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Hear Sam Smith’s Elegant James Bond Theme Song for ‘Spectre’

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Sam Smith ‘s “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film Spectre , has finally arrived. Smith and Jimmy Napes — the same songwriting team who scooped up the Grammy Award for Song of the Year  with “Stay With Me” — released the 24th official Bond theme early Friday morning.

The sumptuous ballad acts more as a showcase for Smith’s gorgeous falsetto than orchestral soar of past theme songs. “If I risk it all/Could you break my heart?/How do I live?/How do I breathe?/When you’re not here, I’m suffocating,” Smith sings.  

Smith delivers a grand accomplishment by entertaining the romantic danger of the Bond character while staying true to his hallmark simplicity and elegance. His subtle orchestral cheer team is present, but augments his typical heartbroken persona with a confidence rising up to the level of the iconic secret agent.

“I have been dreaming of this moment for a long, long time,” Smith tweeted  after releasing the track. UK dance duo Disclosure tweeted their support  earlier this month by announcing their official production credit on the track. In anticipation of the song’s global release, Smith wrote on Instagram  earlier this week that he was “very scared, very nervous, very excited.”

“I tried to put myself in the shoes of Bond,” Smith told NPR  of the track. “My music is a diary and it’s a recap of my life, and I wanted to bring that kind of honesty. In the lyrics … I wanted a touch of vulnerability from Bond, where you see into his heart a little bit.” The singer and Napes wrote the song in less than 30 minutes, according to NPR, and ended up using Smith’s vocal demo on the final track.

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Rumors started bubbling earlier this summer about possible vocalists for the Spectre theme. Smith told fans in July that he was in the dark about plans for recording a new installment for the legendary series. The singer originally suggested fellow Brit Ellie Goulding for the coveted spot.

But earlier this month, Smith tweeted a black-and-white photo of his hand wearing a ring with the Spectre symbol; a similar ring had appeared in the film’s trailer , fueling massive speculation. Hours later, Smith confirmed the news , calling the song “one of the highlights of my career.

“I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible lineup of some of my biggest musical inspirations,” the singer tweeted. “I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.”

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Fellow Brit Adele cleaned up during awards season  in 2012 for the last Bond theme “Skyfall,” leaving high expectations for the In the Lonely Hour singer. Numerous British singers have been chosen to sing the theme since 1962’s Dr. No , but Smith’s contribution will mark only the third male voice from across the pond to set the mood for the international man of mystery. Smith is the first male British solo act to perform a Bond theme since Tom Jones performed “Thunderball” in 1965 for the movie of the same name.

After   select   screenings next month, Spectre  is set for release worldwide on November 6th.

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Sam smith confirms he's singing the james bond 'spectre' theme song.

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UPDATE: The announcement is now official. Sam Smith recorded "Writing's On The Wall," as the theme song for "Spectre."

PREVIOUSLY: Sam Smith posted a caption-less photo on both Twitter and Instagram on Monday that may be a hint you'll soon be able to hear him singing "dundedun dun dun dun deDON do do do" in his trademark tenor for the new James Bond film, "Spectre."

Although nothing is confirmed yet, his photo of the Spectre symbol certainly suggests the 23-year-old singer will have a connection with the new movie.

pic.twitter.com/0anlLMQSWZ — SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) September 7, 2015

Smith has yet to Tweet or Instagram another photo, so perhaps his association with "Spectre" could be entirely different. We know Christoph Waltz is playing the main villain, but given the only clue we have is from the photo, maybe Smith has secured an acting role as the octopus that the symbol is based upon. Tentacles would certainly make it easier for him to follow through with his iconic command, "Stay With Me."

"Spectre" director Sam Mendes announced back in late July that the theme had already been recorded, while also claiming audiences wouldn't have to "wait long" to find out who would be the new voice.

HuffPost reached out to Smith's agent to confirm whether he would be singing the new theme song, but has not yet heard back.

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The wait is over! After it was officially announced a few weeks ago that Sam Smith would be singing the official James Bond theme for Spectre , today you can download the full track, “Writing’s on the Wall.” Before you buy it though, you can listen to the song in full here, to see what you think.

It’s certainly slower and closer to a ballad than most of the other recent Bond themes. We certainly didn’t expect to hear “I wanna feel loved” in a James Bond theme. But hearing it out of the context of the Spectre opening credits, it may be too early to judge.

“Writing’s on the Wall” marks the first time a British male solo artist has recorded a James Bond theme since 1965 when Tom Jones recorded the theme to Thunderball . There were rumors that Smith would be the one to sing the Spectre theme for months (even British oddmakers had him as the heavy favorite) and the singer flatly denied them all. Smith, who claims he wrote the song in about 20 minutes, was finally able to confirm his involvement earlier this month saying, “This is one of the highlights of my career […] I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations.”

Smith follows Adele , who sang the Skyfall title track, Jack White and Alicia Keys, who collaborated on Quantum of Solace ’s “Another Way to Die” and Chris Cornell, who performed “You Know My Name” from Casino Royale .

If you like what you’re hearing from Smith and “Writing’s on the Wall”, you can purchase it now on iTunes .

Spectre opens in theaters on November 6.

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Sam Smith Confirmed To Sing James Bond ‘Spectre’ Theme Song

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Grammy-winning British vocalist Sam Smith has been confirmed as co-writer and performer of the theme song of upcoming James Bond film “ Spectre .”

The song “Writing’s On The Wall” will be released on Sept. 25, a month ahead of the movie’s theatrical debut on Oct. 26 in the. U.K. The North American release of “Spectre” is set for Nov. 6.

The announcement by distributor Sony Pictures Entertainment came only a day after Smith dropped a heavy hint on social media. He posted on Twitter and Instagam accounts a photo of him wearing a “Spectre” ring.

“Sam and Jimmy Napes have written the most inspirational song for ‘Spectre’ and with Sam’s extraordinary vocal performance, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ will surely be considered one of the greatest Bond songs of all time,” said producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, in a statement.

“This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song. I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy,” said Smith.

As befits the usual cloak of secrecy surrounding the Bond series, Smith on several previous occasions had denied that he was doing the “Spectre” song. “That’s not me,” he told BBC Radio 2.

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James Bond Returns In ‘Spectre,’ But Who Will Sing the Theme Song?

Sam Smith is still the bookies' favorite, but others are also seen as having good chances to follow in Adele's Oscar-winning footsteps.

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A still from the 2015 James Bond film trailer for "Sprectre."

Almost as speculation-fueled as the film itself, the theme to the next James Bond movie has, according to director Sam Mendes , already been recorded and is sounding “fantastic.”

With the last film in the franchise, Skyfall , seeing Adele win both an Oscar and Golden Globe in 2013, the first awards for a Bond theme and, suitably, for the most successful installment of all time, the rumor mills have been churning as to who might have been scouring for words to rhyme with Spectre (funeral director?)

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Mendes says we won’t have to “wait long” to find out the face (or faces) behind the mic, but in the meantime, here’s what British bookies are suggesting.

Sam Smith 2/5 Much like Adele, this British warbler has soared to success on both sides of the Atlantic in almost the blink of an eye, winning four Grammys in February and – highlighting his stratospheric rise – British Breakthough Act at the Brit Awards less than two weeks later.

With a mainstream-friendly pop-soul sound similar to Adele’s, Smith was instantly linked to the Bond job. Despite saying the rumors were “definitely not true” earlier in the year, the betting shops don’t appear to believe him and still have Smith as their top man.

Ed Sheeran 8/1 Another British international success story, Sheeran’s odds possibly have more to do with his current chart appeal than James Bond suitability (he’s generally quite scruffy and unassuming, not exactly 007 qualities).

That said, with Damian Lewis among the bookies tips to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, perhaps 2015 could be the year for strawberry blondes. Were Sheeran or Smith to get the nod, they’d be the first British male solo singers to record a Bond theme since Tom Jones performed Thunderball in 1965 (the video had scantily-clad woman swimming away from armed frogmen in colorful water).

Like Smith, however, Sheeran denied his involvement, saying his version would be a “bit wet” and joked his voice wasn’t manly enough to perform a Bond theme. “You never know, I’m not ruling it out, maybe in ten years time when my balls drop.”

Ellie Goulding 10/1 Sam Smith tipped this English global chart botherer as the Spectre songstress while trying to deflect attention away from himself.

Goulding may not be as awards amassing as Smith, but she’s got a track record of big events, singing at Prince William and Kate Middleton ’s wedding reception (for their first dance, no less), the Nobel Peace Prize Concert and at the White House for the turning on of the Christmas lights.

Goulding also recently sent out the cryptic tweet “live and let die,” which could, of course, mean absolutely nothing.

Adele 12/1 If it ain’t broke… Adele did such a well-received job last time around that many are expecting producers to have lobbed her the Bond mic again.

If it were to happen, she’d become only the second singer to have recorded a Bond theme more than once. But she’d still have to do another one to draw level with the legendary Shirley Bassey ( Goldfinger , Diamonds are Forever , Moonraker ).

Lana Del Rey 14/1 The highest ranked non-Brit on the bookies’ lists, Del Rey could send the Bond song crown back to the U.S. after its brief dalliance in the U.K. Prior to Adele, Americans had sung the previous seven 007 themes.

However, given that she’s spent the past year or so recording her third studio album Honeymoon , due out in September, it’s unlikely she’s had the time.

Lorde 16/1 At just 18, the Royals singer and recent global phenomenon is probably only just old enough to be a Bond girl, but she is at roughly the same place in her career as Adele was when she was picked to record Skyfall .

However, there’s the complication of her work on the Hunger Games franchise, and with Mockingjay, Part 2 out just a couple of weeks after Spectre , two major film releases could be a bit much.

Noel Gallagher 25/1 The former Oasis frontman recently volunteered himself for the Bond job, saying he’d do the Spectre theme “in a heartbeat” although admitting that his chances were slim as “you have to be someone in America.”

Whether his call was heard by Mendes – or was just a clever ruse to create the illusion that he wasn’t already attached – Gallagher could follow in the footsteps of one his heroes and inspirations, Paul McCartney , whose Live and Let Die (performed with Wings) from 1979 is still considered one of the best Bond themes of all time.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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SPECTRE Theme Finished and Sounding "Fantastic"; Place Your Bets on Who Sang It

Odds are on Sam Smith.

People love to speculate and talk about the odds when it comes to the James Bond films, to the point that British bookies are taking bets on everything from who will play the next Bond after Daniel Craig is done , to who sang the title theme for Sam Mendes' upcoming Bond film, Spectre . Neither of those questions have been answered just yet, but with the recent announcement from Mendes that  Spectre's theme song is finished , betting has received a bump in advance of the official reveal of that song's artist and title.

I'm going to guess that most people don't place their hard-earned currency down on the table for your run-of-the-mill movie, but now that we're on Bond 24, I can understand why there's a bit more excitement surrounding it. After all, the movie's theme has become every bit as ingrained in Bond culture as has the person playing 007 himself, the Bond Girls, and the series' villains. And it's not just chump change that's up for grabs; Adele's title theme for Skyfall won an Oscar and a Golden Globe, the first ever award for a Bond theme.

As for the frontrunners for  Spectre's  theme, THR reports the following odds:

  • Sam Smith (2/5) - Fresh off of his four Grammy Award wins in February, and British Breakthrough Act award at the Brit Awards, Smith is clearly the frontrunner despite his quotes to the contrary saying rumors of his involvement with  Spectre were "definitely not true."
  • Ed Sheeran (8/1) - Sheeran also denied any connection with the Bond song, joking that he'd consider it, but "maybe in ten years time when [his] balls drop.” Despite the fact that a British solo male vocalist hasn't performed a Bond theme since Tom Jones in 1965's Thunderball , there are currently two at the top of the betting pool.
  • Ellie Goulding (10/1) - Goulding has found herself singing in the spotlight for such events as  Prince William and Kate Middleton ’s wedding reception (and first dance), the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, and at the White House Christmas event. Add to this the fact that Sheeran mentioned Goulding's name when pressed about the Bond theme and that she tweeted "live and let die" , and you start to see why Goulding is third in line.
  • Adele (12/1) - Only Shirley Bassey performed multiple Bond themes ( Goldfinger , Diamonds are Forever , Moonraker ) so it would be unusual but not unheard of for Adele to give a repeat performance.  Thomas Newman composed the score for  Skyfall and has returned to do the same for  Spectre , so perhaps the latest film will feature a reunion between the two.
  • Lorde (16/1) - The young superstar's already curating the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 , so this one might be a stretch, but stranger things have happened.
  • Noel Gallagher (25/1) - The former "Oasis" singer actually took the odds into his own hands when he volunteered himself to sing the  Spectre theme, though he said he probably wouldn't make it because "you have to be someone in America.” We'll find out soon enough if Gallagher was putting up a smokescreen for his involvement, or just blowing smoke.

My advice? Look to see if Mendes and his friends are making any big bets at the bookies; I have a feeling they might know some insider information.

Spectre opens November 6th.

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James Bond: Every theme song from the film franchise's history

With Billie Eilish the latest star to soundtrack a Bond film, we take a look back at all the 007 themes.

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After first being announced as the performer of the 25th James Bond Song all the way back in January 2020, Billie Eilish's hit track can finally be heard in its corresponding film now No Time To Die has finally been released.

Eilish's song has broken all sorts of records, making her the youngest person ever to write and perform a Bond theme, while the tune itself was the first 007 song by a female artist to top the UK charts.

It's a good job the song has been a success, as previous performers have included the likes of Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Madonna and Adele – with many of their numbers remaining iconic years later.

With so many stirring spy songs to look back on, we've compiled a list of every Bond theme song released so far, starting with Eilish and stretching all the way back to Monty Norman's iconic theme for Dr No in 1962.

Billie Eilish - No Time to Die (2020)

Written by Eilish and her brother Finneas O'Connell, the latest Bond theme song had its grand unveiling at the Brit Awards in February 2020 – only for the No Time To Die film to be delayed 18 months to September 2021.

Nevertheless the song went on to achieve great success, topping the UK Singles Chart and winning a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Could an Oscar soon follow?

Sam Smith - Writing's on the Wall (2015)

Prior to the announcement that Smith would be performing the theme song for 2015's Spectre, it had been heavily rumoured that Radiohead would be recording one - and indeed it later emerged that the band had had an effort turned down by the producers. Smith's Writing on the Wall, written with Jimmy Napes went on to notch both the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

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Adele - Skyfall (2012)

Probably the most well-known Bond theme song in recent years, Adele recorded Skyfall shortly after the massive success of her second album 21 - and the track became a huge hit, reaching number one in 11 different countries. It also has the honour of being the first Bond theme to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song, Brit Award for British Single of the Year, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.

Jack White and Alicia Keys - Another Way To Die (2008)

White Stripes frontman Jack White wrote the song for Quantum of Solace, sharing vocals with R&B superstar Alicia Keys. Like the film it soundtracked, the song had something of a mixed reception - with many commenters saying it was a strange fit as a Bond theme song.

Chris Cornell - You Know My Name (2006)

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman's Bond theme for Casino Royale became arguably his best known song, and was highly praised in the media - with one critic labelling it "the best Bond theme since 'A View to a Kill.'" It was seen by many as the ideal track to introduce Daniel Craig - who was making his first appearance as 007.

Madonna - Die Another Day (2002)

Producers apparently wanted a high profile singer to perform the theme tune for Pierce Brosnan's final turn as Bond - and it's safe to say they delivered. Despite something of a mixed critical reception, the song performed well in the charts and marked a significant departure from the more traditional style of previous Bond themes.

Garbage - The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Scottish-American rock band Garbage were rather a big deal back in the late 1990s, and this only boosted their profile further. Relatively 'classic Bond' in style, the track was received warmly by most critics and reached number 11 in the UK charts.

Sheryl Crow - Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

This track was chosen by producers despite numerous other songs being solicited by producers, most notably by k.d lang, who's similarly-titled song was instead used over the end credits. Crow's song was one of the more poorly received in the franchise, but still managed to garner Golden Globe and Grammy nominations.

Tina Turner - GoldenEye (1995)

Written by U2 stars Bono and The Edge, GoldenEye was a huge hit for Tina Turner, particularly in Europe, later appearing on her album Wildest Dreams. The song was fairly conventional as Bond theme - unlike the film itself, which was the first not to be based on any of Ian Fleming's works.

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Gladys Knight - Licence To Kill (1989)

Knight was enlisted to perform the song for License To Kill after an earlier plan to have Eric Clapton and original Bond theme guitarist Vic Flick write a theme fell through. A big hit in Europe, it was based on the horn line from Goldfinger and is the longest James bond theme to date - at 5 minutes 43 seconds.

A-ha - The Living Daylights (1987)

Norwegian pop band A-ha were considered a rather unusual choice for a Bond theme, but this Europop number remains one of their more enduring hits. It was chosen for the theme after an earlier track by the Pet Shop Boys was rejected by the studio.

Duran Duran - A View To A Kill (1985)

One of many themes to be written with legendary Bond composer John Barry, A View To A Kill was an enormous hit for the new wave band, making it to number two on the UK singles charts for three weeks and being nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

Rita Coolidge - All Time High (1983)

All Time High was the theme for 1983's Octopussy and marked a return for John Barry after an absence from For Your Eyes Only. Apparently the song was not named after the film because it would have been too much of a challenge to write a song with the title Octopussy! It was the first Bond theme to have an accompanying music video.

Sheena Easton - For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Nominated for an Academy Award, this track written by Bill Conti was preferred to an alternative theme that had been recorded by Blondie. It was one of few Bond tracks at the time that John Barry had not been involved with and remains one of Easton's most well-known songs.

Shirley Bassey - Moonraker (1979)

Bassey's third Bond theme had previously been offered to numerous stars including Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and Kate Bush. It was recorded at very short notice, and for that reason Bassey has never considered it to be her own song - performing it far less frequently than her other two Bond themes.

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Carly Simon - Nobody Does It Better (1977)

This track from The Spy Who Loved Me was the first Bond theme not to be named after its corresponding film since Dr No. It was a major hit and was nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards, whilst in 2004 was listed as the 67th greatest film song ever by the American Film Institute.

Lulu - The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

John Barry considers this track to be his weakest musical contribution to the franchise, and is the only Bond theme not to have charted in either the UK or America. It is also considered by some to be one of the more raunchy numbers to have graced the series, with Lula warbling about villain Scaramanga's "powerful weapon". A-hem .

Paul McCartney & Wings - Live and Let Die (1973)

Still one of the most iconic Bond themes, this notable track reunited McCartney with George Martin - who had produced many of The Beatles biggest hits and most famous albums. At the time of its release it was the best performing Bond song ever - charting at number two in the US and nine in the UK, and being nominated for the Best Song Oscar.

Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Another iconic title song (and Bassey's second entry to the Bond theme canon) this track was nonetheless despised by producer Harry Saltzman, allegedly due to the innuendo in the lyrics.

Louis Armstrong - We Have All The Time in the World (1969)

This was actually the secondary theme to On Her Majesty's Secret Service - there was also a self-titled orchestral number. The title is taken from the final words George Lazenby's Bond utters in the film.

Nancy Sinatra - You Only Live Twice (1967)

Considered by many to be one of the best Bond themes, this track has been widely re-recorded - and is especially known for its striking opening, which has been described as "perfection."

Tom Jones - Thunderball (1965)

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Jones allegedly fainted while singing the final high note of this song - which might not had been a Bond theme at all had the original track, titled Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (which had versions recorded by Dionne Warwick and Shirley Bassey) not fallen through.

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Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger (1964)

The first of Bassey's three Bond theme songs and arguably still the most iconic, this was Bassey's only song to break the US top 40, and was named the 53rd best film song by the American Film Institute.

Matt Monro - From Russia with Love (1963)

This was the first Bond film for which Barry was the primary composer, with the title song sung by popular cabaret singer Matt Monro. An instrumental version plays over the opening credits – the full song is first heard in the film over a radio, before playing as the closing credits roll.

John Barry & Orchestra, Monty Norman - James Bond Theme (1962)

One of the most famous pieces of film music of all time, this has featured in every single Bond film in some form or another since it played over the opening credits of Dr No back in 1962. The definition of iconic!

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Spectre: What makes the perfect Bond song?

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Of all the things with which Agent 007 is synonymous – cars and cocktails, gadgets and girls – nothing sums up the James Bond franchise more immediately than its music. While the Bond theme (composed by Monty Norman and arranged by John Barry) is itself a thing of wonder, it’s the title songs that invariably come to define each film, distilling the experience of what lies ahead. No other film franchise has been so powerfully defined by its music.

I don’t think there’s a formula but there are a few things that work – Scott Meslow

“The opening title songs have become truly memorable set pieces and give a real lift to the opening of Bond films,” says Hollywood-based British film composer David Buckley . “Our expectations are for something big, seductive and classy. Monty Norman, John Barry and later David Arnold and Thomas Newman, along with a plethora of legendary singers, have established a musical language that is unmistakably Bond.”

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So, as British artist Sam Smith now talks to us in that language for his theme song to Spectre, Writing’s on the Wall, we ask: what is it that makes a great Bond song? Is there a magic formula? A quick spin through the glories of the back catalogue and it becomes clear that the greatest of them manage to sound somehow classic while simultaneously evoking the contemporary world of the film in question. They relate specifically to their own film, and yet are able to capture in their spirit the whole magnificent history of the franchise. They are theme tunes, and yet could - and do - stand on their own as cracking pop songs.

“I don’t think there’s a formula”, says cultural critic and Bond music aficionado Scott Meslow , “but I think there are a few things that work. You should aim for a measure of timelessness, without being afraid to embrace the musical trends of your era. And you should forge your own trail; trying to replicate what other artists have done has never really worked.” Having recently described the writing of Bond title songs as a “tricky art,” he reminds us, tongue in cheek, that “the best Bond themes tend to appear in the best Bond movies, so if you're going to record a song for 007, try to get it into one of his good movies.”

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One of the best of all is the very first: Goldfinger, recorded in 1964. The first Bond film, Dr No (1962) featured Norman’s theme but no title song, and the next instalment, From Russia With Love (1963) included Matt Monro singing a theme song over the closing credits. But Goldfinger was the first to put the theme song front and centre. For Meslow, it is the “platonic ideal” of all Bond themes. “From the opening blast of the orchestra, it’s bold and brassy and unforgettable”. Here too is an instance in which artist was perfectly matched to song: where a lesser singer “might be drowned out,” he contends, “Shirley Bassey manages to loom over the instrumentation.”

Loom is one way of putting it. Bassey, who had been put through her paces by John Barry at London's CTS Studios that August, delivers an immense and frankly badass performance, but it was very nearly pulled from the movie because producer Harry Saltzman considered it "the worst song I've ever heard in my life”. And yet it went on to set the gold standard by which all other Bond songs are judged.

In a nice twist, given the sexual politics with which all 007 films are charged, for my money it’s the Bond girls who do it better. From Shirley Bassey to Carly Simon, Nancy Sinatra to Adele - whose jaw-dropping performance of Skyfall helped scoop the Bond franchise its first ever Oscar in 2013 - the most unforgettable Bond tunes are invariably delivered by fabulous, powerful women.

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“There's clearly some vague, amorphous cultural sense of what makes a good ‘Bond theme’ artist,” Meslow reckons. “Generally [it’s] a female singer who tends toward lush, jazzy throwback tunes and/or torch songs. There's a reason, after all, that so many people wanted Amy Winehouse to record a Bond theme; that Adele was so clearly the perfect choice for Skyfall; and that Lana Del Rey's name keeps coming up as a plausible contender.” But for all the star power of these soloists, he suggests the person who sings the song may be less important than the person who writes it. “It's easy to imagine someone like Adele doing an entire album of 007 covers, and most of them would probably sound amazing. When the 007 franchise started, the song's writer was rarely its singer; today, the person who sings the song is always at least a co-writer. If it were me choosing the next Bond song, I'd focus on the songwriting part first.”

So what of singer-songwriter Sam Smith, the 23-year-old multiple Grammy- and Emmy-winner and first solo British man to record a Bond song since Tom Jones in 1965? “His songs don’t exactly scream ‘James Bond’,” notes Melsow, “but on a pure talent level, he certainly has the voice and the range required to pull it off.”

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James Bond 'Spectre' Theme: Odds on Who Will Sing It

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Almost as speculation-fueled as the film itself, the theme to the next James Bond movie has, according to director Sam Mendes , already been recorded and is sounding “fantastic.”

With the last film in the franchise, Skyfall , winning  Adele  both an Oscar and Golden Globe in 2013, the first awards for a Bond theme and, suitably, for the most successful installment of all time, the rumor mills have been churning as to who might have been scouring for words to rhyme with Spectre (funeral director?)

Mendes says we won’t have to “wait long” to find out the face (or faces) behind the mic , but in the meantime, here’s what British bookies are suggesting.

Sam Smith 2/5 Much like Adele, this British warbler has soared to success on both sides of the Atlantic in almost the blink of an eye, winning four Grammys in February and — highlighting his stratospheric rise — British Breakthough Act at the Brit Awards less than two weeks later.

With a mainstream-friendly pop-soul sound similar to Adele’s, Smith was instantly linked to the Bond job. Despite saying the rumors were “definitely not true” earlier in the year, the betting shops don’t appear to believe him and still have Smith as their top man.

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Ed Sheeran 8/1 Another British international success story, Sheeran’s odds possibly have more to do with his current chart appeal than James Bond suitability; he’s generally quite scruffy and unassuming, not exactly 007 qualities.

That said, with Damian Lewis among the bookies tips to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond, perhaps 2015 could be the year for strawberry blonds. Were Sheeran or Smith to get the nod, they’d be the first British male solo singers to record a Bond theme since Tom Jones performed Thunderball in 1965 (the video had scantily-clad woman swimming away from armed frogmen in colorful water).

Like Smith, however, Sheeran denied his involvement, saying his version would be a “bit wet” and joked his voice wasn’t manly enough to perform a Bond theme. “You never know, I’m not ruling it out, maybe in 10 years’ time when my balls drop.”

Ellie Goulding 10/1 Sam Smith tipped this English global chart-botherer as the Spectre songstress while trying to deflect attention away from himself.

Goulding may not be as awards-amassing as Smith, but she’s got a track record of big events, singing at Prince William and Kate Middleton ’s wedding reception (for their first dance, no less), the Nobel Peace Prize Concert and at the White House for the turning on of the Christmas lights.

Goulding also recently sent out the cryptic tweet “live and let die,” which could, of course, mean absolutely nothing.

Adele 12/1 If it ain’t broke …

Adele did such a well-received job last time around that many are expecting producers to have lobbed her the Bond mic again.

If it were to happen, she’d become only the second singer to have recorded a Bond theme more than once. But she’d still have to do another one to draw level with the legendary Shirley Bassey ( Goldfinger , Diamonds Are Forever , Moonraker ).

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Lana Del Rey 14/1 The highest-ranked non-Brit on the bookies’ lists, Del Rey could bring the Bond song crown back to the U.S. after its brief dalliance in the U.K. Prior to Adele, Americans had sung the previous seven 007 themes.

However, given that she’s spent the past year or so recording her third studio album,  Honeymoon , due out in September, it’s unlikely she’s had the time.

Lorde 16/1 At just 18, the “Royals” singer and recent global phenomenon is probably only just old enough to be a Bond girl, but she is at roughly the same place in her career as Adele was when she was picked to record Skyfall .

However, there’s the complication of her work on the Hunger Games franchise, and with Mockingjay — Part 2 out just a couple of weeks after Spectre , two major film releases could be a bit much.

Noel Gallagher 25/1 The former Oasis frontman recently volunteered himself for the Bond job, saying he’d do the Spectre theme “in a heartbeat” although admitting that his chances were slim as “you have to be someone in America.”

Whether his call was heard by Mendes — or was just a clever ruse to create the illusion that he wasn’t already attached — Gallagher could follow in the footsteps of one his heroes and inspirations, Paul McCartney , whose Live and Let Die (performed with Wings) from 1979 is still considered one of the best Bond themes of all time.

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Every James Bond Theme Song, Ranked

From "Goldfinger" to "No Time to Die," we broke down all the tracks playing alongside 007.

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No matter how directors or actors put their signature stamp on the franchise, James Bond films have a familiar formula. We can expect the opening scenes of the film to deliver on a few time-honored traditions: the gun barrel sequence, the pre-title teaser, and perhaps most importantly of all, the highly stylized title credits, set to an original theme song. Bond themes are the secret sauce of the movies: paired with the bombastic credits, they set the tone for the action to come, and speak to the current era of the franchise. (You'd never hear a smooth Sean Connery-era theme in a Daniel Craig Bond movie, after all.) For any musician, recording a Bond tune guarantees a spot in music history, but history doesn't remember all of the Bond themes fondly.

While there are two dozen Bond theme tunes, their quality varies pretty wildly, from the truly awful (sorry, Madonna), to the deeply dull (Sam Smith), to the true classics, like Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger.” Here are all the James Bond themes, ranked from the stinkers to the gems.

24. Chris Cornell – "You Know My Name"

Daniel Craig's first outing as 007 was a hard reboot for the series, but the Casino Royale theme song by Chris Cornell didn't match the film's bold new vision for the globetrotting spy. Instead of offering a memorable Bond song, we got what sounds like a forgettable track from a late '90s grunge rock compilation of theme song covers.

23. Tom Jones – "Thunderball"

Tom Jones seems like the perfect vocalist for a James Bond tune. Coming off the heels of 1964's Goldfinger (which introduced the opening credits song, sung by Shirley Bassey), Thunderball put another Welsh singer—this time a man—behind the mic. But it simply sounds like a rehash of its predecessor, an unremarkable ballad about a man who strikes "like thunderball," which doesn't actually make any sense.

22. Lulu – "The Man With the Golden Gun"

Lulu's pop stylings made her a blue-eyed soul icon, and her biggest hits are peppy and vibrant. This theme song, however, is clunky, jarring, and ultimately pretty stupid.

21. Madonna – "Die Another Day"

Maybe Madonna should have had her shot at a James Bond tune when she was an up-and-coming '80s pop star. Instead, she phoned in this dance track for Pierce Brosnan's last (and worst) Bond film, Die Another Day . It's Autotuned to hell, and actually has the singer inexplicably purring, "Sigmund Freud: Analyze this ." Wrong movie franchise, lady!

20. A-ha – "The Living Daylights"

Don't you sort of wish David Bowie had recorded a James Bond theme? I get the feeling that the Bond producers had the same dream, but they couldn't book him for the gig and instead got... A-ha.

19. Shirley Bassey – "Moonraker"

Here's another song in the catalog that takes all of the Bond cliches: big orchestra with swooning strings, a catchy tempo, and a big and bold vocal performance from Shirley Bassey. This particular combo, however, is mostly unremarkable.

18. Sam Smith – "Writing's on the Wall"

From the most recent film in the series, the generally mediocre Spectre , Sam Smith's Oscar-winning tune is, well, just fine. It really just sounds like a sad Sam Smith ballad.

17. Matt Monro – "From Russia With Love"

From Russia With Love is the second James Bond movie, and the first with an original song composed for the credits—although the opening credits went with a short acoustic rendition, with Matt Monro's vocal track playing over the end credits. It's a nice song, but not a standout.

16. Adele – "Skyfall"

It's really shocking that Adele's 2012 track was the first Bond theme to win an Oscar for Best Original Song. Is it good? Yeah, I suppose. Years later, it feels like the song is overpowered by Adele herself, who at the time was coasting on the success of her record-breaking album 21 .

15. Duran Duran – "A View to a Kill"

Look, I get that it's fun and dancey and very Duran Duran, but I still have to say it's a missed opportunity not having A View to a Kill co-star Grace Jones singing this one.

14. Sheryl Crow – "Tomorrow Never Dies"

Sheryl Crow is certainly an odd choice for a Bond song, especially since it doesn't really capture her general vibe as a solo artist (the dripping strings do, however, bring to mind Bobbie Genty's "Ode to Billie Joe," a song Crow later covered). But she nails the sultry vocals with a particularly '90s ennui. You get the sense that Crow doesn't really care either way what happens tomorrow.

13. Gladys Knight – "License to Kill"

Gladys Knight is an R&B queen, and her attempt at a Bond tune brings some necessary soul to what could be an overwrought and bloated theme song. Sure, it has all of the trappings of a treacly '80s love song (the production is bloated with keyboards and backing vocals), but Knight still makes it sexy—and the video proves she can pull of a tux pretty well.

12. Jack White & Alicia Keyes – "Another Way to Die"

Jack White and Alicia Keyes's duet is the only two-hander in the film franchise, and the Quantum of Solace theme is one of the good true rock songs in the Bond catalog. It's a great mix of White's goth-adjacent rock and Keyes's soulful voice. It works a lot better in practice than one would expect, but it's not exactly the most memorable Bond tune.

11. Garbage – "The World Is Not Enough"

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has the perfect voice for a Bond song, and "The World Is Not Enough" is one of the better-case scenarios when it comes to blending the typical Bond vibe with a rock band. It's unfortunate, however, that—much like the film it represents—it's not exactly a standout in the franchise.

10. Tina Turner – "GoldenEye"

Tina Turner is a perfect choice for a bond theme song, and this one that accompanied Pierce Brosnan's debut as 007 is slinky and sexy and reminiscent of Shirley Bassey's three songs. While Turner's vocals aren't as powerful as Bassey's, her instrument blends well with the big orchestrations. And that it's both reminiscent of a classic Bond tune while also standing out as a '90s sex jam makes it the perfect combination.

9. Louis Armstrong – "We Have All the Time in the World"

There's a reason this one feels like an outlier among the other Bond tunes: While it was written by Bond composer John Barry, it wasn't used in the opening credits of On Her Majesty's Secret Service —which is often the most overlooked Bond film since it's the only one that starred actor George Lazenby. This song feels more like a standard than any of the rest thanks to Louis Armstrong's iconic vocals.

8. Rita Coolidge – "All Time High"

This might be a controversial placement, but I stand by it. The theme from Octopussy —which, for understandable reasons, does not share a title with the film—is classic AM Gold and a bona fide smooth pop hit. It might be the most anti-James Bond theme song in the entire franchise, which serves this track well.

7. Shirley Bassey – "Diamonds Are Forever"

Diamonds Are Forever might be best known for being Sean Connery's final film in the Eon-produced films (he'd return in 1983's Never Say Never Again , a sort-of remake of Thunderball ), it also served as Shirley Bassey's second outing as a Bond theme song singer. While it's better than "Moonraker" and less iconic than "Goldfinger," this one is an earworm that will likely not leave your head any time soon.

6. Sheena Easton – "For Your Eyes Only"

Another Bond song in the bunch that earned an Oscar nomination, Sheena Easton's contribution to the franchise remains one of the biggest hits of the Bond themes. She's also the only singer to appear in the opening credits of a Bond film—and it's one of the few that did not incorporate John Barry's Bond instrumentals.

5. Nancy Sinatra – "You Only Live Twice"

Those moody strings that open this tune are a perfect fit for Nancy Sinatra's brooding voice. It's a striking psychedelic number, so perfectly late '60s and darkly romantic. While Sinatra wasn't the first choice (Bond producers originally wanted Aretha Franklin, but then capitalized on the up-and-coming Sinatra who had a recent hit with "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"), the theme song ultimately became one of her best-known hits.

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Which James Bond theme song is the best Bond theme song?

Every classic action film series has great music, and James Bond is no different. Over 007's 58-year history , the theme music featured at the beginning of every film has become a Bond tradition. 

While the series has changed drastically, this tradition remains unaltered and is one of the greatest ways in which it stays relevant and popular in the 21st century.

Excluding any theme songs that aren't canon to the original series, here is a ranking of the Bond theme songs from weakest to best.

24. "Tomorrow Never Dies," Sheryl Crow

Unfortunately for Crow, one of the theme songs had to be ranked last. Crow had released two albums prior to joining the James Bond musical family, but she really grew in popularity following this song's release. With all due respect to Crow, who's obviously a popular country singer, "Tomorrow Never Dies" misses the mark. It doesn't have a memorable chorus other than her screeching high voice, and nothing else makes the song notable. All in all, it's a forgettable Bond theme.

23. "You Know My Name," Chris Cornell

When the Bond series returned with "Casino Royale"   after a four-year layoff, 007 went in an entirely new direction. That's also true for the film's theme song. Cornell became the first male American to sing a Bond theme, and it was the first in the series to not share the same name as the movie since 1983. Cornell brought his grunge band and alternative rock sound to the series for the first time as well. For some, the risk might have worked, but it didn't for me, mostly due to the fact it isn't catchy enough to be a great Bond theme. And with the song title being different than that of the movie, it would have helped if Cornell said "You know my name" a little more often than just the seven straight repetitive times he screams it toward the end.

22. "The World is Not Enough," Garbage

It would be unfair to say it's ironic the title theme for  " The World is Not Enough" is sung by a band named Garbage, but this song is also one of the least memorable and recognizable themes in the series. It has a stronger chorus than some of the others of its era, but it doesn't have the great instrumental background needed to be a classic Bond theme. The best part of the song is probably in the second verse when the lyrics match Elektra King's quote from the film: "There's no point in living if you can't feel alive."

21. "The Man with the Golden Gun," Lulu

The cool thing about the lyrics to "The Man with the Golden Gun" is it captures the plot of the film better than any other of the theme songs. While that helps make it unique, it's also its downfall. Lulu's song is a little cheesy, and it's unrelatable outside of the Bond series. The best 007 themes transcend the series, so it doesn't make much sense to anyone listening to this song without seeing the film.

20. "The Living Daylights," A-ha

Every Bond theme song is the product of its era, but that's particularly true for "The Living Daylights." How one judges the song in 2020 is probably reflective of how they feel about pop music of the late 1980s. A-ha's sound wasn't as catchy as Duran Duran's, which hurts its standing. Overall, it's not a bad song, but it hasn't aged as well as the others.

19. "Die Another Day," Madonna

For anyone who hates repetitive lyrics, "Die Another Day" is absolutely not the song for them. The chorus consists of Madonna repeating the line, "Die Another Day" four or five times. But the lyrics improve starting with the second verse, and the song is definitely catchy. Then again, it's partially catchy because it's so repetitive. The fact some will find it monotonous places this theme in the bottom half of our list.

18. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," John Barry

On one hand, it's tough seeing this song ranked so low. John Barry, who composed the soundtracks for 12 of the first 15 films in the series, was a brilliant musical mind, and his "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" theme might be his crowning achievement. But as a Bond theme, the fact it doesn't have lyrics hurts it on any list of the best and most recognizable themes in the series. As great as this song it, the competitive disadvantage is too great to have it ranked high.

17. "No Time to Die," Billie Eilish

It's honestly not really fair to judge the new Bond theme up against songs 007 fans have been hearing, in some cases, for decades. Bond themes tend to grow on listeners with time, and this song is just too new for that to have happened. Furthermore, it's difficult to grade a song without knowing the full plot and themes of the film. But we do know from listening to it already that it's not at the bottom of the barrel, and it's not an instant classic. It will be easier to truly grade the song a year from now.

16. "All Time High," Rita Coolidge

The second Bond theme to differ in name from the movie title, it's pretty obvious Coolidge tried to imitate "Nobody Does It Better" from "The Spy Who Loved Me." Both are love songs during an era of 007 where sleeping around was, shall we say, at an all-time high. Coolidge's lyrics and instrumental beautifully mix together, but it's not quite as special as some of the others from its era.

15. "Another Way to Die," Jack White and Alicia Keys

The only duet in Bond theme song history, Key and White's "Another Way to Die" is one of the most underrated title songs in the series. With Key's pop voice and White's rock instrumental, the song has a little bit for everyone. The lyrics also seem to accurately portray how women in the series feel about men like 007. That was the start of a trend in 2008. "Another Way to Die" probably isn't more popular because it doesn't have an easy-to-sing chorus, and its title differs from the name of the film.

14. "License to Kill," Gladys Knight

Another one of the truly underrated title themes, Knight's voice invokes memories of some of the other female voices in the early themes, yet the instrumental in "License to Kill" gives the song a 1980s feel. The chorus is catchy and maybe a little repetitive, but the lyrics are much better than most of the other 1980s Bond themes. If there are any major weaknesses to this song, it's a little long. It runs at 5:15, which makes it the most lengthy theme of the series.

13. "Moonraker," Shirley Bassey

All three of Bassey's title themes capture the essence of each film. With "Moonraker," her high-toned voice and soft musical notes give the listener the feeling of actually being in space.  "Moonraker" is the least memorable of Bassey's three themes, but the other two are classics. This one is not at the same level, but it's a beautiful song.

12. "You Only Live Twice," Nancy Sinatra

Speaking of capturing the essence of a film, "You Only Live Twice" does that perfectly. The background music sounds like it may be from traditional Japanese musical instruments, which works well since the film largely takes place in Japan. This song is also notable because Sinatra was the first example of a budding star going to even newer heights after performing a Bond theme. Most don't consider "You Only Live Twice" quite up to the standards of the most classic Bond themes, but it's a beautiful song.

11. "Goldeneye," Tina Turner

Like many Turner songs, "Goldeneye" seems to get better every time one listens to it. The song is upbeat and catchy with gold-like sounds coming from strings and horns. It sounds like a Bond theme, and yet is an exciting original piece of 1990s art. In that way, it exactly mirrors the movie. If readers want to argue "Goldeneye" should be ranked in the top 10, I wouldn't necessarily disagree.

10. "A View to a Kill," Duran Duran

Even better than A-ha's "The Living Daylights," Duran Duran's title song captures the essence of the 1980s. The song emphasizes its loudness and synthesizing sound over the lyrics, which honestly, don't really make much sense. The weak lyrics make this a difficult song to place on the list, and from a musical perspective, it's not as strong as quite a few of the songs ranked lower. However, it remains the only Bond theme to reach No. 1 on the U.S. chart, and it climbed to No. 2 in the U.K. It's arguably the most popular 007 theme ever, and it will remain a treasure to any 1980s music fan.

9. "From Russia with Love," Matt Monro

The title theme in "From Russia with Love" has no lyrics, but the song with lyrics appears in the film during the end credits, and with them, the song is one of the best themes of the series. The lyrics don't have much to do with the plot, but the song's success proved love stories in Bond themes could work well. Monro's voice with the Russian influence in the instrumentals combine to make the first great 007 theme song about love.

8. "Thunderball," Tom Jones

The screaming horns and Jones' powerful voice make for a lethal combination, giving the series another memorable title theme in the 1960s. Thunderball's lyrics give the song a double meaning, as the man described in it could be either Bond or primary antagonist Emilio Largo. As such, listeners probably don't relate to it as well in their everyday lives. However, it's hard to think of a title theme that captures the essence of the series better than "Thunderball."

7. "Diamonds Are Forever," Shirley Bassey

With its lyrics about preferring diamonds over love, this song is hard for the male Bond fans to sing. Nevertheless, it's a wonderful theme. Again, Bassey's voice and the instrumentals mix together to give the song a spacious aura, which fits the diamond and space (both in Las Vegas and outer space) themes in the film. It wasn't popular on the billboard top 100, but "Diamonds Are Forever" belongs in the top 10 on this list.

6. "Writing's on the Wall," Sam Smith

There have been some popular Bond theme songs over the years, but Smith's "Writing's on the Wall" became the first title theme in the series' history to hit No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. It isn't hard to see why. The lyrics are relatable to both listeners' everyday lives and the Bond series, as Smith's chorus says "I've spent a lifetime running, and I always get away, but with you I'm feeling something that makes me want to stay." The rest of his chorus is just as poetic, and Smith's high vocals work really well with the background piano.

5. "Goldfinger," Shirley Bassey

It doesn't get much more classic than "Goldfinger." The lyrics and screaming horns and strings almost give the listener the feeling of touching gold. Then the imagery of the song multiplies with the way words such as "finger," "touch," "web," and "death" roll off Bassey's tongue. She "killed" this song so well that the series brought her back to sing two more themes. She's the only artist to perform multiple Bond title theme; she did three.

4. "Nobody Does It Better," Carly Simon

The first title theme to not share the same name with the film, the success of this song probably gave the series creators false hope that future title themes with different names could be just as popular. Simon's voice and the piano give this song an aquatic feel, which is perfectly in line with the themes of "The Spy Who Loved Me." Like the other very successful and popular 007 themes, the lyrics of "Nobody Does It Better" relate to the movie and to the everyday life of the listener. To land this high on this list, the song has to transcend the series. Simon helped that to happen with this piece of art.

3. "For Your Eyes Only," Sheena Easton

"For Your Eyes Only"   is another film with a heavy emphasis on underwater adventure. That's again perfectly captured in Easton's love song . Her high-pitched voice is reminiscent of a lot of other themes in the series, but her vocals and the high-noted musical instruments combine to make a truly beautiful tune that again is relatable to both a Bond and music fan.

2. "Skyfall," Adele

No Bond theme has transcended the series over the last 40 years quite like Adele's "Skyfall." Just like "Writing's on the Wall," the lyrics of "Skyfall" capture the essence of Craig's Bond and has helped the recent 007 films argue why the series is still relevant.  "Skyfall" reached No. 8 in the U.S. and became the first theme since "A View to a Kill" to climb to No. 2 in the U.K. With the popularity of Adele in 2012 and the beauty of this piece of art, it's likely that even music fans who have never seen a Bond film will recognize this song.

1. "Live and Let Die," Paul McCartney & Wings

From a popularity perspective in Bond themes, it doesn't get much bigger than "Live and Let Die." While it peaked at No. 2 and No. 9 on the U.S. and U.K. Top 100 charts, "Live and Let Die" remains recognizable for any music fans almost 50 years after the film's release. The song itself plays with ones emotions, going from slow and beautiful to fast and chaotic multiple times. Forget Bond themes, the bum bum bum, bum bum bum, bum bum rift is one of the most famous in rock and roll history. McCartney, one of the greatest musicians of all time, continues to play this song at his concerts today. Without a doubt, the fact a member of The Beatles wrote this song helped its popularity, but still, it's the unquestioned top theme in Bond history.

Dave Holcomb began working as a sports writer in 2013 after graduating from Syracuse University. Over the past six years, he has covered the NFL, NHL, MLB, fantasy sports, college football and basketball, and New Jersey high school sports for numerous print and online publications. Follow Holcomb on Twitter at @dmholcomb.

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