There are certain expectations that come with a theme to the opening credits of a Bond movie- many people have a set idea in their head of what the criteria is- big, brassy, a powerful singer belting out about the villain… but there’s a lot more diversity than people give this particular musical canon credit for. There’s sweeping and romantic, rocky and dangerous, and… um…Madonna. Some of the themes are truly timeless, others are definitely products of their time.
As Adele’s theme has just been released, allow me to rank the 22 themes we’ve had (I’ve decided not to include John Barry’s theme tune, because that is not only completely iconic, but it’s a theme tune throughout all the films, and not a song specific to any individual film). I’ve been impartial and ignored the actual films, instead focusing on each song for its musical calibre. So, without further ado- bum-bum-ba-ba-baaaa…bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-bum-baaaa….
22. Tomorrow Never Dies
Artist: Sheryl Crow
Film: Tomorrow Never Dies
I can’t think about anything good in this tune. Sheryl Crow clearly doesn’t have the lungs for it, and it’s too of its time. Crow sounds like she’s whining throughout, and the distracting opening effects of a jet… eurgh, there’s nothing special or notable about this. With one exception, Brosnan’s films had a terrible time of it in regards to the opening theme, and this is definitely the worst.
21. Die Another Day
Film: Die Another Day
Oh dear. What more can be said of this. “Sigmund Freud”? What’s all that about? Now, I’ve never liked Madonna, and this and the fact she appeared in the film (as if SheenEaston’s appearance in the opening titles of ‘For Your Eyes Only’ wasn’t weird enough) didn’t help. This is not Bondy, it’s not interesting, it doesn’t take you on a journey and set you up for the ensuing adventure, you just want it to end. It only just tops the previous entry because Madonna carries some clout and it’s not quite as weak as Crow’s entry.
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