Probably the most well-known Bond theme song in recent years, Adele recorded Skyfall shortly after the massive success of her second album 21 – and the track became a huge hit, reaching number one in 11 different countries. The song was nominated for an Academy Award – losing out Barbra Streisand’s The Way We Were from the film of the same name – and reached a peak of number nine on the charts. "Nobody Does It Better" is a lovely song. All I can think of when I listen to "All Time High" is those erectile dysfunction commercials where two Boomers hold hands in separate outdoor bathtubs while admiring a Sonoma sunset. One of the most decadent Bond songs—and it's not even Bassey's best Bond song. Barry’s orchestra recording of the song became the well-known version — even though Barry was paid only £200 for … Five decades and 22 films later, the spy has been immortalized as a legendary screen hero. It reached a peak of number 12 on the charts and earning a Grammy nomination. Billie Eilish is the latest star to join the Bond theme song club, fresh off being this year's Grammy darling due to the success of her debut LP, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. Still one of the most iconic Bond themes, this notable track reunited McCartney with George Martin – who had produced many of The Beatles biggest hits and most famous albums. Monro's voice is front-and-center, allowing it to really soar over the orchestra serving as a sonic foundation. All rights reserved. "A View to a Kill" holds the distinction of being the only James Bond theme song to hit No. But it lacks the gravitas and drama of the best theme songs. Sir Tom Jones and James Bond were a match made in heaven – two suave and sophisticated lotharios so it’s no surprise he was asked to perform one of the songs. The slowed-down interlude is the best part, but it lasts like 10 seconds. [youtube=], (MORE: The Art (and Business) of the James Bond Theme Song). Sam Smith is adequately brooding to deliver it. Shirley Bassey’s third appearance as Bond chanteuse came with Moonraker, though it was a last-minute decision. Coupled with strummed acoustic guitar and an electric guitar playing that same opening string melody, Nancy Sinatra's Bond song takes you right back to the Swinging '60s. Bassey’s third Bond theme had previously been offered to numerous stars including Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and Kate Bush. The good parts about this song? Too synthy, too tethered to what was in vogue at the time rather than opting for something more timeless. If a Bond theme song could function as a first dance song at a wedding, it's not really a Bond theme song. Another theme not to be named after its film, Carly Simon recorded Nobody Does it Better for The Spy Who Loved Me. It was recorded at very short notice, and for that reason Bassey has never considered it to be her own song – performing it far less frequently than her other two Bond themes. For more information about how we hold your personal data, please see our privacy policy. The First Tie-In Was Censored in the U.S. It just does nothing to prep me for a secret agent movie that's about to go down. And that's okay! The film’s title was On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. These straws are reusable, sustainable and recyclable, and deliver a pure taste. There is also a song by A-ha. A bop is a bop is a bop. In recording a Bond song, Eilish follows in the footsteps of stars like Adele and Sam Smith – who has heaped praise on the 18-year-old’s newest theme. Released today, the track shares the name of the movie, No Time to Die. Melancholy. Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes wrote the title track for 2015’s Spectre. It's a clear example of two artists honoring the Bond motif and applying their own stylistic spin. By entering your details, you are agreeing to Radio Times privacy policy. Adele is our generation's most gifted torch singer, and she makes almost too much sense as a Bond chanteuse. White Stripes frontman Jack White wrote the song for Quantum of Solace, sharing vocals with R&B superstar Alicia Keys. Billie Eilish – No Time to Die (2020) Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic. Knight was enlisted to perform the song for License To Kill after an earlier plan to have Eric Clapton and original Bond theme guitarist Vic Flick write a theme fell through. It only took 52 years but it would be a big surprise if Billie Eilish’s song doesn’t repeat the feat in the days and weeks to come. It's too happy, too sweet, too major-key. The sex? Scottish-American rock band Garbage were rather a big deal back in the late 1990s, and this only boosted their profile further. 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