James Bond Theme Music – The Sounds Of 007

James Bond Theme Music – The Sounds Of 007




James Bond theme music has played a huge part in defining the 007 movie series. Each film begins with a teaser (pre-title) ordern followed by a rare theme song written and performed especially for the movie.

Some of the well-known theme songs include Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey, Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney & Wings, and A View to a Kill by Duran Duran.

More often than not James Bond theme music is performed by popular artists. Over the years this has led to great anticipation as to who will perform the next 007 theme tune.

The theme songs are played as the background music to the title ordern which features pictures exhibiting the theme for each movie.

The following theme songs have a different name to their respective movie: Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon, All Time High by Rita Coolidge, You Know My Name by Chris Cornell, and Another Way To Die by Jack White & Alicia Keys.

James Bond theme music is incredibly well-known and has been noticeable in musical charts all over the world. Many of the songs have stood the test of time with Thunderball, by Tom Jones, a typical example. The popular Welsh singer often nevertheless performs in live concert and is admired for singing the theme song to this great 1965 Bond film.

The only artists to perform multiple theme songs are the John Barry Orchestra and Shirley Bassey.

John Barry also composed the music for eleven James Bond movies giving the series its exclusive style.

Now let’s view a list of the James Bond theme music:

Movie, Year, Artist

Dr No, 1962, John Barry Orchestra

From Russia with Love, 1963, Matt Monro

Goldfinger, 1964, Shirley Bassey

Thunderball, 1965, Tom Jones

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 and Wings

The Man with the Golden Gun, 1974, Lulu

The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977, Carly Simon

Moonraker, 1979, Shirley Bassey

For Your Eyes Only, 1981, Sheena Easton

Octopussy, 1983, Rita Coolidge

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

GoldenEye, 1995, Tina Turner

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




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