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Question: What was the best James Bond movie theme song?
Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney and Wings) - 13 (39.4%)
For Your Eyes Only (Sheena Easton) - 3 (9.1%)
The Look of Love (Burt Bacharach) - 1 (3%)
Nobody Does it Better (Carly Simons) - 3 (9.1%)
Are you crazy, the best James Bond song is none of the above! - 13 (39.4%)
Total Voters: 33

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« on: April 22, 2007, 08:53:09 PM »

Last night I fired up Goldfinger for my brother in-law and nephew since the hockey game was over. During the opening my son commented that the song was really bad and I had to agree; Shirley Bassey's Gold Finger wasn't one of the worst Bond songs ever. This started off a real heated debate between my brother in-law and I over which was the best Bond song ever.

My brother in-law claimed that Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only" was by far the best. Damn him because it brought back memories of my 1st live-in girl friend and how we used to do some close dancing to it at college dances; I found out she died of cancer a few years ago. So after I could wipe the brief tears from my eyes I countered with either "Live and Let Die" or "The Look of Love" as the best Bond songs ever. Then he accused me of dissing the great women Bond composers and said if it wasn't Sheena Easton it had to be Carly Simon's "Nobody Does it Better"; LOL I had completely forgot about that song and yes it's a good one.

Well....the debate went on and on with my nephew giving thumbs up to some of the newer bond songs. After I downloaded a number of MP3's to compare, we all did agree that the 4 above songs were probably the best. I have to admit that I haven't been impressed with the newer Bond themes and the 4 above IMHO at least represent the best songs from the 60's, 70's and 80's. We also couldn't find MP3's for Nancy Sinatra's "You Only live Twice", Gladys Knights "License to Kill" or Sheryl Crow's "Tomorrow Never Dies", so they might be contenders as well.

After all was said and done I'd have to give the nod to "The Look of Love" because it was another song from a theme song composer who has a great track record.  I told my brother in-law that to settle this I'd ask some real experts; so hence this post. My brother in-law insisted that I list "For Your Eyes Only" at the top of the poll, but I refuse to list it above a song composed by one of the 'fab four'; nuff said. So please post your favorites and arguments.

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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2007, 10:10:18 PM »

While I voted for Live and Let Die, I truly meant to vote for the Guns N' Roses 'remix' of the song. biggrin
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2007, 10:25:39 PM »

honestly, most of the James Bond songs have been forgettable.  I can't think of one at all right now.
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2007, 10:49:06 PM »

Quote from: Destructor on April 22, 2007, 10:10:18 PM

While I voted for Live and Let Die, I truly meant to vote for the Guns N' Roses 'remix' of the song. biggrin

I'd say that still counts. In a comparison like this I think we're mostly considering the actual composition as opposed to the production. If we were to focus on production there's no way 'For Your Eyes Only' would be in the poll, as the instrument arrangement for that song was weak.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2007, 10:54:09 PM »

I'd go with a View to a kill. 2nd place would go to Goldfinger.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2007, 10:58:21 PM »

Goldfinger for me. Judged as if it were it was a normal pop song, it is indeed terrible; as a James Bond theme, it is delicious.
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2007, 11:17:19 PM »

Quote from: dbt1949 on April 22, 2007, 10:54:09 PM

I'd go with a View to a kill. 2nd place would go to Goldfinger.

For some reason I liked the song from View to a Kill even when I didn't like Duran Duran.  Very cool song.
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2007, 12:40:04 AM »

For me, I loved Tina Turner's Goldeneye theme but I'm a sucker for divas belting out the theme for a Bond movie. As such, I love Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger theme but I agree that by itself it doesn't work nearly as well. For Your Eyes Only though is a close second to Goldeneye for me, so good call on that one. Oh, and Live and Let Die sucks as a song and as a movie. This from an ardent Bond fanatic.
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2007, 07:49:16 AM »

my favorite is probably Goldeneye.  after that, a tie between Goldfinger and Die Another Day.
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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2007, 12:24:43 PM »

Moonraker.  Shirley Bassey.
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2007, 12:53:17 PM »

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Still, on the list above, I'd go with Live and Let Die.
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2007, 01:27:06 PM »

Quote from: dbt1949 on April 22, 2007, 10:54:09 PM

I'd go with a View to a kill. 2nd place would go to Goldfinger.

I liked View to a Kill, Die Another Day, Goldeneye, and Know My Name from Casino Royale.  Since none of them made the list, I can list all of them.  smile
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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2007, 03:56:59 PM »

License to Kill, easily my favorite.
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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2007, 07:36:43 PM »

Eh.

You Know My Name from Casino Royale.

Not only is it the first bond movie ever that doesn't annoy me with stupid crap at least once every few minutes but it's also the first one with an opening theme that didn't annoy me. I expect that's an unpopular suggestion, so I'll get me coat and just head on out now.
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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2007, 07:38:00 PM »

View To A Kill
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« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2007, 09:37:00 PM »

"View to a Kill", hands down.

"Live and Let Die" is a distant, but acceptable second.

EDIT: Here's a link to the video for "License To Kill" by Gladys Knight.
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