Published On: Thu, Sep 30th, 2021

James Bond theme songs ranked: Poll reveals public’s favourite 007 anthems | Films | Entertainment


Oscar 2013 Adele Skyfall Live Performance

No Time To Die, which is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as James Bond, premiered at the Royal Albert Hall last night, 18 months later than originally planned due to the coronavirus pandemic. The film’s all-star cast which includes Naomie Harris, Oscar winner Rami Malik and Bond girl Lea Seydoux all dazzled on the red carpet. Tennis star Emma Raducanu also attended the star-studded event, as did Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge. 

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on the red carpet, Mr Craig said the role was “incredibly important to cinema and to history, and the weight of that has been on my shoulders for a while.”

He added: “I’ve been incredibly lucky.”

Pop sensation Ms Eilish, 19, who was tasked with penning the No Time To Die theme song, was also in attendance.

Outfitted head-to-toe in black Gucci, Ms Eilish was seen shaking hands with Kate and exchanging small talk with Charles, the future king. 

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Billie Eilish’s No Time To Die theme failed to make the top ten (Image: Getty)

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Adele’s Skyfall is the public’s favourite Bond theme (Image: Getty)

In anticipation of the film’s original 2020 release, before the disruption of the pandemic, Ms Eilish performed the No Time To Die Theme at the Oscars, the Grammy’s and the Brit awards, while the song charted at No. 1 in the UK. 

Ms Eilish claimed she anticipates “pee[ing]” herself upon seeing the title sequence for the first time.

However her No Time To Die theme song came 16th in a poll conducted last year which ranked the best James Bond themes.

In the poll, conducted by Ginger Research in February 2020, Adele’s Skyfall, released in 2012, is the public’s favourite Bond theme. 

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No Time To Die was Daniel Craig’s fifth and final Bond film (Image: Getty)

The song, which peaked at No.2 in the UK singles charts received various accolades upon release, including an Oscar for Best Original Song, a Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media. 

The singer told the Sun in 2016 she would never write another Bond theme in fear of failing to replicate Skyfall’s success.

She said: “I would never do it again because it went so well and I would never want to jinx it.

“After (critically acclaimed album) 21, I was like, why did I want to ruin things? Then I heard it was [the 23rd Bond film] and I was 23, and it felt a little like fate.”

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A public poll asked 2000 Britons for their favourite Bond theme (Image: Getty)

Making up the top three is Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney and Wings, and Shirley Bassey’s iconic Diamonds Are Forever.

Live and Let Die reunited McCartney with Beatles producer George Martin and upon its 1973 release was the most successful Bond theme up to that point, reaching No. 1 on two of the three major US charts.

Despite the theme’s success, Mr McCartney admitted in an interview with the Washington Post that he was not even certain of the correct lyrics.

Ms Bassey also claimed fourth spot in the online survey of 2000 Britons, with Goldfinger, while Duran Duran’s 80’s hit A View To A Kill rounded out the top five. 

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Paul McCartney and Wings’ Live and Let Die was the most successful Bond theme upon release (Image: Getty)

Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better, with sound tracked 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me was in sixth place while Sam Smith’s 2015 hit The Writing’s On The Wall took seventh spot. 

Tina Turner’s GoldenEye was in eight place and Sheena Easton’s For Your Eyes Only was ninth. 

The late Chris Cornell, of Soundgarden fame, completed the top 10 with his Casino Royale opener You Know My Name, released in 2006.

In last place was Monty Norman’s Dr No, which accompanied the very first Bond film, yet took just three percent of the vote. 

Ginger Research’s David Arnold said: “The Bond theme is unlike any other movie soundtrack and there’s often as much speculation about who is going to sing the title track as there is about the movie itself.

“Most people can immediately tell you their favourite Bond theme, which is why we decided to conduct this research.

“Skyfall is a relatively modern Bond, so Adele has done exceedingly well to beat the likes of iconic songs such as Live And Let Die, Goldfinger and A Licence To Kill.”



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