Not so much a theme song as a musical intro – the theme really came in with Louis Armstrong.
Telegraph: Bond popularity:
I’d go with that on the strength of Casino Royale – it wasn’t his fault the second one was a dud because of the eternal, boring, oh-so-serious, kickbutt girl and zero romance but rather than dwell on that, how important are the themes and which were the great ones? What were the elements which made a great theme?
1. Big-voiced, high profile artist – therefore Garbage, Duran Duran and all those were simply not up to this task and Madonna was an embarrassment;
2. Nicely bridges the intro and opening of the main part;
3. Definitely has to have rich colours and glamour in an inventive sequence – Casino Royale was clever but clinical and the voices were poor, Quantum was rubbish;
4. Needs a rich, pulsating, sensual feel with enormous distance between the highs and lows – must have a widesweeping Barryesque vista about it, not narrow in focus, needs to have a classic feel, must pack power in places but not for the whole 3 minutes;
5. MUST allude to romance or chemistry between male and female, in a sensual way;
6. Must set the scene and thus create expectations;
7. Must have a big finish! [Except for Sheena’s]
My 5-4-3-2-1 [and remember that many of the themes were embedding disabled, so I had to settle for second best in audio quality] probably go like this:
Just audio – better quality: