Hey there, very new on here as of tonite, just reading, checking out the site, and your post hit something that, as a FREAK (oops!) I've been hunting for, and so thought I'd throw it out there to see if others besides us (that would be me & you)do this! LOL!
With the 30th Anniversary CD We got Shirley Bassey's unreleased Thunderball theme recording, and an alternate take by Dionne Warick, as well as the Anthony Newley demo of Goldfinger, and simply "demo" of You Only Live Twice, which (and here's where the FREAK comes in), I found out after reseaching the net til blue in the face) was originally titled Volt, and sung by Julie Rodgers, but was rejected. And this got me thinking....are there other demos & rejected versions out there?
Now, you mentioned Alice Cooper's Man With The Golden Gun. (another I had found) I've also come across For Your Eyes Only - Blondie, a Take 2 of Live & Let Die by Paul, an early very rough View To A Kill - Duran Duran, and Tomorrow Never Dies versions by Swan Lee, St. Etienne, and a confirmed Bond reject, Tomorrow Never Lies, by Pulp.
The most recent find was a song entitled Octopussy that sounds like the gal singing has a definite accent, but French, German....or maybe Russian, I can't decipher, as I found that on a Russian website w/no name given. Then, there's still the mystery as to Bond related or simply coincidence?!
So, in answer to your question, I like Lulu's version better than Alice's, but Like Blondie's & Swan Lee's better than Sheena's & Sheryl's (am I the only one who does this to myself, or has anyone else gone though this phase of looking for the unobtainable?)
P.S. Now, if they would just tell us who did the vocals on Dr. No!!!!!