My Bond with Barry and the Band.

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John Barry
The Legendary Bond Soundtrack Composer

I recently discussed my love for James Bond and my favourite films of the franchise. Now I want to look at the soundtracks and themes of the films and, once again, chart my top ten. As I previously mentioned, I recently watched the BBC Philharmonic perform many of the Bond themes. This re-ignited my love for Bond and, in particular, the music that shapes this franchise.

The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ziegler:
Look how close I was!

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So, without further ado, here are my top ten James Bond theme songs:
10. ‘All Time High’ from Octopussy (1983) – Sung by Rita Coolidge
9. ‘Licence to Kill’ from License to Kill (1989) – Sung by Gladys Knight
8. ‘Goldfinger’ from Goldfinger (1964) – Sung by Shirley Bassey
7. ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ from The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
– Sung by Lulu
6. ‘For Your Eyes Only’ from For Your Eyes Only (1981) – Sung by Sheena Easton
5. ‘The World is Not Enough’ from The World is Not Enough (1999) – Sung by Garbage
4. ‘Live and Let Die’ from Live and Let Die (1973) – Sung by Paul McCartney & Wings
3. ‘Diamonds are Forever’ from Diamonds are Forever (1971)
– Sung by Shirley Bassey
2. ‘You Only Live Twice’ from You Only Live Twice (1967) – Sung by Nancy Sinatra
1. ‘Nobody Does it Better’
from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

– Sung by Carly Simon

For me, a great Bond theme has to be romantic, sexy and elegant, whether or not the song is a ballad. ‘Nobody Does It Better’ has all of these aspects. A song that encapsulates the feel of Bond through the rises and falls within the melody. It’s always been my favourite.
Thanks for reading and let’s all keep supporting our beloved film industry.

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