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James Bond Theme Songs

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Redigeret: jan 11, 2010, 2:53pm

I've often wondered why The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or THE WHO were never chosen to sing one of the James Bond Theme songs. I know Tom Jones did Thunderball and Paul McCartney did Live And Let Die. I've always been a fan of Tom JOnes too. I can remember watching variety show every sunday night in the late 60s and early 70s. I have several Tom Jones LP's and also CD's. I would think as popular as The Beatles were during the BeatleMania and The British Invasion period wondered why no one ever asked them to perform a 007 Theme song. Is there any reason why this happened? I would still love to hear The Rolling Stones and THE WHO perform an 007 Theme song and am excited about THE WHO performing at Half-Time of the Super Bowl. I think the Half-Time show The Rolling Stones did was one of the best Half-Times Shows I've ever seen and as a rule I usually don't even bother watching the Half-Time Show during the Super Bowl unless it's someone I really like. In fact, I mised the wardrobe malfunction with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake since I'm not a fan of either one of them and afterwards I started hearing about the wardrobe malfunction that happened at the Half-Time Show and didn't even know they were talking about at the time.

How do they chose who gets to sing a 007 Them song? There's a couple of them I don't particularly care for like the one the group Garbage did. In fact I thought they were aptly named since I thought the Theme song they performed (since I didn't like their singing, if you can call it that) was garbage and should be tossed in a wheelie bin.


jan 11, 2010, 5:08pm

As for why the Beatles and Stones never did a Jame Bond theme song, I think the simplest answer is that neither group really had the appropriate "sound". Aside from McCartney's 'Live and Let Die' and Tom Jones' 'Thunderball', all the great memorable themes were voiced by female vocalists - Shirley Bassey (three times), Nancy Sinatra, Tina Turner, Carly Simon, Sheena Easton. Bassey really set the tone with 'Goldfinger'. It has become as much a part of what audiences expect as the weird special effects montage during the opening credits.

Redigeret: jan 12, 2010, 8:01am

Who sang the Theme song to Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale? I still haven't seen the movies, yet. I'll probably buy them and add them to my James Bond Collection. I own 14 out of the 22 007 movies most of them of VHS Video Tapes. The only Bond Theme song that I've heard was the one Garbage did which turned me off the very firsy time I heard it. Like I said their version should be tossed in a wheelie bin I felt it was soooooo bad they should've asked them to return the money they were given to perform the Theme song.

I would like to get a copy of the 1967 Casino Royale version with Woody Allen as James Bond, Jr. David Niven, as a Retired 007, E.G. Marshall and a host of other Hollywood big names of the day. Even though to a Bond Purist they may feel it doesnn't belong in a James Bond Movie Collection I think it does at least in my Bond Collection.


Redigeret: jan 12, 2010, 9:38am

So Live and Let Die doesn't count?

ETA: So, it wasn't the Beatles but Wings. I learn something new from Wikipedia every day!

Redigeret: jan 12, 2010, 10:20am

I have nothing against Paul McCartney's group Wings but you know it's not the same as if it had been The Beatles performing Live And Let Die. I love Live And Let Die as I stated earlier. Live And Let Die is great. I remember Pau'ls Wings Over America Tour. That's the point it was WIngs not The Beatles. But he still performed the old Beatles tunes in his Concerts with Wings.

Besides Live And Let Die one of my other favourite Wings songs was Band on the Run. I may even have the LP Album at home filed under "W" for WIngs since all of my LP Albums are filed alphabetically by Artist name then by the order they originally came out in so for example I have Joan Baez filed as Baez, Joan, Beach Boys, Beatles, The then Bee Gees and so on.
And groups that kept changing their names like Grand Funk who later became Grand Funk Rail Road I have my Grand Funk then my Grand Funk Rail Road Albums and also Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship then Starship so any Albums I own would be filed under each of their different Band names.

This system works for me and I feel it's the best one for me too while other people probably have different filing systems for their old LP Albums which works for them maybe better than mine would and if I buy any old LP Albums to add to my Collection they get filed the same filling in any gaps I may have for that particular Artist. The Aritst I have the most Albums of is Barbra Streissand filed under "S" for Streisand. At last count I have over 40 different Albums for her.