoming James Bond music.
Each movie kept to inherent musical standards for the series with the combination of the memorable James Bond Theme with an original title tune. This proved to be a successful method that balanced conformity, freshness, uniformity, and diversity.
The following theme songs featured in the top 10 in the UK and US charts:
|We Have All The Time In The World||Louis Armstrong||1994||3||-|
|Live And Let Die||Paul McCartney & Wings||1973||9||2|
|The Man With The Golden Gun||Lulu||1974||6||-|
|Nobody Does It Better||Carly Simon||1977||7||2|
|For Your Eyes Only||Sheena Easton||1981||8||4|
|A View To A Kill||Duran Duran||1985||2||1|
|The Living Daylights||a-ha||1987||5||-|
|Licence To Kill||Gladys Knight||1989||6||-|
John Barry music had become so admired in the James Bond movies by 1966 that numerous European music firms were rolling out the music in many forms. These included commercials, ephemeral films, and television news all based on the distinguished James Bond music of Barry.
John Barry worked his tunes and musical arrangements regularly within each Bond film. Barry’s aim was to always create a great score emulating the film’s romance and action.
The James Bond Theme is one of the most prominent tunes in cinema history and a feature of the Bond films produced by Albert Broccoli.
The broad acknowledgment of Bond music allowed it to work as an extremely flexible part of the Bond canon as well as making it an important means for advertising.
The James Bond music continues to be successful to this day with many of the theme songs becoming major hits throughout the world.
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