Ill admit, Im a little late to the James Bond party. But Im sure if I had been writing for WhatCulture back in November 2012 I would have jumped in with an article on the most inventive villains, the best one liners or the most shocking moments in the Bond franchise (Its Tracys death at the end of Her Majestys Secret Service by the way). Eight months on, Bond fever is still here. The franchise was reborn with style with Casino Royale in 2006. But with the success of last years Skyfall, Bond mania exploded and Im still reading articles over who is going to be the next Bond girl or the merry go round of directors (current plans suggest Sam Mendes WILL be back to direct Bond 24). So with that in mind, I thought Id jump in with my thoughts on an essential part of any Bond filmthe song Only with a twist. Everyone has their favourite numbers so here Im going to look at those great songs that sound like Bond songs, feel like Bond songs but arent actually Bond songs. Those songs you listen to and think this was made to accompany a Bond film. And Im not talking about remakes of existing Bond songs such as the Propeller heads version of the On Her Majestys Secret Service or the excellent rock version of Live And Let Die by GunsNRoses (which is BETTER than the great Paul McCartney and the Wings versionthereI said it!) Bond songs can be campit's genetically acceptable for me as a straight man to listen to Tina Turner or Shirley Bassey if its a Bond song! The vocals must be epic and haunting. The orchestral accompaniment has to be dramatic. The lyrics have to be thickly laid in metaphor that works because the artist is singing about the many facets of Bonds character. It has to work against images of scantily clad women, guns, explosions and silhouetted images or a provocative nature. And while every Bond song is different, they all have that same thing that makes them identifiable as a Bond song. The songs on my list hit that thing too. Its a wide and varied list and Im sure not to everyones tastethough Im fairly certain youll find it hard to argue with my number one choicebut thats what your comments for. And before I move to 007 on my list, here are three honourable mentions for your consideration Led Zeppelins Kashmir, with its killer guitar riffs and Bond theme song-style lyrics. Foo Fighters, The Pretender with its thundering epic instrumentals and rock tones that would fit brilliantly in the modern Bond era Grace Jones Storm from that other Avengers Movie in 1998; a camp Shirley Bassey Bondy extravaganza (compete with the spoken sections that add that odd Grace Jones twist) Any of the above would be deserving of being a non-Bond Bond song, but for me there are seven classics songs that could fill the catalogue of Bassey, Ah Ha, Easton or Garbage (the artists behind the excellent The World Is Not Enoughnot the singer that followed them).
A writer for Whatculture since May 2013, I also write for TheRichest.com and am the TV editor and writer for Thedigitalfix.com . I wrote two plays for the Greater Manchester Horror Fringe in 2013, the first an adaption of Simon Clark's 'Swallowing A Dirty Seed' and my own original sci-fi horror play 'Centurion', which had an 8/10* review from Starburst magazine! (http://www.starburstmagazine.com/reviews/eventsupcoming-genre-events/6960-event-review-centurion) I also wrote an episode for online comedy series Supermarket Matters in 2012. I aim to achieve my goal for writing for television (and get my novels published) but in the meantime I'll continue to write about those TV shows I love! Follow me on Twitter @BazGreenland and like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BazGreenlandWriter