17 James Bond themes you probably haven't heard including the remarkable original version of Monty Norman's iconic James Bond Theme - LISTEN


Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Thursday, June 18, 2015

LIsten to unknown James Bond ThemesSo a little while back a friend and myself were discussing the music of James Bond over a Jameson at the The Ham Yard Hotel. The week prior in anticipation of Bond 24's SPECTRE expected confirmed production kick off I had dragged him along to see the West End Musical Made in Dagenham with music by David Arnold and starring amongst others Ms. Gemma Arterton. With the involvement of Bond Alumni the conversation naturally veered towards the music of Bond.

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Regarding Made in Dagenham I liked the bold brassy Britishness of it, the clever set design, my associate liked Mark Hadfield's incredibly hilarious and surreal turn as Harold Wilson and we both loved the the dips into Monty Pythonesque political satire, the surprising powerfulness of Gemma Arterton's voice.

We are both from the Roger Moore Bond era and agree on most of the themes and music, but whilst my associate leans towards the Roger Moore female vocal era like; Carly Simon (Nobody Does It Better), Shirley Bassey (Moonraker), Sheena Easton (For Your Eyes Only), Rita Coolidge (All Time High) - whilst I have a strong leaning to the classic Bond sound where it felt they were forging the legend, Shirley Bassey, as well as the incidental music of James Bond.

That is the music in the less exposed moments of the films where the musicians can explore, experiment and bring their personal visions of the film to life - particularly David Arnold's work and Eric Serra's work on GoldenEye. Whilst researching this post I have to say I fell in love with the Roger Moore female vocal era all over again.

The conversation strayed into the grey area of the what ifs? An area populated by the likes of Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, a returning Adele, Noel Gallagher, MobyKaren O, MuseBjork, Natacha Atlas, etc. as well as pretty much everyone on Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project in collaboration with @DavidGArnold. And this got me thinking about unused James Bond Themes.


Not to stray too far but David Arnold and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be bringing A Night at the Movies: David Arnold Live in Concert to London, specifically the Barbican tonight Thursday 18 June 2015. And will be playing a selection from his scores including music from; James Bond: Casino Royale, The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, Quantum of Solace, Sherlock, Made in Dagenham, Independence Day, Godzilla, Stargate, Last of the Dogmen, Paul, Music from the London 2012 Olympics and more. For more info on David Arnold's tour dates follow David Arnold on Twitter: @DavidGArnold

The Establishing Shot: OBERHAUSER'S HELICOPTER FROM SPECTRE TAKING OFF WITH BOND'S SPECTRE BOATS IN THE BACKGROUND G-LCPL AEROSPATIALE SA365N2 DAUPHIN 2 - LONDON
The Establishing Shot: OBERHAUSER'S HELICOPTER FROM SPECTRE TAKING OFF WITH BOND'S SPECTRE BOATS IN THE BACKGROUND G-LCPL AEROSPATIALE SA365N2 DAUPHIN 2 - LONDON
With the SPECTRE theme announcement imminent and sadly the Bond SPECTRE boats finally leaving their mooring at the Imperial Wharf Marina this week, presumably signalling the end of the Bond Westminster part of filming. I thought I would highlight some of the lesser known alternative, demo or rejected James Bond theme songs that quite possibly many may have never heard of - but are occasionally discussed amongst Bond aficionados.


1962 Monty Norman & Count Basie's James Bond Theme Dr. No's Fantasy (The very first James Bond Theme that we know of)
In 1961 Cubby Broccoli financed Belle or The Ballad of Doctor Crippen, a musical composed by Monty Norman. Whilst the play flopped a couple of months later Producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman hired Composer Monty Norman to write the music for their upcoming James Bond film Dr. No of which they had just won the rights to.

Whist filming in Jamaica Monty Norman met the legendary Count Basie. From Monty Norman's website he tells the story of the very first James bond Theme.

While in Jamaica I met the great Count Basie who was doing a concert there. He asked me to send any numbers from Dr. No that might be possible for his orchestra.' Basie subsequently recorded four numbers: Dr No's Fantasy, The Kingston Calypso, Underneath The Mango Tree and The James Bond Theme...

...Dr. No's Fantasy, the version of the Bond theme which Basie recorded, was an earlier incarnation. 'Cubby, Harry and I wanted a distinctive main theme tune to help promote the film. I’d had one idea – Count Basie actually recorded it so it wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t right, we didn’t feel it had the character of James Bond enough, the sinister-ness. While I was still working on it, a number I'd written some time before called Good Sign, Bad Sign came to mind.

     Video: Count Basie & his Orchestra - Dr. No's Fantasy                              

So there you have it the first (of many) and original rejected James bond theme. Count Basie's music has been used in 100s of films and adverts. The above Basie Bond music as well as other Count Basie renditions of other Bond music can be found on the Count Basie and his Orchestra album release of Count Basie Meets Bond.

Year: 1962
Film: Dr. No
Used James Bond Theme: James Bond Theme and Kingston Calypso by Monty Norman, John Barry & Orchestra
Submitted theme: Dr. No's Fantasy by Count Basie and his orchestra written by Monty Norman
Legitimacy status: Confirmed
Availability status: Count Basie's Dr. No's Fantasy (First Version) can be heard as a single
or from his 1966 Basie Meets Bond album from Count Basie and his Orchestra.



Norman Monty's James Bond Theme
To discuss this song we have to go back a year to 1961 to Norman Monty's obscure Good Sign, Bad Sign (mentioned above) and the significant part it played in Bond history. This is possibly the most intriguing origin tale albeit shrouded in controversy that I discuss.

Around 1961, predating Count Basie's Dr. No's Fantasy Bond theme Norman Monty wrote a song called Good Sign, Bad Sign for a musical adaptation of a book called A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul. Here is Monty singing Good, Sign, Bad Sign. Listen to the opening chords.

Video: Good Sign, Bad Sign by Monty Norman                                                                    

The play never made it to the stage but the song Good Sign, Bad Sign transformed into possibly the most iconic film arrangement ever - The James Bond Theme. In the clip below, from Channel 4's James Bond's Greatest Hits Composer Monty Norman and others discusses the evolution of Good Sign, Bad Sign into the song we now know as The James Bond Theme.

Video: See Monty Norman discuss the astounding origin of The James Bond Theme on Channel 4's James Bond's Greatest Hits                                                              

The clip also goes on to discuss the court action between Monty Norman and longtime Bond Composer John Barry for the ownership rights to The James Bond Theme. Even to this day the tiff over who deserves credit for The James Bond Theme divides fans. Monty Norman discusses more of the Bond themes background over on his - website. The James Bond Theme peaked at No. 13 in the UK Singles Chart, and was in the charts for 13 weeks.

Monty Norman continued on his notable career singing and composing for stage & film but as yet has not surpassed the fame of his Bond Theme. John Barry continued a successful 25 year run with Bond composing 11 Scores as well as many, many soundtracks.

Good Sign, Bad Sign lyrics by Monty Norman
I was born with this unlucky sneeze
And what is worse I came into the world the wrong way round
Pundits all agree I am the reason why
My father fell into the village pond and drowned...

Year: 1961 (Many determine the date to be in the 50s but I presume 1961 as Dr. No was released in 1962 and V. S. Naipaul novel A House for Mr Biswas was published in 1961)
Film: All of them
Used James Bond Theme: James Bond Theme by Monty Norman
Legitimacy status: Confirmed by Her Majesties Royal Courts
Availability status: Available on Monty Norman's 2005 album release Completing The Circle



1964 - Anthony Newley's Goldfinger
Goldfinger was the third Bond film and first with a female vocalist performing the theme song. Dame Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger is instantly recognisable and is as synonymous with Bond as any part of the 007 legacy. But this almost never happened as Producer Harry Saltzman was opposed to the song and only time limitations of a new recording made it possible.

Composed by John Barry who had an existing relationship with Shirley Bassey and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. An earlier demo recording of Goldfinger surfaced with the theme sung by writer Anthony Newley. Thankfully almost everyone involved thought his version was a bit weird (listen to his inflections) but it is still worth a listen to hear what they were aiming for and the the end result.

Video: Goldfinger': Anthony Newley - The Best of Bond...James Bond OST 1992                                                                    

Goldfinger by Anthony Newley
He's the man, the man with the Midas touch
A spider's touch
Such a cold finger
Beckons you to enter his web of sin
But don't go in

Golden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can't disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her
It's the kiss of death ...

From Mister Goldfinger
Pretty girl, beware of his heart of gold
This heart is cold

Golden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can't disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her
It's the kiss of death ...

From Mister Goldfinger
Pretty girl, beware of his heart of gold
This heart is cold
He loves only gold
Only gold
He loves gold
He loves only gold
Only gold
He loves gold 

Year: 1964
Film: Goldfinger
Used James Bond Theme: Goldfinger performed by Dame Shirley Bassey written by Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley & John Barry
Legitimacy status: Confirmed
Availability status: Available on The Best Of James Bond: 30th Anniversary CollectionSoundtrack


1965 - Johnny Cash's Thunderball
Many may have heard Johnny Cash's version of Thunderball as it is a fairly unique take on Bond. A year after Goldfinger, Thunderball was rolled out. Again Dame Shirley Bassey recorded the theme song. Nattily called Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (a title given to James Bond by either Japanese or Italian journalists) written by John Barry and Leslie Bricusse. But shortly after Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang was re-recorded with Dionne Warwick performing the song.

Rumour has it that the Producers were worried that a theme without the film title in it would not work. With little time till release John Barry teamed up with Don Black to write Thunderball in typical Bond record time and it was performed by Sir Tom Jones.

Strains of Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang can be heard throughout the film. At some point throughout the saga The Man in Black Johnny Cash apparently a Bond fan put forward a very Johnny Cash version of Thunderball for consideration. Bear in mind that by this stage James Bond was a global phenomenon and everyone wanted to be part of the magic - but there as yet is virtually no information as to how or why Johnny Cash's version of Thunderball came into existence.

Video: Johnny Cash performs Thunderball                                                                                                 

I like Johnny Cash and even though his lyrics kind of capture the story of Thunderball his version of Thunderball really feels more suited to a Western film than international spy intrigue and large underwater battles.

Thunderball lyrics by Johnny Cash
There is a rumble in the sky and all the world can hear it call
They shutter at the fury of the mighty Thunderball
The power of her engines, now, has drowned in the sea
But the deadly force from within her is somewhere running free

Thunderball, your fiery breath can burn the coldest man
And who is going to suffer from the power in your hand

Somewhere, there is a man who could stop the thing in time
He is known by very few but he’s feared by all in crime
By courage and by fighting, he has not been known to fall
But neither has the fury of the mighty Thunderball

Thunderball, your fiery breath can burn the coldest man
And who is going to suffer from the power in your hand

Money hungry minds need a thread to launch a scheme
But those, who hold the Thunderball, could rule the world, it seem(s)
Cannot the peaceful world find the clue to where she’s gone
The silent sea won’t answer now but terror lingers on

Thunderball, your fiery breath can burn the coldest man
And who is going to suffer from the power in your hand


Year: 19654
Film: Thunderball
Used James Bond Theme: Thunderball performed by Tom Jones written by Don Black & John Barry
Submitted theme: Thunderball by Johnny Cash
Legitimacy status: Unconfirmed but seems legit
Availability status: Johnny Cash's version of Thunderball
can be listened to as a single or found on his 2011 album release of Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood




1967 - The Beach Boys' Run James Run for You Only live Twice
Again this is another extraordinary entry into the Bond musical annals. It used to be the surprising thing about You Only live Twice was that film's screenplay was written by popular children's author Roald Dahl. That is until it was revealed that Brian Wilson had a long time hankering to do the music for a James Bond film. As with Johnny Cash's Thunderball there is very little information or confirmation of Brian Wilson's interest in writing a James Bond theme.

After stepping off the stage as a performing Beach Boy and taking the responsibility of the Producer of The Beach Boys Brian Wilson created some of his most personal and brilliant work. In 1966 The Beach Boys' eleventh studio album Pet Sounds was released and after an initial lukewarm reception it went on to win over fans, new audience and critics alike. And despite its lack of Beach sound for many has become the definitive sound of The Beach Boys, one of the most influential albums of the time as well as is regularly featured on The Greatest Albums of all times lists. There had been a long time running transatlantic rivalry between The Beach Boys and The Beatles, with many fans at the time wondering which would be the first to do a Bond theme.

Track 12 of Pet Sounds is eponymously entitled Pet Sounds. But its working title was Run James RunBrian Wilson had created it with the intention of submitting it for use in a James Bond film. The next Bond film to be released at the time was - the fifth in the series Lewis Gilbert's You Only Live Twice so the assumption is that Wilson was aiming for You Only Live Twice.

#UPDATE: Brian Wilson talks a little about Run James Run in this video confirming the story:

     Video: Brian Wilson – Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology (‘Run James Run’ webisode)      


Some talented individual has laid Run James Run/ Pet Sounds over the titles of You Only Live Twice for your listening pleasure.

Video: You Only Live Twice Opening w/ music by the Beach Boys                                                                    

Video: The Beach Boys Pet Sounds - James Bond Montage                                                                    

If true - this is astounding as that would make one of The Beach Boys' most notable, influential and celebrated songs a James Bond inspired tune.

The theme tune was You Only Live Twice composed by John Barry and sung by Nancy Sinatra. Legend has it that even though The Beatles were reportedly enamoured by Pet Sounds they beat (well some of them) The Beach Boys to a Bond soundtrack when 7 years later in 1973 Paul McCartney & Wings did the theme and soundtrack for the 8th Bond film Guy Hamilton's Live and Let Die.

Video: James Bond talks about ettiquette and The Beatles in Goldfinger                                                                    

My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!
Recently there was some excitement around the possibility of the full vocal version of Run James Run being heard as it was meant - when it was announced that it would feature on Brian Wilson's upcoming album No Pier Pressure with vocals by Al Jardine. Sadly but it has been confirmed that only the titles are the same.

Year: 1967
Film: Inconclusive but presumed to be You Only Live Twice based on timings
Used James Bond Theme: You Only Live Twice performed by Nancy Sinatra written by Leslie Bricusse & John Barry
Submitted theme: Run James Run later becoming Pet Sounds by Brian Wilson
Legitimacy status: Unconfirmed but I would like to believe it's true
Availability status: Pet Sounds (Run James Run) can be heard as a single or found on The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album as well as almost every Beach Boys Greatest Hits compilation. 


Alice Cooper's theme for The Man With The Golden Gun
Another fairly well publicised rejected Bond theme was American shock rocker Alice Cooper's contribution the Bond history with his rock theme for Guy Hamilton's The Man With The Golden Gun.

Video: The Man With the Golden Gun w/ Alice Cooper                                                                    

According to Alice Cooper the Bond producers rejected his theme at the last minute in favour of John Barry & Don Black's version of The Man with the Golden Gun performed by Lulu. He still maintains that his was better and would have brought muscle and power to the film. All in all the instrumental part of the them is pretty good for a Bond theme but I feel his vocals let the song down, and feels more like a demo version of a song rather than the finished product.
I was reading the James Bond novels even before the first film came out.  Everyone in the band loved Bond novels and especially the John Barry soundtrack music. I had found out that the next Bond was going to be called "Man With The Golden Gun." I figured, 'Perfect, I'll beat them to the punch and use that title for our own song, figuring that they would want to use it.' When it came time for them to do the soundtrack, they used a song by Lulu. Lulu?!?
- Quote excerpt from Alice Cooper included in the The Alice Cooper Life & Crimes CD Box Set

Not even the involvement of the Pointer Sisters, Ronnie Spector and Liza Minnelli could save Alice Cooper's lacklustre The Man with the Golden Gun
It was supposed to be the Bond theme, but it actually came in a day too late, and by the time they heard it, they’d already signed for Lulu's song. I went, "You're gonna take Lulu over this?" [Laughs.] 'Cause it was perfect for The Man With The Golden Gun. It had helicopters, it had machine guns—it had the Pointer Sisters, Ronnie Spector, and Liza Minnelli doing background vocals! We went to every single one of those John Barry albums to try and invent the perfect James Bond song, and even Christopher Lee, who played Scaramanga in the movie, said, "Oh, man, why did we take the Lulu song? This song is the one!" [Laughs.] So, yeah, we lost out on that one, but I still put it on the album. I said, "I don't care, I’m going to do a James Bond track no matter what.
- Excerpt from an interview with Will Harris for The A.V Club The Alice Cooper Set list

Man With The Golden Gun lyrics by Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway
The man With the golden gun
Is waiting Somewhere Out there For you

But you'll never see him He'll be looking for you

Demand For the golden gun
It's high priced Precise And true

But you'll never see him He'll be looking for you

The man with the golden Gun in his pocket, Oh, oh
The man with the golden Gun in his case, Oh, oh
The man with the golden Gun in your face

But you'll never see him He'll be looking for you
You better believe He'll be looking for you

He-e-e-e-e-e's,
The man with the golden Gun in his pocket
The man with the golden Gun in his case
The man with the golden Gun in his pocket
The man with the golden Gun in your face

But you'll never see him He'll be looking for you
You better believe He'll be looking for yo-ou

He-e-e-e-e-e's,
The man with the golden Gun in his pocket
The man with the golden Gun in his case
The man with the golden Gun in his pocket
The man with the golden Gun in your face

The man with the go-o-olden Gun in his pocket
The man with the go-o-lden Gun in his case
The man who gave you the golden gun


Year: 1974
Film: The Man with the Golden Gun
James Bond Title Theme: The Man with the Golden Gun performed by Lulu written by Don Black & John Barry
Submitted theme: The Man with the Golden Gun by Alice Cooper, Pointer Sisters, Ronnie Spector and Liza Minnelli written by Alice Cooper, Glen Buxton, Michael Bruce, Neal Smith, Dennis Dunaway
Legitimacy status: Confirmed to not be part of Bond legacy but sometimes presented as official
Availability status: Alice Cooper's Man With The Golden Gun can be heard as a single or  found on Alice Cooper's 2007 album Muscle Of Love.


1981 - Blondie's For Your Eyes Only James Bond Theme
Blondie or Deborah Harry's For Your Eyes Only James Bond Theme is notable for two reasons. The first being that it is pretty damn good, even by today's standards and with a little work could have been a great Bond theme whilst still sounding uniquely Blondie. And secondarily how it ended up not being used - which makes me love Blondie even more as she stayed true to everything that we know about her.

Video:For Your Eyes Only Opening w/ Blondie & Story | HD                                                                    

The story goes that the Bond producers approached Blondie to work on the theme for John Glen's For Your Eyes Only but at some point it was decided or revealed that Deborah Harry was not going to sing her own work with the band and that she was to sing a theme written by Bill Conti, the composer behind scores like Rocky and the brilliant The Right Stuff who was brought on to replace John Barry whilst he was unavailable.

Blondie decided to move on. Top marks for Deborah Harry standing by her band.  Sheena Easton was called in and performed the theme for For Your Eyes Only written by Bill Conti and Michael Leeson.

For Your Eyes Only Theme by Blondie 
Don't look over my shoulder
I'm trying to read
Remember these intimate moments
Don't forget my privacy
We both have our orders
And a trick up the sleeve
There's no use pretending
You're asleep

The subject was roses
Quine geology
Deliberate notice
You're taking of me

Caution and danger Are not family
Don't try turning the tables On me!

Too long and too lonely
For your eyes only
Secretly

Enjoy the paradox
You thinking I'm the fox
Can't ya see
You personally

So many people know who you are
And they know how you've been looking
For your counterpart

We're chasing an echo
In sonic 3D
And if I laugh without joking
Make believe

Too long and too lonely
For your eyes only
Secretly

Enjoy the paradox
You thinking I'm the fox
Can't ya see
You personally

Too long and too lonely
For your eyes only
Totally
You personally

I like what you're showing
For your eyes only
Secretly
For your eyes only

Year: 1981
Film: For Your Eyes Only
James Bond Title Theme: For Your Eyes Only performed by Sheena Easton written by Bill Conti & Michael Leeson
Submitted theme: For Your Eyes Only by Blondie
Legitimacy status: Confirmed
Availability status: Blondie's For Your Eyes Only as a single or off their 1982 album The Hunter


1987 - The Pet Shop Boys James Bond theme for The Living Daylights
OK this one we are unsure of many details are sketchy at best and there is much misinformation around the supposed Pet Shop Boys James Bond theme effort and the unofficial James Bond Demo's floating around the net. 

Video: Pet Shop Boys - Theme For James Bond #1              

The most credible source I could have found tory I have read comes from a Pet Shop Boys fansite Pet Shop Boys At Dead of Night filed under Pet Shop Boys and Film > Unrealized collaboration.
Music for the song This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave (released on Behaviour) was originally written in in 1986. At the time it had been intimated to the Pet Shop Boys that they might be asked to write the theme song for the James Bond film, The Living Daylights, so as a musical exercise they decided to write something that sounded, in their opinion, like a James Bond theme. But they never heard anything from the James Bond people.
- Excerpt from Pet Shop Boys At Dead of Night Pet Shop Boys and Film Unrealized collaboration The Living Daylights

And the actual quote from Neil Tennant regarding This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave:
The Music for the song This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave (released on Behaviour) was originally written in in 1986. At the time it had been intimated to the Pet Shop Boys that they might be asked to write the theme song for the James Bond film, The Living Daylights, so as a musical exercise they decided to write something that sounded, in their opinion, like a James Bond theme. But they never heard anything from the James Bond people.
- Excerpt from Pet Shop Boys At Dead of Night Neil Tennant discussing This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave

Anyway here is the Bond-esque Pet Shop Boys This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave

Video: Pet Shop Boys-Behaviour-02-This must be the place I waited years to leave              

Year: 1987
Film: The Living Daylights
James Bond Title Theme: The Living Daylights performed by A-ha written by John Barry & Pål Waaktaar
Submitted theme: James Bond Demo by Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant & Chris Lowe
Legitimacy status: Pretty much confirmed that it isn't part of official Bond legacy
Availability status: The Pet Shop Boys' This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave
 can be heard as a single or on their 1990 album release of Behaviour.



1995 - Bono's GoldenEye theme for GoldenEye
This one is much in the vein of Anthony Newley's Goldfinger Demo. After a six year hiatus, the longest to date, Bond made a welcome return to the screen with his 17th outing with Martin Campbell's GoldenEye and being the introduction to Pierce Brosnan's James Bond and still the best of his run (with one of the greatest James Bond intro scenes ever) a bold and big theme song was needed. Rumour has it The Rolling Stones were originally approached but that sadly never panned out.

Enter Bono who after staying at Ian Fleming's Jamaican home Goldeneye and having just completed Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me for Batman ForeverBono was keen to be involved, and along with the Edge wrote GoldenEye for his neighbour in France Tina Turner.

An early demo version of Bono's vocals have been leaked. Again interesting to hear what they were aiming for and Tina Turner's end result.Well that and it's Bono singing GoldenEye.

Video: Bono's James Bond theme for GoldenEye (Demo)                                                                    

Bono and The Edge's GoldenEye relaunched Tina Turner's career and gave her a UK Top 10 hit. A year later Larry Mullen Jr. & Adam Clayton continued the U2 streak by updating Lalo Schifrin's theme for Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible.

In 2010 Nicole Scherzinger teamed with David ArnoldKevin Kiner to perform her version of GoldenEye for the GoldenEye 007 console game and does an admirable job even though it was largely unnoticed.

Video: GoldenEye 007 Wii - intro featuring Nicole Scherzinger                                                                    

But the GoldenEye story doesn't end there, as there is a bizarre twist in the tale bringing us to:

Ace of Base's James Bond theme for GoldenEye
In fact this twist is so bizarre I can't quite believe it or find any verifiable sources. The story goes that the Swedish band Ace of Base were approached to perform the Bond theme for GoldenEye. The band were very popular at the time and possibly the Bond franchise was at a low -  the band's American management decided it was too risky for Ace of Base to get involved with Bond.

Surely even a Bond flop would make any collaborators more memorable and part of an enduring legacy? Not for one second do I believe there is any truth to this tale.

All that exists of Ace of Base's possible Bond involvement are the following songs that have subsequently surfaced. Surely most bands would make sure they are keen to be involved before committing time and effort to a creative endeavor like producing two versions of a song?

The original Ace of Base GoldenEye theme, apparently the demo version:

Video:Rejected Goldeneye Theme - "The Goldeneye" by Ace of Base (Demo Version)                                                                    


And the later more punchy version with "The GoldenEye" lyrics replaced with "The Juvenile".:

Video:Goldeneye Opening - Ace of Base - The Juvenile                                                                    

The Juvenile by Ace of Base
The juvenile
In a time where the night is so cold
The juvenile
Has the key to the end
The juvenile in the end
That is why we are here
The road will take us to the end
Tomorrow's foe is now a friend

Why don't we do it
Like they used to do it all so long ago
They kept together till the bitter end (Old and young)
Today we don't care
Either but the youth or but the old
They cannot rise their voices yet
But later on they will do

The juvenile
In a time where the night is so cold
The juvenile
Has the key to the end (always believe in)
The juvenile in the end
That is why we are here

The road will take us to the end
Tomorrow's foe is now a friend 

No education
We don't need no education
Telling us the right to choose
If we have no choice (No, no, no)

It's so explosive
Any day will burst into a fire
Oh, come down and guide us
Before it is too late

The juvenile
In a time where the night is so cold
The juvenile
Has the key to the end (always believe in)
The juvenile in the end
That is why we are here
The road will take us to the end
Tomorrow's foe is now a friend

Oooh, oooh

Always and always and always believe in
Always believe in...

The juvenile
In a time where the night is so cold
The juvenile
Has the key to the end (always believe in)
The juvenile in the end
That is why we are here
The road will take us to the end

Tomorrow's foe is now a friend

Year: 1995
Film: GoldenEye
James Bond Title Theme: GoldenEye performed by Tina Turner written by Bono & The Edge
Submitted theme: The GoldenEye by Ace of Base
Legitimacy status: Unconfirmed
Availability status: Ace of Base's The Juvenile can be heard on their 2002 album Da Capo.


1997 - Tomorrow Never Dies by Pulp, Tomorrow Never Dies by Saint Etienne and Marc Almond's Only The Moment for Tomorrow Never Dies
Yes an additional three rejected James Bond themes for Tomorrow Never Dies. Well actually there are potentially a dozen other Tomorrow Never Dies themes from musicians like; Glen Ballard, Swan Lee, Dot Allison, The FixxThe Cardigans, Space and even Bond alumni Duran Duran etc. If author and Bond expert Jon Burlingame is correct in his book The Music of James Bond.

Below Saint Etienne singer Sarah Cracknell discusses a little about how the multi theme extravaganza..

Video: See Sarah Cracknell discuss the Tomorrow Never Dies Theme pitch on Channel 4's James Bond's Greatest Hits                                


I kind of like The Fixx's The Fatal Shore straight up rock foretelling the later direction Bond would take. But the quality past the novelty makes Pulp's Tomorrow Never Dies (becoming Tomorrow Never Lies later) and Saint Etienne's Tomorrow Never Dies pretty good attempts at a Bond theme and Marc Almond's Only The Moment is just a great song.

Pulp's Tomorrow Never Dies Theme

Video: Tomorrow Never Dies Opening with Pulp                                                                    

Saint Etienne's Tomorrow Never Dies Theme

Video: Tomorrow Never Dies Opening with Saint Etienne Song                                                                    

Marc Almond's Only The Moment for Tomorrow Never Dies Theme

Video: Marc Almond - Only the Moment (All the Time in The World Mix)                                                                    

Rumour has it that the Bond Producers never attempted a music selection process of this size again.

Year: 1997
Film: Tomorrow Never Dies
James Bond Title Theme: Tomorrow Never Dies performed by Sheryl Crow written by Sheryl Crow & Mitchell Froom
Submitted themes: Tomorrow Never Dies later becoming Tomorrow Never Lies by Pulp
Tomorrow Never Dies by Saint Etienne
Only The Moment by Marc Almond
The Fatal Shore by The Fixx
Legitimacy status: I still have my doubts about The Fatal Shore by The Fixx but the rest are confirmed
Availability status: Pulp's Tomorrow Never Lies can be heard as a single or off their 2006 album This Is Hardcore, Saint Etienne's Tomorrow Never Dies Theme can be heard on their 1999 album Built On Sand and Marc Almond's Only the moment was released as a single in 1989.


2010 - Joss Stone & Dave Stewart's I'll Take It All theme for the James Bond 007: Blood Stone console game
Not a film theme but another official game theme you may have never heard, unless of course you dabble in game play as it is only officially available in the game.

Back in 2010 the same year Nicole Scherzinger's GoldenEye was released, Joss Stone seemed to be part of a movement with Bond games preparing Bond fans for a return to seductive big bold brassy and unequivocally female powered Bond themes - when she worked with longtime friend and collaborator The Eurythmics' Dave Stewart on the unmistakably Bondian I'll Take It All the theme from James Bond 007: Blood Stone console game. Below is the title sequence from the game.

Video: James Bond 007 Blood Stone | title sequence (2010) Joss Stone & Dave Stewart ( Eurythmics )                                           

I'll Take It All - Joss Stone & Dave Stewart
I don't care if I live or if I die
I don't mind if I fall or if I fly

The mission is clear
Your destiny's here
Keep a conscious mind
Put your all on the line
The ice in my mind
The way I'm ready to take it all
I'll take it all

I don't care if I live or if I die
I don't mind if I fall or if I fly
I don't care if I live
Or if I die

The edge of my soul
Cuts through it all
Pay attention and you'll find
You can run, don't hide
I'll catch you if you crawl
So stand up tall
We're face to face
Now let's... play

I don't care if I live or if I die
I don't mind if I fall or if I fly
I don't care if I live, oh
Or if I die, oh
We'll I don't mind
Said I don't mind if I die

As long as I try
I don't mind
I'll take it all

Whatever plans you make
There's no escaping time
Be sure to make no mistakes
Let go of fate and be mine

I don't care if I live or if I die
I don't mind if I fall or if I fly
I don't care if I live
Or if I die, oh
I'll take it all
I'll take it all

The full version of I'll Take It All can be heard here: James Bond 007 - Blood Stone Theme Song

Not only did Joss Stone sing the theme but she voiced the character of Nicole Hunter, a Bond lady in the game.

     Video: 007 Blood Stone - Joss Stone Featurette - PS3 Xbox360  

Year: 2010
Game: James Bond 007: Blood Stone
James Bond Title Theme:  I'll Take It All performed by Joss Stone written by Joss Stone & Dave Stewart
Legitimacy status: Confirmed
Availability status: Joss Stone & Dave Stewart's I'll Take It All theme can be heard in game and online an official track has never been released



For my final bond themed song we go back to 2008 just before Quantum of Solace was released for a perhaps fitting final song.

2009 - Shirley Bassey's No Good About Goodbye
Dame Shirley Bassey has sung three Bond themes; Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker, several unused themes as well as various covers of Bond themes. As much as there have been magnificent talents that have brought their own style or reinvigorated the sound of Bond Shirley Bassey is the vocal sound of Bond.

Don Black has been involved in three James Bond themes; Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever and The Man with the Golden Gun and The World Is Not Enough. David Arnold has scored five James Bond films; Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and released a Bond tribute album Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project.
So it was a bit of surprise when No Good About Goodbye a superb David Arnold, Don Black and Shirley Bassey was leaked onto the net as a rejected theme for Quantum of Solace with both the words quantum and solace used and the opening bears similarities the Quantum of Solace soundtrack.

The popular story of the song is that the song was not finished in time and the Producers decided on the Jack White & Alicia KeysAnother Way to Die.

Video: Quantum of Solace rejected Theme by Shirley Bassey/ David arnold                                                                    

A less popular story confirmed By David Arnold is that No Good About Goodbye was never intended as a Bond theme. And was a song intended for Shirley Bassey's upcoming album - The Performance
.
The same album he lured Shirley Bassey out of semi - retirement for and co-produced. The Performance, Dame Shirley Bassey's first new album in 20 years, went Gold.

Shirley Bassey's No Good About Goodbyes
Where is the solace that I crave?
Will it still haunt me to my grave?
Too broken to forgive, too painful to relive now
There may be other arms to hold
They'll only keep me from the cold
There always be a space, a fact I have to face now

How long does a heart stay broken?
How long if the pain's unspoken?
No solace in a kiss
No comfort in the sigh
No good about goodbye
My heart is no good at pretending
It knows that the hurts never ending
No solace in a kiss
No comfort in the sigh
No good about goodbye

There's only so much you can give
Only through forgets to live
And easy thing to say
The pass will go away now
How long does a heart stay broken?
How long if the pain's unspoken?
No solace in a kiss
No comfort in the sigh
No good about goodbye
My heart is no good at pretending
It knows that the hurts never ending
No solace in a kiss
No comfort in the sigh
No good about goodbye

I'll never be yours so come to your senses
Before you make your move think of the consequences

How long does a heart stay broken?
How long if the pain's unspoken?
No solace in a kiss
No comfort in the sigh
No good about goodbye
My heart is no good at pretending
It knows that the hurts never ending
No solace in a kiss
No comfort in the sigh
No good about goodbye

No good about goodbye
No good about goodbye.

Year: 2008
Film: Quantum of Solace
James Bond Title Theme: Another Way to Die performed by Jack White & Alicia Keys written by Jack White
Submitted theme: No Good About Goodbye
performed by 
Shirley Bassey written by David Arnold & Don Black
Legitimacy status: Confirmed as not part of Bond official legacy but it is hard to knock it's pedigree and the musical coincidences.
Availability status: Shirley Bassey's No Good About Goodbye can be heard in both Single release or from her 2009 album The Performance


James Bond will be back in the 24th James Bond adventure, SPECTRE.Set for global release on November 6, 2015.

The Establishing Shot: SPECTRE FIRST TV SPOT 60 SEC. - 6 Nov 2015                                                                    

SPECTRE stars Daniel Craig  as James Bond, returning cast, Ralph Fiennes as "M", Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Rory Kinnear as well as introducing Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Andrew Scott.

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

Written by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, Director of Photography is Hoyte van Hoytema and Editor is Lee Smith.  Production Designer, Dennis Gassner returns along with Costume Designer, Jany Temime and Composer, Thomas Newman.

James Bond is the longest running, and one of the most successful franchises of all time, with twenty-three films produced and the twenty-fourth about to go in to production.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli and have produced the past seven Bond films together, including the highly successful Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.

For more information on SPECTRE head over to the official James Bond website http://www.007.com/, FaceBook page  https://www.facebook.com/JamesBond007 or the official 007 Twitter feed https://twitter.com/007

Slideshow: SPECTRE


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