Adele was a natural fit to deliver the theme song for the latest Bond film “Skyfall” due to her traditional vocal delivery and nuanced British inflections. While no one thought she would be rolling in the deep with the task, what she delivered was a truly knockout effort in the vein of the best theme songs from the storied James Bond canon. The song is sultry and traditional yet possesses a dynamic range keeping it from sounding like a trite and derivative effort; this balance is emblematic of what an ideal James Bond theme song should portray musically and lyrically.
007) “Skyfall” by Adele from 2012’s “Skyfall” – The most recent James Bond theme is a refreshing step back to the traditional tunes that we associate with our timeless hero.
007) “You Only Live Twice” by Nancy Sinatra from 1967’s “You Only Live Twice” – The string section and the lyrical romanticism of this classic ballad make it one of the more distinct songs ever associated with James Bond.
007) “Die Another Day” by Madonna from 2002’s “Die Another Day” – If anyone knows about remaining timeless while simultaneously allowing subtle contemporary influences it is Madonna and she offered a very timely theme for James Bond in 2002.
007) “A View to Kill” by Duran Duran from 1985’s “A View to Kill” – The tastefully executed synth-pop influence of this James Bond theme gave it a very contemporary feel in the 1980s, yet the strong songwriting has helped it endure beyond the trends of the day.
007) “Another Way to Die” by Jack White and Alicia Keys from 2008’s “Quantum of Solace” – This duet between a musical odd couple displays the timeless nature of James Bond while also reflecting the pop sensibilities of the day.
007) “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey from 1964’s “Goldfinger” – Shirley Bassey is practically synonymous with James Bond themes and the sensual tones of this song make it among the most memorable of all-time.
007) “Diamonds are Forever” by Shirley Bassey from 1972’s “Diamonds are Forever” – The careful orchestration of this song and the classic lounge feel of it make it one of the most enduring James Bond theme songs, which is truly saying something.
007) “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney & Wings from 1973’s “Live and Let Die” – Paul McCartney crafted a truly cinematic song with this one and the blend of pop sensibility and traditional music composition stands out in a sea of beautifully crafted James Bond theme songs.
The contributor likes to sport his James Bond 007 watch whenever the proper occasion arises.
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