11 Things You Learn Rewatching Moonraker

11. Shirley Bassey's Title Song Is Totally Forgettable

Moonraker Titles
United Artists

Moonraker saw Shirley Bassey contribute her third title song to the Bond canon (after Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever), and though it's hard not to love Bassey's smooth-as-silk voice, this is sadly a pretty forgettable tune all things considered.

The song was reportedly thrown together mere weeks before the movie's premiere, with the original planned lyrics being hastily re-written and Bassey being hired last-minute after Johnny Mathis bailed on the project.

Despite Bassey's fair effort, the song lacks much soul or anything approaching a memorable hook. It's just...there, and a rare workmanlike element in a movie that otherwise thrives on out-there absurdity.

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