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James Bond Theme Tunes

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The James Bond theme tunes are classic, cinematic musical pieces which have become known the world over.

There have been 22 Bond films released by the official Bond film makers EON Productions and two unofficial Bond films, every one of which has had it's own classic theme tune specifically written and performed for it.

The Bond signature tune is synonomous with composer John Barry who wrote and performed the tune for the first ever film Dr No in 1962, a tune which has remained the classic Bond signature tune ever since.

John Barry was also co - writer of another 10 individual Bond film theme tunes and his orchestra performed on another 4 of them.

Other notable Bond theme tune composers were Hal David who co - wrote 2 tunes and Don Black who co - wrote 4 of them.

Welsh singer Shirley Bassey holds the record for most Bond themes ever performed, with three tunes to her credit.

Below is a list of all the Bond themes in film chronological order which includes name of composer, name of performer and both U.S and U.K chart ranking, for each one.

The theme tunes are named after the film title unless otherwise stated.

DR NO. 

Was the first official EON Productions Bond film, released in October 1962. The classic James Bond instrumental, theme tune which has featured on all the official EON Bond films since, was written by Monty Norman, arranged by John Barry and performed by the John Barry Orchestra. This theme tune featured as Dr No's main theme tune.  

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.

Was Bond film number two, released in October 1963.

The song was written by Lionel Bart and performed by Matt Munro who was accompanied by the John Barry Orchestra. The song failed to make the charts in either the U.S or U.K.

GOLDFINGER. 

Was released in September 1964. The Goldfinger theme was written by Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley and John Barry, with vocals by Shirley Bassey, who took the song to number 8 in the U.S charts and number 21 in the U.K charts.

THUNDERBALL. 

Released in December 1965 this film had it's theme tune written by John Barry and Don Black and was performed by Tom Jones, who took the song to number 25 in the U.S charts and number 35 in the U.K charts.

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. 

The fifth Bond movie was released in June 1967 with it's theme tune written by Leslie Bricusse, Anita Baker and John Barry, with vocals by Nancy Sinatra, who took the song to number 44 in both the U.S and U.K charts.

ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. 

Bond film number six was released in December 1969 with an instrumental theme tune written by John Barry and Hal David. The signature tune was performed by the John Barry Orchestra, but the film is better known for the Louis Armstrong classic, we have all the time in the world, which was played over the film's closing credits.

Neither the signature tune nor the Louis Armstrong tune managed to make it into the charts on either side of the Atlantic, in fact.It took the Louis Armstrong tune 25 years to gain notoriety, but It is now classified as one of the top three love songs of all time.

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. 

Was the 7th Bond film released in August 1971 and the last Bond film to star legendary Bond actor Sean Connery. The theme tune was written by John Barry and Don Black with vocals by Shirley Bassey, which was the second Bond theme to be performed by the Welsh singer.

Bassey took the tune to number 38 in the U.K charts and number 57 in the U.S charts.

LIVE AND LET DIE. 

Was released in June 1973 and was the first Bond film to star long running Bond actor, Roger Moore.

The theme tune was written and performed by Beatles legend, Paul Macartney who wrote it along with his wife Linda and performed it with his group Wings, who took the tune to number 2 in the U.S charts and number 7 in the U.K charts.

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN. 

Was released in December 1974. The theme tune was composed by John Barry and Don Black and performed by Scottish singer, Lulu.

Lulu failed to get the song into the charts on either side of the Atlantic.

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. 

Was the 10th Bond movie released in June 1977 and the first film to have a theme tune which was not named after the film's title.

The film's theme tune was called Nobody does it better, written by Marvin Hamlisch and Carol Bayer Sager, with vocals by Carly Simon, who took the popular song to number 2 in the U.S charts and number 7 in the U.K charts.

MOONRAKER. 

Released in June 1979 had it's theme tune penned by John Barry and Hal David. The tune was the third and final Bond theme performed by singer Shirley Bassey, who this time failed to chart the song on either side of the Atlantic.

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. 

The Bond series of films reaches it's first dozen with this film released in June 1981.

The film's theme tune was written by Bill Conti and Michael Leeson, with vocals performed by Sheena Easton, who took the tune to number 4 in the U.S charts and number 8 in the U.K charts.

OCTOPUSSY. 

Was the 13th Bond film to be released in June 1983 and the second Bond theme not to be named after the film's title. The theme tune for this film was called All time high and was composed by John Barry, Time Rice and Stephen Short and performed by U.S country singer Rita Coolidge who took the tune to number 36 in the U.S charts and 75 in the U.K charts.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN. 

Was an unofficial James Bond movie released by Warner Brothers in October 1984 which starred Sean Connery and Kim Basinger.By unofficial I mean it was not produced by the usual James Bond filmmakers EON.

This film's theme tune was written by film score composer Michel Legrand and performed by American singer ( and wife of band leader Herb Alpert) Lani Hall.

A VIEW TO A KILL.

Was the seventh and last Bond film to star legendary Bond actor Roger Moore. The film was released in May 1985 and it's theme tune was the only Bond theme to reach number one in the music charts.

The tune was composed by John Barry and John Taylor and was performed by pop icons Duran Duran, who took the song to number 2 in the U.K charts and number 1 in the U.S charts.

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS . 

Was the first Bond movie to star actor Timothy Dalton as 007 when it was released in June 1987. The film's theme tune was the last to be composed by John Barry, who co - wrote it along with Norwegian musician, Pal Waaktaar - Savoy, who also performed in the pop group who performed the tune, a - ha, who took the tune to number 5 in the U.K charts. The tune failed to chart in the U.S.

A LICENCE TO KILL.

Was released in July 1989 and it's theme tune was written by Narada Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen and Walter Afanasieff.

The vocals were performed by legendary soul singer Gladys Knight, who took the tune to number 6 in the U.K charts but failed to chart it in the U.S.

GOLDEN EYE. 

The 17th Bond movie released in November 1995 and the first to star Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.

The film's theme tune was written by Paul David Hewson ( Bono) and David Howell Evans ( The Edge ) both performers in the rock band U2.

Vocals for the song were performed by legendary rock icon Tina Turner, who took the tune to number 7 in the U.K charts and 102 in the U.S charts.

TOMORROW NEVER DIES. 

Released in December 1997  this film's theme tune was both written and performed by Sheryl Crow who co - wrote it with American musician Mitchell Froom.

The song charted at number 12 in the U.K but failed to chart in the U.S.

THE WORLD IN NOT ENOUGH. 

Was released in November 1999. The theme tune was composed by David Arnold and Don Black and performed by U.S rock band Garbage, who took the tune to number 11 in the U.K charts but failed to make an impression with their home audience in the U.S.

DIE ANOTHER DAY. 

Is the 20th Bond movie to be released in November 2002 and the last Bond movie to star Bond icon, Pierce Brosnan.

The theme tune was wrtitten and performed by pop icon Madonna, who co - wrote the tune with Parisienne songwriter, Mirwais Ahmadzai, Madonna also had a small part in the film.

The song reached number 3 in the U.K charts and number 8 in the U.S charts.

CASINO ROYALE. 

Is the film from the first ever James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming in 1953.

There have actually been three productions of this film, but only the most recent was actually made by the official Bond film makers EON.

The first filming of Casino Royale was produced by the Climax Mystery Theatre in 1954 and starred the one and only American actor to ever play Bond, Barry Nelson, who played American spy Jimmy Bond in the film.

This film was a live recording of a one off episode of a long running, 1950's U.S crime series.

The second Casino Royale production was a spoof film made by Columbia Pictures in 1967 and starred British actor David Niven - who by all accounts was actually author Ian Flemming's chosen actor to star as Bond.

The film's theme tune was an instrumental written by legendary composer Bert Bacharach and performed by Herb Alpert and his Tijuana Brass, which was released as a B side single to the song The Wall St Rag.

However, the most recent Casino Royale is the 2006 production starring new Bond actor Daniel Craig, who is synonomous for being the first blonde haired Bond.

The theme tune to this film was called You know my name and was written and performed by Chris Cornell who co - wrote the tune with David Arnold, and took the song to number 7 in the U.K charts and number 79 in the U.S charts.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE. 

The second film for new Bond Daniel Craig was released in October 2008. The theme song, Another way to die,  was both written and performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys who took the tune to number 7 in the U.K charts and number 79 in the U.S charts. 

SKYFALL. 

Due for release in October 2012, with actor Daniel Craig making his third Bond appearance, has the theme song 'Let The Sky Fall ' composed by Thomas Newman and performed by Adele.  

The title image of this article is the James Bond, Gun Barrel logo, which is owned by EON Productions, the official makers of all the James Bond movies.  

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Comments (6)

A bunch of cool music.

Thanks for featuring this, Dee. I've always been a James Bond fan - both the movies and the theme music/songs. I posted (Feb 1) about John Barry in my inspiredpenweb.com when he passed away.

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Excellent write up, a complete compilation of powerful 007 themes.

I just watched a couple of your list. great compliation.xx

Thanks Dee. I have all of the James Bond Movies and I also have all the sound tracks on CDs.

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Great work, DeeBee. Live and Let Die was always my favourite. As a White Stripes fan, I also like Quantum of Solace.

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