In honor of 50 years celebrating the emergence of MI6's most dangerous lover and protector of the realm, Digital Journal is pleased to present a video presentation of the musical themes utilized to begin the films.
Graydon Carter'sVanity Fair has decided to publish a special issue on 007, and since this reporter has not yet purchased it he does heartily recommend that you add it to this month's reading list.
Now let's get to the music.
In a recent piece published in Dose and the Vancouver's Province reporter Leah Collins reveals 8 secrets about the association of 2012 pop sensation Adele with the new film. Here are four of them.
Daniel Craig was instrumental in having her attached to the new release of the franchise, as he recently revealed in an interview with Jimmy Fallon this week. The chanteuse was initially lukewarm about taking the "assignment".A full 77 piece orchestra recorded the epic track which debuted at Number 1 on ITunes immediately upon release at London's Abbey Road.
QUANTUM OF SOLACEAnother Way To Die was the first Bond theme to use a duet. The track was written produced and recorded by international noise maker Jack White who also played drums on the track and shared vocals with the stunning Alicia Keys. Before settling with Ms Keys to record it Amy Winehouse was considered for the job.
Composed by David Arnold who had composed four theme songs for the franchise You Know My Name was the first track since Octopussy not to use the film's title in the lyrics.
The track was sung by Soudgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell
DIE ANOTHER DAY
in a little known fact the track was written in the key of C minor by Madge and her co pen Mirwais Amhadzai.Michel Colombier contributed the string arrangements.
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
Another great David Arnoldcomposition who teamed with lyricist Don Black to create the opening theme. It is recorded by the uberavante garde
alternarock combo Garbage created by ex Nirvana producer Butch Vig and features the vocals of Scottish punk rock sex symbol Shirley Manson.
TOMORROW NEVER DIESArnold did compose along with Canadian chanteuse K.D. Lang a prospective theme
for this picture but it was shelved in favor of this lush and moving rendition composed by Sheryl Crow along with Marshall Crenshaw/Crowded House producer Mitchell Froom die another day.
GOLDENEYETina Turner teams up with Bono and The Edge to deliver a great theme for a film which
Ian Fleming had taken the name of an actual intelligence op he had once run for MI6! Now that is SPOOKY!
LICENCE TO KILL
Guitar great Eric Clapton was first approached to compose the opening because John Barry was undergoing throat surgery. but the deal with Slowhand fell through. Enter stage left a pipless Gladys Knight and composer/producer Narada Michael Walden whose opening theme still gives this reviewer the cold hard chill every time he hears it.
THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS
Norwegian new wave sensations A-Ha penned this vivid opener along with Bond stalwart John Barry and their little boat bobbed and almost sunk over rough seas during the creative process which was rife with many fierce arguments. The results speak for themselves.
The 2009 PETA UK campaign against sales of foie gras, fronted by Sir Roger Moore
New Wave troubadours Duran Duran who nicked their name from Roger Vadim's psychedelic classic Barbarella team with John Barry for this smash that was top of the pops for another great Bond movie!
OCTOPUSSYRita Coolidge steps forward from the chorus of Joe Cocker and Leon Russel'sMad Dogs and Englishmen to deliver a beautiful rendition of John Barry and Tim Rice's All Time High for the 007 opener the film with the politically incorrect title.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Scottish siren Sheena Easton performs another beautiful ballad in the Bond songbook and was deemed cinematic enough to be seen performing the song during the credits.
British pop great Shirley Bassey delivers a sweet performance of this opener by John Barry with Burt Bacharach's frequent lyricist Hal David.
THE SPY WHO LOVED MEMarvin Hamlisch penned this make-out classic with lyrics from Carole Bayer Sager
and they dropped it with vocals from Carly Simon the publishing heiress from the book giants Simon & Schuster. Beatle Ringo Starr was so enamoured by Bond girl/leading lady Barbara Bach that he married her and she remains Mrs. Starr today. Do you think it was because he liked her photograph?
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
Another Barry/Black classic with a rocking performance by London's own Lulu who had stole this reviewers heart of stone with her amazing rendition of To Sir with LoveLIVE AND LET DIE
When producer and composer extraordinaire George Martin penned the score for this Bond outing it was not too far a stretch for him to call the McCartney's and their fellow Wings in to compose the track which is credited to both Paul and Linda. This track is also widely credited as PM's first real symphonic outing as a composer and it features ex Thunderclap Newman guitarist the brilliant Jimmy Mcculloch.
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
The entire soundtrack and theme for this outing are considered by many Bond fans as the franchise's best. Another great John Barry joint. Here's the Propellerhead's remixed version
Sir Sean Connery, 1999.
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICEThe Chairman of the Board's daughter Nancy Sinatra was enlisted to sing in this opener with another rich string arrangement from Barry and lyrics from Leslie Bricusse.THUNDERBALLBarry/Black team up for an excellent outing with the Welsh belter Tom Jones, yep, that's right before he was a sexbomb the swinger was a Thunderball!GOLDFINGER
Another fine performance by Shirley Bassey penned by Barry/Bricusse with a little help from their friend Anthony Newly Here's another great joint from Bassey with her pals
The Propellerheads. (again!)
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVELionel Bart penned this easy listening classic for crooner Matt Munroe to perform in Bond's second outing.
Composed by Monty Norman and performed by The John Barry Orchestra The crazy jazz montage is paid hommage by cinematic visionary and genius David Lynch in the opening his dark classic Mulholland Drive.
The Woody Allen penned spoof staring Peter Sellers with a score composed by Burt Bacharach and played by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass also featured the chart busting hit The Look Of Love sung by the immortal (and sometimes immoral) Dusty Springfield with lyrics by Hal David