Best James Bond Soundtracks

Best James Bond Soundtracks

The soundtrack that accompanies a film can take the movie to a whole new level when it is done correctly, even though it may have nothing to do with the actual film and how well it does in regards to the screenplay that is provided.

However, the James Bond movie franchise has never really had that problem as the action on the screen has always been a huge hit for fans of the 007 series, with many eagerly awaiting the next instalment of the film series.

“No Time To Die” will be the 25th flick to follow MI6’s top agent, but it will be the last one for Daniel Craig who currently portrays the ultra-cool secret agent. There is plenty of speculation surrounding who could be cast as the next Bond, though, with a number of the best betting sites offering odds on who will take over the lead role. Interestingly, Tom Hardy leads the betting at the moment with odds of 2.25 having been provided, but Rene Jean Page, James Norton and Luke Evans are not far behind.

Nonetheless, it will be time to speculate about who will be the next 007 when fans finally get to watch the next film after delays and delays. At the moment, as we all await with bated breath, we thought it would be a great opportunity to look at the soundtracks of the previous movies and highlight just some of the best to have ever been created.

Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney & Wings

Perhaps one of the greatest Bond soundtracks to have ever been created, Wings’ “Live and Let Die” song that was used for the film with the same name was one that was unlike any other that has been used in the movie’s franchise, which is why so many rate it highly.

Paul McCartney & the Wings managed to create an anthem that combines a number of different musical themes altogether, with a soothing ballad before going into a rock ballad that will then evolve further and go into a rather funky number.

Goldfinger – Shirley Bassey

You cannot include a Bond movie with the best soundtrack in a list without Shirley Bassey appearing at least once. However, the Welsh singer was so good that “Goldfinger” is just one of the iconic songs that she did as part of the 007 franchise.

She has an outstanding voice that can immediately be heard within a person’s head as soon as the song title is named, as her vocals are instantly recognizable. “Goldfinger” also changed the way the film franchise would work with soundtracks, as well, as it was the first to include an original song over the opening credits, which is something that has continued right through to the 25th edition.

Diamonds Are Forever – Shirley Bassey

Whilst speaking about Dame Shirley Bassey, it would be sacrilege not to mention her “Diamonds Are Forever” track as it is just as iconic and catchy as her “Goldfinger” song is. Indeed, her incredible vocals were a huge hit again as she was asked to do another song for the franchise, and this song is one that will likely remain in an individual’s head just as much as the first.

Many may remember the film for being Sean Connery’s final role as 007 in the Eon versions, but Bassey’s song was certainly just as memorable.

Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon

The first Bond movie to use a song that did not have a soundtrack that did not feature the film’s title, Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better” anthem is certainly deserving of being one of the best to have ever accompanied 007.

She managed to incorporate the title of the film into the lyrics with the “The Spy Who Loves Me” line and broke the formula that the franchise had been following. The song is a love ballad that avoids many of the cliches that can be found, whilst also helping to provide a little raunchiness to the movie from the very beginning; and with Roger Moore the titular character, who could have expected that the movie would get a little hot at one point!

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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