Grammy-winning sensation Adele will add her name to the canon of music stars who have sung the title songs for James Bond films. The English superstar will sing the opening track for next month's Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film, that stars Daniel Craig — the sixth incarnation of filmdom's longest-running super-spy. Saturday Hustle shares our favourite Bond song picks.
Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever
A powerhouse vocalist, Bassey is synonymous with the James Bond film franchise thanks to such iconic songs as 1964's Goldfinger and 1971's Diamonds Are Forever that have become pop standards in their own right. Bassey also sang a third Bond theme, 1979's Moonraker, dimmer in recognition to her two previous blockbusters.
Paul McCartney & Wings
Live and Let Die
Paul McCartney reunited with Beatles producer George Martin to record this rock-flavoured song to the same-titled 1973 film. The song became the first James Bond theme to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.
Nobody Does It Better
The title track to the 1977 Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, Simon's ballad was a crossover hit on the mainstream pop charts, peaking at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the United States and number 7 in the United Kingdom. The song gained fame in an entirely different arena when KFC adapted it to advertise their offerings.
For Your Eyes Only
Composed by Bill Conti and Michael Leeson, Scotland native Easton handled vocal duties for the 1981 theme to the same-titled 12th James Bond film that starred Roger Moore. The song was nominated in the Best Song category at the 1982 Academy Awards ceremony.
After a six-year absence of Bond on the big screen, rock legend Turner was hired to sing this 1995 theme — that nods to Bassey's Goldfinger in both name and high octave delivery— introducing Pierce Brosnan in the 007 role.
Die Another Day
Madonna — who had a cameo appearance as a fencing instructor in 2002's Die Another Day — had another hit on her hands with this uptempo, techno-dipped Bond theme.