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Topic: Rank main theme songs

Here's mine:

1 Nobody Does It Better (TSWLM)
2 If You Asked Me To (LTK)
3 Live And Let Die
4 A View To A Kill
5 Where Has Everybody Gone? (TLD)
6 If There Was A Man (TLD)
7 James Bond Theme (Dr No)
8 You Know My Name (Casino Royale)
9 The Living Daylights
10 Licence To Kill
11 On Her Majesty's Secret Service
12 Moonraker
13 All Time High (Octopussy)
14 For Your Eyes Only
15 Never Say Never Again
16 Casino Royale (Original)
17 Diamonds Are Forever
18 You Only Live Twice
19 Goldfinger
20 Thunderball
21 From Russia With Love
22 We Have All The Time In The World (OHMSS)
23 Goldeneye
24 Tomorrow Never Dies
25 The World Is Not Enough
26 Die Another Day

1 - Lald, 2 - Avtak, 3 - Op, 4 - Fyeo, 5 - Sf, 6 - Ltk, 7 - Dn, 8 - Ge, 9 - Ohmss, 10 - Tswlm, 11 - Yolt, 12 - Daf, 13 - Tld, 14 - Tmwtgg, 15 - Frwl, 16 - Gf, 17 - Twine, 18 - Tnd, 19 - Cr, 20 - Qos, 21 - Tb, 22 - Mr, 23 - Dad

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1 A View To A Kill
2 Casino Royale '67
3 Goldeneye
4 For Your Eyes Only
5 OHMSS Theme
6 The World Is Not Enough
7 The Look of Love
8 Live and Let Die
9 All Time High
10 Surrender
10 Nobody Does It Better
11 If You Asked Me To
12 Never Say Never Again
13 Diamonds Are Forever
14 If There Was A Man
15 Die Another Day
16 Goldfinger
17 We Have All The Time In The World
18 Une Chanson D'Amour (NSNA)
19 Where Has Everybody Gone?
20 You Only Live Twice
__________
AT THIS POINT THE SONGS BECOME GODAWFULLY BAD.

21 From Russia With Love (Could it get any sappier and loveyer? I mean, the first part of Sir James's Trip To Find Mata (Deborah Kerr's theme) is less overly-romanticized as this!

22 You Know My Name (Film Version), probably one of the most abhorrently mixed songs in the history of abhorrently mixed songs! The pop mix is pretty good, but the movie got off on a bad foot with me when I heard this song.

23 The Man With The Golden Gun, aka, fit as many double entendres in a song as you possibly can. Even John Barry and LuLu admit it was crap!

24 License To Kill, Huh? Wait? It's over? I fell asleep. Like Kamen's score, this is one of the most boring songs created for Bond and turns the Goldfinger beat into some sort of synthy lounge beat. Ugh! Not even the very talented Gladys Knight could save this one.

25 Thunderball, I'm just going to go out on a whim and say that the movies shouldn't rip off the Goldfinger song, because the end result is always bad. This song is very Goldfingeresque, but it's also overly-dramatic and too bombastic. A pain to listen to.

26 Tomorrow Never Dies, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!! Sheryl Crow's whiny voice, inspid lyrics, and that idiotic airplane noise it starts with make for one of the most unpleasant songs to listen to of ALL TIME! I can't contain my hatred for this song! IT'S SO TERRIBLE!!!!

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I go with what I listen to:

Goldfinger - Perfection

The oo7 Theme by John Barry - Not a theme but it is perfection repeated!

Casino Royale '06 - Main Title some of the lyrics are pretty neat! Some of the incidental music is very John Barryish.

Casino Royale '67 - Fantastic Soundtrack! Could listern to it all day long!!

From Russia with Love - It's a real song! I can remember when it was played on the radio. This was back in the days when you could understand all the song lyrics! How can you not like the British Frank Sinatra?

From a View to a Kill - Great use of the movie Title.

The Songs by Madonna and "garbage" should be removed from all copies of their respective films. If they were replaced with static or electronic feedback, it would be an improvement.

Question? What kind of idiot hires a band called "garbage"? What kind of music would you expect from a group named "garbage" - talk about "daft"!

Madonna = insufficently frozen fish bait.

"Arm yourself because no one else here will save you."

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To me, the songs from the Brosnan era were the worst.

I agree with JFF about the TND song being awful, but I also agree with 7289 about TWINE and DAD songs being awful.

When I first heard the GE theme, I thought it was awful. Still do. But the other theme songs, from the next Brosnan films were even worse. And got worse with each film IMO. For me, the DAD theme song is the absolute rock-bottom point in Bond music.

1 - Lald, 2 - Avtak, 3 - Op, 4 - Fyeo, 5 - Sf, 6 - Ltk, 7 - Dn, 8 - Ge, 9 - Ohmss, 10 - Tswlm, 11 - Yolt, 12 - Daf, 13 - Tld, 14 - Tmwtgg, 15 - Frwl, 16 - Gf, 17 - Twine, 18 - Tnd, 19 - Cr, 20 - Qos, 21 - Tb, 22 - Mr, 23 - Dad

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1. Nobody Does It Better
2. Licence To Kill
3. You Know My Name
4. Goldfinger
5. You Only Live Twice
6. Dr. No
7. For Your Eyes Only
8. A View To A Kill
9. The Living Daylights
10.Diamonds Are Forever
11.Moonraker
12.On Her Majesty's Secret Service
13.The World Is Not Enough
14.From Russia With Love
15.Live And Let Die
16.If You Asked Me To
17.All Time High
18.We Have All The Time In The World
19.Never Say Never Again
20.Goldeneye
21.The Man With The Golden Gun
22.Tomorrow Never Dies
23.Die Another Day
24.Surrender
25.Thunderball

Last edited by 3rbrown (5th Jul 2007 21:33)

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I'll be lazy and just give my top 5...

1) You know my name
2) Live and Let Die
3) Tomorrow Never Dies
4) Goldfinger
5) Diamonds are Forever

...Special mention to "A View to a Kill" and "Moonraker" who didn't make my top 5 but certainly   didn't miss by much.

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1) OHMSS
2) YOLT
3) FRWL
4) AVTAK
5) TLD
6) GF
7) DAF
8) CR
9) TSWLM
10)LALD

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You people are out of your heads, Goldeneye and TWINE's theme songs are about the only good things about the movies.

Here's a list:
Live and Let Die
Nobody Does It Better
Goldfinger
OHMSS
A View to a Kill (one of the few good things about that movie)
Goldeneye
Diamonds Are Forever
Moonraker
We Have All the Time in the World
Licence to Kill
Thunderball
The Living Daylights
You Know My Name
The World is Not Enough
Tomorrow Never Dies

Here's the poopy ones:
You Only Live Twice
From Russia with Love
The Man With the Golden Gun
For Your Eyes Only
All Time High

Here's the "I'd rather put a bullet in my brain than listen to" list:
Never Say Never Again
Die Another Day

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Personally I think your all mistaken for me and maybe this is because of my age the newer songs are getting better and better with the exception of LTK all of the songs of the from AVTAK and beyond are fantastic and a special tip of the cap to TLD for not one but two of my top five theme songs with 'the living daylights' obviously and 'If there was a man' and the orchestral score throughout the film was simply beautiful at times especially at more tender parts of the movie (magic)but it has to be said the Brosnan years were sensational not one bad song and chris cornell in my opinion has really hit the mark for craigs portrail of the character with 'You know my name'.  You only live twice is beautifully elegant and theres a few others worth a mention but that is about it IMO as for the pre late moore/early dalton years.

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Its hard to rank them all, because I just dont like some of them, and Im not sure I am ranking them because they suit the movie or because they are good songs in their own right. Ive excluded theme tunes.

1. We Have All The Time In The World
2. The Look Of Love
3. Diamonds Are Forever
4. Nobody Does It Better
5. Thunderball
6. Moonraker
7. You Only Live Twice
8. Goldfinger
9. A View To A Kill
10. From Russia With Love
11. Die Another Day
12. For Your Eyes Only
13. All Time High

I dont really care for the rest

Last edited by chrisno1 (28th Mar 2008 03:51)

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1 Nobody Does It Better
2 moonraker
3 for your eyes only
4 if there waS a man
5 if you asked me to
6 all time high

worst
AVTAK
TLD
GE
TND
TWINE
DAD

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Taking the title post literaly

Die Another Day
Quantum of Solace

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A7ce wrote:

Taking the title post literaly

Die Another Day
Quantum of Solace

lol ajb007/lol

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Top 5:

1. AVTAK
2. TLD
3. Another Way to Die
4. LTK
5. If You asked me to.

Worst few:

FRWL (Mat Monroe version) and Sheryl Crows crowing.

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1. Goldfinger
2. You Know My Name (Casino Royale)
3. Nobody Does it Better (SWLM)
4. You Only Live Twice
5. Thunderball

I don't count James Bond theme and OHMSS as theme songs or they would be in there.

It seems to me that most peoples choices here seem to reflect what is in my view the poor quality of the theme songs over the past decade(+)

Last edited by Panache (8th Feb 2009 15:29)

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I think that the 'Shirley Bassey Ballads' are overrated, the lyrics don't make sense & they all sound the same.

My fave is:
You Know My Name - Chris Cornell

Runner-ups are:
You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra
Live and Let Die - Paul McCartney & Wings
Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton
A View To A Kill - Duran Duran

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Top 7, all excellent
From Russia with Love
Thunderball
Goldfinger
Nobody Does it Better
The World is Not Enough (get over it)
Live and Let Die
YOLT

DAD is the worst, most disgusting, horrid piece of trash ever, what on earth were they thinking?

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Top 7, all excellent
From Russia with Love
Thunderball
Goldfinger
Nobody Does it Better
The World is Not Enough (get over it)
Live and Let Die
YOLT

DAD is the worst, most disgusting, horrid piece of trash ever, what on earth were they thinking?

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This is tough, but...

1. Nobody Does it Better
2. For Your Eyes Only
3. Moonraker
4. All Time High (Octopussy)
5. Diamonds Are Forever
6. Live and Let Die
7. We Have All the Time in the World

The other day I was driving, and all of a sudden, Nobody Does it Better comes on the radio - I could not withhold the goosebumps! ajb007/smile

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My personnel Top 5
1.Bond 77
2.Goldfinger
3.Nobody Does It Better
4.Surrender(K.D. Lang)
5.Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang(Shirley Bassey)

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My personnel Top 5
1.Bond 77
2.Goldfinger
3.Nobody Does It Better
4.Surrender(K.D. Lang)
5.Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang(Shirley Bassey)

Jan

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OHMSS - Absolutely brilliant stuff. ajb007/martini Only Ennio does it as good. ajb007/smile

DAF
ALL TIME HIGH [Octopussy]
MOONRAKER
LIVE AND LET DIE
GOLDFINGER

Post OHMSS all the five are interchangable. I love them all.

"If God had wanted man to fly..."
"He would have given him wings, Mr. Kidd"

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22.) Die Another Day
21.) Another Way to Die
20.) The Man With the Golden Gun
19.) Live and Let Die
18.) Thunderball
17.) You Only Live Twice
16.) License to Kill
15.) Living Daylights
14.) A View to a Kill
13.) Goldeneye
12.) All Time High
11.) Diamonds are Forever
10.) You Know My Name
9.) Goldfinger
8.) Tomorrow Never Dies
7.) The World is Not Enough
6.) For Your Eyes Only
5.) Moonraker
4.) Nobody Does it Better
3.) Dr. No Opening Credits (James Bond Theme)
2.) From Russia With Love (intstrumental)
1.) On Her Majesty's Secret Service

The top 10 are certain, as well as the final 5.... The ones in the middle do change pretty much with how I feel at the moment.

"A dry martini, in a deep champagne goblet. Three measures of Gordons, one of Vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until its ice cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?" - Ian Fleming's 'Casino Royale'

"We're just too different... I mean, you're dead...." - Tim Burton's 'Corpse Bride'

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Before I start my ranking of the Bond theme songs, let me just say I have a CD in my car with all the theme songs from the first 21 Bond films, but the highlight of the CD is the best Bond song of all time Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang as song by Dionne Warwick.  I love that song.  Now on with the rankings.

1 - Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey belts out the greatest Bond theme ever. 
2 - Nobody Does It Better (TSWLM)- Fitting title for a Bond song, with fitting lyrics.
3 - Live and Let Die - A rock Bond song that works.
4 - OHMSS - The soaring title song fits the film.
5 - Diamonds are Forever - Shirley Bassey does it again.
6 - From Russia WIth Love - I prefer female vocalists for my Bond themes, but this was good.
7 -  You Only Live Twice - Best song Nancy Sinatra ever did.
8 -  A View to a Kill - Best thing about the film.
9 - Goldeneye - Tina Turner belts out a good one.
10 - Thunderball - Tom Jone's big voice for a big film
11 - For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton singing and in the title sequence
12 - Dr No - I place this here because I am not sure what song should be the title song
13 - License to Kill - Good song. although it sounds like she says kilt
14 - Tomorrow Never Dies - Some good lyrics "martinis girls and guns"
15 - TWINE - Pacing is a little too slow.
16 -The Living Daylights - Just never cared for it.
17 - Moonraker - Melody OK, lyrics are odd.
18 - All Time High (OP) - Just never liked this song.
19 - Die Another Day - Thought it kind of work during titles, but as a song, didn't care for it.
20 - You Know My Name (CR) - Didn't like the changing tempo
21 - Man WIth the Golden Gun - The worst lyrics ever.
22 - Another Way to Die (QOS)  - I wanted to die after hearing this.

I have listed only the main title songs, from the "official" Bond films.  If I included closing thme songs, If You Asked Me To by Patti Labelle would be way up there.  Tough list to put together, many songs in the middle I feel about the same about.

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1 James Bond Theme
2 You Only Live Twice
3 Goldfinger
4 Thunderball
5 From Russia With Love
6 Diamonds Are Forever
7 Casino Royale (Original)
8 You Know My Name (Casino Royale)
9  Live And Let Die
10 All Time High (Octopussy)

The top 3 are all interchangeable and are really equal No. 1...