A big part of any James Bond movie is of course the Credit Sequence and the main Theme that accompanies it. Some artists submit songs, often unsolicited, to the Producers in hopes of getting shown. They all get rejected for some reason or another. Sometimes they are chosen, and then immediately dumped for something else. Here are some of those songs.
Ace Of Base for Goldeneye
Back in the mid 90's the Swedish pop band Ace of Base was extremely popular. The Producers of Goldeneye wanted them for their comeback film. But the record label that Ace of Base was signed to thought the new Bond film was going to be a bomb and hurt their career, so they pulled out. They since released their version of the song with the word Juvenile replacing the word Goldeneye. I don't know what they were thinking either. It's a catchy song no doubt, but it doesn't really fit in.
Johnny Cash for Thunderball
After Goldfinger many artists saw that singing a Bond theme can be very prestigious. It can also get you a lot of money. Johnny Cash was one of the few to submit his version of the Thunderball theme. Very western cowboy sounding. Obviously not fitting for a movie franchise about a British Spy.
Blondie for For Your Eyes Only
This was a submission that was rejected by Bill Conti the composer of the film. You can definitely hear why, but it's still a fun tune. You just have to strain your ears to make out what she says.
Dot Allison for Tomorrow Never Dies
When Tomorrow Never Dies was being made, the Producers put out a notice saying they were looking for artists to submit a song. A bunch of artists jumped at this chance. This was one of the submissions, and you can tell in the first few seconds that this was never going to be used. But, it was considered....which baffles me. Nice song though.
Alice Cooper for The Man With The Golden Gun
A rocking addition that the Bond franchise wasn't ready for until Duran Duran's theme was used in A View To A Kill. This isn't a bad song, and putting it up against Lulu's version there is no contest that this one is better. The composer of the movie, John Barry, a veteran of the Bond franchise, didn't want to use this song. He later said that he hated Lulu's song in which he helped create.
Lorraine Chandler for You Only Live Twice
This was found in the RCA Records vault. The Producers always wanted Nancy Sinatra, so I don't know how seriously this was considered. Nice melody. You can hear a jazzy style Bond theme. Though the lyrics are a little clumsy.
Shirley Bassey for Quantum of Solace
The composer of the film, David Arnold, was busy writing the song during production. He pitched the song and it was rejected. Arnold's songs have usually been either rejected or placed at the end of the movie. Like KD Lang's at the end of Tomorrow Never Dies. The song was completed after the movie came out, and appeared on Shirley Bassey's album that came out the subsequent year. The song is absolutely perfect for the movie. Beautiful and sad.
But a song that was completed in time, and was considered was rejected because it wasn't as upbeat. It's also a perfect song to complement the movie. And it feels and sounds like a Bond song! Check out Christian Wolf's and Eva Almer's Forever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg2dXY9TOKA.