The Best Bond Theme Songs Recorded Before Billie Eilish Was Born

16 January 2020
Culture, Film, Music, James Bond, Billie Eilish, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Sean Connery

Eilish follows in the footsteps of greats like Nancy Sinatra, Shirley Bassey and Madonna

With the announcement that 18-year-old American singer Billie Eilish is set to write and record the next Bond theme song for “No Time To Die”, we collectively agreed that it would be a good idea to take a look back at the best Bond theme songs that impacted popular culture pre-2001 – and yes, to remind ourselves of just how old we feel.

Live and Let Die (1973)

Starring: Roger Moore

“Live and Let Die” was written by Paul and Linda McCartney, produced by George Martin, and performed by the rock band Wings, making it the first rock theme song in a James Bond film. It also became the first Bond theme to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Goldfinger (1964)

Starring: Sean Connery

“Goldfinger”, composed by John Barry with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, had Shirley Bassey performing the song, leading Bassey to her only top forty US Billboard Hot 100 charting. “Goldfinger” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.

GoldenEye (1995)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan

Performed by Tina Turner, “GoldenEye” was written by U2’s Bono and The Edge. Nellee Hooper produced the song. The track was a hit in Austria, Finland, France, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, but failed to achieve mainstream success outside of Europe.

A View to a Kill (1985)

Starring: Roger Moore

English band Duran Duran’s performance of “A View to a Kill” is the only ever Bond theme song to top the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track is one of 11 scores composed by John Barry for the James Bond film franchise. The hit was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

Nobody Does It Better (1977)

Starring: Roger Moore

“Nobody Does It Better” performed by Carly Simon was the official Bond theme song in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). At the time, it was the first theme song since 1962’s Dr. No not to share the same name as the movie. The single reached the No. 2 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100, was nominated for a Golden Globe, an Academy Award as well as a Grammy for Song of the Year.

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Starring: Roger Moore

“For Your Eyes Only” written by Bill Conti and Mick Leeson and performed by Scottish singer-songwriter Sheena Easton reached No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and received an Oscar nomination in 1982 for Best Original Song.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan

Sheryl Crow performed “Tomorrow Never Dies”, which she co-wrote with Mitchell Froom, the song’s producer. The single became Crow’s fifth UK Top 20 hit. “Tomorrow Never Dies” was nominated for a Golden Globe as well as a Grammy for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Starring: Sean Connery

Nancy Sinatra’s performance of “You Only Live Twice” is considered by some to be one of the best Bond theme songs ever. It’s another composition by John Barry with lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.

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