One of the things that excites me most about a new James Bond film is finding out who is going to sing the title theme. The past twenty-three Bond themes read like a who’s who of the music industry from classy crooners like Matt Monroe and Tom Jones to eighties boy bands, Duran Duran and A-ha. Not to mention pop queens like Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner and Madonna, who have all taken a shot at belting out an iconic opening track (or several in Dame Shirley’s case).
If the above artists demonstrate anything, it is that recording a Bond theme is anyone’s game. So here are five artists that deserve a shot at adding to Bond’s fifty year legacy by recording one of 007′s title themes.
Electropop duo Goldfrapp were at one point considered to record the theme for Casino Royale, but lost out in favour of Chris Cornell’s You Know My Name. Their moody 2000 single, Lovely Head has the simple, sultry charm of Nancy Sinatra’s You Only Live Twice and would be a perfect fit to reflect Daniel Craig’s vulnerable 21st Century James Bond. Even the pair’s most recent single, Melancholy Sky would sound magnificent set against the iconic silhouetted titles – the title sounds like the name of a Bond film.
Plus, Goldfrapp would be the first duo to record a title theme for the series since Jack White and Alicia Keys’ Another Way To Die, and if anyone can fix that mess it is Allison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory.
This article was first posted on January 29, 2013