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Oct. 12, 2012by: Paul Huffman

There are many things that make a movie what it is. It all starts with a story (according to what every How-To book on screenwriting tells us), there is the director and his crew, there are the actors, who bust their asses to bring a vision to life. Then comes the wonderful world of post-production. What is one result of that? The music. Soundtracks enhance the movie going experience. They can make us cry, they can pump us up, they can make us remember the 80's. Whether it be a musical band or a composer, soundtracks help our favorite movies stay etched in our mind forever.

The long awaited new installment in the Bond franchise entitled Skyfall is on its way. To celebrate this, we've decided to cover the ultimate James Bond album Best of Bond 50th Anniversary Album. which was released on October 9th. This album captures the staying power that this franchise has had over the years with the wide range of musical talents and genres. James Bond has lasted throughout multiple eras and shows no sign of slowing down. It's for that reason that we finally give our long awaited tribute to all the acts that have made 007 so memorable. 50 years, 50 tracks indeed. You can purchase the soundtrack here

1. BOND THEME

How could this not get the love it so richly deserves for this particular column? I remember putting together the voyage of introducing my brother to every Bond film that didn't star Daniel Craig, and the excitement I felt for this adventure when this theme hit for the first time. I am just happy that my brother is a film lover who was able to appreciate these old fashioned gems, and the themes that complimented them so well. Which moves us right along.

2. ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

A little more love to the John Barry Orchestra is required I believe. The themes from the various artists over the years have been special in themselves, but the musical score that has captured the spirit of this long lasting franchise deserves its fair share of attention as well. The second disk of the album were paying tribute to has the wonderful work of this orchestra in all its glory with several tracks that have complimented the action scenes that only Bond films could pull off.

3. LIVE AND LET DIE BY PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS

Several reasons Ive chosen to feature this track. One of course being Paul McCartney, two being that this is the only song Ive heard here and there to thoroughly enjoy on the radio on the way to work. This is the theme that is most recognizable to me, and its the song I most frequently catch myself breaking into singing randomly, much to the WTF faces of those around me at the time. To make myself feel better, as I was writing this entry I played the song to see if my brother would come out of his room to partake, and he indeed did. Thanks for the memories Paul.

4. VIEW TO A KILL BY DURAN DURAN

Ive always fancied Duran Duran, and you better believe they brought their particular flare to their contribution to the franchise. Let me put it this way, have you ever felt like you were born in wrong time? I was born when the 80s were on their way out, I would have much rather been born into an age where I could have enjoyed these songs in my youth. Fast forward to today, I find myself listening to music gems of this elk more than what is presently being churned out. The citizens of my block should be prepared to dance into the fire at a moments notice.

5. THUNDERBALL BY TOM JONES

How could the vocals of Tom Jones not be featured on an article like this? I mean the pipes on this man. This track stands at a typical run time of 3:25 and every time I listen to it I feel like I havent gotten enough of it. My mother is not a fan of this particular song, as a good chunk of the lyrics illustrate how much of a chauvinist she believes Bond to be. All good, they also illustrate how much a bad ass he is, not his fault he gets a lot of tail.

6. ANOTHER WAY TO DIE BY ALICIA KEYES & JACK WHITE

I chose to feature this track for a simple reason, because its a worthy contribution that deserves its place among the more classic Bond themes in my humble opinion. It doesnt really show off the wonderful singing voice of Alicia Keyes as say Thunderball did for Tom Jones, but Another Way to Die has style. I remember seeing Quantum of Solace in theaters, and the enjoyment among some of the audience as this theme was pretty damn evident. It made me wish I was able to enjoy some of the other films on the big screen. You hear that AMC? You did Indiana Jones, time to give James Bond some love. I want to hear all these tracks and more in the setting that I love so much. Make it happen.

Extra Tidbit: We have 50 years worth of material here, so what favorites of yours have I left out folks? Only so much article space, you know?
Source: JoBlo.com
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4:40AM on 10/12/2012

You Know My Name!!!!

"You Know My Name" from "Casino Royale" is hands down the best James Bond song, yes even better than "Live And Let Die". Also forgot "Goldfinger" and I would even add "Tomorrow Never Dies".
"You Know My Name" from "Casino Royale" is hands down the best James Bond song, yes even better than "Live And Let Die". Also forgot "Goldfinger" and I would even add "Tomorrow Never Dies".
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4:59AM on 10/12/2012
Agree with Trav below, You Know My Name is one of the best Bond themes, especially after the travesty of Madge's effort from Die Another Day. For me I would also include the instrumental from From Russia With Love, The World Is Not Enough (love Garbage) and For Your Eyes Only (often wondered why Sheena Eason was the only artist ever to appear in the opening credits).
Given time, I think Adele's SkyFall could be up there too.
Agree with Trav below, You Know My Name is one of the best Bond themes, especially after the travesty of Madge's effort from Die Another Day. For me I would also include the instrumental from From Russia With Love, The World Is Not Enough (love Garbage) and For Your Eyes Only (often wondered why Sheena Eason was the only artist ever to appear in the opening credits).
Given time, I think Adele's SkyFall could be up there too.
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5:37AM on 10/12/2012
Extra tidbit: Louis Armstrong's "We Have All The Time in the World". It may not look like it belongs to Bond theme but considering the sad ending of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, this track is really heartbreaking. Also, Tina Turner's GoldenEye and Carly Simon's Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me and A-Ha's The Living Daylight.
Extra tidbit: Louis Armstrong's "We Have All The Time in the World". It may not look like it belongs to Bond theme but considering the sad ending of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, this track is really heartbreaking. Also, Tina Turner's GoldenEye and Carly Simon's Nobody Does It Better from The Spy Who Loved Me and A-Ha's The Living Daylight.
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5:47AM on 10/12/2012
Thunderball is my favourite Bond theme, and I loved how You Know my Name from Casino Royale seemed to follow in its footsteps. Tom Jones delivered a cool, dramatic performance, and I loved the instrumentation with the blaring brass. It's a good counterpoint to the sultry, slinky sounding Bond themes. A runner-up would be Carly Simon's "Nobody Does it Better" from "The Spy Who Loved Me". Marvin Hamlisch (RIP) composed such a wonderful melody, and Carole Bayer Sager's lyrics were romantic and
Thunderball is my favourite Bond theme, and I loved how You Know my Name from Casino Royale seemed to follow in its footsteps. Tom Jones delivered a cool, dramatic performance, and I loved the instrumentation with the blaring brass. It's a good counterpoint to the sultry, slinky sounding Bond themes. A runner-up would be Carly Simon's "Nobody Does it Better" from "The Spy Who Loved Me". Marvin Hamlisch (RIP) composed such a wonderful melody, and Carole Bayer Sager's lyrics were romantic and wistful. Where many Bond themes have a tinge of vengefulness or regret, "Nobody Does It Better" was mostly full of admiration. Also gotta give a shoutout to my Dad's fave, "For Your Eyes Only".
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8:17AM on 10/12/2012
Cool article, but Another Way to Die is terrible (apart from the great intro). You Know My Name is a favourite of mine just because it fits Casino Royale so perfectly, both lyrically and the raw energy. I also love most of the early pre-Brosnan songs except for The Man With the Golden Gun.
Cool article, but Another Way to Die is terrible (apart from the great intro). You Know My Name is a favourite of mine just because it fits Casino Royale so perfectly, both lyrically and the raw energy. I also love most of the early pre-Brosnan songs except for The Man With the Golden Gun.
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8:26AM on 10/12/2012
Oh, there are two almost-Bond themes I really like that were eventually rejected for the films. The first is "Tomorrow Never Dies (Surrender)" by KD Lang, which was relegated to closing credits theme after Sheryl Crow's song was chosen in its favour. It's quite old school, has a great opening with blaring trumpets, KD Lang's got a suitably sultry voice to pull it off, and I love how it works in the Bond chords. [link]

The second one is "No Good About Goodbye", which had its beginnings as a
Oh, there are two almost-Bond themes I really like that were eventually rejected for the films. The first is "Tomorrow Never Dies (Surrender)" by KD Lang, which was relegated to closing credits theme after Sheryl Crow's song was chosen in its favour. It's quite old school, has a great opening with blaring trumpets, KD Lang's got a suitably sultry voice to pull it off, and I love how it works in the Bond chords. [link]

The second one is "No Good About Goodbye", which had its beginnings as a possible Quantum of Solace theme song and is about 64 times better than "Another Way to Die" which, like many, I really dislike. It's sung by Dame Shirley Bassey herself, with words by veteran lyricist Don Black. It sounds so classic Bond it almost hurts to think this didn't become an actual Bond theme. [link]
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10:15AM on 10/13/2012
Nice one, never heard that Bassey song before.
Nice one, never heard that Bassey song before.
9:28AM on 10/12/2012
my favs (in no particular) include

Glady Knight - Licence To Kill (can't get enough this tune)
Sheena Easton's - FYEO
A-ha - Living Daylights
Garbage - TWINE
Shirley Bassy - DAF (couldn't leave this one out)
my favs (in no particular) include

Glady Knight - Licence To Kill (can't get enough this tune)
Sheena Easton's - FYEO
A-ha - Living Daylights
Garbage - TWINE
Shirley Bassy - DAF (couldn't leave this one out)
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10:35AM on 10/12/2012
Oh and If You Ask Asked Me To - Patti Labelle (LTK)
Oh and If You Ask Asked Me To - Patti Labelle (LTK)
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10:14AM on 10/12/2012
The old school songs are so kick-ass. Adele was a great choice for Skyfall.
The old school songs are so kick-ass. Adele was a great choice for Skyfall.
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11:26AM on 10/12/2012

AWTD?

You have got to be kidding, Another Way To Die was completely unworthy of being a Bond song... it's so awful, especially the whole "Oh oh oh oh ooh oooooooh" part in the middle which is ridiculously off-key.
You have got to be kidding, Another Way To Die was completely unworthy of being a Bond song... it's so awful, especially the whole "Oh oh oh oh ooh oooooooh" part in the middle which is ridiculously off-key.
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11:37AM on 10/12/2012
"GoldenEye" by Tina Turner
"GoldenEye" by Tina Turner
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11:49AM on 10/12/2012
So many great songs out there and you go with the second worse Bond theme for your number 5. I feel literally sick to my stomach.
So many great songs out there and you go with the second worse Bond theme for your number 5. I feel literally sick to my stomach.
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5:13PM on 10/12/2012
I thought personally the best title song was Chris Cornell's You Know my Name. It worked cause it's James Fucking Bond and you should know his name.
I thought personally the best title song was Chris Cornell's You Know my Name. It worked cause it's James Fucking Bond and you should know his name.
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