The OO7 Theme
I have been listening to Bond soundtracks again recently and am fascinated by the variations on this theme.
Barry plays about with themes a lot. There are often different distinct musical versions of his main themes - I'm thinking the jazz version of Golden Gun, the Source Instrumental for Diamonds, that kind of thing.
He doesn't use the Bond Theme much and it doesn't crop up on the soundtracks ( a legal issue I seem to recall ) but Barry's OO7 Theme is used and each time he introduces it, he's put a different spin on the orchestration.
Two versions on the FRWL soundtrack. A revitalised effort for Thunderball. Introduction to Little Nellie in YOLT. The boat chase in Moonraker. Perhaps most outstanding is the driving, thumping guitars on Diamonds Are Forever's To Hell With Blofeld, which simply doesn't come across on film but is brilliant on CD. Bet its even better on vinyl.
I'm not entirely sure what my point is, just to say how good the theme is and how versatile Barry is by using its familiarity and anthemic sway at such appropriate moments.