Everyone's favorite super-spy is hitting screens this November with the 24th Bond film: Spectre. As always, it comes with it's own theme song, written by pop superstar Sam Smith. "Writing's on the Wall" is the latest of nearly two dozen famous songs by some of the greatest artists of all time. Each film's unique theme song is as synonymous with the character as his Aston Martin. I'd say that the original guitar solo from Dr. No is the best, but let's talk about the others. Here are what I think are the five greatest Bond Themes ever!
5. "Tomorrow Never Dies" by Sheryl Crow
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Okay, so the movie wasn't one of the more popular ones, and yes, it was when Pierce Brosnan was Bond...but the song was pretty awesome. Crow's smooth, almost hypnotic voice brings to mind another famous Bond singer: Shirley Bassey. The incorporation of the original title theme is also a must, and "Tomorrow Never Dies" does it beautifully. This song only suffers from a forgettable movie and the 1990s.
4. "Writing's on the Wall" by Sam Smith
This man's voice is unreal. Sam Smith does an amazing job of working in an orchestral version of the Bond score with his rafters-high singing. Though the movie has yet to be released, everything points to it being an incredible film. Daniel Craig may very well be the best Bond yet, and his films continue to prove that. Sadly, this song has only been around for a few weeks, and I for one am not convinced that it fits as a James Bond song, and I'm not alone. Time will tell whether or not this song is one of the great Bond themes. There are certainly more famous and well-loved songs than this piece.
3. "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney
Live and Let Die (1973)
Instantly recognizable, and irresistibly catchy, Paul McCartney's addition to Bond lore came at a time when Roger Moore wore the tuxedo and the Miami Dolphins were good. While the film had some issues with racial stereotypes, the film was still received well. This song was nominated for two Academy Awards. While it's a classic Bond theme written and performed by one of the greatest rock singers of the century, there are still two that I believe to be better.
2. "From Russia, with Love" by Matt Murno
From Russia with Love (1963)
This is the song that started it all. As I mentioned earlier, the first Bond film had a simple guitar-heavy theme. This was also the first film composed by John Barry and starring Sean Connery, making this one of the classic Bond films. Murno's smooth baritone voice fits both the song and the idea of James Bond perfectly. This song is ranked second because it originated the 'Bond theme'.
1. "Skyfall" by Adele
Was there ever much question? Skyfall is one of most critically acclaimed Bond films ever made. Adele has one of the prettiest voices to ever grace a stage, period, and she doesn't disappoint here. Not only do the lyrics fit the movie, but the entire song is wrapped around the three chords of the Dr. No theme. Adele's crooning voice goes from a soft jazz sound to a powerful belt in just a few measures. Perhaps more than any other Bond theme, "Skyfall" captures the the essence of James Bond, while also capturing the story. It doesn't hurt that it blows listeners away.
Now's when you get to share what you think! Do you have a favorite Bond song? Remember, this is just my personal favorites, and I'm fully aware that there are some other great Bond themes out there. If you know about them, then be sure to share them in the comments below!