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The Music of James Bond by Jon BurlingameThe story of the music that accompanies the cinematic adventures of Ian Flemings intrepid Agent 007 is one of surprising real-life drama. In The Music of James Bond, author Jon Burlingame throws open studio and courtroom doors alike to reveal the full and extraordinary history of the sounds of James Bond, spicing the story with a wealth of fascinating and previously undisclosed tales.
Burlingame devotes a chapter to each Bond film, providing the backstory for the music (including a reader-friendly analysis of each score) from the last-minute creation of the now-famous James Bond Theme in Dr. No to John Barrys trend-setting early scores for such films as Goldfinger and Thunderball. We learn how synthesizers, disco and modern electronica techniques played a role in subsequent scores, and how composer David Arnold reinvented the Bond sound for the 1990s and beyond.
The book brims with behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Burlingame examines the decades-long controversy over authorship of the Bond theme; how Frank Sinatra almost sang the title song for Moonraker; and how top artists like Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner, and Madonna turned Bond songs into chart-topping hits. The author shares the untold stories of how Eric Clapton played guitar for Licence to Kill but saw his work shelved, and how Amy Winehouse very nearly co-wrote and sang the theme for Quantum of Solace.
New interviews with many Bond songwriters and composers, coupled with extensive research as well as fascinating and previously undiscovered details--temperamental artists, unexpected hits, and the convergence of great music and unforgettable imagery--make The Music of James Bond a must read for 007 buffs and all popular music fans. This paperback edition is brought up-to-date with a new chapter on Skyfall.
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Every James Bond Theme Song, Ranked
While the James Bond movies are known for their action-packed moments, the steamy romance, the occasional and groan-inducing one-liners, and the debonair star player pulling off international espionage while wearing a tux, there's one major aspect of a movie that ties the whole package together: the theme song. Earning the chance to sing a Bond theme over the dazzling and psychedelic opening credit sequence is a badge of honor, one that only a select group of musicians have had the chance to do. But just like every Bond film and every Bond actor is not equal, neither are the songs. Some of these are Oscar winners and chart toppers; some of them are musical turkeys. Here are James Bond theme songs, ranked from worst to best.
Following the worldwide success of his debut album In the Lonely Hour , British singer-songwriter Sam Smith was selected to record the theme song for the 24th James Bond film Spectre. It is a big ballad co-written by Sam Smith and his songwriting partner Jimmy Napes. It became the first James Bond theme to hit 1 on the U. Performance on U. Watch Video. Sheena Easton is one of three Scottish performers to sing a James Bond theme. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" as the theme song for the film Thunderball because they couldn't think of a song angle for the word "Thunderball.
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James Bond themes hold a special place in the legacy of film soundtracks , and some of the greats of modern popular music, including Louis Armstrong , Tom Jones and Paul McCartney , have contributed some of the best Bond songs of all time. He hit such a high note at the end that he supposedly fainted in the recording booth. They eventually compromised by using Nancy Sinatra, who delivered a silky version of the song. Armstrong, who was 67 at the time, delivered a stirring, sentimental version of a song that was a hit again in when it was re-released following its use in a Guinness advert. The music seemed to capture the glamorous, dangerous world of being an international spy. The song, written for the film that starred Roger Moore as Bond, re-united McCartney and Beatles producer Sir George Martin , who was responsible for the clever orchestration.